Google kills "View Image" option from Google Images

Isaac Cain
February 17, 2018

When you needed to download an image on to your computer, all you had to do was click on the image, then click on View and then download the image from the search page itself without going to the website the image is hosted on.

"If you woke up this morning and were confused by Google Images" sudden lack of "View Image" button, then you weren't alone. As the view image button opened the photo in a new screen making it easier to download or screenshot, removing the button may decrease photo theft. People also started recommending an alternative to Google's Image Search feature. Instead, you will have to visit the actual website from where the image came from.

Earlier, when we had the view images option, it was way easier to download images.

There is a workaround for most images. One of the possible reasons for the change is to redirect users to the website where the image is found so that the website can serve ads and to intimate users about any associated copyright information. "They are created to strike a balance between serving user needs and publisher concerns, both stakeholders we value".

It can't be denied that the change in the Google images is essentially actually meant to irritate users. However, while that is good so long it upholds the legitimate rights of people over their images, the same will no doubt make it that bit harder for many to use free images available online.

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"This agreement between Getty Images and Google sets the stage for a very productive, collaborative relationship between our companies", adds Getty CEO Dawn Airey. Now, when you search for an image, you will have to visit the website in its entirety to grab the image for your own use. Well, you better say goodbye to it because it's being removed by Google. It will help publishers but not without annoying millions of internet users. You have to right click on the image and select the "open image in new tab" or "view image" to get the image. "We will licence our market leading content to Google, working closely with them to improve attribution of our contributors' work and thereby growing the ecosystem".

However, there is still a way to save images without taking the trouble of visiting a webpage.

Regular users of Google Images have been quick to criticize the changes in search functionality.

When Getty Images first raised concerns with Google three years ago, Google's proposed solution was no solution at all: accept its presentation of images in high-res format, or opt-out of image search.

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