Expeditions FAQ

Below are some common questions that teachers, students, and administrators might have about Google Expeditions.

Who is Expeditions for?

Is Expeditions just for teachers?

No. Anyone can download and install Expeditions. You can organize a group expedition or go on an expedition by yourself. For details, see guide a group expedition or go on a solo expedition.

What languages are available in Expeditions?

Content, tours, and teacher guides are all available in English. The Expeditions app is available in the following languages:

Arabic
Bulgarian
Catalan
Chinese (Simplified)
Chinese (Traditional)
Croatian
Czech
Danish
Dutch
English (UK)
Farsi
Finnish
French (Canadian) 
French 
German
Greek
Hebrew
Hindi
Hungarian
Indonesian
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Latvian
Lithuanian
Malay
Norwegian (Bokmal)
Polish
Portuguese (Brazil)
Portuguese (Portugal)
Romanian
Russian
Serbian
Slovak
Slovenian
Spanish (Latin America)
Spanish
Swedish
Tamil
Thai
Turkish
Ukrainian
Vietnamese

Using Expeditions

Can I make my own Expeditions kit?
Yes, see Build your own kit. If you want to purchase a kit, see Buy a kit.
Can I create an expedition?

Google works with partners, such as the Royal Collection Trust, Wildlife Conservation Society, and NASA, to create educational content. If you’d like to create an expedition, let us know.

In Tour Creator, you can easily create VR tours using footage from 180- and 360-degree cameras or Google Street View content. You can annotate your tour with images and details. Then, you can publish your tour to Poly for anyone to view it on the web or keep it unlisted.

You can’t publish your tour to Expeditions at this time, but possibly in the future. If you’re interested in publishing your tour to Expeditions, please fill out this form.

How do you run an expedition?

Whether you're a teacher or a student, for details on running an expedition, see Guide a group expedition or Go on a solo expedition.

Do expeditions have audio narration?

Yes, all expeditions in VR mode have audio narration. Tap Add narration Add narration or Add audio Add audio to enable audio.

What's a peer-to-peer network?

A peer-to-peer network allows individual devices on a network to communicate with each other without internet access. You need an internet connection to download the Expeditions app and individual expeditions. However, you can run an expedition using only peer-to-peer communication.

Check with your organization’s IT administrator to see if your network is enabled for peer-to-peer networking. If it isn't, you can use a standalone router or run a hotspot from a phone.

VR and AR tours

What's the difference between VR and AR tours?

Virtual-reality (VR) tours—Teachers and students use mobile devices and VR viewers to virtually explore an art gallery or museum, swim underwater, or navigate outer space, without leaving the classroom.

Augmented-reality (AR) tours—Teachers use mobile devices to bring virtual objects into their classroom so students, using mobile phones, can see and virtually walk around 3D objects as if the objects were physically in the classroom.

For more information, see What is Expeditions?

How do I know if my phone supports AR?

AR tours in Expeditions are currently only compatible with ARCore and ARKit phones. If your phone doesn’t support AR, you can view AR tours in 2D. For more details, see Expeditions device requirements.

How do I use markers to view AR tours?

AR expeditions use objects. The guide prints numbered markers and places them around the classroom. The markers show one object across all markers at the same time. Explorers divide into groups around the markers. Using mobile devices, you “see” the objects as if they were physically in the room. For more information, see Guide an AR expedition.

Do I need a marker to view AR tours?

You can view AR objects in self-guided mode without a marker. For details, see Go on a solo expedition.

Note: Only guides use markers. You don’t need markers in solo mode.

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