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Tech & Science How to go 'back in time' in Google Earth using its historical imagery feature, and see locations many years in the past

03:20  01 october  2019
03:20  01 october  2019 Source:   businessinsider.com.au

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You can use Google Earth 's historical imagery tool to essentially go back in time , and see what different locations You'll need to download Google Earth Pro to use its " back in time " features . Google Earth 's tool lets you view what certain points on the globe looked like many years in the past .

You can use Google Earth ’s historical imagery tool to essentially go back in time . Google Earth ’s tool lets you view what certain points on the globe In itself, Google Earth can be an interesting tool. It allows users to check out far-off and unfamiliar places, to see what they look like in 2D or 3D, and

a woman sitting at a table using a laptop computer: You'll need to download Google Earth Pro to use its 'back in time' features. You'll need to download Google Earth Pro to use its 'back in time' features.

In itself, Google Earth can be an interesting tool. It allows users to check out far-off and unfamiliar places, to see what they look like in 2D or 3D, and even investigate local points of interest.

By default, you'll see things as they appear now. But, thanks to the program's historical imagery tool, you can also see what the map would have looked like at different points in time - though this option may not be available for every location.

Here's how to use that tool and get a more historical view of the places you want to see on Google Earth.

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Earth using its historical imagery feature , and see locations many years in the past . It allows users to check out far-off and unfamiliar places, to see what they look like in 2D or 3D to check out a map over time , you’ll have to be using the downloadable application version of Google Earth , rather

Earth using its historical imagery feature , and see locations many years in the past . In itself, Google Earth can be an interesting tool. It allows users to check out far-off and unfamiliar Here's how to use that tool and get a more historical view of the places you want to see on to check out a map over time , you'll have to be using the downloadable application version of Google Earth , rather

How to go back in time on Google Earth

Before you get started, keep in mind that in order to check out a map over time, you'll have to be using the downloadable application version of Google Earth, rather than the mobile app.

1. Go to https://www.google.com/earth/versions/#download-pro to download Google Earth Pro. Install it onto your computer, and then open it.

2. Click the search bar at the top of the left sidebar and search for the location you want to view. This can be a city and state or country, GPS coordinates, a street name, specific address, ZIP or postal code, or a general place.

3. Click "Search."

4. Click "View" in the menu bar at the top of your screen, and then "Historical Imagery."

a close up of a map: Select the 'Historical Imagery' tool. Select the 'Historical Imagery' tool. 5. A bar will open up at the top of your 3D viewer that will let you scroll back in time. The map will change as you scroll through time.

a screenshot of a computer: The amount of time you can go back changes based on location. The amount of time you can go back changes based on location.

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