Google Earth May Soon Add Time Machine Feature To The Android App

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Google Earth when launched back in 2001, was nothing short of a miracle of users. Users were simply wasting time watching satellite images of their homes or nearby areas.

If you have been using the Google Earth desktop version, we are talking about the dedicated desktop program which is called the Google Earth Pro, then you would know that there are a host of features available.

These features are not yet available on the mobile or web version of Google Earth. Both the Web-version and the mobile version of Google Earth are also missing the Time machine feature.


This allows you to go back in time and check out the old satellite images from the past. Luckily, as per a latest report by XDA, this feature may soon be making a comeback, at least on the Android version of Google Earth.

The report mentions this feature is available inside the Google Earth app. The Google Earth time machine feature is available as an “experimental feature.” More specifically as app flags that are hidden away.

Users can use this Google Earth time machine flag on a rooted phone

This also means that there is no simple way that anyone can access or try out this feature. However, if you are really interested in using this Google Earth time machine feature, then you need to make sure to have a rooted phone.


Besides, you also need to modify the app preferences manually with a root explorer or by trying any other terminal commands. A detailed guide is available, thanks to a Redditor, IAmReinvented. You can check out the guide here.

Now, coming back to the new time machine feature, it manages to show you all the old images all the way back to the 1930s-40s of the places you are looking for, at least it did so for San Francisco.

Notably, there is a time-lapse feature that helps you view all the old images that are available on the depository of Google servers. Watching how we came so far and how the development happened is something you really need to watch for yourself using this app.


It’s also pointed out that viewing places outside of the US should not be bothered viewing, as there is a lack of detailed satellite imagery for some places.

And since this feature is available as an app flag, it’s expected to make its way to the stable version of the Android app.

Moreover, there is no actual release date of this feature nor any information on whether or not Google plans to roll out this feature. Here’s a video of this new feature in the works for the time being.