Using Street View in Google Earth

With millions of new people finding out about Street View (thanks to more countries like the UK, Netherlands, Spain, and France getting Street View), it’s time to post a “How To” on using Street View in Google Earth. Street View in Google Earth is a more 3D-like experience than Google Maps. The Google Maps implementation of Street View is in some ways handier – such as the use of Street View with directions, or the ability to embed Street Views on a web site. But, Google Earth has its advantages with Street View as well.
So, how do you use Street View in Google Earth? This “How To” video gives you a good overview of how Street View works and looks in Google Earth:


For those of you who prefer written instructions – read this:


The first thing you’ll need to do is look for the Street View layer on the lower left of Google Earth and turn it on by clicking the little box to the left. Then look for the gold camera icons as you zoom into a street location of interest. If you single-click the left mouse button on a Street View camera icon, you get a placemark that shows the photo. Click the link there to enter the Street View image. Or, double-click to fly straight in.
Street View in Google Earth uses the special Photo Viewer tool which lets you pan around the inside of a 3D projected photo. Street View images are spherical panoramas allowing you to look around 360 degrees side-to-side and up-down. You can even see the spherical Street View photos as you zoom in close over a street. With Google Earth, you can adjust the transparency of the images and compare the background 3D terrain or 3D buildings (if available) and see that the Street View photos match the surrounding area. You can also turn on other layers such as the Geographic Web (including photos), Roads, Dining, Lodging, etc. to get more information on an area.
So, get out there and explore the millions of Street View images already available in several countries: US, France, Spain, Japan, Australia, Italy, New Zealand, Netherlands, England, Scotland, and Ireland.
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  1. just looked at some streetview images from Edinburgh, and spotted one of the streetview cars in the images. it seems that google used more than one vehicle to make the images. you can see it at the following location:
    55.949435° -3.192856°
    copy and paste into the “fly to” bar, turn on streetview, zoom down and click the camera icon right next to the location

  2. In July 2009 I was able to get a street view of my Daughters house in Conroe Texas. Now most of the Street View icons in her neighborhood are gone.
    Was there a reason for this?

  3. Try to show acurate map streets

  4. Sparky5458 says:

    I cannot find street view in the layers. Do I need a different version of G/E

  5. I do not have “Street View” on my Google earth. How do I get it?

  6. Sharon Swanson says:

    I do not have “Street View” on my Google earth Layers panel ??/…How do I get it ???? I am so excited about this …Thank you

  7. Updated to the latest greatest Google Earth and finding it impossible to find street view layer. Its just not there. I am having “fetch” problems and suspect that is why. new router intstalled a week ago swtiched from DSL to Cable. Suspect I might need to make an exception for the firewall for G.E. any idea’s?

  8. Google,
    Please provide a way in Google Earth to return to the same satellite view, same angle and same direction after leaving street view. It is so annoying to have to use several commands to return to where you were when browsing down a street.

  9. Love google streets maps, goole earths OK for certain things but street maps the dogs cahoona’s :o)

  10. Same here the Street View check box is GONE..no way to turn this feature on in the latest version.

  11. The street view layer suddenly disappeared. I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling. What happened?

  12. nader bens says:

    i think that the street view will be back after the christmas days

  13. I have just up-graded to Google Earth 6 & very disappointed with Street View.
    Main complaint is that there is bad distortion at outer edges of images.
    Is there a way to correct this?

  14. Just loaded 6.0.1.2032 (beta) and still no street view layer.

  15. my house on street view has a different front door when you click along once on the arrows.

  16. Thiagaraj Thomas says:

    I live in India,can i take photographs and post it on Google earth for Street view.
    Do i need any special camera or lens for this.

  17. Tom Tangen says:

    I can not find street view in verson 6? It is not in the left meny.

  18. I can not find street view in verson 6? It is not in the left meny.

  19. Like Tom above, I cannot find street vier in the menu in version 6. I re-downloaded, but it still isn’t there. How do I get it back?

  20. Barbara Spann says:

    Street view option came up missing, how do I get it back it is not on the lower left side where it once was

  21. My G/E icon (and program) vanished from my desktop. When I re-downloaded it the ‘street view’ option was missing from the ‘layers’ list at the lower left side of the page. How can I get it back? Thanks.

  22. It seems like I am not the only one that can’t find the street view. I can’t find ANY cameras.

  23. I still can’t get the street view. Any luck with you guys?

  24. Don’t panic. Under the north arrow and above the zoom slider, there is a little statue guy. Drag that icon over the area you want to see and it will take you there. There are no more bubbles, one scene blends into the next. Street address is top right.

  25. I LOVE Google Earth, the street view is awesome!

  26. I don’t like version 6.
    Can you give me a web address where I can reload GE5.X?

  27. I can no longer get street view in layers settings. How do I get it back?

  28. 10 points to the first person to find my van in manchester lol

  29. Pierre Brisset says:

    I can no longerhave access to street View even with 5.2 version of Google Earth and this has been since January 20th 2012 after an update request.
    How can I get these friendly cameras back.
    I have spent 3 days reading about the marvels of Streer View but can’t have access.
    please help me.
    Pierre B.

  30. Robert Smith says:

    Apparently street view has been moved out of Google Earth to Google Maps. It would be nice if Google had told us this instead of having to spend half a day farting about trying to find the *** feature. My golden view of Google is a bit tarnished at the moment. Why don’t they answer the questions in these forums? Most annoying.

  31. Robert Smith says:

    Apparently street view has been moved out of Google Earth to Google Maps. It would be nice if Google had told us this instead of having to spend half a day farting about trying to find the *** feature. My golden view of Google is a bit tarnished at the moment. Why don’t they answer the questions in these forums? Most annoying.

  32. Robert Smith says:

    Apparently street view has been moved out of Google Earth to Google Maps. It would be nice if Google had told us this instead of having to spend half a day farting about trying to find the *** feature. My golden view of Google is a bit tarnished at the moment. Why don’t they answer the questions in these forums? Most annoying.

  33. Street view feature has moved from Google Earth to Google Maps. Took me half a day of farting about to find this. Why the hell don’t they tell us? Extremely aggravating. Previous glowing view of Google now tarnished. Tired, miffed, going for nap. Boo.

  34. John A. Hooge says:

    I have a hard time getting Street View, take many tries before it works by dragging the icon to the place. Often then there are streaks across the picture, how do i get rid of that?
    This has been a real frustration since I downloaded Version 6.2
    Please fix this
    John

  35. John A. Hooge says:

    I live in the Metro Vancouver, B.C. area. With the former version I had no problem with Street View. I have spent hours trying to get this feature to work with this 6.2 version. Except for this feature this version works fine.
    I have followed all the instructions. It doesn’t seem to matter at what altitude. I click and drag the pegman to the location and immediately it all flies into somewhere, also it goes into Ground Level, when I click to Street View it soon changes to Ground Level. After dozens of tries I may actually get it to work. Very unsatisfactory. Are you going to fix this as many others are having this problem.
    IS THERE A WAY I CAN DOWNLOAD THE FORMER VERSION WHICH AT LEAST WORKED, I HAVE DONE MANY IN THE FORMER VERSION ALL OVER THIS PROVINCE.
    Please fix this version
    John

  36. Thank you… I’ve been looking for a kml (database or layers) file to download and install to see roads. It’s just like me to make things more difficult than they really are..
    Спасибо,
    Landis.

  37. Google Maps help me look round locations before a shoot. I get to see the street that a venue is on before I even step foot in a new county to shoot a wedding. Really improved my workflow, when I arrive I feel like I am in familiar surroundings, even if I’ve never stepped foot in the given county, amazing

  38. I like street view, it’s awesome, to travel all over the world. I wish to know, when the following countries they will have available street view, like : Austria, Hungary & Germany in all cities.

  39. Peter Balacs says:

    Why should I see a message when I try to run or load Google earth saying that the file could harm my computer.

  40. dont understand how to bring my city into play, and then street… when i press the area nothing seems to happen from the tutorial… totally at a loss…would greatly appreciate some help… thanks

  41. I’m a little late to the Streetview-In-GoogleEarth party, but I am now using the facility to embed Streetview imagery as a complement to my Carolina Bay of the Day blog on Google+ [ https://plus.google.com/104054126064108549423/posts/9AKWJbcUYG1 ] I am putting a jpeg of the view in the placemark, which can be seen with one click, and a look-at to take the viewer down in the Streetview realm with a double click. It is hared to see Carolina Bay rims and terrain relief, but I have been finding Streetview visualizations which are tantalizing examples of what can be see with the naked eye from the ground.

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