You can search for products on Taobao easily by using the image search function. Here’s how you can shop on Taobao like a pro without typing a single word!
Taobao’s search by image function uses an algorithm according to similar colours, shapes, patterns, to match uploaded image to product images listed by Taobao sellers. Learn how to shop smart with Taobao’s reverse image search function by snapping a photo or uploading an image.
1. Tap on Camera Icon on Homepage
After tapping on the camera icon on your Taobao app homepage, the camera function will launch. Tap on the orange shutter button to take a photo of the item that you want to search on Taobao.
2. Re-crop the Image
Taobao’s smart camera will automatically crop the image for you, but you can always re-crop it for maximum accuracy. Once you’ve done that, the Taobao image search algorithm will work its magic and search its shopping platform for your item. It’s that easy!
3. Upload an Image from Gallery
If you only have an image of the item, that works too! You don’t need to have the physical item with you. Simply tap on the ‘Gallery’ icon in the camera function to access your mobile phone’s gallery. Scroll your gallery until you see the item image and upload it.
4. Re-crop the Image
Sometimes the Taobao image search algorithm may take a longer time to crawl the platform to find the exact or similar item, so hang on just a bit! The algorithm may also give you incorrect or irrelevant search results. If so, simply re-crop the image again!
5. Compare Image Search Results
Taobao image search results will be presented side by side for you to compare their prices, sale volumes, and location all at a glance. This saves you the hassle of tapping into each item to view the details. If you’ve found the best deal, quickly add it to your cart and checkout!
For more Taobao tips and tricks, learn the popular keywords to search and how to save money with consolidated shipping. However, if your purchase doesn’t meet your expectations, learn how to request for a refund instead.
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