How To View 3D Buildings in Google Maps On Android

The new 3D maps in Google Maps don’t just look good, they’re extremely useful when you find yourself in a large city. For example, in New York, you can more easily tell what side of the street an address is on when you have a map that displays 3D buildings.

Step by Step

  1. Search for an address or point of interest in Google Maps.
  2. Pinch to zoom in so that you’re as close to street level as possible. Provided you’re in a large city, you’ll see a 3D building start to fill the screen of your Android phone.
  3. To change the perspective from birds-eye view to closer to the ground just drag two fingers down on the display of your handset.
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  1. JonGl Says:

    I don’t know about other cities, but I was shocked while in NYC this past summer, to find in Google Maps, that the buildings were in 3D, very similar to your Android image above. This was on iOS 3.1. As I said, I don’t know what other cities have this, as I haven’t tried.

  2. blayen Says:

    Dunno why, but i cannot see any 3d buildings even when i am absolutely sure the should be there (uploaded them myself). I can’t see nothing even in NYC.. HTC Vision (desire z) on andr. 2.3.3, google maps 5

  3. Dave Says:

    I dont see 3d buildings in cities. i have an HTC 4G and the latest google maps.

  4. Jennifer Says:

    Didn’t work. I checked downtown la and new york. I have the latest version so I don’t know what’s wrong

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