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See buildings in 3D in Google Earth

View 3D buildings either as graphics or as photo-like images. You can see them as they normally look.

Set up 3D viewing

Windows, Mac, & Linux
  1. Open Google Earth.
  2. In the left-hand panel under “Layers” > ”Primary Database,” check 3D Buildings.
Phone or tablet

The Google Earth app offers 3D views of buildings automatically.

Find buildings to view

Windows, Mac, & Linux
  1. Open Google Earth.
  2. In the left-hand panel under “Layers” > “Primary Database,” check 3D Buildings. Make sure to uncheck any options you don’t want to see.
  3. Go to a place on the map.
  4. Zoom in until you see buildings in 3D.
  5. Explore the area around you.
Android phone or tablet
  1. Open the Google Earth app.
  2. Go to a place on the map.
  3. Zoom in by placing two fingers on the screen and moving them apart or tapping the screen twice with one finger. Once you’ve zoomed in enough, you’ll see buildings in 3D.
iPhone, iPad, & iPod touch
  1. Open the Google Earth app.
  2. In the upper left corner, touch the Menu Menu.
  3. Make sure 3D Buildings is checked.
  4. To close the menu, either left or go to the upper right corner and touch the Menu Menu.
  5. Go to a place on the map.
  6. Zoom in by placing two fingers on the screen and moving them apart or tapping the screen twice with one finger. Once you’ve zoomed in enough, you’ll see buildings in 3D.
  7. To see the buildings as if you were standing on the street, use Street View imagery.

Save a 3D building image

On computers, you can save 3D buildings as images.

Windows & Linux
  1. In the menu bar, click File > Save > Save Image.
  2. In the box that opens, choose which folder you want to save the image to.
  3. In the “File name” field, type a name.
  4. In the “Save as Type” field, choose a file type from the drop-down menu.
  5. In the lower right corner, click Save.
Mac
  1. In the menu bar, click File > Save > Save Image.
  2. In the Save as box that opens, go to the “Save As” filed and type a filename.
  3. In the “Where” field, choose where to save the file from the drop-down list.
  4. In the lower right corner, click Save.