Find Your House on Google Street View

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

What to Know

This article explains how to find your house on Google Street view 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 Google Street View

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

  1. Navigate to Instant Street View in a web browser.

    Navigate to Instant Street View in a web browser.
  2. Begin typing the name or address of a location. The site will search for a match and take you there. If what you enter is vague, a drop-down list of options will appear as suggested locations.

    Instant Streetview in Chrome browser showing dropdown address autocomplete.
  3. Select About on the top menu bar to see a legend of the different colors outlining the search field, which changes according to what you type into it and what the site can find. Use your mouse to change direction, and use the arrows at the bottom to move backward, forward, or sideways.

    Screenshot of Instant Streetview in Chrome browser focusing on the About button.

ShowMyStreet.com is another popular site that works very 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 look at a specific location immediately, but if you know how to use Google Maps, it's easy to switch to Street View if a location has been photographed by the Street View team.

  1. Navigate to Google Maps in your web browser.

    Navigate to Google Maps in your web browser.
  2. Type a place or address into the search field.

    Type a place or address into the search field.
  3. Select the correct address or location, and then select the Pegman (yellow person icon) from the bottom right corner.

    Select the correct address or location, and then select the Pegman (yellow person icon) from the bottom right corner.

    If you can't see the Pegman, try clicking the street in front of where you want to use Street View. Click on the pop-up at the bottom of the screen. If you don't get a pop-up, then that means Street View is not available for that location.

  4. A pop-up box will appear on the left featuring Street View imagery. Click on that to view it in fullscreen so you can move around and start exploring.

    A pop-up box will appear on the left featuring Street View imagery.
  5. Select your location to see more images.

    Select the location to see more Street View images

Using Street View on Mobile

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 if you don't have it already. For iOS devices, Street View used to be built into the Google Maps app, but now there's a separate iOS Google Street View app you can use.

  1. Open the app and type an address or location into the search field, then tap on the map to place Pegman.

  2. The 360-degree imagery closest to the location will appear below. Tap the imagery below to see it in full screen, and use the arrows to navigate around the area. Once in full screen, drag your finger along the highlighted roads to move around.

    Screenshots of Google Street View on iOS focusing on Pegman

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

What if I Still Can't Find My House?

So you plugged in your home address and got nothing. What now?

Most major urban areas, particularly in the U.S., have been mapped out on Street View, but that doesn't necessarily mean that absolutely 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 using Google Maps to suggest a new location be reviewed and possibly added at some point in the future.

Keep in mind that Google updates imagery pretty 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. Consider checking back in a few months or so to see if your house or a particular address has been added to Street View.

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