How to Update Google Earth Maps

by J.S. Copper
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Google Earth is an application that allows a user to span the globe from their desktop. Users can easily zoom in on any part of the world to view the area in better detail. Google Earth also features multiple "layers" that add additional data and context to areas of the map, such as news stories, pictures, videos, wikipedia entries, historical images and information, etc. Periodically, Google will update the satellite map imagery, providing more accurate and detail map information. To ensure your are viewing the latest map images, update your version of Google Earth to the latest edition.

Step 1

Download the latest version of Google Earth from the Google Earth website (see Resources). Save the installer file to your desktop.

Step 2

Double-click the downloaded installer file.

Step 3

Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation. Restart the computer after installation completes; this isn't necessary, but it is a good idea.

Launch Google Earth. The maps will be the most up-to-date Google provides.


  • You can check for additional updates to the application in the future from the menu bar. Select "Check for Updates."


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About the Author

J.S. Copper began writing professionally in 2008, specializing in technology, running and health-related topics. He has worked with a handful of technology websites providing tutorials, tips and tricks. Prior to writing, Copper worked in Web design

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