Navigate the world using Google Earth for Android

Take a tour of the Earth any time with the Google Earth app for Android.

Find out what you need to run the app

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

  • Android devices versions 4.0 and higher
  • A WiFi connection or 3G connection. WiFi is better because the app and images load faster.

Search for places

Search for specific places
  1. Open the Google Earth app.
  2. In the upper right corner of the screen, touch the Search icon Google Play Search .
  3. Touch the Search box.
  4. Enter what you’re looking for using one of these formats:
    • City, State: Buffalo, NY
    • City, Country: London, England
    • Street name: Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA
    • Specific address: with number, street name, city, and state, such as 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, DC or Via Vittorio Veneto, 119, 00187 Roma, Italy
    • Zip code or Postal code: 94043 or EC1A1AH
    • Longitude, Latitude: in decimal format, such as 37.7, -122.2 37 25'19.07"N, 122 05'06.24"W

    Earth will zoom in on that place.

  5. To close Search, go to the left of the Search box and touch X.
Search for a general place or thing
  1. Open the Google Earth app.
  2. In the upper right corner of the screen, touch the Search icon Google Play Search .
  3. Touch the Search box.
  4. Enter what you’re looking for, such as coffee in NYC or amusement parks in Asia.
  5. In the list that appears below the Search box, click on the place you want to see. Earth will zoom in on that place.
  6. To close Search, to the left of the Search box, touch X.

See different places

Pan to a new location

Place one finger on the screen and drag it in the direction you want to see 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.

Move the horizon up

Touch the screen with two fingers at the same time, one right beside the other, and move them up.

Move the horizon back down

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

Clear cache & search history

Google Earth stores images and info from previous searches to you can go to those places faster.

Clearing out this info saves memory space:

  1. Open the Google Earth app.
  2. In the upper left corner, touch the Menu Chrome menu.
  3. Touch Settings.
  4. Touch Clear Data Cache.