How to Prevent Reverse Image Search?

How to Prevent a Reverse Image Search

Everyone values their privacy, but unfortunately, the internet comes with a variety of dangers, one of which includes the possibility of an invasion of privacy. If you use the following sites, read on!

  1. Facebook
  2. LinkedIn
  3. Pinterest
  4. Dating sites like

On these sites and others, you may have pictures that you do not want indexed, searched, or traced back to you and your personal information, but that doesn’t mean they won’t. However, there are ways to keep your personal information from being obtained without your knowledge. DoNotPay can help you  to keep your private life private.

Reverse Image Search Overview

While a reverse image search does offer some beneficial aspects, it can also cause problems as well.

What is a Reverse Image Search?

A reverse image search is when you upload an image or paste an image's URL into a search engine so that the search engine will generate results based on the image. This search helps users obtain more information about an image. It may help them locate the original source or the content creator, find higher resolution copies of the image, or discover all of the websites where the image appears.

Imagine if you used a professional image on a website where you also use an alias, but that image is traced back to your private social media account somehow. It can be hard to cover your tracks on social media when people can turn around and use online tools against you, which begs the question - should you try to  on your images?

Why Do You Need to Protect Yourself From a Reverse Image Search?

 search can help you:

  • Protect your privacy
  • Protect your personal data
  • Protect your security

There are many reasons why you might want to block reverse image searches. When it comes down to it, one of the most important reasons is to protect yourself and your family's privacy.

There are individuals who may do reverse image searches to find your social media profiles and cyberstalk you, or try to find as much information as they can about you to hack your accounts or even steal your identity. Someone who has previously been stalked, harassed, or in an abusive relationship may especially need to take extreme caution with any information they publish online, and protecting any images can help conceal their personal information and location.

How to Prevent a Reverse Image Search On Your Own

There are a variety of different methods you can try to protect your images from reverse image search, but you will need to be ready to put in the time and effort.

Photo EditingYou can try using a photo editor to manipulate the original image. Some people have had success with flipping the image horizontally, tilting or skewing it, warping it, or adding transparent layers to it.
Masking ToolsYou can try to use a masking tool, like Image Masker, to add overlays to your image. There are different masks to choose from and different opacity settings, but this is another option that may prevent reverse image searches.
Google Image Removal InstructionsGoogle has instructions for non-emergency image removal, but it may take a little more technical skill than the average person often has. You will need to add a robots.txt file to the root server that blocks your image. This will apply to all search engines, not just Google.

If any of these options sound too time-consuming, too tedious, or even a little intimidating, DoNotPay has an easier solution.

DoNotPay Can Quickly Prevent Reverse Image Searches for Any Image

You know it's important to protect certain images, especially when they pertain to your private life. Whether you want to upload images without ruining the aesthetics, or you just don't have the time and energy to worry about photo editing or masking or root servers, you don't have to worry. DoNotPay can do the work for you.

How to Beat Reverse Image Search Using DoNotPay

If you want to protect yourself against reverse image search engines but don't know where to start, DoNotPay has you covered in 3 easy steps:

  1. Open Photo Ninja on DoNotPay.


  2. Upload the photo or image you want to cloak and press submit.


  3. Our algorithms will automatically insert hidden changes and cloak your image, so it's no longer recognizable by reverse search engines. The newly generated image will be downloadable from your disputes page!


It really is very simple. You provide DoNotPay with the image, and we provide you with an image that cannot be found with reverse image searches. It truly is a quick, simple and successful process.

What Else Can DoNotPay Do For You?

In addition to preventing reverse image searches on Google or other search engines, DoNotPay can help you solve a variety of other problems:

Whatever your issue or concern, DoNotPay has you covered.

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