A few months ago, Google removed the “see image” button from Google Images, after reaching an agreement with Getty to continue keeping their photographs on the platform. Although it does not prevent us from continuing to see the results, many users have not made this decision very well.
Gracias a Google por quitar la opción "ver imagen" en su motor de búsqueda de imágenes y hacerme la vida un 200% más difícil.
— Joaquín Guirao (@JoaqGuirao) 16 de febrero de 2018
With this measure, in addition to being able to settle the legal dispute with Getty, it was sought that we visit the pages that host these images and make it clearer that they may be copyrighted.
If you are tired of using this service, today we are going to recommend some alternatives. The vast majority offer the “view image” button, some are less subject to censorship and offer greater privacy.
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The most used search engine in Russia it is a good alternative to Google Images. From Yandex we can search by size, color, format (PNG, JPEG, GIF), orientation, by date or even search for wallpapers of certain terms.
The reality is that I like it better than Google Images, with a slightly more modern design and extra functionalities. Also, many users choose it accusing Google of censoring too many results.
By placing the cursor on one of the images, the website where it is hosted, an informative text and the resolution will appear below. When we click, it will open and we can navigate through similar images using the keyboard arrows.
Ixquick’s StartPage is ideal for those who value privacy in their searches. They don’t log your IP, have a high SSL encryption score, and claim to be the most confidential search engine in the world.
Keep in mind that it is based on Google Images, but when you click on each of them the now-defunct “view image” button will continue to appear. The benefit of using StartPage is that the images will be opened anonymously, so your information will not be leaked to the website that hosts them.
Picsearch may not be the search engine with the best interface, but keep in mind that it is a platform that has more than 3,000 million images. It is striking that on the main page there is a mosaic with some images, on which we can already click to access these searches.
Once we have entered a term, on the results page we will see a panel on the left to access the “advanced search”. There we can specify the size, type (animation or faces) and orientation. Here, clicking on each image shows us below the website where it is published and above a button to open it in full size.
DuckDuckGo, like StartPage, is another search engine designed for those who care about their privacy. They assure that do not save or share user information nor your search history.
One of the things I like the most is that you can set in which countries you want to search, being able to refine the results much more. It gives us the option to show or hide the “adult content”, search by size, image types and specify the specific format.
And yes, when we click on one of the results, the button appears that allows us to see the file in full size.
Although it has far fewer users, Bing is in direct competition with Google. The Microsoft Engine offers a good experience when searching for images, with some extra functionalities that the rest of the alternatives do not have.
When you click on one of the images, an individual panel opens where you can see it at a larger size, and the buttons appear at the bottom. “see image”, see source page, being able to save it, etc. If we scroll down, it will automatically show us related images, with a very fluid animation.
To activate search filters From Bing Images you will have to click on “filter” in the upper right corner. This will show the menu that allows you to specify color, size, design, faces, date or licenses.
TinEye is a reverse image finder. We will simply have to upload or indicate the URL of an image and it will offer us similar results.
It is great if we are trying to know the origin of an image or to know much more about it, find a higher resolution version, discover versions or know where your images are being used.
PhotoSearch is a good option for those looking for images on Instagram. We have the option of search by hashtag or username, based on the API of the social network.
A mosaic full of thumbnail images will appear, and clicking on one of them will show us more related images. We can download them individually or go to the specific publication.