How do you scan a photo to see who it is?

Answered by Willie Powers

To scan a photo and perform a reverse image search to identify the person in it, you can follow these steps:

1. Gather the necessary equipment: You will need a scanner or a smartphone with a high-quality camera to capture the photo you want to scan.

2. Prepare the photo: If the photo you want to scan is physical, ensure it is clean and free from any dust or smudges. If it is a digital photo, make sure it is clear and not pixelated.

3. Scan the photo: If you have a scanner, place the photo face down on the scanner bed and close the lid. Open the scanning software on your computer and select the appropriate settings for scanning photos. Then, start the scan process. If you are using a smartphone, open the camera app and position the photo within the frame. Ensure that you capture the entire photo clearly and without any glare or reflections. Take the photo and save it to your device.

4. Transfer the scanned photo: If you used a scanner, save the scanned image to your computer or a location where you can easily access it. If you used a smartphone, the image is already saved on your device.

5. Perform a reverse image search: Open your preferred web browser and go to Click on the camera icon in the search bar. You will be prompted to either upload the scanned photo or enter the URL if it is already online. Choose the appropriate option and follow the on-screen instructions to upload the photo.

6. Review the search results: After uploading the photo, Google will process it and provide you with search results that include similar or identical images. Scroll through the results to see if any match the person in the photo. You may also find additional information or context about the photo’s subject.

7. Refine your search: If the initial search results do not yield the desired information, you can try modifying your search. Add relevant keywords or information about the photo, such as the location, event, or any known details about the person. This can help narrow down the results and provide more accurate matches.

It is important to note that reverse image search results may not always yield the exact identification of a person. The accuracy of the results depends on the availability of relevant images on the internet and the information associated with them. Additionally, privacy settings and limited online presence can also affect the search results.

In my personal experience, I have used reverse image search to identify landmarks, artworks, and even find similar products while shopping online. It can be a useful tool for various purposes, including finding information about people in photos. However, it’s important to approach these search results with caution and verify the information from multiple sources before drawing conclusions.