Why Google removed “View image” option from search results?

Google removed View image option button that appeared when you clicked on a picture, which allowed you to open the image alone means from the search results appearing on Google Images on Thursday after partnering with stock photo provider Getty Images. If you visit images.google.com and operate a search query while selecting an image will no longer give you the option to view that image on its own.

Google removes View image option

This sudden amend falls a big impact on users who love to save the real and live image of Google. The “View image” button was extremely useful for users, as when you’re searching for a picture, there’s a very good chance that you want to take it and use it for your own purpose.

Earlier, when we had the view images option, it was way easier to download images. Now with the removal of the option, Google makes it slightly difficult to save pictures. Previously, to save images from Google, all we had to do is click on the “view image” option on the right-hand side of the page, right click on the picture and then save it. But now, with the removal of the option, Google now wants us to click on the “Visit” option, go to the source website, and right click on the image and only then save the picture.

Why has Google removed View image option?

Google has been facing a lot of trouble due to the instances of stealing the original photos by the users which were taken by the photographers and publishers who complained that peoples stealing their pictures without giving a proper credit to them.

This sudden has change came after Getty Images lodged complaints against Google in the United States and European Union for providing options to download high-resolution photographs of the image provider on the site.

Google is aiming towards curbing these issues. On one hand, the thought behind the move is for good, but it is also creating a lot of problems for people while they are trying to download images from Google.

Also, this comes after Google sealed a deal with Getty Images to improve on copyright disclaimers and on the attribution of someone’s work.

Google also removed its “search by image” button, which appeared upon expanding a search result and enabled users to find the same image on different websites, after the partnership deal, but a reverse image search can still be done by dragging it to the search bar of Google Images, and by right-clicking an image and performing a Google search.

Google removed "View image" option

How Websites badly affected earlier?

Google faced a challenging situation since long that’s why this new change has been taken out so that it could pause on image theft and lost ad revenue issue. The View Image button gave a base to the users, an easy way to snatch images from all over the web and use it for its own vicious purposes and when users just click an image from the site, they don’t see any of the site’s advertisements or even have an opportunity to engage with the content surrounding the image, which ultimately hits to the particular website’s growth in Google traffic ranking.

What is Google’s new way of saving the image?

Now, when you search for an image, you will have to visit the website in its entirety to grab the image for your own personal use. Means instead of being directed to a full resolution copy of an image with a click, users will now need to scroll through a website to find the original image.

Also, there are a few more ways to get the images saved. For instance, to save an image you can directly right click on the image, and click on view image or save image option to download the image, however, you have to compromise a bit on the quality.

There’s also an option called “Open tab in new window” this will directly open the source website, from where we can right click and save the image.

What is Google’s aim behind this amend?

Google’s intention behind the move seems to be two, either stop people from stealing pictures or drive them to the source website of the image so that at least the website can serve ads and get revenue. In the second instance, people are also more likely to see the associated copyright information, if there’s any.


The initiative is for good, but it also has its drawbacks. But, overall, it is good to see Google protecting photographer’s credit along potential and boosting traffic to websites.

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