How to time travel in Google Street View app

Google Street View has just turned 15 this year, letting users explore landscapes from the first-person point of view in over 100 countries and territories. It also means users can travel back in time up to 15 years ago to see how places have changed. To celebrate its anniversary, Google launched a dedicated Street View app making it easy to reminisce about the past right from your phone.

Read more: How to see Street View on Google Maps

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When viewing Street View imagery, tap on the photo to see information about the location. Then tap See more dates to see the historical imagery of that place, dating back to 2007.

How to time travel in Street View on the mobile app

Google first launched Street View in 2007, and since then, it has accumulated 360-degree images of over 200 billion locations worldwide from multiple points in time. To celebrate that milestone, Google is rolling out more ways to explore historical imagery online and through a dedicated mobile app.

When viewing Street View imagery of a place on Google Maps, tap anywhere on the photo to see information about the location.

Google Maps Montauk Lighthouse street view app

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Then tap See more dates to see any past images that Google or others have published of that place.

Google Maps Montauk Lighthouse 2019 street view app

Pictures will only date back so far as 2007 since that’s when Street View first launched. Scroll through to see a digital time capsule of how your favorite spot has changed over the years.

Google Maps Montauk Lighthouse Sept 2012

You can use the Street View Studio to upload your own Street View photos and contribute to the historical archives.

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You can easily upload and manage your Street View content from the app. Upload 360 images in bulk, preview how content will look before uploading, and filter your content by filename and location to keep track of your photographs for years to come.


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FAQs

Google tries to take new Street View photos in major cities once every year. However, given that anyone can now upload their own Street View images, locations will likely see an update more often.

On a desktop, click the clock icon in the upper left-hand portion of a Street View image, and move the slider through time to see that same place in previous years or seasons. On the mobile app, select See more dates on the information page of a Street View image.

Privacy concerns have led to several countries around the world suspending Google Street View services. While people in these countries can still upload their own photos to Street View, the following countries do not allow Google to take Street View pictures:

  • Austria
  • Australia
  • Germany
  • India
  • Canada

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