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4 Ways to Disable Google Lens Image Search in Chrome

Google has been integrating Lens in most of its products. Following the same, Lens has now replaced the legacy reverse image search in Chrome. However, not everyone may like the results. Thankfully, it’s possible to switch back to the old image search. In this article, let’s see different ways to disable Google Lens Image Search in Chrome.

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Disable Google Lens Image Search in Chrome

Google introduced Lens back in 2017. It is an image searching feature that uses AI and machine learning to provide intelligent search results. It can also help in real-time language translation and provide links to the image source.


Previously, Chrome used the regular reverse image search when you clicked the “Search image on google” option in right-click menu. But now, it uses Lens to find what’s in the photo at a deeper level.

Not everyone may prefer the results produced by Lens. So, for all those people who prefer the image search on Google instead of Lens, here’s how you can disable Lens Image Search in Chrome. The methods will also work on other Chromium-based browsers.

Method 1- Disable Lens Image Search With Chrome Flags

Google lens image search is an inbuilt Chrome feature recently added to the browser. Thankfully you can go to the flags page and easily disable it on Chrome for PC. This is how you can do it:

Step 1: Type and enter chrome://flags/#enable-lens-region-search in Chrome address bar.

Step 2: It will open the experiments page with “Search your Screen with Google Lens” highlighted in yellow.

Disable Google Lens Image Search in Chrome

Step 3: Click the drop-down menu next to it. Choose Disabled and relaunch Chrome.

Disable Google Lens Image Search in Chrome

Now, whenever you right-click an image and search it, it will use the old Google image search instead of the Google Lens.

Method 2- Using Search By Image Extension

Search By Image is a powerful extension that allows you to reverse search for an image on various platforms. All you have to do is right-click on an image and choose the search engine you want to.

Using it, you can have Google Lens Search and the old Google Image Search together in the right-click menu. It can be set it up in a few simple steps:

Step 1: Visit Search By Image on the Chrome Web Store.

Step 2: Click on Add to Chrome. Then, tap Add Extension to confirm.

Re-enable Reverse Image Search in Google Chrome

Step 3: Right-click on any image and choose Search by Image.

Re-enable Reverse Image Search in Google Chrome

Step 4: Here, you can choose Google to search with Google image search. Or the site you want to search on.

Re-enable Reverse Image Search in Google Chrome

You can also click All Search Engines to search the image on all search engines at once.

To search only on Google without adding extra steps, go to extension settings and uncheck all other search engines except Google Images.

Method 3- Use “Try it” to Use Old Reverse Image Search

Let’s say you don’t mind Google Lens but still want an option to search on Google images in case the result does not match what you were looking for. Well, Google allows you to retry searching the image on Google search. Let us take a look at where you can find that option.

Step 1: Right-click on an Image and search with the default Google Lens.

Step 2: On the result page, scroll down. You should see a message saying, “Didn’t find what you were looking for? Retry with Google Images,” with a Try it button next to it.

Step 3: Click on Try it to search the image again on Google Image Search.

Get Back Old Reverse Image Search in Google Chrome

It will search the image on Google Images. You can also directly open images.google.com on another tab and drag and drop images on it to search through Google.

Get Back Old Reverse Image Search in Google Chrome

Method 4- Disable Lens Using Chrome Flags on Android

Like the PC version, Chrome browser on Android also uses Google Lens to reverse search images. Since there are no extensions to help you out on Android, we will take the flags approach to disable this feature. The steps are explained below.

Step 1: Copy and past chrome://flags/#context-menu-translate-with-google-lens in Chrome address bar.

In case this option does not show up for you, enable the #temporary-unexpire-flags-m95 and #temporary-unexpire-flags-m96 on the flags page.

Step 2: Open the drop-down menu next to it and choose Disabled.

Step 3: Relaunch Chrome on your phone.

Now when you image search on Chrome, it will search with the default Google image search. iPhone and iPad users don’t need to follow this method because Chrome for iOS still uses the old Image Search by default.

The other option you might think of is to disable the Google app on your phone. Doing so won’t change anything- it would just break the option. Hence, no point in trying it.

Wrapping Up

Google Lens is a handy implementation that adds tons of extra features but it might not be everyone’s cup of tea as of now. It might be annoying for some and not as reliable in terms of results. I hope the above guide helped disable Google Lens Search and switch back to Google images in Chrome on your PC and phone. Stay tuned for more such updates.

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Anshuman Jain

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