How to see Street View on Google Maps

How to see Street View on Google Maps

Arc de Triomphe Street View

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Did you know it’s possible to have a first-person point of view of various places around the world on Google Maps? With Street View, you can explore landmarks, see natural wonders, and virtually step inside museums, arenas, restaurants, or small businesses. You can even view street-level imagery from the past to see how your neighborhood has changed over time. Here’s how to see street view on Google Maps.

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On the desktop, drag and drop the yellow Pegman in the bottom right-hand corner to a place on the map. Tap on a location’s pin on the mobile app, then tap the image with the Street View icon. Or tap Layers–>Street View.


How to see Street View in Google Maps (desktop)

First, search for a place or address on Google Maps.

Maps Pegman

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In the bottom right of the screen, you’ll find Pegman, your friend, for exploring Street View. Click and hold on him to pick him up, then drag and drop him to the area you want to explore. You can drop Pegman on a blue line or blue dot on the map, as these are areas where Google or other Google Maps users have taken street-level photos.

Maps Drag Pegman

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Explore Street View

To move around in Street View, hover your cursor in the direction you want to go. You’ll notice your cursor becomes an arrow along the ground and indicates which direction you’re moving.

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You can look around by clicking and dragging your mouse. You can also use the arrows to the left and right of the compass icon. Use your mouse or touchpad to zoom in or out to get a closer look. You can also use the plus and minus buttons below the compass. You can always orient yourself to face north by clicking the compass in the bottom right corner if you get turned around.

To jump between streets faster, hover over the Back to Map window in the bottom left and click the blue highlighted routes.

Back to Map Street View

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See street-level imagery from the past

You can travel back in time to see older street-level imagery from the Street View’s archives in Google Maps. However, don’t expect to see anything before the industrial age, since most areas only date back to when Google first introduced Street View in 2007.

To change the timeline, drag the Pegman onto the map, and once dropped, click Time, represented by a clock icon, in the upper left corner. Then, use the slider to go forward or back in time at the bottom.

Street View time slider

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Go to the top left and click the X icon in the upper right corner to exit Street View.

How to see Street View on the Google Maps app

There are two ways to see Street View on the Google Maps app. You can either search for a place, drop a pin, or tap on a place marker to view the location description. From there, scroll down and select the photo labeled Street View or select the thumbnail with a Street View 360 icon.

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Alternatively, you can tap the Layers icon In the upper left corner.


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Then, tap on the Street View with Pegman.


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From there, you can tap on any blue line to enter Street View. Blue lines on the map indicate Street View coverage.

Explore Street View on mobile

To look around in Street View, drag your finger on the screen or tap the compass. Then, move around by tapping the arrows or double-tapping the image in the direction you want to go. Or tap any blue line on the smaller map to teleport there.

If you tap any named point of interest on the smaller map, the map immediately re-centers new imagery loads for the best view of that place.

Switch from a full-screen Street View image to a split-screen view that displays a small map by tapping the arrows in the bottom right of the street view image.

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You can also see a wider view and change to landscape mode by turning your device sideways. To zoom in, pinch open on the screen, and to zoom out, pinch closed on the screen.


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Street View and other real-life maps tend to update every few years. You can view when a street-view image was last updated via the image capture information in the bottom right of the screen.

What are some business applications of Google Maps Street View?

Transparency builds trust. Instead of telling customers where you are, you can show them by letting them visually explore the surrounding area of your business. This can help them make informed decisions, such as finding parking. You can also show off the interior decor of your business to better connect with a target audience. Overall, Street View provides a convenient and comfortable experience to today’s consumers. As they say, pictures speak louder than words.

How do I share a Street View image?

To share a Street View image, tap the screen. Then select the three-dot icon in the upper right corner, and select Share.

How do I report a Street View issue?

To report an image that should be censored or which are potentially offensive:

  • Locate the image.
  • Click More, represented by three dots, and then click Report a problem.
  • Select the issue and click Submit.
  • Google will then review your report.

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