Use the Street View app

You can view, create, and publish photo spheres with the Street View app. Photo spheres are 360 degree images.

Get the Street View app

Download the latest version of the Street View app.

View photo spheres

To see photo spheres, follow the steps below.

  1. Open the Street View app .
  2. At the bottom, touch one of these tabs:
    • Collections: Popular photo spheres from all around the world.
    • Explore: The top photo spheres of your map view.
    • Profile: Photo spheres that you’ve published to Maps.
    • Private: Photo spheres that you’ve created but haven’t published.

Create photo spheres

Mobile device

  1. Open the Street View app .
  2. In the bottom right, touch the camera icon .
  3. Touch Start capture.
  4. Take your photos.
  5. At the bottom, press the stop button .
  6. Your photo sphere is saved in the "Private" tab and on your device (unless you've disabled this from the app's Settings).

Spherical camera

  1. Turn on your spherical camera.
  2. Open the Settings app on your mobile device.
  3. From your device "Settings," connect to your spherical camera’s wifi network (which will end in ".OSC").
    • Ricoh Theta S: The default password is the set of 8 numbers after "XS" on the bottom of the camera.
    • iris360: The default password is "iris-360."
  4. Open the Street View app .
  5. In the bottom right, the blue, linked camera button shows that you’re connected.
  6. Hold your spherical camera high above your head, or place it on a tripod and step out of the way.
    Important: Don’t hold your spherical camera out in front of you since your prominence in an image may cause it to be rejected from Google Maps.
  7. Touch the linked camera button.
  8. See a placeholder thumbnail added to your "Profile" tab. This greyed out thumbnail will become full color once it can be viewed and/or published.

See what cameras to use and tips for creating photo spheres.

Publish a photo sphere

  1. Open the Street View app .
  2. Under "Private" touch Select.
  3. Choose one or more photo spheres to publish.
  4. Touch the upload icon .
  5. Touch Publish.
  6. You’ll see your photo sphere under "Profile".

Learn more about the Street View app

Edit a location
  1. Open the Street View app .
  2. Under "Private", touch a photo sphere to view it.
  3. In the top right, touch the menu .
  4. Touch Set location.
  5. Search for a Maps listing or tap anywhere on the map to move the red pin to the right place.
  6. Touch the checkmark.
Add to a Maps listing
  1. Open the Street View app .
  2. Under "Profile" or "Private", look for "Add a place" at the bottom of any photo sphere that isn’t associated with a Maps listing.
  3. Touch Add a place.
  4. See a list of nearby places or search for specific place.
  5. Touch the correct Maps listing.
Share a photo sphere
  1. Open the Street View app .
  2. Touch a photo sphere to view it.
  3. Touch the share icon .
  4. Choose the app you want to use for sharing.
Delete a photo sphere
  1. Open the Street View app .
  2. Under "Profile" or "Private," choose a photo sphere to delete.
  3. In the top right, touch the menu .
  4. Touch Delete .
  5. Confirm your deletion and touch Delete.
Turn on accessibility features

Android

  1. On your Android device, touch Settings > General > Accessibility > TalkBack. If you don’t have TalkBack installed on your device, you can download TalkBack on Google Play.
  2. To turn TalkBack on or off, touch the switch.

For more information about TalkBack and Android accessibility features, check out the TalkBack Help Center.

iOS

  1. On your iOS device, touch Settings > Accessibility > VoiceOver.
  2. To turn VoiceOver on or off, touch the switch.

For more information about VoiceOver and iOS accessibility features, check out Apple's support site.

Report an issue

Send feedback

You can help improve the Street View app by sending us feedback.

Android

  1. Open the Street View app .
  2. Touch the menu .
  3. Select Help & feedback.
  4. Touch Feedback.
  5. Fill out the form and touch Send.

iOS

  1. Open the Street View app .
  2. Touch the menu .
  3. Select Report a problem.
  4. In the top right, touch Preview.
  5. Review your comments and touch Send.

Report an image

  1. Open the Street View app .
  2. Find and open the photo sphere that violates the Google Maps Image Acceptance and Privacy Policies.
  3. Touch the menu .
  4. Select Report a problem.
  5. Complete the form and touch Submit.

We'll review your report as fast as we can. If you entered your email address in the form, we’ll email you with any changes to the status of your report.

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