Google Image Search was “born” in 2001 thanks to Jennifer Lopez.

When she walked down the red carpet wearing a revealing and sexy Donatella Versace dress it created a frenzy of internet searches by fans wanting to view photos of the star.

The 42nd Grammy Awards event prompted the birth of Google Images.

This was confirmed when the president of Google, Eric Schmidt, announced that the platform was created because of the public demand to view pictures of Jennifer Lopez in the Versace dress.

Google Image Search and Jennifer Lopez

The revealing Versace dress worn by Jennifer Lopez and that is said resulted in Versace and J.Lo becoming household names.

What is Google Image Search?

Google Image Search is a search engine that allows users to find pictures.

Apart from keyword searches, Google Image’s “Search by Image” feature results in:

  • The display of similar images
  • Web pages displaying the image
  • Web results
  • Different image resolutions

The more popular the image, the better results of the “Search by Image” feature.

How to sign into Google Images

Remember you only need one Google account to access all Google platforms.

If you already have a Gmail address, then you already have a Google account.

  1. Simply sign into Google using your Gmail details.
  2. Otherwise, copy and paste the following link into your browser:

https://accounts.google.com/signin/v2/sl/pwd?flowName=GlifWebSignIn&flowEntry=ServiceLogin

  1. The following page will appear.

  1. Your name and email address will appear at the top of the page.
  2. Press the “Enter your password” button and proceed to enter your password.
  3. If you cannot remember your password, press the “Forgot password?” button below left and then press “Next”.

If you need to create an account:

  1. Go to www.google.com and select the Sign in button in the top-right corner of the page.
  2. Click on Create an Account.
  3. The Sign-Up form will appear. Now follow the instructions and enter your login details.
  4. Create your profile page will now appear.
  5. Your account will be created, and the Google welcome page will appear.

How to retrieve your Google login details

  1. Go to com/accounts/recovery
  2. Select the forgotten password option
  3. Enter the name of the account you want to recover
  4. Google could require confirmation of your account and/or ask you to sign in from a computer you own and recently used
  5. Click Continue
  6. Tell Google if you cannot remember your password
  7. Select the Verify Your Identity link
  8. Complete and submit the form

Why you have to sign into Google Images

No matter what image you are searching for, using Google Image search will undoubtedly find what you need.

No matter how obscure the search, Google Images delivers. In this example, we searched for “Albino Donkey”.

With over 10 billion images in its index, it is no wonder that Google Images is searched more than one billion times each and every day!

To search Google Images go to:

  • Select Images by tapping the button on the top right-hand side of your screen.
  • Enter your search choice in the box below.
  • Now tap Google Image Search.

For our search, we used Cape Storms as our keyword.

Google Image displays thumbnails of all its matching results.

Users can view full-sized images or browse the website from which the image originated.

Privacy

In a nutshell, Google’s Privacy Policy is driven by a “what belongs to you stays with you” premise.

However, when you upload, submit, store, send or receive content, you are giving Google and its third parties a worldwide license to use and distribute your content.

This license continues even if you stop using Google services. An example would be a business listing you added to Google Maps.

Google’s privacy and terms for using its services are uniform for all its applications.

What you get from Google Images

What you get from this Google platform is the most comprehensive image library available on the worldwide web.

Google Images has more than 10 billion images available for viewing and accommodates more than one billion users every day.

Countries

Google is a worldwide platform but is banned in China.

It also restricts access to some of its services like YouTube, Gmail, Blogger and Maps in almost all Arab countries, Crimea, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, Sudan and Syria.

Mobile, Android, iPhone and smartphone

Google Drive is available for tablets and Android smartphones running the Android 4.1 “Jelly Bean” or later versions.

It supports iPhones and iPads running the i0S 8 or later versions.

Cool stuff to do

Find more about a certain picture by clicking the camera icon on Google Images.

  • The following page will appear.

  • You are now given two options.
  • You can paste the image URL into the box.
  • Or you can upload an image.
  • Then tap the “Search by image” button.

So next time you see that “must have” black dress on another website, use Google Images to find it for you!

How does Google Images make money?

Google Image Search is part of the Google stable.

It is a search company whose revenue is fuelled from advertising.

Google earns in excess of $75 million annually.

Takeaways about Google Images

One-third of all Google searches are for images.

Generally, Google does not display very large images so, if you are looking for one then:

  • Type your keyword
  • Add + “wallpaper”
  • Voila, Google Image Search displays what you are searching for LARGE SIZE!

Keep your login details safe

Account security is a Google priority so follow the steps below on a regular basis to keep your account safe.

Also, remember to change your password immediately if you think your account has been compromised.

  1. Scan your computer with a reliable anti-virus program to eliminate malware and viruses. Delete any suspicious content.
  2. Visit the My Account page and in the “Security Checkup” section click the Get Started button. Following the on-screen instructions will keep your account secure.
  3. Always update your Account Recovery
  4. Use the 2-Step Verification to strengthen your account security. In this step, you will have to sign in, usually with your password, and code that will be sent to your mobile.
  5. Set your computer to receive automatic updates.
  6. Remember to never, ever, use your Google Drive login password on any other website. If by chance you have already done so, go to the Google website and change your password immediately.
  7. Protect your password by never entering it when following an email link from an untrustworthy site. Only enter your password on either the google.com or accounts.google.com/login sites.
  8. Never send your password via email or give that information to anyone else. Remember that Google will never ask you to disclose your password or request any other sensitive information.

Extra precautions

When using a public computer make certain that you sign out at the end of your session. Never share your Google Drive login details with anyone.

The Google’s Safety Center also provides more safety tips.