Expeditions FAQ

Below are some common questions that teachers, students, administrators, and learners of all ages 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 tour or go on a tour by yourself. For details, see Guide a group tour or Go on a solo tour.

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:

Chinese (Simplified)
Chinese (Traditional)
English (UK)
French (Canadian) 
Norwegian (Bokmal)
Portuguese (Brazil)
Portuguese (Portugal)
Spanish (Latin America)

Note: On Android, a selection of Expeditions tours are available in Arabic, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish, in addition to English.

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 my own tour?

In Tour Creator, you can create VR tours using footage from 360-degree cameras or Google Street View content. All tours you create in Tour Creator are published as public or unlisted on Poly , Google’s library for 3D assets. You can add your tours to Expeditions. For details, see View your tours in Expeditions.

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 a tour that will be featured in Expeditions, let us know.

How do you run a tour?

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

Do tours have audio narration?

Yes, all tours in VR mode have audio narration.

To enable audio, tap Add narration Add narration or Add audio Add 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 tours. However, you can run a tour 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. Students, using mobile devices, can see and walk around 3D objects as if they 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 capable 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 tours contain 3D virtual objects. To set up your classroom for AR tours, you place printed markers around the room. They show one object across all markers at the same time. Read about Expeditions markers.

With multiple markers, you can divide the Explorers into groups so one group stands at each marker. Tell the Explorers to point their device cameras at the markers so they see the objects as if they were physically in the room.

For more information, see Guide an AR tour.

Note: Only Guides use markers. You don’t need markers to explore on your own.

Do I need a marker to view AR tours?

You can view AR objects without a marker when you’re viewing a tour on your own, not as part of a group tour. For details, see Go on a solo tour.

Note: Only Guides use markers. You don’t need markers to explore on your own.

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