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How to reverse search an image

Reverse image searching allows you to find other websites that contain the image you’re looking for. If someone has shared or threatened to share, your intimate images without consent and you want to find where, or if, it has been posted, this could be a useful tool. 

What is reverse image searching?

Reverse image searching allows you to find other websites that contain the image you’re looking for. If someone has shared or threatened to share, your intimate images without consent and you want to find where, or if, it has been posted, this could be a useful tool. 

 ** Proceed with caution **

Searching for your content online can be very distressing so proceed with caution if you choose to do this and maybe limit the time you spend searching. Alternatively, ask a trusted friend to do this for you.

So, what’s the process?

  • You will need the original copies of the images
  • Open Google images
  • Drag and drop the image into the search bar. 
  • If there are no images found, the top result will be ‘No other sizes of this image found’. 
  • If there are images found, the top result will be ‘find other sizes of this image’. By clicking ‘all sizes’, this will take you to a page with search results

Find more information on the Google Help Centre here.  

What happens if I find a result?

If you do find a result and there is an intimate image or video shared without your consent, we’re here to help you. 

  • Firstly, don’t panic. That's easier said than done, but we can help. You’re not alone in dealing with this. 
  • Screenshot the page where it has been posted and save it. This is evidence if you decide to report to the police. You can do this by calling the police non-emergency number 101; you’ll need to give brief details to a call handler and an appropriate officer should return your call. 
  • Contact the Helpline. We are able to help you to report and remove the content. Whilst we cannot guarantee it will be removed, we do hold a very good takedown success rate and we are very persistent and determined.
  • Provide us with links. We will ask you to copy and paste the URL and send us the links to the content; if there are other images or videos on the page, we may have to ask you to confirm which images are of you. 
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