Google replaces reverse image search option in Chrome with Google Lens option

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Google Chrome users who recently used the web browser’s built-in reverse image search option may have discovered that Google removed the option from Chrome. A right click on the images displays the new option “search for an image with Google Lens” now in the browser and no longer the option “search for an image”.

The reverse image search option loaded the Google Images website with the query results. It’s possible to manually go there to start searching for an image by uploading it to the service, but it requires several manual steps instead of just two clicks in Chrome.

With reverse image search removed, users can use the Google Lens link instead. Google Lens is not a reverse image search option, as it is designed to provide users with relevant context and information. The Lens website highlights visual matches and links to pages with similar images. Results are limited and links point to Google Images for a full list of images and similar pages with this content.

Users can click the “See all” link on the page or scroll down to activate the “Try it” link, which also opens the Google Images website.

There is no longer an option to restore the classic reverse image search functionality in Chrome. Chrome users can install extensions, such as Image Search, Reverse Image Search, or Huntress Reverse Image Search. All of these extensions add options to Chrome to search for an image on Google Images.

Another option available to Chrome users is to switch to the Vivaldi browser. Vivaldi, which is also Chromium-based, supports “image search” option in its latest version. The option appears in the browser’s context menu when users right-click on images displayed in the web browser.

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Reverse image searches are useful for a number of use cases. Webmasters, photographers and copyright owners can use search engines to find third-party web pages that use the images. Internet users can use them to find larger versions of images, for example, to use them as wallpaper images or to obtain a copy with more detail.

Why did Google remove the option?

Google did not provide an explanation. Since replacing the original image search option with Google Lens, it seems likely that the company wants to push the use of Google Lens by exposing the service to more users. Chrome users who have used the reverse image search option to find out more about an image may like the new option because it provides more context about an image than Google Images.

Now you: Do you use reverse image search engines? What do you think of replacing the option with Chrome?

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Google replaces reverse image search option in Chrome with Google Lens option

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Google replaces reverse image search option in Chrome with Google Lens option

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Google Chrome users who recently used the web browser’s built-in reverse image search option may have discovered that Google removed the option from Chrome.

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Martin Brinkman

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