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Welcome home to the new Google Earth!

Today we’re introducing a brand-new version of Google Earth, two years in the making. With the new Earth, we want to open up different lenses for you to see the world and learn a bit about how it all fits together; to open your mind with new stories while giving you a new perspective on the locations and experiences you cherish. It’s everything you love about Google Earth, plus new ways to explore, learn and share. Zoom in and see what adventures await you in the new Google Earth:

Broaden your horizons with Voyager

We've joined up with some of the world's leading storytellers, scientists and nonprofits to bring the planet to life with Voyager, a showcase of interactive guided tours. There are more than 50 immersive stories in Voyager—so grab (or click) the helm and choose your adventure. Voyager will be updated weekly, so check back often.


Walk alongside the elusive snow leopard in BBC's Natural Treasures.

Explore and learn about anywhere

The new “I’m feeling lucky” feature uncovers hidden gems the world over. We’ve curated 20,000 different, unexpected places, so roll the dice and see where the world takes you. Once you’ve landed on a point of interest, open the Knowledge Card and learn history and facts about that place and see more pictures of it. To add a dash of serendipity to your travels, flip through the Card Stacks and discover related places.

Share the beauty you find

To get a little perspective, you can click the new 3D button to see any place from any angle. When you find a view that leaves you breathless or inspires a fond memory, share a Postcard of your exact view with your friends and family. They can click the link to jump right to where you were (virtually) standing.


Postcards from Earth: Grand Canyon, Château de Chambord, Burning Man

Bringing it all back Home

We hope that after visiting your house in the new Google Earth, you'll be inspired to see someone else’s. To help you along, you’ll want to spend a few minutes with a special Voyager story called This is Home, a journey into traditional homes from cultures around the world. You’re invited to step inside a Peruvian chuclla, a Bedoin tent, a Greenlandic IIoq, and meet the people who live there. We plan to bring you more homes to visit in the coming months, so be sure to check back.


This is Home

Get the new Google Earth now on the web in Chrome; on Android as it rolls out this week; and on iOS and other browsers in the near future. Hold it in your hand, pass it around a classroom, fly around the world and walk inside places thousands of miles away in incredible detail. Feel free to lose yourself a little—with Google Earth you can always find your way back home.

To read more, please refer to the official blog post. If you like the new version and have comments and stories, please share them in the Community. We’d love to hear your feedback!

If you need any help, here's a list of FAQs:

How can I access it?

We’re bringing the New version of Google Earth to Chrome and Android in a modern, streamlined interface. To access it, just go to earth.google.com/web

Is it available on mobile?

Yes, the new version of Google Earth is compatible with Chrome and Android.

Is it available on iOS?

Not yet but we are hard at work on an iOS version.

Why don’t I see the new version on Android?

The new Google Earth for Android will be progressively rolling out over the next few days.

Is it available in VR?

A version of the Google Earth experience is available in VR on Stream for HTC, Oculus and other VR devices.

Why is the web version Chrome only?

New Earth runs on Native Client, which is a Chrome only technology. We are monitoring the evolution of WebAssembly for cross-browser support.

What will happen with the classic desktop Earth?

The new Google Earth doesn’t yet have all the features that many long-time Earth 7 users enjoy. While we build more of these core features into the new Google Earth, we will continue to maintain the classic desktop app.

Why aren’t some of the old Google Earth features available in this new version?  

While rebuilding the new Google Earth from scratch we decided to start with features that are essential for exploring and learning about the planet: Voyager, Knowledge Cards and I’m Feeling Lucky. Some of the features you may be missing from classic desktop Earth are some of our favorites too! While we work to prioritize and redesign many of these features for new Earth, you can continue to use them in desktop Earth.

How can I change the interface language?

On Android, change your language settings of the device at the system level. On Web, change your language preference in Chrome’s advanced settings.

How do I see my location?

On Android, use the overflow menu “My Location”. On web you can click the my location button in the bottom right on the navigation wheel.

Why is it running slow on my device/machine?

We're constantly making tweaks to get the most out of our render engine but performance varies from machine to machine. If it's running slow for you, please leave us feedback via the menu.

Why am I having issues importing KML files?

Here’s an article from our Help Center with more info around import/export of KML files

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