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These instructions are for older versions of Google Earth. Get help with the new Google Earth.

View buildings in 3D

In Google Earth, you can view buildings as realistic, 3D images. You can also save these images to use them in other places.

Computer

  1. Open Google Earth.
  2. In the left panel, select Layers.
  3. Next to "Primary Database," click Right Arrow Right arrow.
  4. Next to "3D Buildings," click Right Arrow Right arrow.
  5. Uncheck any image options you don’t want to see.
  6. Go to a place on the map.
  7. Zoom in until you see buildings in 3D.
  8. Explore the area around you.

Android

  1. Open the Google Earth app.
  2. Go to a place on the map. 
  3. To zoom in, double-tap the screen until you see buildings in 3D.

iPhone & iPad

  1. Open the Google Earth app.
  2. In the upper left, tap Menu Menu.
  3. Make sure "3D Buildings" is checked.
  4. To close the menu, tap Menu Menu.
  5. Go to a place on the map.
  6. To zoom in, double-tap the screen until you see buildings in 3D.

Learn more about how to navigate in Google Earth.

Save 3D buildings as images

On your computer, you can save a 3D building as an image file to use in other places.

Windows & Linux

  1. To view a building in 3D, follow the steps in the previous section.
  2. Click File Next Save Next Save Image.
  3. Choose where to save the file.
  4. In the "File name" field, enter a name.
  5. In the "Save as Type" field, choose a file type from the dropdown.
  6. Click Save.

Mac

  1. To view a building in 3D, follow the steps in the previous section.
  2. Click FileNext Save Next Save Image.
  3. In the "Save As" field, enter a name.
  4. In the "Where" field, choose where to save the file.
  5. Click Save.