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Wei Linchao

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How to Use Taobao Image Search to Find Products – Step-by-Step Guide 2022


Taobao has a unique algorithm that makes it possible for shoppers to find products using images instead of just keywords. 

The algorithm identifies the images you upload based on their shape, colors, and dimensions. It then compares them to the images in the Taobao database and provides you with search results of all the products that match the image you uploaded. 

This unique search method makes it easy to find products. More so if you are not sure what keywords you can use to find them. 

In this guide, we share how to run an image search on Taobao using a mobile device whenever you need to. 

Let’s begin, shall we?

Using Taobao Image Search on Mobile Devices

Step 1: Download and Install the Taobao App


Begin by installing the Taobao App on your mobile device. It is available on both Google Playstore and the Apple Store for Android and IOS users respectively. 

Step 2: Tap on Camera Icon on Homepage

Once the Taobao App is installed, go to the homepage. You will notice that there is a search bar at the top. Click on the camera icon at the right end of the bar. 


Step 3: Take a Picture or Upload an Image from Your Album

Clicking on the camera icon will direct you to either take a picture using the camera on your mobile device or upload a picture from your albums. 


Tip: ensure that the item you would like to search for is clearly visible in the picture that you choose. 

Upload the picture and click on the orange part of the search bar to initiate the search. 

Step 4: Compare Image Search Results

When the search is complete, the app will list a variety of search results that match the image you uploaded. Go through them and compare them with your original image to see if you can find exactly what you need. 


Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: How Do I Use Taobao Image Search on PC?

Unfortunately, it is no longer possible to run an image search on Taobao using a PC. Taobao discontinued the function in July 2021. We will, however, let you know if they reinstate it in the future. 

Q. What Other Options Can I Use If I Can Not Find What I Need Using Image Search on Taobao?

If your image search results are not satisfactory, consider using keywords to search for the product you are looking for. However, if both image and keyword searches do not meet your needs, it is advisable to consult a Taobao agent.

Taobao agents, like Bestfulfill, are more familiar with how different products are usually listed on the platform. We would, therefore, be better placed to find what you need just based on your description of the product or a picture. 

Furthermore, we can help you find the right suppliers, handle the purchase processes, and even coordinate shipping on your behalf. 

Final Word

The image search option on Taobao is not only a unique provision but it also makes e-commerce more accessible by being compatible with mobile devices. It is equally very convenient if you do not speak Chinese which is the primary language used on the Taobao App. 

In a nutshell, if you have been wondering how to begin shopping on Taobao, this would be a great search method to start with. 

On the other hand, if the product options and search results seem overwhelming, we would be happy to find you what you need. We are a professional dropshipping company that is well-experienced in sourcing products from Taobao. We also offer other comprehensive services such as custom packaging, branding, and shipping. 

Simply reach out to us with your product sourcing requirements and we will get back to you with a quote. 

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