Offline Google Earth Use

For those of you wondering what happens to Google Earth (GE) when you don’t have an Internet connection, the amazing thing is that it will work. But, it only works with what you have installed in your cache. If you anticipate taking your laptop somewhere where you won’t have a broadband connection, you can still use GE for a limited area of viewing. Or you can use it for doing a demonstration somewhere without an Internet connection.

First, go to the menu item Tools->Options and select the “Cache” tab. You can make the cache size as large as 2000 MB (i.e. 2 Gigabytes). This will give you more data to work with. Then, you need to move to the area you want data for and zoom into that area. The most recent things you have looked at will be what’s in your cache. I think you need to turn on the layers for the information you want cached as well (for example, ‘roads‘ or ‘dining‘). You also might want to turn on any of your placemarks related to the region you want to look at.
It doesn’t take much of an area to fill up the cache. Especially if the area you are viewing has lots of high-res pictures. But, I read about someone using this in the remote areas of Africa with a GPS and a laptop to find his way around.
There is also a tip that you can save your cache(s) under different files and then swap them out to look at different areas (read about it here). Could be useful if you were travelling without Internet access for a prolonged period of time.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.

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  1. Very nice site. Please keep updating it.

  2. How can i get cache for goole earth without online with internet?

  3. Well, not getting one in the first place is a bit more challenging. I imagine you could copy the cache file from someone else’s computer. But, I’m not sure if this would work. You could ask about it at the Google Earth Community ( ).

  4. Please provide info. on how I may use Google Earth on my laptop in the field to map remote sites (waypoints) and produce tracks etc. I am in the NT and believe Google earth may be a valuable resource to help me. I currently use other GIS software such as Fugawi and Arcinfo but yours is more global and user friendly. I currently have a Magellan or a Garmin GPS linked to my laptop in the field.

  5. Great Information!!!

  6. i have problem to increase the cache memmory..
    how i increase the cache memory..
    and one another question..
    how i will convert google earth files into shap files
    amin uddin

  7. Hi,
    I need to cache an are of aprox 100mile radius to be cached without zomming in and looking at every street. How can I do it in GE?

  8. can we use a search menu in Google-Earth(Fly to,find Bus., directions) without connecting to internet (offline)?

  9. Do you have updates from other country which is not focus clearly? Thanks

  10. Just wanted to post a vote for better support from google for off-line keyholing. I do a lot of 4x4ing, so it would be great to be able to download what I need — by state, region, whatever.. I don’t care about wiki-pages or panoramio photos, I just need to see the terrain. Also, using OS X….

  11. Thanks for the info. I was just looking for ways to use Google Earth on a Windows XP computer that is not connected to the Internet. Infact I have been curious about it for a while now – but never really went into it.
    Is it at all possible. Say I create the cache in another computer (that’s on the Internet) and move the cache to my offline computer – will the cache work on the offline computer?

  12. Ahmed Mahdy says:

    That’s all good, but the question is: How to cache compelete earth areas automatically “without the need to navigate each place as it would take ages to do this”. That’s poessible?

  13. I just want cache file for my whole country, my country is Myanmar.Can anybody help me

  14. Is it possible to add two cache files, i mean not overwrite. somebody answer me please. Thank you !

  15. I am adding a lot of 3d models from google sketch up to google earth and want to be able to present them thru my lap top without an internet connection. I save the models, dae, files to my c drive and repathed them. Everything is realy slow because the files are so large. Can I work offline to present the models in google earth? It also seems clumpsy to try and move my places from one computer to another, the kmz file is huge. Any ideas or suggestions would be welcome

  16. Caching the whole of Google Earth would be like caching the internet … all of it.
    Not possible.

  17. Hi,
    I have created a Google Earth file with placemarks that are linked to .gif files (i.e. you click on the placemark, and an image pops up).
    I would like to be able to save my ‘creation’ so that it is available on other computers / networks, etc. When I email the .kmz file, or save the .kmz file to CD and try to open elsewhere, the Placemark links don’t work.
    My question is: how do you save the .kmz file as a whole (complete with files linked to within placemarks)? IS this possible?
    Thanx for (anyone’s) help!

  18. Were does gogole earth get all the maps and everything.
    is there something like…
    because if there is you could make that url work offline with Internet Explorer and you would not need internet connection, but would need alot of memory to store it.

  19. How use (offline) cache of Google Earth in the google maps?

  20. I have installed googleearthwin software. now I want to install the same in the winXP m/c which is not having internenet connection. pls help me in step by step

  21. I´ve read about Google Earth Voyager to load up you cache:
    It´s also available at

  22. Why dont you guys take the initiative to try and figure some of this stuff out instead of posting question after question of what you can/cant do with this ‘trick’. Or maybe you can cache the ENTIRE 3d globe in a multiple TB external hard drive and then you would never have to connect to the internet again!

  23. Use reg edit to change the maximum amount of cache in google earth – Find the reg “Google Earth Plus” then open the tabs to see cache reg – open cache reg and edit the values of maximun cache, dont try to use more than 4090 because GE only takes an hex of tree numbers – the maximum value is “FFF” = 4094.
    I tryed to use other values and only takes the tree last numbers of the reg. Is not to much but is two times bigger than the original cache size of GE. I hope this tip can help somebody.

  24. Access Google Earth in offline save our time and cost for Internet connection

  25. Get A Trip says:

    We are starting at the beginning of this most exciting blog in hopes of learning more about the process of information retrieval. When we zoomed all the way into our own residency we noticed it was approximately 6 months in arrears. Is there a reason for this? In the meantime keep up the good work and we will continue to dive into this great tool- Google Earth.

  26. I have been using Google Earth for about a year now and I find your tips and the whole site great, keep up the good work 🙂
    Indeed, it does work online, but the problem is that is that it does poorly. The places are remembered poorly, at least on my computer, so the quality is far inferior.
    I always make screenshots of the most important places. This cand be done from the program itself, a handy tool indeed 🙂

  27. I have an empty terabyte drive. Is there a way to tell Google Earth to store its cache on that drive and allow it to use 7 or 800 gigs just for the cache?

  28. I am soon travelling to geraldton WA from Cairns QLD, and am wondering if google earth will save all the directions it has given so WITH an internet connection once i am on my way?

  29. Again.
    Is it possible to add two cache files, i mean not overwrite. somebody answer me please. Thank you !

  30. That is awesome! Being able to use Google maps with out an internet connection will come in very handy when we’re exploring the mountains around here in Cairns. Thanks for the tech tips.
    Kind regards, Tim.

  31. Next time I go on a road trip I shall have to remember to go over the trip in Google Earth before I leave, so it’s in the cache. That is the awesome-est thing ever. My friends are shocked that you can do this.
    Cheers, Joel.

  32. This is a great facility for those who do not have the net connection all the time.Google earth which is very popular is coming up with lovely options.I am loving it.

  33. Helpful, thanks!
    Anyone seen any programs that automate the cache process for mac? The programs I’ve found only seem to work for windows:

  34. Wow/ That can be very useful on long-distance trips, especially in remote rural areas.

  35. Hi i would like to know how we can start google earth on an ipad offline…

  36. Mahboob says:

    I am GIS expert. Can anybody plz tell me how to pre render a data by making a buffer or selecting an area with higher eye view.I want to use the rendered data in driving simulation and wana do when user select source and destination the data along determined route should rendered before the simulation start. Can anybody help in this.

  37. Aaron Bewza says:

    It’s called “Aaron’s Google Earth Cache Stasher”. It’s a very handy tool that lets you stash your Google Cache files and name them (optimally they should be named the same names as the places you’ve filled your custom caches with). It is perfect for offline use of Google Earth as long as the caches are used with the same version of Google Earth the cache was made with. The caches last anywhere between 10 days and a month, determined by how often Google updates their image maps. I’m currently working on this 🙂 Google it, it is totally free like all my software. I ask nothing for its use. Enjoy!

    • Befoe downloading your GE cache stasher app, I was wondering if this is the most current version to download. Ron

  38. Iqbal Halani says:

    Aaron, yo da man ! Thanks!

  39. Ha Ha Real Cool

  40. A couple things to remember if you are moving the stashed caches to a portable computer that’s not on the internet:
    It works like that, but remember you must have the exact same version number of Google Earth installed on the second computer as you do on your primary cache-building machine. Every month or so, the codes are changed and if this happens the locations of the saved images become broken and the result of this is a set of broken images.
    The best way to deal with this is to install the same version number of Google Earth on both computers, then cache like crazy for the next few weeks or so… then transfer the caches to the second computer before any codes are changed.
    Due to the positive feedback I’ve experienced, I am going to add a “auto-caching” feature which will use .KMZ files to zoom in and out of a location you set, then moving a little and zooming in and out again, until a pre-set grid is completed (optionally up to a certain area, or 2gb… whichever comes first). Once an auto-cache is full, it will stash it automatically and alert you of its completion.
    Feedback, comments, criticism and insults are all welcome 🙂
    Aaron Bewza

  41. How to make Google Earth cache files last longer?

  42. verog lue says:

    why Google earth not provide option to make a copy of Cache layer to disk and so as so and then restore it again into Google earth?

PLEASE NOTE: Google Earth Blog is no longer writing regular posts. As a result, we are not accepting new comments or questions about Google Earth. If you have a question, use the official Google Earth and Maps Forums or the Google Earth Community Forums.