How to use Google Street View
With Google’s Street View feature, you can virtually walk the streets of many cities around the world. Street view is also available for popular landmarks, natural wonders, museums, etc. Here’s how to access it on desktop and mobile.
Google has the official Street View map for iPhone and Android, but in the sections below we’ll be using the Google Maps app as it’s usually already installed on most phones and provides the same street view.
To note: As of this writing in March 2022, Google Street View is available for many cities, but not all cities around the world.
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Access Google Street View on mobile
To view Google Street View on your iPhone, iPad, or Android phone, use the free Google Maps app on your phone.
Start by launching the Google Maps app on your phone. In the top bar of the app, tap the “Search here” box and type in the name of the location for which you want to see the street view. You can also drop a pin if you want to access your location that way.
When the map of your location appears, scroll down to the “Latest Photos” section. Here, find the photo that has a rotating arrow icon and tap on it.
Google Maps will launch the street view for your selected location, and you can now walk around it virtually.
To move forward on the street, tap the up arrow icon. Similarly, to go back, tap the down arrow icon. You can zoom in and out by pinching or zooming out with your fingers.
To share your Street View with someone, then in the upper right corner of your screen, tap the three dots and choose “Share”.
And that’s how you access the streets of a city from your phone using Google Maps. Enjoy walking around!
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Launch Google Street View on computer
On your desktop, you can use both Google Search and Google Maps to access Street View. We’ll show you how to use both methods below.
Use Google search to access Street View
If you search for a location in Google Search, you can access Street View from your search results.
To use this method, first launch your favorite web browser and navigate to Google. On the site, search for a popular location or landmark whose street view you want to see.
On the search results page, in the right sidebar, you will see your location information. Here, click on the photo that says “See outside”.
Your browser will launch Google Maps allowing you to see the street view of your selected location.
And you are ready.
Use Google Maps to access Street View
If you can’t use the method above for some reason, or if you’d rather use Google Maps, here’s how to use Maps to access Street View.
First, on your desktop, launch a web browser and open Google Maps.
On the Maps site, in the upper left corner, click the “Search Google Maps” box and enter your location or landmark.
When your location appears in the left sidebar, scroll down the sidebar to the “Photos” section. Next, browse through the photos and click on the one that says “Street View & 360”.
And immediately you will see the street view for your selected location on the right pane.
Enjoy your virtual walking tours with Google Street View!
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