FAQ: Google Street View – 360 Virtual Tour

We offer Google Street View and 360 Virtual Tours for businesses and realtors in San Diego. Alex Uria Creative Agency is the most reliable Google Virtual Tour provider. We help increase engagement, conversions and local SEO on Google and Google Maps with the Google 360 Virtual Tour Program. This is the Google Street View technology, indoors, that creates stunning interactive virtual tours of businesses to help convert more prospects into customers.

360 virtual tours accelerate bookings in restaurants, hotels, wedding venues. Virtual tours help increase the amount of time someone will spend on your Google and Google Maps listings which helps local SEO. We are the leading virtual tour photographers San Diego with hundreds of virtual tours photographed. If you have a physical location for your business, you will benefit from a 360 tour.

We use the latest and most accurate technology available in the market, provided by Matterport. The tutorials we provide here are belong to Matterport. You can visit their website to get support and learn more about how to use their technology.

You don’t need to do anything! The Google Street View (beta) panel will automatically appear in the “Apps” tab for each space in my.matterport.com. Any admin, or a collaborator with edit access to the 3D Space, can publish the Space to Google Street View.

Can I publish Residential Homes to Google Street View?

No, this violates Google’s Terms of Service.

Important Note: Matterport will not prevent you from publishing a residential property to Google Street View, but doing so could result in your Google account being banned from future GSV publishing. Any such ban is purely at Google’s discretion, and is not something Matterport can reverse.For this reason, it is important that you, and any admins or collaborators with edit rights on your account, never attempt to publish residential properties to Google Street View.

How much does it cost to publish my Space to Google Street View?

Street View publication costs US $14.99 per space (15€ or £13) if you have a Basic, Professional, or Business Plan andUS $19.99 per space (19€ or £17) if you have a Starter Plan. You can edit and re-publish the information in the Google Street View submission unlimited times at no extra cost.If a model is modified and re-uploaded to the Matterport Cloud, a new Street View submission must be created and published to update the visual content in Google Street View. A new fee of US $14.99/$19.99 per space (15€/19€ or £13/£17) will be charged.

Any previously submitted Google Street View submission for the location must be manually deleted directly in Google Street View using these steps:

  • Open Google Maps. On the top left, click Menu.
  • Click Your Contributions. Find the photo you’d like to delete.
  • Click Delete this photo and delete the related images.

Is the experience the same as I am used to with Matterport?

No. Google Street View is a 360˚ pano-to-pano experience. Your GSV tours will not include a Dollhouse View or the fully immersive 3D transitions found in a Matterport Space. Matterport Spaces are not ‘embedded’ within Google’s maps and search interfaces. Instead, we export your data into a format compatible with Google Street View.See the Street View Gallery for examples of the experience you should expect.

Is Matterport the only way people can capture and publish to Google Street View?

For indoor photography, Matterport is one of several options photographers and venue owners can choose. However, Matterport is the best solution for large and complex places because it is easy to scan and automates the otherwise time-consuming process of capturing and connecting individual 360˚ panoramas.

Is this the same as the “See Inside” experience on Google Maps?

Essentially, yes. “See Inside” was the name of an older Google program that differentiated interior tours and car-based captures. Now the entire program is called Street View, even if the location is inside a building.

Where on Google is my content published?

Your content will be visible on Google Maps, Google Earth and the Google Street View app. Each application will show your 360º images (also called connected panoramas or a tour) in different ways.

Can I control which 360 images appear in a place’s listing on Google?

When you publish to GSV from Matterport, all visible 3D Scans are included. Hidden 3D Scans and 360˚ Views will not be included.Google algorithms determine the specific order that still photos, 360˚ panoramas, and other photos appear in search. Matterport and you cannot determine this order.

Will faces or license plates be blurred automatically?

Currently, no. Content that is published through the Street View API does not go through the same face or license plate blurring algorithms as Google Street View on roads.If there is content you wish to hide from Google, we recommend you hide scans with private information before you publish. If you enable Blur Faces in Account Settings/Capture App while scanning, those scans with blurred faces in the Matterport space will appear blurred in Google Street View.

Will my content connect with other Google Street View imagery, such as navigation from a street into a property?

Google’s algorithms determine whether your content is connected to other walkthrough content such as a view from the middle of a street.To maximize the possibility of your content being connected, we recommend you try to place your 3D Space as accurately as possible on top of the Google Maps minimap.

Can I explore my content in Virtual Reality?

If you use the Google Street View app for your iPhone or Android phone, you can press the VR icon to experience your content in virtual reality. You will then insert your device into your headset and explore.This type of VR experience will show the same 360˚ panoramas (and connections between them) as you see in normal version of Google Street View for other non-Matterport content. The Matterport VR Space with optimized navigation is not currently published to Street View.

Is GSV publication limited to particular capture methods (e.g. only the Pro2)?

Any Matterport Space you can explore in 3D Showcase can be published. This includes the Pro, Pro2 and Pro2 Lite spaces. Spaces that you’ve captured with the Pro2 will export the high quality, 4K images to Google.

Can I hide just one scan position from the published space?

Sure. Just hide the scan in Workshop and then republish. The hidden scan will not appear in Google Street View. Another option is to delete the scan from within Google Maps if you want to keep the Matterport Space as-is.

Can I publish spaces with more than one floor?

Yes. The floor levels are automatically determined based on your Matterport Space.The floor picker UI within Google Street View only appears when a viewer is standing at a spot where there are panos above or below them. Users may not realize there are multiple floors until they actually start exploring the tour.

Can I set the start position within the Street View tour?

No, this is not a feature of Google Street View. Users enter by clicking on an individual pano (blue dot in Google Maps and Google Earth) which indicates there is imagery there.

Will Mattertag™ Posts, Labels and Highlight Reels be visible in Google Street View?

No, these are not currently supported in Google Street View. We suggest you share your Matterport Space through social media or embed it on your website for users to see these features.

Does this include 360º Views (unaligned panoramas)?

Yes, not only are all visible 3D scans uploaded, but also placed 360° Views.  Because they are placed, they are included in the “aligned” set of scans. Find more information about placing 360° Views using Workshop.

Can I use the Dollhouse View to explore and navigate?

No, Google Street View is designed as a series of connected 360º images. Currently there is no notion of 3D geometry or a Dollhouse View within a Google Street View tour.

If I delete my Space from my.matterport.com, does it also delete from Google Street View? 

No. You would need to unpublish from GSV before deleting the Space.