Ever had a photo, let’s say, of someone famous or a really old portrait, but you just couldn’t figure out who was in it. Below is a quick guide on how to find someone with a picture.
Hello everyone, it’s Frankie here. And today, we turn our focus on how you can find out someone’s name from a picture.
Sure, it sounds simple.
But, as with everything else, there’s a lot more to it than meets the eye.
The thing about such simple tasks is that they are never as simple as they sound. And the case is true for finding social media profiles from a picture from WhatsApp, Messenger and even Instagram.
There are certain applications, tools, features of very popular programs that allow you to to reverse search using an image from the internet. Here’s a brief of our top 5 programs in the market today:
- Google Image Search
- Yandex Images
- In most cases you can trace someone’s name from a picture of them.
- Almost all methods for running Reverse Image Search are free.
- You can perform Reverse Image Search from any mobile and desktop device.
Let’s take them one by one.
There are many reasons to find a contact’s information from a photo. I decided to write this guide because many people in this blog have asked me how to find the name of someone you suspect may be your partner’s lover. Maybe you have seen some photos of them together on Instagram. If you are also reading this guide for this reason I recommend you also take a look at my post on how to spy on a cell phone. You will find lots of useful information!
Let’s take them one by one.
1. Google Reverse Image Search
At the top of our list is the one and only Google Image. Of course, if you’re looking for the finest reverse image search engine, you’ll go for the best, right?
Now, here’s the deal: Google Image Search is the best reverse image research engine lying around, period!
Launched in 2011, Google has fine-tuned this beast of a program to be the best version you could ever want.
Thanks to Google’s vast image database, you can paste virtually anyone’s face on Google Chrome, and you have that person’s name plastered all over your screen, no hassle needed.
Google is just unbeatable when it comes to making basic image searches. And all you need is a keyword, and you’ll be set. For more in-depth searches, you can also use its state-of-the-art filters too.
Say, for instance, you want to search for “bluebird.”
Say, for instance, you want to search for someone’s name from a picture you found on Facebook, WhatsApp or any other place. Here’s what you do.
- Go to images.google.com
- Click the camera icon
- Either paste in the URL for an online image or upload an image from your hard drive
Google will return results for the same image, so browse through the results to find the origin of the image file.
If you are lucky enough, the pages that contain the image will give you more information as to the person’s identity.
Google Image Search works fine only if the same photo that you upload appears on a page with that person’s name (maybe a personal blog, a social account or staff page).
Okay, so here’s the deal with TinEye, it’s one of the most advanced image recognition tools in the world right now. This program can track the entire World Wide Web for user’s images in just a few seconds.
I would personally recommend it for anyone who wants to search for a person from image. TinEye is an especially perfect tool for marketers looking to track images that their competitors are using.
That’s pretty neat. You never have to go worrying or scrambling for where that “other guy got that picture.”
It’s even more useful for graphic artists, photographers, and other content creators (like me, of course) to see where our works are being used.
If I want to know who else is using a picture that I have on my website, TinEye is the tool.
Here’s a peek of some of the products you will find in TinEye:
- MachineEngine: so, this helps you to find duplicates or modified copies of pictures. TinEye’s machine engine continuously crawls the internet for new images and adds them to its index. You won’t miss a thing!
- Email alerts: thanks to TinEye’s advanced communication and support features, you also enjoy daily reports of where images you are using appear across the internet. So, you get to know exactly where and when some other guy (or girl) uses my images, or images I use.
- API: you might be wondering what API is or what it does. Okay, so it integrates facial recognition search to your applications, software, and information systems. You won’t ever miss a thing with this beauty.
- MobileEngine: yes! It also has advanced mobile engine recognition features and augmented reality API that enables you to search for and find specific pictures of people.
- MultiColorEngine: enables visual search by image color
Now, let’s find someone with a picture using TineSearch.
How to Use TinSearch for Reverse Image Searching
It’s a very simple process, you have two options:
- So, the first option requires that you enter the image URL into the search bar OR…
- You could also upload the image into TinSearch. Then, let TinSearch do all the work for you.
The results you find also show how long the program spent searching the internet, how many results it found, and list the image and where it appears online.
Okay, so for a program that has well over 30 million images in its database, it’s also very easy to use. Even a toddler could navigate through it. And just don’t get me started on its advanced sort and filter search results. What more could you ask for?
In providing the free reverse image search service, TinEye is especially popular and used by almost everyone looking to know the details of someone they saw in a portrait or picture. Personally, I’m happy with that. And want to know the best part? It’s absolutely FREE!
Are you looking to find someone on social media without knowing their name? PimEyes has you sorted.
Like Google’s reverse face search, it also uses image and face recognition to scour through the web for similar faces. PimEyes searches over 10 million websites.
Try searching for some of the popular celebrity names like “Frankie.” Okay, so not me necessarily. But Frankie is a pretty popular name too.
So, seriously, search for Jenifer Aniston or Angeline Jolie or even Zac Efron. Such big names look really promising.
You can use PimEyes to search for four different images of, say, Jenifer Aniston. This program will find the originals of all of them, as well as other images of Aniston.
Now, that’s just bonkers!
Thinking that a reverse image search program could do that. How about you take a selfie and paste it on there? See how many results you get.
Curiously, the app seemingly finds all the original pictures like 100% of the time.
So, I might have exaggerated that a little. Almost 80% of the time, which isn’t too bad, considering it’s skimming through millions of images on the web.
It’s also possible that the algorithm takes image size, brightness, resolution, and other alterations into account. If so, then PimEyes is, by far, the best reverse image search in the list.
Some of PimEyes’ cool features include:
- Analyzing millions of websites to find the most accurate facial recognition results
- They never store or retain the results of any search images
- Search results come with a similarity percentage
- You can upload photos with several people on them. PimEyes will isolate each of the individual’s faces and let you choose which faces you want to use for your searches
- The analysis doesn’t stop even after you’ve done a particular search. You will also receive email alerts each time other similar images pop up online.
So, here’s the kicker, PimEyes comes in two versions. There’s the free version and the paid version. And while you can use the free version without hitches, it limits your search results to just a few examples.
You also don’t get to see the source of the images it finds online.
To the premium subscribers. Here’s where all the good stuff is hidden. Let’s say the gem of PimEyes. Fortunately, its paid plans are for daily, weekly, and annual limited searches.
Not to mention, the individual pricing for businesses that have API integration or use custom databases and filters. What more could you ask for? Like really!
The Polish website PimEyes works so well that now it has serious privacy implications. Privacy experts slammed the technology and said it poses ‘serious privacy’ risk.
4. Yandex Images
Yandex Images is the app to use for people looking to find an unknown person’s name and details with just a picture.
It’s clear that the developers did their jobs well here. As one of the most superior reverse search tools globally, Yandex Images makes image searching immensely flawless.
At some point, it even looks like you don’t have to do anything at all. Like you, just sit there, and the app imagines what you were thinking and delivers the images.
Like really, it’s so easy to handle.
You just need to drag and drop an image or paste its URL in the search box and voila. Yandex Images takes it from there. Hit the search button, and you will find a list of all the similar images to the one you just searched for.
It only gets better from there. Yandex Images has also added a feature that allows users to search for images in different resolutions. Images can now come in small, medium, and large sizes in your search results.
So, here’s a completely easy to use reverse image search engine that you can use without signing up. Did I mention that it’s also totally free but still manages to deliver flawless results?
I do love Yandex. Consider using the Yandex Browser with the app to get a complete immersion of its experience. You will come back to thank me later.
Finally, but not the least favorite in the list by any means, is Baidu Images. As one of the most successful and widely used reverse image search engines, Baidu is a leader in this front in so many ways.
It works perfectly on just about any browser you use it on.
Here’s a reverse search engine that brings up as many agreeable search results you could want. Slight hitch, though. Most of its users find it burdensome, especially when dealing with its default settings.
That’s odd, really, considering that apps and programs in their default settings are usually easiest to use. But that’s only because it comes in the default Chinese language.
You might need to use a good translator to set the page to your preferred language before you can use Baidu Images.
Not something most people would appreciate. However, where it fails is in linguistics, Baidu Images makes up for in its reverse image searches.
Some of the main features of Baidu Images:
- Chinese based reverse search engine
- Quick search results
- Search using URL
Heck, provided it gets the job done, I’m okay with changing the language setting each time I log in.
In China Baidu is like Google. It offers numerous services, including a Chinese search engine, as well as a mapping service similar to Google maps. It does have the reverse image search funcion. Basically, it is the chinese version of Google.
How to Find Someone with a Picture on Mobile Phone Image Recognition App
Yes! Technology has gotten so advanced that you can take a selfie and paste that pic on a reverse image recognition engine on your phone for results.
There are a lot of apps that you can now use to perform accurate reverse image searches on your Android or iOS devices. Say goodbye to having to open your browser each time to check some folk’s name in a picture.
A few of my personal best:
1. Image Search App on Android
As the most open-source operating system globally, there’s literally nothing developers couldn’t achieve with it. This app allows you to upload images straight from your gallery to perform a reverse image search.
It’s especially perfect for Google and Yandex apps and is pretty straightforward to use as well.
You can also crop or edit the picture as you want before starting your search to make it more targeted.
2. Veracity (iOS/iPadOS)
Veracity is one of the most intuitive visual search engine apps you can find for iOS. Here’s an app that can recognize pictures off your iPhone in a matter of seconds.
As an iOS lover and iPhone owner myself, I love using this app. And like Android, it lets you pick images right from your Photo Library or Camera Roll.
Veracity can also link to your Dropbox account and basic image editing features that you can only access once you’ve unlocked it. Yes! It has a free and premium version.
The good stuff doesn’t always come for free, after all.
While reverse image search is something that’s still quite new, you can now use the apps mentioned above to find out someone’s name from a picture.
Google Image Search and Yandex are exceptionally great and popular among most people. That said, Android and iOS users can also enjoy ways to find a person via their photo. There’s no better feeling.
If you have any doubts or questions, comment on the post, I will be happy to help you by answering them as quickly as possible.
A big hug,
PS – Do you suspect that your partner may be cheating on you with someone in particular because you’ve seen them in more than one photo on Instagram? Find out how to know what this person’s name is and what relationship he has with your partner.
References and Where to Learn More
Google Search Help, Search with an image on Google
TinEye Blog, Search TinEye with copy and paste
Pimeyes, How does reverse image search work?