The methods we showed you in our first article only work if you have a computer handy. However, we aren’t always sitting in front of a computer when we see an image that rings some alarm bells. Luckily, there are also free apps available on iOS and Android that make it possible to use your phone to do the same kind of image verification. In this article, we’ll explain how.

You can find many of them on the Play store (for Android) or the Apple Store (for iPhone). Check out examples by clicking here or here.

We’ll walk you through how to verify an image using an example. Take this photo showing a woman threatening a police officer who is aiming a pistol at a man on the ground. The caption says that the photo shows a woman in the Dominican Republic protecting her son from a police officer. The story is touching and the photo is powerful - high-quality and well-framed (perhaps too well-framed). Which makes us a bit suspicious.


To verify the photo, start by downloading the app of your choice by searching for the key words “reverse image search” in the PlayStore, AppleStore or online store of your choice.

Once you have the app open on your phone, then you can select the image in question from your image gallery.


Then, upload the photo to the search engine of your choice. Here, Yandex was able to immediately identify the photo in question: it is a screengrab of a scene from the 2013 film "Christo Rey".

 

How can I verify a video using my phone?

For the time being, there is no software that makes it possible to verify a video from your phone.

If you want to learn more about how to verify a video, check out our tutorial. However, you will need a computer to conduct these searches.