Get more useful information with captions on Google Images

Doris Richards
March 14, 2018

By its very nature, searches on Google Images are very visual things - but that's not to say they couldn't be enhanced with some non-pictorial content.

Image captions will roll out worldwide this week in the Google Search app for iOS and Android, as well as image search results in mobile browsers. However, there is no information on whether the feature will roll out to desktop browsers in future. Google said that searchers "rarely use the full search results" for these types of queries and if they want it, they can click the "show all results" button. Elements such as badges, for recipe or product, helped users find what they were looking for. Later, it also added the website's domain URL for each result to show where the image is coming from.

Captions will consist of the page title where the image is published, which means captions can be optimized by modifying title tags. Now, you get even more information in a caption that is found under the image.

For example, if you search for [time in los angeles] or [time in new zealand] Google will show the answer, and then show a button below the answer to load the search results.

This update underscores our ongoing goal to make Google Images an ever more useful tool to discover and explore more information from the web.

Google is now showing answers without any additional search results for some queries. For instance, you can learn that this fruit is called carambola or starfruit, and that it's popular in China.

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