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See 3D images with Earth View

You can see 3D views of cities and famous landmarks in Google Maps using Earth view on your computer.

See 3D imagery

To see 3D imagery, follow the steps below.

  1. On your computer, open Google Maps.
  2. In the top left, click the Menu Menu.
  3. Choose Earth.
    • To turn labels or 3D view on or off, click “Labels” or “3D” from the Menu.
    • To zoom, scroll your mouse or use the + and - in the bottom right.

Tip: You can also click the "Earth" thumbnail in the bottom left.

Note: If the small image in the bottom left says "Satellite," you're using a simplified version of Maps called Lite mode. In Lite mode, you won’t see 3D images but you can see satellite images. To get 3D imagery, your computer needs to meet these requirements.

Use Earth view

You can use Earth View in different ways.

  • To spin the map, click the arrows to the left and right of the Compass Compass.
  • To return the map to north-up view, click the Compass Compass.
  • To tilt the map and see the landscape of the map, click Tilt the view. Or, using your keyboard, click and hold the Control key and drag with your mouse.
  • To zoom in and out, use two fingers on the trackpad or scroll with your mouse. Or, use the + and - in the bottom right.
  • To return to Map view, click the “Map” image.

Satellite imagery updates

Google Maps uses the same satellite information as Google Earth. The images aren’t real-time and vary in age.

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