Remove an image from Google
Step by step, how to find and remove a URL of an image cached in Google’s image search.
Quick Text Guide
- • See the image in image search.
- • Click on the thumbnail.
- • Then you see the image again – click where it says to the right : Full-size image
- • Then, copy that url (of the full-size image) for a removal request in the public URL removal tool
- • Note : If you click on Full-size image and still see the image then it has not been deleted from the site and you can not submit a url removal request. In these cases, you must refer back to the site and arrange deletion.
Watch a video on image removal – click on bottom right to see it full screen
Instructions with images
See your image in image search.
Click on the thumbnail image to show it on it’s own page. You will see a link option to the right saying ‘Full-size image’ It is marked in the image here with a yellow arrow.
Right click on that option and save the url, or click on it and get the url from the adddress bar. It is that url which you need to input into a url removal request.
- You may also want to ensure before you submit the request that it does return a 404 response. If you see a different image in place of the one you want removing then this is not sufficient and you would have to either continue working to get it removed from the source or await for Google to naturally recrawl the content and update the image.
- If the image has been replaced by another image, then you also cannot request removal. The actual url needs to be a 404 response and replacing an image will mean awaiting for it to be recrawled and updated. There are no timescales for that. Non-html content tends to take longer to update.