Bing gives you more flexibility than Google when it comes to image matching, image source finding, photo finding, and specifying size dimensions, colors, and more. You can reverse image search any picture on desktop and mobile on Bing. Let’s begin with desktop search and how to do this with a few steps.
Step 1: Image Search on Bing
Depending on what you are looking for, you can just click on the images tab at the top, or you can search for something in the search bar. Either way, you still have to search for what you want to look up, so this step is completely up to you and what you want to do.
Step 2: Scroll down on the Picture You Chose to Find Related
After I did the search for Yankee Stadium, I then headed to the images section on the SERP. From there, I found a great picture of the stadium at night. To find related pictures to the one I like, I just scrolled down on the page that I clicked on and Bing used machine learning to bring up related images from the picture on the web. The further you scroll down, the more pictures related to that picture will show up.That in it’s self is how to reverse image search any picture on the web!
Step 3: Search within this Image on Bing
Sticking with the same example above, I want to find pictures of that scoreboard in center field. You can actually do this in a matter of seconds. Hover over the picture with your mouse and you will see a little magnifying glass appear over the picture. From here, you draw the part that you want Bing to look at then the machine learning will do the rest. Here is an example of how I drew a box around the scoreboard in center field to find related images. This is a cool feature because you will find that some of the related pictures are from different angles on the stadium. The same view at night might seem boring since you are already looking at it, so this is a really cool and extremely complicated algorithm to show this.
Image Match on a Picture you Own
One of the coolest parts is to find similar pictures to the one you already own. Let’s say you took a lot of photos of a place, but could not remember where exactly you were when you were making a scrap-book and wanted to add a few more to show different angles. With Bing, you can do this really simply.
Step 1: Search
Like the steps above, we have to go to the image section of the site. From there, you need to look for the camera icon and click on it. It will be to the right of the search glass. Here is a picture of where you should be looking.
Step 2: Upload Your Image
Click on the blue text where it says to upload an image. Once you click on that, you will be brought up to your folder section within Windows. You can double-click on the image and the information will be auto populated into the search bar.
Step 3: Scroll Down
Like before, you can scroll down on the image results and find related pictures to the one that you uploaded. Depending on the quality of your picture, you might get sharper and better results compared to a very low quality shot. Here is an example of the picture that I wanted to find similar shots of.
As you might have seen in step two, you can actually paste in a Bing URL on an image if you wanted to find similar pictures of it. With the new update, you can just scroll down on any image and it will do the same thing as before.
Reverse Image Search on Mobile
The app for iPhone and Android has this picture feature. Here are the steps below to do a visual search an android phone.
- Search for an image
- Click on that image you want to see
- Click on the crop box feature
- Make an outline around the image you want to check
- See the results
Here is an example of an image that I want to find related images to.
You actually have even more range to edit a picture within the app. Simply tap the image you want to check and you will see adjustment, tone, effects, drawing, and add image show up. You can click on any of those settings and you can change the way the picture looks right in your phone. This is a hidden gem within the app and it allows anyone to quickly change a picture without having to use another app on their phone.
Additional Image Settings
Bing image allows you to search for very specific features for images on the web. Let’s say you want to find images that are big enough for your wallpaper, or you want to find images that you are able to share and change. You can do a lot of these features within Bing.
Image Size Specifications
When you do an image search, you can click on any of these boxes above the pictures to change the specifications. The image sizes to choose from start with all as the default, but then you can specific if you want small, medium, large, extra-large, or even a certain size.
For example, I chose medium as a size setting that I was looking for. Bing will show you sizes right in the search results for you to choose. With the medium setting checked off, you are filtering any images that do not meet that criteria.
How to Combine Image Specifications
You can match multiple criteria points for your image search. With the picture above, I have the setting to look for images with a medium size. I can then click on the type button and click on animated gif. Now I can see images within my results that are a certain size and that are animated. Another cool thing is that you can hover over these images to see the moving image before you click on them.
The last criteria point I am going to point out is the license search. When you click on the license tab, you can search for images that you can use for free and for public domain. In a nutshell, you can use this search engine to find images that you can use on your website for free. This allows you to avoid and legal problems that might come into place if you use an image for a blog post or a news article.
If you liked this article, you might be interested in video search. Check out bing video search tips and tricks here.