Advanced user guide

Viewing historical imagery

Note: This feature is available only in Google Earth 5 and later

Las Vegas 1950 vs. 2010
Las Vegas 1950 vs. 2010

By default, Google Earth displays best available imagery. You can view historical imagery so that you can see how places have changed over time.

To learn more about how to view historical imagery, watch the video(English only) or read the instructions below.


Watch the video

Read the instructions

To access historical imagery, do one of the following:

  • Click View > Historical Imagery
  • Click the Clock icon Clock icon in the toolbar above the 3D viewer.
  • Click on the year that appears in the bottom left of the Status bar (Version 6.0).

The small vertical lines on the timeline indicate the dates of different imagery available for your location. Notice that the slider is automatically positioned at the far right of the timeline, showing that you are viewing more recent satellite imagery. Move back or forward in time by doing the following:

  • Click the Forward or Back buttons above the slider.
  • Drag the slider along the timeline. Note that regardless of where you release your mouse on the timeline, the slider automatically moves to the closest date for which imagery is available.