Basic features user guide

3D imagery in Google Earth

With Google Earth 7, you can see complete 3D representations of buildings and terrain throughout metropolitan areas. 3D imagery provides an immersive experience as you explore, just like the view you’d have if you were flying over the city.

As you zoom in, buildings and terrain will start to appear in 3D. Once you can see the buildings, pan, zoom, tilt and rotate to explore the 3D environment.

You can view 3D imagery when you’re using Google Earth 7 on the following devices:

  • Android - any dual core device running Gingerbread (Android version 2.3) or greater
  • iOS - an iPad 2, iPad 3, or iPhone 4S
  • Please see System Requirements for client hardware and software specifications

3D imagery is default on in Google Earth 7 for desktop. To disable 3D imagery and revert to legacy 3D buildings:

  • Mac: Google Earth menu > About Google Earth > 3D View tab > toggle off “Use 3D Imagery”
  • PC: Tools menu > Options > 3D View tab > toggle off “Use 3D Imagery”

See 3D Imagery Availability for a list of cities with 3D imagery.