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The images in Google Earth (and Google Maps) are updated on a continuous basis. It's hard to say exactly when an area will be updated because some areas may be updated more frequently than others (just because that data is more readily available). While most images are no more than 3 years old in high resolution areas, low resolution imagery in some areas may be older. When high-res or newer imagery is not available, the base map used in Google Earth is a circa 2000 TerraMetrics/NASA 15 meter resolution base imagery.

It takes months of post processing new imagery before they go online so bulk updates usually happen about every 2-3 weeks. Google Earth and Google Maps share the same backend satellite image database and are updated together.

Why are newer images sometimes found in Historical Imagery?

Newer imagery is sometimes available in 'Historical Imagery', which can be enabled from the View menu option in Google Earth. Sometimes older images are actually of better quality than new images (i.e. there might be a huge cloud over a certain area which encourages using the older, clearer image). This feature is not available in Google Maps.

Where was Google Earth imagery last updated?

If you want to see where Google Earth (and Google Maps) imagery was last updated either check out the Google Earth Blog for update announcements or simply click on the 'Google Earth Imagery Updates' link below to see the highlighted areas on the globe.

When will my area be updated?

Due to overwhelming demand when a given area will be updated Google has created a new e-mail notification service. Check out 'Follow Your World' in related links below.

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How often does Google Earth take pictures?

Google acquires imagery from a variety of providers (e.g. DigitalGlobe). Some of the imagery is given to Google by city or state governments. The age of the imagery varies greatly, but most of the high resolution imagery is between 6 months and 5 years of age. Google regularly updates its images, however, a given area may not be updated in a few years. Google takes its own Street View imagery and decides where and when it takes these photographs.


When was Google Earth last updated?

Imagery UpdatesGoogle Earth imagery updates usually happen about every 2-3 weeks but the updates are not to the entire globe but to cities and regional areas often in multiple countries. Google provides a KML feed to show where the updates are located and also has a notification service to receive alerts when your selected areas have been updated. See related question for details.Google Earth Software UpdatesGoogle Earth software is usually updated several times a year with a major update (e.g. 6.2 -> 7.0) about once per year.


Why does Google Earth get blurry?

If you see all areas as blurry, even somewhere with high resolution imagery like New York City, and those images are not blurry in Google Maps, read through the Google Earth help center support article to troubleshoot the issue (see link below). This is often a caching problem and cleaning the disk cache typically clears up this problem.


How can I see people on Google Earth?

From the aerial or satellite imagery in Google Earth you can rarely make out people. Sometimes you make out a person's outline, but often it's blurry -- resolution is not high enough. However, if you enter 'Street View' in Google Earth or Google Maps you can see people. In fact, the resolution is so clear that the faces are purposely blurred for privacy reasons. Google uses advanced blurring algorithms to identify faces and blur just the faces (as well as license plates) in the photograph to prevent identification.


How picture get refreshed in Google Earth?

The background satellite and aerial imagery are updated by Google as often as twice a month and Street View on its own schedule. Whenever you start Google Earth you get whatever imagery is available. Sometimes you may get blurry imagery and the local disk cache is out of sync in which case you can clean the local disk case. (see related link below)Google's layers (weather, traffic, photos, etc) are updated on a per-layer basis. Google refreshes these layers on its own schedule.KML content on the other hand depends whether the KML feed you opened with Google Earth is 1) a NetworkLink in which case it will auto-refresh and get the latest updates or 2) the KML content is static and copied to your saved places once when you first downloaded it. If you right-mouse click on a folder that is a 'network link' then the 'refresh' option will appear in the pop-up. Likewise, the URL to the feed will appear in the Properties dialog along with a Refresh tab with update options.If KML content in your saved places is a static snapshot (one-time copy) then it's up to you to go back to the originator of that KML source and see if it has changed. Most dynamic sources provide a network link to the source to auto-update so you don't have to do this manually.

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How often are images in Google Earth updated?

Images of Google Earth are updated by people going out and taking more photographs of the planet. By taking regular photos, this keeps Google Earth up-to-date.


What types of satellite images does Google maps offer?

Google maps offers high-resolution aerial images from satellites. These images are not updated very often. Since they are not updated frequently, newer features of the Earth's surface are not shown as often as they appear. Certain parts of the Earth are not able to be viewed. They are not able to be viewed due to risks of terrorism and for government protection.


How often does Google Maps update their satellite images?

Google Maps uses the same satellite data as Google Earth and updated together usually once or twice a month. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Google Both Google Earth and Google Maps are updated with bulk updates usually once or twice every month but NOT every area is updated on each update.


How often are Google Maps images updated?

The images in Google Maps (and Google Earth) are updated on a continuous basis. The update cycle is typically twice a month but only a handful of areas are updated at a time.It's hard to say exactly when an area will be updated because some areas may be updated more frequently than others (just because that data is more readily available). While most images are no more than 3 years old in high resolution areas, low resolution imagery in some areas may be older.It takes months of post processing new imagery before they go online so bulk updates usually happen about every 2 weeks. Google Maps and Google Earth share the same backend image database and are updated together.When will my area be updated?Due to overwhelming demand when a given area will be updated Google has created a new e-mail notification service. Check out 'Follow Your World' in related links below.


How often is Earth Google updated?

On average it is updated every 1-3 years but this can vary depending on the area being updated. Larger cities such as New, York, London and Dallas would be updated more often then a small little known town or village would.


How often does Google Earth satellite Passover East Hartford Connecticut?

While Google doesn't have its own satellite, and is instead provided imagery from other satellites, the imagery is usually 1-3 years old, according to google. So how old images are just depends on when google collects the images. But it is not possible to see images in real time using google earth.


How often does Google Maps update satellite images?

Google Maps uses the same satellite data as Google Earth and are updated together usually once or twice a month. But realize that some areas may be updated more frequently than others (just because that data is more readily available). Due to overwhelming demand when a given area will be updated Google has created a new e-mail notification service. Check out 'Follow Your World' in related links below.


How often does Google Maps get updated?

Google Maps and (Google Earth) are updated with bulk updates usually once or twice every month but NOT every area is updated on each update.It's hard to say exactly when a given area will be updated because Google does not provide advance notice and some areas may be updated more frequently than others (just because that data is more readily available). While most images are no more than 3 years old, you may occasionally see an older image.Due to overwhelming demand when a given area will be updated Google has created a new e-mail notification service. Check out 'Follow Your World' in related links below.


How often is Google Maps updated?

The images in Google Maps (and Google Earth) are updated on a continuous basis. The update cycle is typically twice a month, but only a handful of areas are updated at a given time. Updates are made when new imagery is available from a variety of sources.It's hard to say exactly when an area will be updated because some areas may be updated more frequently than others (just because that data is more readily available). While most images are no more than 3 years old in high resolution areas, low resolution imagery in some areas may be older.Due to overwhelming demand when a given area will be updated Google has created a new e-mail notification service. Check out 'Follow Your World' in related links below.


How often is any one area updated on Google Maps?

Google Maps (and Google Earth) are updated together and bulk updates usually once or twice every month but NOT every area is updated on each update.It's hard to say exactly when a given area will be updated because Google does not provide advance notice and some areas may be updated more frequently than others (just because that data is more readily available). While most images are no more than 3 years old, you may occasionally see an older image.Due to overwhelming demand when a given area will be updated Google has created a new e-mail notification service. Check out 'Follow Your World' in related links below.


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How often are the pictures updated on Google Maps?

Google Maps uses the same satellite data as Google Earth and updated together with bulk updates usually once or twice every month but NOT every area is updated on each update.It's hard to say exactly when a given area will be updated because Google does not provide advance notice and some areas may be updated more frequently than others (just because that data is more readily available). While most images are no more than 3 years old, you may occasionally see an older image. Urban centers and large cities tend to get updated more frequently than scarcely populated areas largely due to the fact that revenue of ads for businesses in those areas which ultimately pays for the service.Google announces which areas where updated on several blogs. Google also provides a KML file (see below) for Google Earth showing which regions were updated in each update.Due to overwhelming demand when a given area will be updated Google has created a new e-mail notification service. Check out 'Follow Your World' in related links below.

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