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Use Google Earth on an Android (<3.0)

This user guide describes Google Earth for Android.

Welcome to Google Earth for Android! With this application, your Android becomes a window to anywhere, allowing you to view the entire planet in detail. You can also display additional content.

System Requirements

Supported Devices All android devices manufactured in 2010 or later running OS 2.1+
Supported Screen Resolutions Devices must have a normal or large density screen, meaning a resolution of 320x480 or higher. Learn more about screen resolutions. 
SD Memory Card 211 MB Minimum
On Device Memory 35 MB Minimum Free System Memory
3D Buildings Supported Devices Device must have dual-core processors (e.g. Motorola Xoom, Motorola Atrix 4G) for 3D buildings to appear in the list of layers
If you are unable to find Google Earth in the Android Market and you have all the correct system requirements, please try sending this link ( to your phone, and then clicking on it from your mobile device. This should open the Android Market application directly to Google Earth

Google Earth for Android works best with a WiFi connection, as opposed to a 3G or other data network connection.


You can navigate through this 3D view of the globe in several ways:

Look around

Make sure the Look Around icon is selected in the bottom left hand corner of the screen. If it is selected the bar below the eye will be green.

Then, place one finger on the screen and move it to check out a 360 degree view from that specific point.

If the bar below the eye is not green, this means the Look Around icon is not on, touch it to turn Look Around on.

Make sure the Look Around  icon 
in the bottom left hand corner of the screen is turned off. This will automatically allow you to enter Pan mode.

Then, place one finger on the screen and drag it in the appropriate direction. You can also 'throw' the view by flicking the screen quickly.

If the bar below the Look Around icon is green, touch it to turn off Look Around mode, and enter Pan mode. 
Zoom in
Place two fingers on the screen simultaneously and move them apart OR double tap the screen.
Zoom out Place two fingers on the screen simultaneously and move them together (pinch).
First, make sure Look-around is turned on by touching the Look-around icon. A bar below the eye will change to Green to indicate it is on.

To tilt up, touch the screen and drag downward. 
To tilt down, touch the screen and drag upward.
My Location
Click on the Menu button and then select My Location. Google Earth will fly you to your location and mark your exact point with a blue dot. 
Exit Menu Selection
Once you've made any selections within the menu, you may select the "Back" button to return to the Google Earth viewer.
Reset to North-Up View
Click the compass in the upper right hand corner of the screen to bring you back to north-up view


For more information about the accuracy of "My Location" please visit this related article in the Google Maps for Mobile Help Center.

Tilting Your View

When you first start Google Earth for Android, the default view of the earth is straight down. You can tilt the view in order to see a different perspective of the area you are exploring. You can tilt a full 360 degrees, which provides a view of the horizon.

To tilt your screen, touch the Look-Around icon and ensure it's enabled. To tilt up, touch the screen and move down. To tilt down, touch the screen and move up.


Searching for Places or Businesses

Compass icon
You can search for locations by touching the Menu button and choosing the Search icon. 

Then, to Search for a place or a business enter your search terms (e.g. "pizza in San Francisco", "Weitchpec, CA", "1600 Pennsylvania Ave Washington DC", "Brazil"). 

If your search returns multiple results, Google Earth for Android displays icons for each. Touch the appropriate icon to fly to your desired location.
Clear search results
Go to the Menu and then select Clear Search Results. Touch Clear History. 

This prevents previous searches from appearing as suggestions in the search box and clears current search results. 


Tip - If you are flying somewhere after you touch a search result, touching the screen stops the motion.

Displaying Content

You can display enhancing geographic content within your viewing area. This includes Places, Businesses, Panaramio (Photos), Wikipedia, Borders and Labels, and Terrain.

Within Google Earth, Press the Menu button to show the layers option.

From the Menu button select Layers. You can select and deselect a layer by touching the check-box to the right of the layer name.

Once you have enabled this content, you can touch the corresponding icons in the main view to display more information. Zooming in and out may vary the icons that you see for a given area.
With terrain enabled, you can view hilly or mountainous terrain in 3D.

Cache, Search History and Measurement Options


From the settings menu, you can access these options:
Clear data cache Touching the 'Cear data cache' option will clear your cache.

Google Earth stores small amounts of imagery and data you've viewed to quickly display this information the next time you navigate to these areas.

If needed, you can recover some memory space by clearing the cache.
Set distance unit Toggle between mi/ft and km/m by depressing the menu's downward arrow.