Google Maps is one of the most popular GPS and navigation apps in the world. You can rely on Google Maps to navigate your way through a new city, get recommendations to visit various points of interest, and so on.
One of the most useful Google Maps features is the Street View option. You can use it to view real images of the places you’re going to visit in order to get your bearings easier.
But if Google Maps won’t show the street view, there are some troubleshooting steps you can pursue in order to fix this problem on PC or Android/iOS.
How to Fix Google Maps Street View Not Working
1. Check if this is not a known issue
If Street View stopped working all of a sudden or after you updated your Google Maps app, this could be due to a code bug or glitch.
Check if other users reported the same problem. Or maybe Google already officially acknowledged the issue.
The latest Google Maps updates may sometimes break certain features of the app, especially on Android or iOS. If this is the case for you, try reverting to an older app version.
Or you can use Google Maps in offline mode to check if this solves the problem.
2. Check if Street View is available in your area
Google Maps Street View is not available in all the regions. There are even areas of major cities where this feature is not available and users can’t utilize interactive panoramas to navigate their way through the city.
So, maybe there’s absolutely no problem with your Google Maps app. Check if the Street View feature is available in your area.
Keep in mind that many places still have limited or no Google Maps coverage.
3. Use Points of Interest
Another thing you can do is use Points of Interest and get to Street View from there.
Points of Interest (POI) are places that may attract many potential visitors and include parks, schools, museums, government buildings, business centers and so on.
How to see POIs on Google Maps
- Open Google Maps and search for a specific place or address
- Then click on Nearby and select the places you’d like to search such as parks, restaurants, etc.
- Hit the Search button and Google Maps will display all the nearby POIs. Click on the Street View yellow man icon and check if the issue is gone.
Speaking of which, did you know you can create and share custom Google Maps? If the map you’re looking at is personalized to your needs and includes all the POIs you want to visit, the navigation experience will be much smoother.
4. Use the Google Search bar to access Maps
Many users worked their way around this issue by accessing Google Maps in their browser. To do this, type your current location in the Google search bar and then select the Maps section of the results page.
After you did that, feel free to drop a pin anywhere you like in order to get an image of the respective area or place.
5. Use an alternative app
If nothing worked, you can switch to an alternative GPS and navigation app. Some of the apps below are even better than Google Maps to some extent.
If you’re need a GPS app while you’re driving, try Waze (if the app is available in your region). The app is more fun to use than Google Maps thanks to its social features: you can alert other Wazers about various road events, speed traps, and so on.
If you need an alternative Google Maps app on PC, try using MapQuest or BingMaps.
MapQuest offers accurate directions, as well as information about traffic, one button location information about parks, hospitals and other such points of interest.
BingMaps is another excellent GPS and navigation app that offers multiple map layers. Some of the features available on Google Maps are also available on BingMaps. However, mobile support is not available.
Some Google Maps features such as Street View may sometimes fail to work properly.
Most of the times, this issue is caused by code glitches and it should not take long until Google patches them.