Google Earth Plus – Faster Network Access

lightningWhen Google Earth for Windows went out of beta last Tuesday, a new item was added to the features list of Google Earth Plus (GE+): Enhanced network access. That’s right, if you buy the Google Earth Plus version ($20 per year subscription) you not only get the ability to draw paths and polygons, GPS integration support, greater printer resolution, and data import capability. But, also you get faster network access. Apparently this feature already existed for some months, but just wasn’t documented. So, if you already have GE+, you have already been getting faster access.
According to the Google Earth development team, the feature enhances the download speed of the databases compared to the free version of GE. Here’s a comment from one of the team members at the Google Earth Community: “Upgrading to Plus should improve network performance at least a little and in some cases a large amount (especially if you have a long latency to our servers). ”
So, if you’ve been thinking about getting GE+, here’s another reason to consider it. Those of you who are real addicts (like me) might want to give it some thought. 🙂 Anyway, if you want GE+, just select “Upgrade to Plus” in the Help Menu of Google Earth.

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.


  1. Do you know if anyone has tried to quantify (benchmark) the speed difference? I’m considering the upgrade but some benchmarks would really help me decide.

  2. I have purchased GE+ a couple of weeks ago and still cannot figure out how to get on it. I have my fee paid and have a license key. I do not know where to ge to get some help. can you please help me???
    Thank you
    Ed Clark

  3. help me, how to buy google earth plus in indonesia please !!!

  4. Chris Miner says:

    For the record the network access is not any quicker. The text is meaningless, and you’ll find no where in the internet where it is explained/validated/etc. It is false advertising. What exactly that phrase is supposed to mean is one of the most often asked questions about the software.

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