Google Image Search: Search for exact size or display “larger than” images

For a few years now, Google's image search options on the search engine's standard page have only been usable to a limited extent. Several functions for selecting the image size and also the image color have been removed. If you expand the search filters and select “Size” you can currently only select “All sizes”, “Large”, “Medium” and “Symbol”. However, the “Large” option does not correspond to the modern understanding of large image files and sometimes delivers results under 1.000 x 1.000 pixels. The solutions: Advanced image search, search operators and URL parameters. I will explain all three options to you here.

The size selection in the regular Google image search is very limited. And "Large" often doesn't offer really large images, but rather includes those from 900 x 900 pixels in the results overview.
The size selection in the regular Google image search is very limited. And “Large” often doesn’t offer really large images, but rather includes those from 900 x 900 pixels in the results overview.

Use Google's advanced image search to search large images

The advanced image search or Advanced Image Search can be accessed using this link: https://www.google.com/advanced_image_search. On the site you will not only find various options for including search words and phrases in the search or keeping them out of it. Further down there is also the option to specify the image size, image format, colors and the like. In the extended Google image search you will continue to be offered the options in 2024 that were removed from the regular search page in 2019.

These options are available to you:

  • Image size: All Sizes, Large, Medium, Icon, Larger than 400×300, Larger than 640×480, Larger than 800×600, Larger than 1024×768, Larger than 2MP, Larger than 4MP, Larger than 6MP, Larger than 8 MP, Greater than 10 MP, Greater than 12 MP, Greater than 15 MP, Greater than 20 MP, Greater than 40 MP and Greater than 70 MP
  • image format: All formats, Large, Square, Wide, Panorama
  • Image type: Face, Photo, Clipart, Line Drawing, Animated
Google's Advanced Image Search offers significantly more options for finding the right images, photos, graphics and more. The functions that were removed from the standard search page a few years ago still exist here.
Google's Advanced Image Search offers significantly more options for finding the right images, photos, graphics and more. The functions that were removed from the standard search page a few years ago still exist here.

You can also limit the search to a website, specify a specific file type (JPG, PNG, GIF, SVG, RAW, etc.) and set certain usage rights. For example, you can limit the search to search results that you can reuse free of charge for public and commercial use. My tip: Don't rely on this setting and go to the image source to look for copyright and usage notices. Not that you had to pay for a license in the end and only found out about it afterwards through a letter from a lawyer.

Use search operator for exact image size in Google search field

If you work in the creative field and often need large reference images or photos for the online mood board, then you can use Google's advanced image search Store it in the Dock as a web app. But if you only need a new wallpaper every now and then as a desk background or a large-format landscape photo for private poster printing, then you can also use other options for less frequent searches.

A solution here is to use Search operators. These are commands that you enter directly into the search engine's text field in addition to the search term in order to make the search more precise. You can also search for exact image sizes via the regular Google website. You search for an image or photo with a specified resolution using the operator imagesize: – So you search for an image with 1.000 x 1.000 pixels with “Search term imagesize:1000×1000(without quotation marks). This means that you will only see results in this resolution in the images tab of the search.

Google's exact image size search operator helps limit results to a single resolution. This way you can find new wallpapers etc. more quickly.
Google's exact image size search operator helps limit results to a single resolution. This way you can find new wallpapers etc. more quickly.

Use URL parameters for the minimum size in Google Image Search

Interestingly, there doesn't seem to be a working URL parameter for searching for an exact image size (&tbs=isz:ex,iszw:1000,iszh:1000 worked once, but in my current test, images of all sizes were displayed instead of just those with 1.000 x 1.000 pixels). Apparently there is no search operator for the minimum size of searched Internet images. Only the URL parameter worked for me here &tbs=isz:lt,islt: – you then add a megapixel number to this to determine the minimum size. So for 8 megapixels the URL addition is &tbs=isz:lt,islt:8mp.

Here is the necessary procedure as step-by-step instructions:

  1. Enter your search term into Google and carry out the search (press Enter)
  2. Click the images tab on the results page to switch to image search
  3. Use the URL parameter with the desired minimum resolution by placing it at the end of the page URL and pressing Enter again
In the URL of the Google image search you use the parameter shown to set the minimum size (result of height x width of the file). This way you can find internet images with a minimum size of 8 MP, 12 MP, 40 MP or even 70 MP more quickly.
In the URL of the Google image search you use the parameter shown to set the minimum size (result of height x width of the file). This way you can find internet images with a minimum size of 8 MP, 12 MP, 40 MP or even 70 MP more quickly.
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