Ever wondered how to find out someone’s name from a picture? Well, wonder no more!
I’m going to cover a few ways to identify someone and find their name from just a photo. It’s easy to follow and uses some free tools to help.
Do you ever feel like you have seen a face before but can’t quite recall who they are? Or, do you want to verify someone’s identity before interacting with them?
Let’s look at how to find someone with a picture.
Do a Google Image Search
One of the easiest ways to search for a picture and find out details about it is by using Google Image Search. Instead of searching for text, you can search for an image simply by uploading a picture. Google will then scour the internet and try to find the same or similar image across different platforms.
Using this tool, you can find out where the picture came from and who it belongs to.
For instance, you can use this method if you want to search for someone’s picture from WhatsApp, Facebook or Instagram. Find out how to download someone’s WhatsApp profile picture in this guide!
You can also use it if you find a stranger’s or celebrity’s image online but can’t figure out their name. This also works for products and brands!
How to Find Someone With a Picture on Google Images:
- Go to the URL images.google.com.
- Locate the camera icon on the search box. It should be towards the right side.
- Click on this icon.
- Upload a picture from your desktop drive.
- Alternately, you can also paste the URL of an image that you found online. To obtain this URL, right click on the image and select ‘Copy image address’.
- Click on the search icon.
That’s it! Google will do the rest for you by searching across the internet for the picture. Once it provides you with the search results, you simply have to browse through them and access the ones that give you the information you need.
TinEye Image Search
TinEye is another search engine that has exclusively been designed to search for images. It is a great tool if you want to search for an image of someone that you found online or from your image gallery (provided that the image is also available on the internet, of course).
This engine is particularly useful if you want to see if your own images have been used by anyone else online. So if you are a photographer, journalist or illustrator, you can easily upload your image on this engine and browse through the results.
Take a look at the steps you can follow to search for an image:
- Go to the URL tineye.com.
- Upload a picture from your drive or paste the image’s URL.
- Click on the search icon.
- Find your answers!
Browse through the results and click on the ones that you think are most relevant.
TinEye also provides several other products that you can make use of. These include:
- MatchEngine: MatchEngine can find modified and duplicate images of the pictures that you upload and want to search for. This includes crops, filters and other edits and can be good for verifying images and detecting frauds.
- WineEngine: WineEngine can be used to identify labels of beverages and can even handle blurry or low-quality images.
- TinEye Alerts: This tracks your images and shows you where they appear online.
- TinEye API: Through this, you can verify images and check for frauds and copyrights.
- MobileEngine: This helps you find reference images for things like art, book covers, wallpapers and more. It also makes your catalogs searchable through mobile phones.
- MulticolorEngine: This first identifies the colors in your image and then lets you search by any color.
That’s everything you need to know about TinEye and its multiple options.
Use PimEyes Facial Recognition Tool
PimEyes is a face recognition tool and a search engine. If you want to find the original images and details of the pictures you want to look for, you can do so easily using this tool.
It also takes various factors into account such as brightness, size, resolution and other edits.
You simply need to go to PimEyes, upload an image or paste a URL and browse through the search results.
Let’s take a look at some of the features that PimEyes offers:
- It gives a similarity percentage with each search result.
- It scours millions of sites across the internet.
- If there are several people in your picture, it will recognize each of them and ask you which one you want to search for.
- It will never store any image you search for.
- You can also set alerts if similar images turn up later.
There are, however, free and paid versions of PimEyes. The free version works well but offers limited search results while the paid version lets you access all of its unlimited features.
Search Yandex Images
Use Yandex Images to find someone’s name and other details using a picture. Simply upload an image or paste the URL in the search box, browse through the search results and find the best option.
Additionally, this tool lets you search for images in different resolutions. It also provides several categories that you can click on to find images related to that category.
Once these images come up, you can choose to filter them on the basis of their size, color, orientation, type and date. You can also paste the URL of a particular site which will search for all the images on that site and bring them back to you.
This tool is also free to use!
Baidu Images is a great image recognition tool. You can upload your images on it or paste a URL and it will give you quick and accurate results.
Since it is a Chinese tool, however, its default language settings will be different and you may have to use a translator for the web page.
Other Image Recognition Tools?
You can also choose to use some other image recognition tools and search engines that might be more specific to your needs. For instance, there are tools like SocialMapper that can go through images on social media platforms.
Amazon also has a tool called Amazon Rekognition that lets you add analysis to your images or videos. You can also identify various elements present in the image or video.
Can I Use My Mobile Phone to Find Someone’s Name from a Picture?
You can, indeed, use your mobile phone to find someone’s name from a picture. You can simply type in the aforementioned search engines in your phone’s browser and follow the same steps of uploading a picture or pasting a URL and going through the search results.
If you find it too bothersome to open your browser each time you want to search for an image, you can also download some apps that will make the whole process much easier for you.
On both Android and iOS, you can download image search apps offered by a range of providers. Before you select one, make sure you go through their features, reviews and ratings so that you can make the perfect decision.
There might be some differences between Android and iOS. For instance, apps like Veracity may only be available on iOS and not Android as some of its features may only work on iOS designs.
In most of these apps, however, searching for images works in the same way as it does for your browser. All you need to do is upload an image or paste a URL and go through all the instantaneous search results.
Some additional features may, however, vary along with whether they are free or paid.
Take Care With Image Security
I write a lot about different security issues here on Acisni.com. As you can see in this article it is really easy to identify someone and find their name and other details just from their photo!
Here are some security related articles you might be interested in – and a little shocked by:
- Can Someone Spy on You Through the Phone Camera?
- How to Hack Someone’s Phone Camera
- Hacking Someone’s Phone Gallery Pictures
Don’t be a victim. Learn how to tell if your phone is hacked and stay safe online.
The Final Word
You now know everything there is to know about searching for images. Using these methods, you can easily find out someone’s name from a picture.
In most cases, you only need to upload that photo from your drive or gallery or paste a URL from an online image to find its source and related details.
The search engines mentioned here are also easily accessible. You simply need to type in their URL or name in your browser. They also offer simple and user-friendly designs that can serve your purpose well.
For mobile phone users who don’t want to open their browsers on their phones, you can download any app of your liking from your respective app stores. Make sure you go through their features and ratings before making a decision.
Some of them may also provide both free and paid versions. Go through these options and decide what works best for you and your requirements.