Navigate the globe on your iPad or iPhone

Take a tour of the Earth any time with the Google Earth app for iPhone and iPad.

Find out what you need to run the app

To use the Google Earth app for iOS, you need:

  • iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch with iOS version 4.3 or later
  • At least 211 MB of free space
  • A WiFi connection or 3G connection. WiFi is better because the app and images load faster.

Find places using Google Earth

Search for a location
  1. Open the Google Earth app.
  2. In the upper right corner of the screen, touch the search icon Google Play Search .
  3. In the search box, type in the place you’re looking for. If a list of places appears, touch one to zoom to that location.
  4. To exit search, go to the right of the search box and touch Cancel.
Go to your own location

The app can detect your current location:

  1. Open the Google Earth app.
  2. In the upper right corner of the screen, touch the search icon Google Play Search .
  3. In the search box, type in the place you’re looking for.
  4. In the drop-down list that appears, go to the front of the first listing and touch the current location icon Location icon. Google Earth will automatically zoom there.

Note: The accuracy of the location you see depends on your device, what kind of Internet connection you’re using, and how strong the GPS signals in that area are.

Change your view in Google Earth

Pan to a new location

Place one finger on the screen and drag it in the direction you want, or swipe up, down, right or left.

Zoom in and out

Zoom in

Place two fingers on the screen and move them apart, or tap the screen twice with one finger.

Zoom out

Place two fingers on the screen and move them together, or tap the screen twice with two fingers.

Rotate the view

Place two fingers on the screen and turn in the direction you want to go.

Tilt the view

You can tilt the view up and down up to 90 degrees and side to side up to 180 degrees.

Adjust the tilt

To move the horizon down, touch the screen with two fingers at once, one right beside the other, and move them down.

To put the horizon back up, touch the screen with two fingers at the same time, one right beside the other, and move them up.

Turn Autotilt on and off

When you turn Autotilt on, your view of the globe shifts when your phone does:

  1. Open the Google Earth app.
  2. In the upper left corner, touch the menu Chrome menu.
  3. Touch Settings.
  4. Touch the Autotilt slider to turn it on or off.

Change how the globe looks

Show coordinates and altitude
  1. Open the Google Earth app.
  2. In the upper left corner, touch the menu Chrome menu.
  3. Touch Settings > Position.
  4. Under “Show position as,” choose how you’d like to see the longitude, latitude, and altitude displayed from the list.
  5. Under “Altitude units,” touch Feet or Meters.

To have the coordinates appear at the top of the main view, slide Position to on.

Choose which content to display
  1. Open the Google Earth app.
  2. In the upper left corner, touch the menu Chrome menu.
  3. Under “Layers,” check or uncheck the box for the content you want to see on the map.
  4. To close the layers menu, go to the upper right corner of the screen and touch the menu icon Chrome menu. The icons for each layer will appear on the map.
  5. Touch an icon to see more info.

Clear the cache and search history

Google Earth stores images and info from previous searches so you can go to those places faster. Clearing out this info saves memory space.

Clear the images or cache
  1. Open the Google Earth app.
  2. In the upper left corner of the screen, touch the menu Chrome menu.
  3. Touch Settings > Clear Cache. A confirmation box opens.
  4. At the bottom of the screen, touch Clear Cache.
Clear search history
  1. Open the Google Earth app.
  2. In the upper left corner of the screen, touch the menu Chrome menu.
  3. Touch Settings > Clear History. A confirmation box opens.
  4. At the bottom of the screen, touch Clear History.