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

  1. Open Google Maps.
  2. Click the "Earth" thumbnail in the bottom left corner.
     If you don't see the Earth thumbnail button, see alternate instructions at the bottom of this page.
  3. 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!

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.

Satellite imagery

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.

Alternate instructions

If the instructions above didn't work, you might be on the classic version of Maps. Follow these alternate instructions:

View satellite imagery on the classic Google Maps

There are different views available in Google Maps.

  1. Open the classic Google Maps.
  2. Mouse over the square widget in the right top corner of the map to toggle between the Map view and the Satellite view.
    • Map: The Map view shows a map with a traditional depiction of roads, parks, borders, bodies of water and more.
    • Satellite: The Satellite view shows aerial imagery. To show street names and other information, select Labels.

Note: Satellite and Map views may not be available in all regions.

 Next steps

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