How to Find Your House on Google Street View

A fast and easy way to find any location at street level

What to Know

  • The quickest way: Go to Instant Street View or ShowMyStreet and enter a location's name or address.
  • Or, go to Google Maps, enter an address, and select the Pegman to bring up Street View imagery.
  • On mobile devices, try the Google Street View app for iOS or Android.

This article explains how to find your house on Google Street view by using third-party sites or by accessing Google Maps in a browser. For mobile devices, we'll look at how to use the Google Street View app for iOS or Android to find your house.

How to Find Your House With Instant Street View

If you're looking for the fastest way to find your house (or any location) on Google Street View, check out Instant Street View. It's a third-party website that allows you to type any address into a search field to instantly view that location. Use Instant Street View on a desktop browser or on the web browser on your mobile device.

  1. Navigate to Instant Street View on a web browser and begin typing the name or address of a location in the search box.

    Navigate to Instant Street View in a web browser.
  2. Instant Street View searches for a match and takes you there. If your entry is vague, a drop-down list of suggested locations appears.

    Instant Streetview in Chrome browser showing dropdown address autocomplete.
  3. Select About in the upper-left menu to view a legend of the colors outlining the search field; the colors change according to what the site can find:

    • Green = Street view found
    • Orange = Location not specific
    • Yellow = No street view
    • Red = Location not found
    Instant Street View - About

    Use your mouse or touchscreen to change direction, and use the arrows on the street to move backward, forward, or sideways.

ShowMyStreet is another popular site that works similarly to Instant Street View; however, there are no auto-complete drop-down suggestions.

How to Use Street View in Google Maps

The Instant Street View site is great if you want to immediately view a specific location, but if you're on Google Maps, you can also switch to Street View.

  1. Navigate to Google Maps on a web browser.

    Navigate to Google Maps in your web browser.
  2. In the upper-left corner, enter a place or address in the search field.

    Google maps search field
  3. Select the correct address or location from the list, and then select the Pegman (yellow person icon) in the lower-right corner.

    Pegman icon on Google Maps in the lower-right corner

    If the Pegman is not showing, select the street in front of where you want to use Street View, and then select the pop-up that appears. If you don't get a pop-up, Street View is not available for that location.

  4. Select any blue highlighted area on the map to open Street View imagery.

    Google maps - select blue highlight to view Street View

    You can also choose the picture in the upper-left corner to view photos of the location.

    Select the image in upper-left corner to see more Street View images

Use Street View on Mobile Devices

The Google Maps app is separate from the Google Street View app. If you have an Android device, download the official Google Street View app from Google Play. Street View was once built into the Google Maps app, but now there's a separate iOS Google Street View app you can download.

  1. Open the Street View app and type an address or location into the search field, then select the location from the choices that appear.

  2. Tap the map to place Pegman where you want to see a street view.

    The 360-degree imagery closest to the location appears at the bottom of the screen. Tap the image to see it in full-screen mode. (If you swipe up, more images from other nearby locations appear. You can select any of those images as well.) Use the arrows on the street to navigate around the location. Drag your finger across the screen for a 360-degree view of the images.

    Google Street View on iOS

    With the Street View app, you're able to capture panoramic imagery using your device's camera and publish it to Google Maps as a way to help users see more of what they want to see in these locations.

What If I Still Can't Find My House?

So, you entered your home address and saw no results. Now what?

Most major urban areas, particularly in the U.S., have been mapped on Street View, but that doesn't mean that every house, road, or building will show up when you search for it. Some rural areas are still being mapped. You can request to edit road segments on Google Maps to suggest a new location be reviewed and possibly added.

Google updates imagery regularly, especially in major cities, and depending on where you live or what location you're looking at, imagery may be old and scheduled for an update to better reflect its current condition. Check back in a few months or so to see if your house or a particular address has been added to Street View.

  • How can I blur my house on Google Street View?

    To blur your house on Google Street View, open Google Maps on a desktop and search for and select your home address; hold your mouse pointer on the "Pegman." Drag it to the road in front of your home. Position the view to the front of the home and select Report a problem. Fill out the form and select My Home in the Request Blurring section.

  • How do I go back in time on Google Street View?

    To see street imagery from the past, drag the Pegman onto the map where you want to see past views, and then select Time. Use the slider at the bottom to go back in time and see old views of the area.

  • How often does Google Street View update?

    While there's no exact update schedule, in major cities, Google tries to update once a year. For less populated areas, updates occur about once every three years or even longer.

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