Tips and tricks

If you have a question or want to save time when using Google Earth, check out these tips and lesser-known tools.

Important: These tips are for Google Earth web and mobile, not Google Earth Pro.

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In December 2019, we’ll shut down the Street View Gallery. The collections featured in the gallery will soon appear in Voyager, Google Earth’s home for guided tours, games, and data layers. You’ll be able to easily find these collections with Earth’s Search feature. Once the Gallery shutdown and migration is complete, visit Voyager to find new Street View collections in the future.

See system requirements Google Earth (Android)

Android OS version 4.1 and up

Troubleshoot Earth app

  1. Make sure that the Earth app Google Earth is up to date.
  2. On your Android phone or tablet, open its Settings Settings.
  3. Tap Apps & Notifications and then See all apps and then Earth.
  4. Tap Force stop.
  5. Tap Storageand then Clear data and then Ok and then Clear Cache and then Ok  and then Back Back.
  6. Tap Permissions.
  7. Turn on "Location" and "Storage."
  8. Open Google Earth Google Earth.

Try some of the latest Google Earth features

Turn on Animated Clouds

You can view the last 24 hours of cloud coverage in a looping animation. Cloud data is updated when new data is available, usually every hour.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Earth app Google Earth.
  2. Tap Menu Menu and then Map style Map Style.
  3. Scroll and Turn on animated clouds.

Tip: Google Earth shows stationary clouds by default. Animated clouds fade and then disappear when you zoom in.

See the world from different points of view

3D imagery is shown by default, but you can use the Map Style feature to choose between 2D and 3D viewing based on your preference. To switch between 3D and 2D buildings, follow the steps below:

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Earth app Google Earth.
  2. In the top left, tap Menu Menu and then Map style Map Style.
  3. Under "Turn on 3D buildings," tap the toggle to "on" or "off" based on your preference. Blue will indicate that 3D buildings are turned on.

Tip: If you view the world in 2D, it may show newer imagery in some regions. To see the newest imagery possible, view in 2D mode. The 2D view may also improve overall app performance.

Learn about other helpful Earth features

Change your flight speed
  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Earth app Google Earth.
  2. Tap Menu Menu and then Settings Settings.
  3. To change your flight speed, under "Animations," tap Flight animation speed.
Change units of measurement
  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Earth app Google Earth.
  2. Tap Menu Menu and then Settings Settings.
  3. To switch between meters/kilometers and feet/miles, under “Format and Units,” tap Units of measurement.
Change how longitude and latitude are displayed
  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Earth app Google Earth.
  2. Tap Menu Menu and then Settings Settings.
  3. To change between Degrees, Minutes, Seconds or Decimals, under “Format and Units,” tap Latitude/Longitude formatting.
Load map imagery faster
  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Earth app Google Earth.
  2. Tap Menu Menu and then Settings Settings.
  3. Under “Memory cache size,” choose a size. To make images load faster, increase the cache size or turn off 3D imagery.
Import KML files in Google Earth
  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Earth app Google Earth.
  2. Tap Menu Menu and then My Places My Places.
  3. Tap Import KML file.

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