How To Find Free Images Using Google’s Advanced Image Search (Step-by-Step)

google's advanced image searchHave you been looking for a way to find some free images online? Well, Google’s Advanced image search is a good place to start!

This feature by Google makes it easier for you to use it’s advanced image search to filter images by usage rights. Now you have a better chance of finding free images from Google, which you can use for your blogs, websites and/or social media images.


Step 1: Type Keyword In Google Image Search Bar

Your first step is to head over to Google Images search bar then type in your keyword. In this example, I used the keyword “Rock Climbing”


Step 2: Click On The “Tools” Tab

Once you’ve typed in your keyword, click on the “Tools” tab.



Step 3: Click on “Usage Rights”

After you’ve clicked on “Tools” you can now select the “Usage Rights” tab.


Step 4: Select Your Usage Rights Filter

Now you can select your usage rights filter


Types of Google Usage Rights

Free To Use: Allows you to copy or share the content, so long as it remains unchanged

Free To Use With Modification: Allows you to copy, share and/or modify the image in ways specific to the licence

Noncommercial Reuse: The image cannot be used for commercial purposes, such as advertisings or professional work, without any modification

Noncommercial Reuse with Modification: The image can be modified, but it cannot be used commercially.


Important to Note

It is important to double check the full licence on the photo’s website. Sometimes you may need to give credit to the image creator(s).

In order to find the image page, just select “view page” when you click on an image you would like to use.


My Final Thoughts

Google is a good “first stop” resource for finding free images, and as you can see from the steps above, it’s really easy to find free images to use on your blog, website and/or social media images.

Despite this, it’s still important to be sure of the licencing on the photo’s website.

There are a few other good resources for finding free stock images, such as Pexels and Unsplash.

Overall, Google’s Advanced Image Search is a very useful tool and is a great way to find some additional free images online.

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