Google Maps is a helpful resource for getting around, with its precise maps and instructions to all sorts of places. It makes navigating both familiar and unfamiliar landscapes a breeze. It eliminates the thrill of guessing where to go, but it makes available some great toys like area and distance calculators and street views to make up for it.
As if you were there, you may walk about a city or neighborhood visually using Google’s Street View feature. It’s simple to use and can be a lifesaver when you need instructions for an unfamiliar spot, want to scope out a destination before a visit, or want to learn more about something interesting.
How to Use Google Street View on a Web Browser
One of the best features of Google Maps on the web is Street View, which makes you feel like you’re there. Google Maps now features a direct link to the Street View stream for select locations. Here’s how:
- Either type in the address or browse the map.
- Select More from the Layers menu (located in the bottom left). After that, click on Street View. Once you do that, blue lines on the map show you where to position Pegman (Google’s human icon) to get a better look.
- Get Pegman by clicking the button in Google Maps’ upper right corner. After that, place it by sliding it onto one of the blue lines. Below Pegman, you’ll see a small green highlight; use this to guide his landing on the intended location.
- Your screen will instantly zoom in to that close-up view, making you feel like you are in the middle of the street. You can see more of the landscape by moving the map to the left or right.Also, you can navigate to various locations by clicking the displayed square or arrow.
- If historical images are available, a clock icon will appear in the location box to the left of “Street View” on the top left of the screen. To rewind time, use the clock button and move the slider to the left.
- Clicking an older image above the slider will make it the primary impression. A new version of the image, along with the photograph’s date, will appear in Google Maps Street View. To revert to the current view, click the far rightmost point of the slider.
- Google Maps Street View can be closed anytime by clicking the X in its upper right corner
Use Street View on iOS
Despite widespread misconceptions to the contrary, Google’s official support site claims that iOS device users with iPhones and iPads have access to Street View. Here’s how:
- Launch Google Maps on your iOS device.
- Go to the spot of interest or tap and hold anywhere on the map to place a marker. You can also choose a location by tapping a feature on the map.
- The location’s name or address will appear at the very bottom.
- To get Street View, tap the preview image
Use Street View on Android
- Open the Google Maps mobile app.
- To find a location, type in the address or tap an existing marker.
- Choose the location’s name or address at the bottom of the screen.
- Click the “Street View” button or the thumbnail depicting the Street View icon to view the image in Google’s proprietary mapping application.
- You can now embark on an adventure to discover the surrounding area.
Click the “Street View” button or the thumbnail depicting the Street View icon to view the image in Google’s proprietary mapping application.
What can you do in Street View?
When you access Street View, you’ll have the option to:
To move the camera left and right, click and hold down the left mouse button.
Go along the road by selecting the directional arrows.
Activate full-screen mode by selecting the corresponding button in the upper-right corner of the display.
Use the ESC key on your keyboard to exit full-screen mode, or select the reduce screen icon from the menu on the right side of the screen.
To see it in Google Maps, click the “View in Google Maps” link at the upper left. If you click on a Google Street Maps link in Transpoco Locate, it will open in a new tab, so your current map will remain intact.
To leave Street View and return to the Map view, click the left arrow in the top-left corner of the screen.
What can you not do in Street View?
Google encourages various uses for Street View, but some activities are prohibited.
- Digitizing or tracing information shown in Street View pictures to create new datasets.
- Employing programs to dissect the Street View images for useful data
- Accessing Street View pictures for usage outside of Google’s products by downloading them (such as an offline copy)
- Combining several Street View photos into one big picture by merging or sewing them together
All kinds of initiatives, for-profit, and those not-for-profits, are subject to these limitations.
Google and, where relevant, our data sources must be credited for all usage of Google Maps, Google Earth, and Street View material.
Copyright notices, like “Map data 2019 Google,” can be seen at the bottom of the content in our mapping products, where the credit can also be found. It’s important to remember that the attribution varies in wording from one region or type of content to another.
The instructions mentioned above also apply whether you use a mobile device, tablet, or desktop computer to navigate Google Maps. A clear mental image of how tourist attractions, stores, offices, parking lots, football stadiums, and other public spaces were originally laid out is readily available.
Nevertheless, Google Street View is now only available in a limited number of countries, so you might not be able to see the entire globe. Integrating Google Maps with other Google products is simple so that you can make amazing things.