Satellite View is a feature that has been in Google Maps since the service was first released. It can be helpful to see a real-world overhead view of each location. We show you how to boot in this view by default on Android and iPhone.
Before we enable satellite view by default, you should know that it uses more data than the minimalist “map”
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The process to enable satellite view by default is a bit different on Android and iPhone. We start with Google Maps for Android.
Open the Maps app on your Android smartphone or tablet and tap your profile icon in the top right corner.
Then select “Settings” from the menu.
Scroll down and flip the switch for ‘Start maps in satellite view’.
It’s that simple. Google Maps is now in the satellite view when you open it in the future.
Things work a little differently in Google Maps for the iPhone and iPad. Open the app and tap the layers button in the top right corner.
Then select “Satellite” in the “Map Type” section of the menu.
That is it! The app will remember this selection and will start in Satellite View from now on.
This is simple, but it can save time if you find yourself switching to satellite view a lot. It’s a bit annoying that the Android app doesn’t just save your selection like the iPhone does, but at least there is a setting for it.