If you need to find out images which you want to use for your blog or any other personal use, you have to be careful in ensuring that you are not violating any copyright laws. While most do not normally object to usage of the images for non-profit or non-commercial use, there are always those who are very possessive about their images and object to, if you use them for any reason what so ever, without their permission.

How to search for Free To Use Images on Google Search

In this post I will tell you how you can tell Google Image Search to show you only those images which are free to use or share.

To do so, open Google.com and click on Images to open Google Image Search. Type out any query whose images you want to search.

Once the results are displayed, in the top right corner, you will see the Settings icon. Click on it and select Advanced Search.



Scroll down and you will see Usage Rights. You have the option to display only those images:

The different usage rights options available:

  1. Free to use or share. Your results will only include pages that are either labeled as public domain or carry a license that allows you to copy or redistribute its content, as long as the content remains unchanged.
  2. Free to use, share, or modify. Your results will only include pages that are labeled with a license that allows you to copy, modify, or redistribute in ways specified in the license.
  3. If you want content for commercial use, be sure to select the appropriate option containing the term commercially.


If you're looking for reusable images, use the Advanced Image Search page. In addition to images labeled as being under the Creative Commons license or in the public domain, the usage rights filter on this page also shows you images labeled with the GNU Free Documentation license.

In the Usage Rights drop-down, select one of the following options:

  1. Labeled for reuse. Your results will only include images labeled with a license that allows you to copy and/or modify the image in ways specified in the license.
  2. Labeled for commercial reuse. Your results will only include images labeled with a license that allows you to copy the image for commercial purposes, in ways specified in the license.
  3. Labeled for reuse with modification. Your results will only include images labeled with a license that allows you to copy and modify the image in ways specified in the license.
  4. Labeled for commercial reuse with modification. Your results will only include images labeled with a license that allows you to copy the image for commercial purposes and modify it in ways specified in the license.


Hope that helps!