How to Activate 3D Mode on Google Maps Vibrant

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Google Maps for Android includes many of the same features as Google Maps and Google Earth, including 3D representations of real-world buildings in most major urban areas. Using the multi-touch screens on Android phones, users can zoom in on the map and see the buildings around them, as well as change perspective on the Z-axis and rotating the map to match their own direction. The gestures aren't immediately apparent, and may require some getting used to.

  • Turn on your Android phone or tablet and unlock the screen. Press the "Home" button. Tap the application drawer. Tap "Maps."

  • Press the "Search" button. Enter in your local city. Note that not all areas feature 3D maps, especially rural towns. Tap "Go."

  • Tap the "Layer" button. Un-check "Satellite" if it is enabled. Hold two fingers on the screen and spread them apart to zoom in. You may have to zoom in a long way before you begin to see 3D buildings.

  • Place two fingers on the screen and slide them down to move the perspective down and examine the buildings. Place two fingers on the screen and make a circular motion to rotate the perspective.

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