Reverse Image Search With TinEye and Workflow

Shortcuts no longer supports shortcut file imports and links no longer function. Any links to shortcuts in this post have been updated to use iCloud links.

Social media is a wretched hive of misinformation at times and it happens because we take a lot of what we see at face value. This is exploited by those who would make false or greatly exaggerated claims, such as people who want to be internet famous or who are trying to push their political or prejudiced opinions onto others. A popular tactic for this is to make an unsubstantiated claim (or lie) and find an existing photo somewhere online (e.g., Getty Images) that fits their false narrative.

TinEye is a reverse image search engine and a superb resource for separating fact from fiction. You provide it with an image (either upload one or via URL) and TinEye can find web pages that also use it, even if it has been modified. For iOS users, I’ve created two workflows that makes it easy to search for an image using TinEye. Both workflows require the use of a Dropbox account.

TinEye Image is an action extension that accepts an image and temporarily stores it in your Dropbox folder. A public URL for the image is created and used as a TinEye search. Once you’ve seen the results, the workflow deletes the file from Dropbox.

The second workflow is TinEye URL, an action extension that accepts URLs. It gets the content of the URL, finds all images over 300px wide, and presents them all in a list for selection. The rest of the workflow is then the same as TinEye Photo.


Managing App Store Subscriptions

Many apps and services offer subscription plans as a way to pay for additional features (e.g., syncing), access to a service (e.g., Netflix), or to simply provide recurring support to the developer. As it’s a popular payment option, it’s a good idea to regularly check what active subscriptions you have on your account, canceling any you no longer need.

  1. Open Settings
  2. Tap iTunes & App Store > Apple ID
  3. Tap View Apple ID
  4. After your iOS device brings up your account settings, tap Subscriptions

Subscriptions are broken down into “Active” and an “Expired sections. Select an active subscription and tap Cancel Subscription to cancel it. This prevents the subscription from auto-renewing, but you can still use the current subscription until the end of the billing period.

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Certain apps and services offer more than one subscription plan, or a discounted annual subscription that is cheaper than paying either weekly or monthly. You can change your subscription type at any time, taking effect from the next billing period. You can also reactivate an expired subscription by selecting it and choosing the plan to subscribe to.


Managing Touch ID Fingerprints

You can enroll up to five different fingerprints to use with TouchID. By default, iOS labels each one sequentially (e.g., Finger 1, Finger 2). Instead, you can set a custom name to better identify which finger each fingerprint corresponds to.

  • Open Settings
  • Tap Touch ID & Passcode
  • Tap a fingerprint to rename it


If you’ve added more than one fingerprint and don’t know which fingers they correspond to, touch the Home button while in the Touch ID settings. The corresponding fingerprint will be highlighted for you to identify.


Touch ID fingerprints are not limited to your own. If you’re using a shared device (e.g., family iPad) or perhaps want your spouse to have access to your device in case of emergency, you can add—and then label—other people’s fingerprints.