The Hidden Way To Zoom In Closer In Google Maps

Google Maps lets you zoom in pretty close for its mapped locations, but there's a secret way you might be able to zoom in even closer. Here's how.

Reddit user xythrowawayy revealed this trick when debunking another Redditor's claim of a murder happening near his house:

Start by going to somewhere on Google Maps, say,

Zoom in as far as it will let you by clicking on the "+" sign at the top of the magnification slider at the top left of the map.

When you're in as far as you can go (heh) but not all the way to street view (if the location you're looking at even has street view), look over at the white space just to the top left of the map....where the little printer and chain link buttons are.

Click on the chain "link" button. That will show you a box with a long URL to the map you are looking at and another box with some HTML code to embed. Ignore the HTML code.

Copy the long URL and paste it into your browser's address bar, but don't hit enter to go to that URL yet. Instead, click to edit it and scroll all the way to the right. It should end with something like "&z=22". Change the 22 to 23 ("&z=23") and hit enter. If Google Maps has imagery at that higher zoom level, it will show it to you.

I tried it with both the faux murder scene (which turns out to be two people with a wet dog) and the Empire State Building, and it works, much like other Google URL tweaks. It doesn't work for all locations, however. You're best bet is major cities. Xythrowawayy says you can view some high-res images for them not available to you by default.

A murder near my house on Google Maps, link in comments [Reddit via Huffington Post]

Originally publihsed on Lifehacker Australia



    Wouldn't it be pretty much the same as zooming in from within your browser? It's only a digital zoom, as there is no actual image there. So just ctrl-mouse wheel and hey presto you're in?

    I do however really like the 45 degree option when it's available.

      In some areas (probably only america, maybe sydney CBD if you're lucky) z=23 does actually provide a better resolution image than z=22. It's not the same as ctrl+mousewheel, which just doubles the size of every pixel.

      But for around 99.99% of Australia, you're right - there's nothing to see here

      Its not the same, as doing so would zoom into the entire screen, not the image in the map. You also can't scroll back to the image part once you use the browser zoom. So this (published) trick would work well if the image has enough clarity.
      Hope this clarifies.

    But it doesn't get any clearer, so what's the point?!?!

      It does get clearer in some parts of the world - that's the point

    Or sit closer to the screen?

      But then it doesn't get any clearer - that's the point

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