While there is no dedicated Facebook image search feature, with a bit of creativity, you can find who posted an image using a search engine or another external reverse image search tool. Has one of your photos been making the rounds on Facebook? Have you seen something you'd like to buy but have no idea where to find it? You can track a Facebook photo back to its source! In this article, you'll learn:
Every photo uploaded and posted to Facebook has a unique Facebook ID (fbid). It is built into the filename for that image, so it can't easily be faked. While you used to be able to take the image's filename and use its unique Facebook ID to jump directly to an image, Facebook has closed that function. So that leaves us to do a Facebook image searching using Google or other search engines, and using specialized reverse image search tools, like TinEye.
If you use the Chrome browser, Google has made this the simplest way to do a reverse-image search from a Facebook photo.
That's all there is to it! This is ideal if you quickly want to identify something - a breed of cat, a plant or flower, a mineral - Google is very good at giving you results and similar photos to compare. It will also help you find the original source of the photo.
To limit the results to show just images from Facebook, enter site:facebook.com in the search bar next to the image and press Enter to refresh the list.
Of course, if the account that published that image on Facebook isn't public or where Facebook has blocked search engines from seeing their photos, it won't turn up in the image search results.
Bing lets you search using an image instead of a search phrase.
The results that Bing shows you will include matching photos from publicly available Facebook posts (providing the user has allowed this in their privacy settings) as well as close matches and similar photos. You can see that this turtle photo posted on a Facebook page originally came from the rawpixel stock photography website, but the person who posted it hasn't allowed their account or photos to be seen by search engines.
There are several reverse image search tools available, and these are fantastic for finding where an image has been used on the internet, including on Facebook. TinEye is one of the more common tools, and can be used to perform a Facebook image search. Just like with the other methods of finding Facebook images described above, TinEye will only find Facebook profiles if the users have allowed search engines to find their photos.
TinEye will return a list of where that particular image has been published on the internet. It will only return exact matches, and only to photos that are publicly accessible to search engines.
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