Here's How You Can Get Google Earth Pro For Free; Top Features You Won't Find In Free Version
Google Makes Its Pricey Google Earth Pro Free; Few Simple Steps To Get Started; Major Upgrades ListedGoogle Earth Screenshot

More than a billion people are going to be extremely happy today. The internet search titan has made its pricey Google Earth Pro free for all, helping save $399 a year along with several new features that make the geospatial software app even more appealing.

Whether it is a virtual tour to the corners of the world or planning a trek to the mountains, Google Earth Pro brings all necessary information at your fingertips.

Google Earth users are already aware of the usefulness of the virtual globe app, which was previously known as EarthViewer 3D before Google acquired the developer Keyhole Inc. in 2004. The popularity of Google Earth is huge considering its desktop client was downloaded by a billion people in October 2011. Google reserved a slew of features exclusively for pro subscribers, until now. With the free upgrade to Google Earth Pro, users can take advantage of printing premium high-resolution image, automatically geo-locating geographic information system (GIS) images, and import large size image files among other features.

"Starting today, even more people will be able to access Google Earth Pro: we're making it available for free. To see what Earth Pro can do for you—or to just have fun flying around the world—grab a free key and download Earth Pro today," Stafford Marquardt, Product Manager, Google Earth Pro, wrote in a blog. 

There are no changes required for those who are already running Google Earth Pro.

Get Started with Google Earth Pro

Getting started with Google Earth Pro is as simple as three main steps.

  • Download Google Earth Pro on a compatible PC (Windows or Mac)
  • Install the downloaded files
  • Launch Google Earth Pro and login with the details

The username will be same as the email address you used to register and the license key will be sent to registered email address. Once logged in, you can start exploring the virtual world.

Google Earth Vs. Google Earth Pro

In order to give convincing reasons for users to upgrade to the pro version of Google Earth, here's a quick comparison of the features in both versions. (Via Google Earth Pro)

Features Google Earth Google Earth Pro
Print images Screen Resolution only Premium High-Res Images
Regionate large datasets - Yes
Batch geocode addresses - Yes
Import GIS data - Yes
Import GIS images Manually Geo-Locate Automatically Geo-Locate
Import large image files Limited Texture Size Up to Super Image Overlays
Access demographic, parcel & traffic data layers - Yes
Create premium movies - Yes
Measure area of a polygon or circle - Yes
Map multiple points at once - Yes
Viewshed tool - Yes
Map making tool - Yes