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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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