Why does Google Earth show dark spots on certain locations?

Why does Google Earth show dark spots on certain locations?

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Google Earth allows users to get a good, in-depth look at any place on the globe, and this is made possible by the millions of images and footage that the company receives from the partner satellites and on-ground support and contributors who spend hundreds of hours photographing places around the globe in order to give the users the most immersive experience.

The Google Earth app, which started off as a browser application, has now got a PC version and a smartphone version as well, which makes it accessible to absolutely anyone who loves exploring and seeing new places, but is not able to go there in person. What is even better, is that Google has put in so many features in the application, that the net result is that the user gets absolutely all the data required to know his/her favorite places.

Now, if you are browsing through a place, chances are that you may see some of the imagery is a bit blurry or appear as a dark spot. This may occur if the  selected imagery has not streamed completely, or if Google themselves don’t have the best resolution imagery for that area.

Google devises a yearly road map where they plan which locations are updated with the latest imagery. The users have no say in this decisions, and if you are one such user who is looking forward to seeing your hometown updated, do not hold out hope as the location will only be updated when it falls into Google’s road map and also when they have enough amount of updated high quality imagery and footage of the location in question.

However, there are some solutions that you can still try out to see if the blurriness or dark spots issue is solved.

So, without further ado, let’s get started –

Make sure you are not causing the lag

Yes, you read correctly. Usually, the reason the imagery is blurry or pixelated is because you have too much running on the application. So, the first thing you want to do is to turn off the layers that you do not need. These layers will be available in the ‘Places’ window.

 

Why does Google Earth show dark spots on certain locations?

 

Clear your cache

The next thing you can try is to clear the cache for the Google Earth application.

Step 1. Open the Google Earth application on your PC.

 

Why does Google Earth show dark spots on certain locations?

 

Step 2. From the top menu bar, click on the ‘Google Earth Pro’ button.

 

Why does Google Earth show dark spots on certain locations?

 

Step 3. Scroll through the drop down menu and click on the ‘Preferences’ option.

 

Why does Google Earth show dark spots on certain locations?

 

Step 4. In the preferences window, click on the ‘Cache’ tab.

 

Why does Google Earth show dark spots on certain locations?

 

Step 5. You can now click the ‘Clear Disk Cache’ to start the process.

 

Why does Google Earth show dark spots on certain locations?

 

Turn off anisotropic filtering

Step 1. Open the Google Earth application on your PC.

 

Why does Google Earth show dark spots on certain locations?

 

Step 2. From the top menu bar, click on the ‘Google Earth Pro’ button.

 

Why does Google Earth show dark spots on certain locations?

 

Step 3. Scroll through the drop down menu and click on the ‘Preferences’ option.

 

Why does Google Earth show dark spots on certain locations?

 

Step 4. In the preferences window, click on the ‘3D View’ tab.

 

Why does Google Earth show dark spots on certain locations?

 

Step 5. Click on the ‘Off’ toggle under the Anisotropic Filtering window.

 

Why does Google Earth show dark spots on certain locations?

 

Hopefully, these solutions will solve any dark spots that you may be seeing on the virtual earth within the Google Earth Application.

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