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Viewing Your Models in SketchUp Mobile Viewer

When you view a 3D model on your mobile device, you have a number of features that allow you to control how the model is displayed and how you interact with the model.

Tape Measure Tool

The next best thing to viewing a SketchUp model on your tablet or phone is taking measurements directly on the model. You can long-press on the model to get a magnifying loop to appear. This will help you inference of a specific point. Releasing will set Point A. You can then optionally navigate the model to orient the view to facilitate the selection of Point B. You can then long press a second time to infer Point B. Releasing your finger from the screen will set point B. The measurement will be displayed while you actively drag your finger on the screen to find Point B. The final measurement will show up in the measurements box in the bottom right corner of the screen.


When you tap the Scenes button, you’ll see a list of the default views (Top, Bottom, Front, etc…), the Last saved view, plus any custom scenes that were added to the SketchUp model — and you can see the Layer visibility configuration and Face styles, which include X-Ray mode. Scenes will store the camera location and properties, the camera mode (Perspective vs Orthographic), hidden geometry, Layer visibility, active Section Planes, Face styles, Axes location, the camera field of view, and Background Style settings such as Sky, Ground, and Background color.

With version 3.0 you can play or loop a scene Animation. And if you want to walk through scenes one-by-one, there are also options for viewing the previous scene as well as the next scene. Keep in mind that the animation will respect the Include in Animation Scene setting as set in SketchUp desktop version. So if the checkbox is unchecked in SketchUp desktop version, the SketchUp Mobile Viewer Play Animation feature will skip over that scene. This also means that, with version 3.0, the Last Saved View in the Scenes list is no longer available.


The layers panel in the SketchUp Mobile Viewer app gives you the ability to control the visibility of any layers that you have added to your SketchUp model. A checkmark alongside the layer name in the Layers panel, indicates that the contents of a layer are visible in the model, the absence of a checkmark indicated that the contents of the layer are not visible.


The Camera menu gives you the option to manually toggle between the two primary Camera modes: Perspective and Orthographic. There’s also a Field of View setting that is available for adjusting the Camera’s field of view when in Perspective mode. This comes in handy when you are viewing the inside of a model where a larger Field of View will help you more easily navigate the model, for example tight interior spaces.


The View menu includes options for toggling between SketchUp’s visualization elements, such as section planes, as well as many Face styles:

  • Hidden Geometry
  • Section Planes
  • Section Cuts
  • Axes

And then there are Face Styles

  • XRay
  • Wireframe
  • Hidden line
  • Shaded
  • Shaded with Textures
  • Monochrome
  • Enable transparency
Note that when you tap X-Ray, Hidden Geometry, Section Cuts, Section Planes, Axes, and Enable Transparency, these modes will be applied in conjunction with the active Face style.

Navigation Toolbar

When you tap the Navigation Toolbar, you’ll see four options for navigating the model using a one-finger-drag gesture: Orbit, Pan, Zoom, and Look Around. There’s also a Zoom Extents feature – which will center the entire model in the viewport.

If Orbit mode is selected, dragging your finger will move the camera around the 3D model. But if Look Around mode is selected, dragging your finger will modify the focal point, keeping the camera in the same place. Think of it as the difference between looking at a car by walking around it, or by standing still and moving your head around.

Select the Pan tool to slide the camera along your model. And to zoom, select the Zoom tool then press and drag your finger up and down to move the camera closer or farther from your model.

With version 3.0 you can also double-tap on the screen to center the model at the point where you double tap. This feature works with the Orbit, Look Around, Pan, and Zoom tools.

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