The process formally known as reverse image search is an effective way to find the source of information or to identify people on the Internet from a photo . Taking into account that Facebook is the social network with the most active users today, if you are looking for someone from a photo, it is most likely that you can identify them through their profile on the Mark Zuckerberg platform. Therefore, it is very useful to learn how to find images on Facebook with a photo.
While Facebook does not offer a tool to perform reverse image searches, there are two ways to do this. The first one is to use a third-party tool (such as the Google search engine), so it is not very effective, but at least it works in most situations. Instead, the second is to use the ID (code) that Facebook assigns to each image in order to perform a 100% accurate search . Next, we will show you how to carry out these two methods to search for images on Facebook.
The two best ways to search for images on Facebook with a photo
First of all, there are a few things to keep in mind. First of all, with these methods you can only find profiles that are public or visible to your account . That is, if the person who uploaded the photo to Facebook has a private profile, no matter how hard you try, you will not be able to see the image on Facebook. On the other hand, you should know that none of the methods presented below uses facial recognition technology , so don’t expect miracles.
In fact, with the second method (which consists of using third-party tools) the search is very imprecise and random. Therefore, we recommend that you only apply this method if the image you want to search is high resolution, clear and unique . With that said, let’s see then how to apply the two methods to search for images on Facebook.
How to search for images on Facebook with a photo ID
All images uploaded to Facebook are assigned a unique numerical ID that we can see in their URL. This ID is also by default in the name of the images that we download from Facebook. So if you have the URL of a Facebook photo or a photo downloaded from Facebook that you haven’t renamed, you can search for the source or person who posted that image on Facebook like this:
- If you can’t see the URL of the photo, right-click on it and click Open in new tab . But if you have the downloaded photo, skip this step and the next.
- With the URL in view, it’s time to identify the photo ID. First, keep in mind that if the URL does not include the address “fbcdn.net” , then the photo is not hosted on Facebook, so you will have to use the second method.
- To identify the ID of the photo, first notice that there are three lines of numbers separated by a ” _ “. You realized? Well, the ID is the second line of numbers . To give you an example, here we mark in bold the ID of a Facebook photo: scontent-mia3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/87740776_ 3438424136177156 _1153832699098562560_o.jpg.
- Now, copy the ID of the photo and paste it at the end of this link: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=
- Finally, access the link you just created above and you will find the Facebook account that originally uploaded the photo.
- It is worth remembering that if the account that uploaded the photo is private, you will not be able to see the image on Facebook. Likewise, Facebook offers certain privacy options that, without making the profiles private, allow this method to not be possible with many photos . So if this method didn’t work for you, try the next one.
How to search for images on Facebook with Google or another search engine
On the Internet there are many search engines that allow you to search by images. The most popular of all is Google, as it is the most effective and easy to use . In fact, Google offers us three different ways to search for images on Facebook with a photo, which we will explain to you right away:
- If you have the photo open on a website, right-click on it and then select Google Image .
- In case that option does not appear, go to Google Images and drag the photo to the search bar .
- But if you have the photo downloaded, then you have to go to Google Images, tap on the camera icon and select Upload an image .
- Once Google does the search and finds results, do it again by adding the site: facebook.com parameter to the search bar to get more precise results.
You can do the same with other search engines such as TinEye, RevImg, Bing , Yandex or SauceNAO. Each of these search engines uses its own search engine, so the results you will get will be different.
And that’s basically all you can do to search for images on Facebook with a photo. If you know of another method that works as well or better than these, share it with everyone in the comments.