Browse 2D and 3D content

ArcGIS Earth allows you to browse 2D and 3D content from a mobile device.

  1. Tap the Toolbox button Toolbox.
  2. Tap the Add Data button Add Data that appears. Options to add data are listed below:
    • Portal Content Portal Content—Add data from portal content.
    • Add Files Add Files—Add local files stored on the mobile device.
    • Add data from QR Code Add data from QR Code—Add data by scanning a QR code.
    • Enter a URL Enter a URL—Add data by entering a data URL.
  3. Once added, data shows as a layer in the table of contents and displays in the scene for visualization:
    • Tap View View to turn layer visibility on and off.
    • Long press to select Share QR code or select Delete to delete a layer from the table of contents on an Android device; swipe left to select Share QR code Share QR code or select Delete Delete to delete a layer from the table of contents.
    • Tap to identify a feature in the scene and view data attributes in the pop-up that appears.
    • Tap the more options button More options to view, hide, or delete multiple layers.

Add data from portal content

ArcGIS Earth allows you to connect to ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Enterprise and access your organization's data from mobile devices. You can sign in by tapping My Account My Account.

Supported services include the following:

  • ArcGIS Server web services
    • Map service
    • Image service
    • Feature service
    • Scene service
    • Mobile scene package
  • Web scene
  • KML or KMZ service

To browse content, tap Add Data Add Data and select Portal Content Portal Content. By default, ArcGIS Earth allows access to public content from ArcGIS Online. Once signed in, you are presented with options to search, sort, and filter data from My Content, My Favorites, My Groups, and My Organization in the portal.

  • ArcGIS Earth supports ArcGIS Enterprise portal logins starting at Portal for ArcGIS 10.4.
  • Signing in to ArcGIS portals with PKI security is not supported on the ArcGIS Earth mobile app.
  • ArcGIS Earth supports downloading mobile scene packages to mobile devices and exploring the data.

ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World contains a collection of authoritative, ready-to-use maps and scenes. You will see the Living Atlas tab if your portal administrator configures access to Living Atlas content for the organization. Most Living Atlas layers are free to use in your scene and can be viewed by anyone, but some layers contain subscriber content or premium content, which consumes credits (these are identified in the item description with subscriber Subscriber and premium Premium icons and can't be viewed by the public).

When searching for data to add, you can change the way the results are displayed. Use Sort Sort and Filter Filter to help you find the data you need. You can also view details of each layer before adding it to the scene:

  • Type a keyword to search for relevant content.
  • Use different categories to help you narrow the results.
  • Tap Sort Sort to change the order of the results.
  • Tap Filter Filter to filter the content of the results.
  • Tap Details Details to open the portal item page from ArcGIS Online.


  • You only see some of these options if you are not signed in or if you are signed in with a public ArcGIS Online account.
  • Only Living Atlas of the World presented with standard category sets is listed in the Living Atlas group.

Add local files

Mobile users usually need to work in areas with unstable network connections or under a disconnected environment. The mobile version of ArcGIS Earth supports several types of local files that can be used offline:

  • Mobile scene packages (.mspk)
  • KML and KMZ files (.kml and .kmz)
  • Tile packages (.tpk and .tpkx)
  • Scene layer packages (.spk and .slpk) with the following layer types:
    • 3D object
    • Integrated mesh
    • Point cloud
    • Point

  • You can add most simple KML files of placemarks, lines or paths, polygons, and 3D models. More complex KML files will be supported in a future release.
  • The mobile scene package is designed to take 2D and 3D content offline for use across the ArcGIS platform. It packages one or more scenes, as well as locators, into a single file. ArcGIS Earth allows you to open one offline global scene at a time, and search for places with a consolidated locator that is included in a mobile scene package. You can create a mobile scene package in ArcGIS Pro and share it to your ArcGIS organization or copy it to your mobile device.
  • If the scene's tiling scheme in the mobile scene package is different than the Web Mercator Auxiliary Sphere tiling scheme (WKID 102100), the data cannot be added to ArcGIS Earth on mobile.

There are multiple ways provided for you to add and share local data on mobile devices.


To copy a local file to an iOS device, see Use iTunes to share files for details. You can also share data among devices with AirDrop, download and add data from browsers, and download and add data from email attachments or instant message apps such as Messenger.

File Sharing


To copy a local file to an Android device, see Transfer files between your computer and Android device for details. You can also share data among Android devices via Bluetooth, download and add data from browsers, and download and add data from email attachments or instant message apps such as Messenger.

Add data from a QR code

A QR code is a square bar code that stores information in a machine-readable optical label. Adding data by scanning a QR code generated by ArcGIS Earth provides a fast and convenient way to present, collaborate, and communicate among multiple users or audiences. In comparison with searching data with keywords or typing a service URL, adding data from a QR code saves time and effort for mobile users by allowing them to point their camera at the QR code. Or, users can tap Album to select a photo if they have saved the QR code image to the photo gallery.

Try it out by scanning the QR code samples below with ArcGIS Earth on your mobile device.

Sample 1: VRICON Yosemite Integrated Mesh scene layer

QR code sample

Sample 2: NOAA Colorized Satellite Imagery

QR code sample

Sample 3: Bodemkaart - Soil map of the Netherlands

QR code sample


You will need to connect to the portal first to add and view the portal items.

Add data with a URL

ArcGIS Earth supports adding a URL that represents the following data types:

  • Map service
  • Image service
  • Feature service
  • Scene service
  • Portal item

  1. Tap the Toolbox button Toolbox and select Enter a URL Enter URL.
  2. Input the correct URL and tap Enter or OK OK to add data.