Last updated: January 27, 2023
In recent years, it has become increasingly vital to be able to verify the information that we are going to be given, in particular because of the rise of social networks and therefore of new channels of information.
Indeed, it has never been easier to share information, even if they are not always true. Indeed, we can for example have videos or photos circulating in relation to an event.
However, these media, they are not always true or at least, they can come from other events and it is important to be able to know it in just a few clicks. For this, there is a method.
This method is that of making reverse search. This will not tell you everything, in particular it will not reveal to you the montages and tricks that may have been made, for example, on this medium.
However, this will allow you in a few clicks to find the origin of a video YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok or others.
So you can know if this image is very recent and above all linked to the right event or, on the contrary, if it has been reused and/or taken out of context. Together, we will see how to do it in this article.
Do a reverse search on Google
As we told you, there is a very simple way to check if an image, it comes from the event or if it has been reused, or even stolen. Because yes, it is not only useful in the search for information.
Indeed, for example, we are currently witnessing a surge in NFT phenomenon and unfortunately, this also leads to an upsurge in the number of thefts of works on the internet to resell them as NFTs.
Google image search, it will therefore also allow you to check that the image you are using or that you are about to buy is not from one of his thefts, for example. In short, it is very useful in a whole bunch of cases.
But then, how to do it?
Well, it's quite simple. To do this, follow these steps:
- First of all, you have to go to the page of Google image.
- Usually, you probably type your search directly, without paying more attention. Well this time we're gonna click on the little camera which is to the right of the search bar.
- There, you have two solutions available to you. The first is to upload the image you want to check.
- Once it's done, all you have to do is do it. swipe to the search bar and it will do itself.
- Alternatively you can simply right click on the image. There, choose to copy the url.
- All you have to do is paste it into the search bar.
How to make a video?
The method that we have just presented to you, it works, there is no problem. Except that you noticed it, we speak to you here of photo whereas we also spoke to you of video in the title of the article.
Well, actually, that's not a problem. Although it is impossible to search directly by video, we must not forget one thing that is very important to us, what is a video?
Well, it's just a sequence of images which will follow one another at a high enough speed so that we cannot see the sequences with the naked eye. So let's just take some footage from this video and do some research.
The method to follow to find the origin of a video
From then on, launch the video and take some screenshot. What we are going to advise you is two things in this regard. The first is to take at least 3 to 5 screenshots.
Because yes, sometimes the videos will be cut and you can miss the part used. The second thing, always to avoid recuts, is to take captures at the beginning, in the middle and at the end of your video.
Once you have managed to take all these captures, all you have to do is follow the methodology that we shared with you at the beginning of the article. Just do a search for each of the images.
If this video has ever been uploaded anywhere other than where you saw it, then you will see results appear on at least one or more photos that you have taken of this video.