On Friday 16 January 2018 Google had made a few changes to the way Image Search works on the search engine. However, one of the biggest changes was the removal of the “View Image” button, which would take a user straight to the image and the image’s URL.
Danny Sullivan, Google’s public search liaison, tweeted about the change on February 16. His Tweet read:
Today we’re launching some changes on Google Images to help connect users and useful websites. This will include removing the View Image button. The Visit button remains, so users can see images in the context of the webpages they’re on. pic.twitter.com/n76KUj4ioD
— Google SearchLiaison (@searchliaison) February 15, 2018
With the “View Image” button disabled, users will now have to visit the hosting website of the image in order to view or download the image. This will in-turn generate more visitors for websites hosting sought-after images.
After the removal of the “View Image” button was implemented, Google faced a backlash from users on social media.
So Google have just made getting good reference more difficult by getting rid of the ‘view image’ option.. Bit of a nightmare for an illustrator.. Nice one..
— Bill McConkey (@bill_mcconkey) February 19, 2018
— Nishit Poddar (@iTechCracker) February 19, 2018
— 4r4g0rn (@evilripper) February 19, 2018
A way to get it back:
With backlash increasing over the removal of the function, Google quickly developed workaround extensions for both Google Chrome and Firefox. These workaround extensions bring the “View Image” button back to these two browsers. The extension for Google Chrome and Firefox can be found by clicking on the links.