When searching on Google Images, under "Search Tools" there is a dropdown for "Size". The options in this list are:

  • Large
  • Medium
  • Icon
  • Larger than...
  • Exactly...

While the bottom 2 are fairly easy to understand, the other 3 are fairly subjective. What sizes are included in the "Large" option? What sizes are considered "Medium"? How small before an image is considered "Icon"?

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I couldn't find the information anywhere, and digging through the JavaScript code didn't help me much either. However, from experimentation it seems:

  • Large: All really large pictures. Smallest dimension I found is 900 x 900 pixels, but I've seen pictures with width/height of 500 or so pixels (they were balanced, however, with a height/width of 1k+).
  • Medium: Includes some of the "Icon" images and scarce "Large" images (i.e. 1920 x 1080 px), but generally anything in the range of 300~500 pixels (although very frequently higher).
  • Icon: Ratio is always 1:1 (width == height). Largest dimension I've seen is 512 x 512 pixels.

I believe it goes by the area of the image, but it's nowhere to be easily found.

  • Sorry, but I'm not able to see this as an actual answer. It only describes what we already can see on the search. Do you have updated data? Thanks. Commented Jan 23, 2019 at 2:30

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