On February 15, 2018, Google SearchLiaison announced that Google Images would no longer show the “View Image” button next to the picture.
By removing the button, Google could resolve the problem with Getty Images and, at the same time, give more benefits to photographers, graphic designers, and other stock image providers. However, half of the internet seems not very happy with the decision.
Luckily, there is a browser extension that could bring back the “View Image” button on the Google Image search result. See the guide below!
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1. Log in to your Google account, go to the Chrome extension called View Image. Click Add to Chrome.
2. Next, click Add Extension to confirm.
The download process should start immediately and start the installation automatically.
What you need is waiting until this process finished. After that, you can see the View Image button on Google Images as it used to be.
Note: Due to the Google Images update, this extension sometimes did not load the “View Image” button properly. When this issue occurs, try to uninstall and install the extension again.
Like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox also has the same add-on that actually from the same developer too.
1. Run Mozilla Firefox, go to View Image add-on page and click Add to Firefox.
2. Wait until download process finished, then click Add.
3. Now you can use Google Images services with the new View Image button.
Similar to Chrome, if this add-on did not show the button, just reinstall it from Firefox.
#3 Enable “View Image” Button on Google Images – Opera
I actually did not find identic browser extension as Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. However, I’ve found an alternative extension to download an image from Google Images.
1. Open your Opera browser, go to View Image Info (properties) page extension, and click Add to Opera.
2. Right-click on the desired image and select View Image Info (properties).
3. You will see a window like this. Click the link on the Location section to get the desired image.
Remember, always check the license
Albeit you can access the full resolution of the image, it’s important to know the license of the image first — which often appears on the web page. The license will tell you who owns the image, purpose, and other legal information.
Learn more about image licensing here.