See 3D imagery with Earth view
Explore the planet in 3D and see stunning 3D views of cities and famous landmarks in Google Maps.
See 3D imagery
- Open Google Maps.
- Click the "Earth" thumbnail in the bottom left corner.
- To see trees and buildings, zoom in by scrolling your mouse(or by using the + and - buttons in the bottom right). Zoom out to see cityscapes and clouds. Zoom out fully to see the world, the Moon, Mars, and even the Milky Way galaxy!
Note: If you're using Maps in Lite mode, you won't be able to see 3D imagery.
Navigate in Earth view
To spin the map, click the arrows to the left and right of the compass icon . Click the compass to return the map to North-up view.
To tilt the map, click the tilt button to see the landscape of the map. 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 zoom buttons in the bottom-right corner of the map.
To return to Map view, click the thumbnail image again (this time with a thumbnail of the Map view) named Map.
If the thumbnail 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.
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