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How to Get a Satellite View of Your House Using Google Earth

Saikat Basu Updated 12-03-2020

Google Earth (and Google Maps) is the easiest way to get a satellite view of your house and neighborhood. The virtual globe of Google Earth combines satellite imagery, maps, aerial photos, and of course the Google search engine.

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This gives us a fascinating application that enables anyone to view nearly any part of the world and get instant geographic information for that area.

Google Earth used to come in Free and Pro flavors, but Google Earth Pro is now completely free to download on desktops, and you can even use the web version in Chrome and the mobile apps on Android or iOS. Google Earth also runs on Firefox, Edge, and Opera.

In this article, we’ll show you how to take advantage of Google Earth’s high-resolution graphics and satellite images.

Google Earth Satellite View vs. Google Maps

Google Earth and Google Maps use the same satellite/aerial and street view imagery to give you some amazing data on our planet. Few things like searching, and directions are also similar in both.

But there are important differences between Google Earth and Google Maps too.

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  • Google Earth is a 3D virtual globe while Google Maps is used more like a 2D map even though it has 3D features.
  • Google Maps is a more powerful local tool. Google Maps allows you to find and share directions and explore your locality with a fine-toothed comb. It also keeps this information synced across all your devices.
  • Google Earth and its satellite imagery may look the same when you compare it with Google Maps. Both have the satellite layer. But it offers an important distinction: a better set of Layers.

Thanks to the Voyager feature inside Google Earth, you can explore interesting cultures and our planet’s nature in all its glory. As the video below tells you, Google Maps is for finding your way, Google Earth is for getting lost.

In short: When you want to go from Point A to Point B, use Google Maps. When you want to explore the world in all its high-resolution 3D glory, use Google Earth.

Launch Google Earth for some fun virtual trips, and then tap into its many practical benefits.

1. View Your House With Google Earth

The virtual trips allow you to visit any country on Earth. But you will still go on it to find your own house. You can fly down from outer space and zoom down to the street level.

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Searching for a satellite view of your house works on all versions of Google Earth. The screenshot below is from Google Earth Pro for the desktop that can be used for more advanced uses like import and export of GIS data.

To find your own house:

  1. Go to the search box on the top left and enter your address.
  2. Double-click your address in the search results. Google Earth will fly you to your neighborhood.
  3. Drag the Pegman icon to access Street View and get an up-close look at your home.

Satellite View of Your House

You can search for any location by address, business name, latitude-longitude coordinates, keywords, and locale name. If it’s a new neighborhood, you can walk around virtually and get to know the services and businesses around your locality.

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Google Earth also thinks that you head straight to your home to take in a satellite view. That’s why they took this idea and created a unique storytelling project called This is Home.

So, instead of staying put at your own house and thereabouts, why not go over and see how the Inuits live in igloos or the unique Santorini Islands in Greece.

2. Take Virtual Trips From Your Couch

Google Earth is made for exploration and geographic discoveries. There are some fascinating virtual tours on Google Earth Google Earth Tour Guide: 14 Virtual Tours You'll Want to Check Out Here are some of the best Google Earth virtual tours available. Travel to the world's most exotic places from your couch! Read More . New locales and timely tours are always being added, so you will never fall short of places to explore with Google Earth and its Voyager feature.

For instance, go to Voyager > Culture > Superhero Movie Locations and head to the places where blockbuster scenes in superhero films have been captured on camera.

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Movie locations on Google Earth

3. Measure Distances Big and Small

You are looking at the aerial view of your home on Google Earth. Maybe, now you would like to measure the plot of land it is standing on or calculate a nearby parcel you have your eyes on.

Instead of manually stretching the tape, use Google Earth’s Measure Tool to do it in a few minutes.

Measure Distance on Google Earth Aerial View

On Google Earth Pro you can use lines and shapes to check distances and estimate elevations. For instance, you can use the elevation information to plan hikes around your countryside.

On Google Earth Web, Android and iOS you can use the Measure Tool How to Use Google Earth's Measure Tool and Why It's Useful The latest Google Earth feature allows you to measure the distance between any two points, as well as the perimeter or area. Read More to calculate the perimeter or distance of between points on the map (see screenshot).

4. Use Historical View to Go Back to the Past

Google Earth Pro has a slider tucked away on the toolbar that works like a time machine. Imagine you are looking at the satellite view of your house or any other location and would like to see how it looked in the past. You can do three things to access historical imagery for the location.

Google Earth Historical Imagery

  1. Go to the menu and select View > Historical Imagery.
  2. Click the Historical Imagery button on the toolbar (a clock with an arrow pointing counterclockwise).
  3. Click on the date in the lower left corner of the Google Earth window. Google Earth will jump to the oldest historical imagery available.

5. Monitor Disaster Alerts in Near Real Time

Google Earth Crisis Map

Google created a product called the Google Crisis Map to help people stay aware of developing natural disasters like hurricanes, storms, earthquakes, and more.

The crisis map uses Google Maps technology to make this information easily available in almost real time on any device with a browser. The crisis map also collates the information spread across multiple agencies and makes it easier to understand for the layman.

Of course, it won’t offer you a satellite view of your house in real time but you can at least estimate the precautions you need to take as the disaster flows or ebbs. For a more detailed walkthrough, head over to the Google Help Page.

Keep an eye on the SOS alerts and navigation warnings. Google Maps on iOS and Android supply real-time visual disaster warnings in the event of hurricanes, earthquakes, and floods. Map overlays and crisis cards will give you more information with emergency phone numbers, safety tips, and even push alerts.

6. Create a Satellite Tour of Your House

Google Earth guided tours under Voyager are all professionally made. But Google Earth also allows you to create your own projects that can work like virtual tours of your town, city, or any other favorite place of your choosing.

This official Google walkthrough describes how your own virtual tour with the satellite views on Google Earth.

Search Google Earth for the Best Views

Browsing Google Earth can be addictive. Go through the stunning Google Earth satellite images on Earth View and I am sure you will get hooked in the immersive landscape photos. And yes, you can download them as wallpapers for your desktop too.

Google’s famed mapping technology is such a big part of our lives. And that’s why you should always combine Google Maps with other Google tools 6 Unique Ways to Use Google Maps With Other Google Tools Maps can show lots of details. Learn how you can take advantage of Google Maps by making it work with other Google services. Read More for better communication.

Related topics: Google Earth, Google Maps.

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  1. Anonymous
    September 23, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    how can i log in to googl earth.every time i try it says,due to administration,i can not log in.

  2. Anonymous
    March 31, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    Wana to c my home from stalite how i can c

  3. jerry ono-on
    March 27, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    i want look my home,,

    • Robert Dunham
      January 16, 2016 at 5:00 pm

      I want to see my home

  4. jerry ono-on
    March 27, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    to look my home

  5. Rodney Richardson
    February 23, 2015 at 1:04 am

    How often does it post a update picture?

  6. Anonymous
    February 15, 2015 at 6:02 am

    How I can find my exact position

    • Rodney Richardson
      February 23, 2015 at 1:06 am

      How often does it post a updates picture?

  7. Anonymous
    February 12, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    want to see d railwaybridge accross d nethravathi river

  8. Krishna Pradhan
    February 9, 2015 at 8:00 am

    Want to see m yy home at Jorethang

  9. t chamil ananda
    February 2, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    I want to see my home.

  10. Anonymous
    January 13, 2015 at 12:41 am

    I want to see my home.

  11. Anonymous
    December 18, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    Hi this thing here
    Really works
    So well and wonderful

  12. A.R.CHAITANYA
    November 24, 2009 at 8:02 am

    how can my house in google earth????

  13. jamin
    November 18, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    I can't find out how to see my house!

  14. aziz
    November 8, 2009 at 6:44 am

    i want to see my house thats bad but there not viewieng my house thats bad thing

  15. imran
    October 7, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    I want to see my house.I also want to see my native villege because its like interesting to me

  16. inara sadruddin
    September 26, 2009 at 10:55 am

    Ilove my home and i want to see it from my eyes.
    my address is 315-2 at al- azhar garden in karachi .

  17. ikenna
    September 22, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    i've had about this,yet i've been a witnenes

  18. Abhishek
    August 16, 2009 at 3:32 am

    I want to see my home but i m unable to see it can anyone help me please snd suggestion on my id sunnydude.sgh@gmail.com

  19. shayah
    July 28, 2009 at 9:18 am

    i would like to see my home swett home from space!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. ruby
    June 20, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    yes I am trying to see a picture of my house

  21. Raees
    June 3, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    I think it is the most difficult idea and could not be acomplished.this is for only to think.

  22. Rosa
    January 12, 2009 at 10:40 am

    This is soo cool............

  23. swamp
    July 29, 2008 at 12:22 am

    is it possible to see via satelite a past event, or i may say, can i view a recorded files, if there is?

  24. K Suresh
    May 27, 2008 at 6:23 am

    I would like to see my house through breath taking satelite service provided by google earth- I am from Kakinada,East Godavari Dist,Andhra Pradesh,India

  25. siddhartha
    May 16, 2008 at 1:16 am

    i want tosee my home town jhalda, dist-purulia ,west bengal

  26. larry lingerfelt
    April 22, 2008 at 11:44 am

    find my home 6756 casar road lawndale nc 28090

  27. kasey
    March 29, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    find my home 507riverview village west pittston PA 18643

  28. Rohit
    February 15, 2008 at 2:21 am

    google has done a great thing

  29. imran
    November 7, 2007 at 8:21 am

    i want to look my house ...which is in pakistan

  30. Aibek
    October 4, 2007 at 7:53 pm

    @ Gina

    Sorry this is far beyond what Google Earth can offer.

  31. samirul
    August 26, 2007 at 9:11 am

    i want to see west bengal-burdwan-kshetia

  32. vidya
    August 16, 2007 at 3:45 pm

    how to view my house
    i am from india

    • Anonymous
      March 17, 2015 at 5:26 am

      Good

  33. sana
    August 16, 2007 at 11:51 am

    i want to view the city of burdwan from satelite. May i view?

  34. khadija
    August 14, 2007 at 8:11 am

    i jvst luvv it

  35. Amit Nagar
    August 8, 2007 at 7:04 am

    i want to see my house from satelite. i m loving it.

  36. sarah tucker
    August 6, 2007 at 11:20 pm

    i like it

  37. Aibek
    August 5, 2007 at 12:11 am

    What city and country you're from? Less popular cities receive less priority and may be viewed only at fairly low zoom levels.

  38. tubz
    August 4, 2007 at 9:20 pm

    i cant seem to look at my house using google earth
    i searched my address but all that comes up is a blur can some one help me out

  39. mancillas jose
    August 2, 2007 at 8:27 pm

    just to see the beautiful places on earth

  40. Anil
    August 2, 2007 at 1:03 pm

    I want to view my house via satilite.

    • saatiish mohamed salad
      January 8, 2015 at 6:24 am

      may l see my house please

  41. Aibek
    July 9, 2007 at 4:25 pm

    Guyz ...
    In order to to see your house you'll need to DOWNLOAD and INSTALL Google Earth program. Once done just search for your address.

    • Terry Primm
      December 21, 2014 at 2:52 am

      Terry Primm 906 Bonn Wichita,is 67213

    • Terry Primm
      December 21, 2014 at 2:54 am

      Want to see my house

  42. tasmin
    July 9, 2007 at 3:57 pm

    please can i see my house from space

    • Anonymous
      December 9, 2014 at 10:28 pm

      840 -E. Old willow Rd. #215, Prospect Heights,Ill., 60070,USA

  43. Kayla
    June 29, 2007 at 12:05 am

    WHat the freak how do you see your house from space

  44. Aibek
    June 13, 2007 at 2:08 pm

    good luck... ;-)

    • ELLIS LUBWAMA
      January 18, 2015 at 10:10 pm

      U 2

    • mohamed
      February 10, 2015 at 11:15 am

      look my hom in google earth

  45. tarek
    June 13, 2007 at 11:49 am

    i want to see may university from space (universuty of batna)

  46. Aibek
    May 31, 2007 at 11:38 pm

    @ dennis

    Hmmmmm, it's kind of blurry from here. Is it fine on your end?

  47. Aibek
    April 28, 2007 at 9:20 pm

    @tito
    i think at the moment there is nothing on the web that'll let you access real-time (live) images of the place. Although, I think in a year or two this should be possible.

    • Dement
      August 17, 2008 at 11:26 am

      Do you know where I can find the most recent satilite images? Ones that are not months if not years old??

    • max
      February 19, 2015 at 9:10 pm

      this sucks

    • aiden
      May 8, 2015 at 5:39 pm

      October 9,