See places and change your view

You can use Google Earth to travel the world and explore new places. You’ll see places like exotic cities,  landmarks in 3D, and buildings from close up. 

Learn how to see places up close in Street View.

Note: Not all Google Earth locations can be seen in 3D.

See places 

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Earth app Google Earth.
  2. Choose an action:
    • Look for a specific place: Tap Search Search.
    • Move around: Use one finger to tap and drag the screen. 
    • Zoom in and out:  Pinch the screen. To zoom with one finger, double tap and hold, then slide your finger up or down. 
    • Fly to your current location: Tap More More and then Current Location.

Change the view

  • Switch between top-down view and orbiting 3D view: Zoom in and then on the left side of the screen, tap 3D 3D. If you are already in 3D view, this icon will say 2D instead.
  • Face North: At the bottom, tap the compass.
  • Tilt the map: Use two fingers to tap and drag the screen.
  • Rotate the map: Tap and move two fingers around each other on the screen.

Choose how much info to see

  1. In the top left, tap Menu Menu.
  2. Tap Map Style Map Style.
  3. Choose a view:
    • Clean: Imagery only -- no borders, labels or roads.
    • Exploration: Imagery plus most places of interest, like borders, labels, and roads.
    • Everything: All of the above plus landmarks, businesses, public transit, and more.

Nearby places of interest

To see places of interest, look for mini-pins that show you nearby locations. Places of interest make up different categories, including:
Food and drink
Food Wine Bar or pub Cafe 
Shopping Grocery
Outdoor attractions:
Camping Golf Zoo Park Mountain
Emergency services:
Pharmacy Medical aid Red Cross Red Crescent Red Shield of David 
City services:
Police School Restroom Post Office Library
To learn more about the mini-pins and what they represent, see the full legend.
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