This is lengthy and I am sure it is far from the best method to accomplish this. These are my notes and they are what worked for me. It may be flawed and overly cumbersome, but again this is just what works for me and I thought I would share it. Here is my resulting Google Maps Photosphere Huntington, WV Memorial Arch: Google Maps (Next time I will go when there is less wind and better lighting and hopefully I will get a better result) What I used: Phantom 3 drone (of course) Litchi App Microsoft Image Composite Editor GeoSetter Photoshop 5.5 64bit photosphere.xmp (available here http://goo.gl/Yt3xyG, right click and save as) Notepad++ Google+ Account Google Maps Google URL Shortener Steps 1st Go to maps.google.com and search for the location that you want to add a photosphere. To add a photosphere the place or landmark must already exist on google maps. There has to be a "place" associated with your photo for you to be able to access "Add Photo" option/button. If there is not one (ie remote locations) you could try to add it using the google maps website or try to create it using Googles Map Maker. 2nd Capturing images to create your panoramic: I use the PANO option in Litchi with the following settings Type Spherical 3 Rows Photos per Row 12 3rd Stitching together images for the panoramic: I use Microsoft Image Composite Editor to stitch together images (use default settings) Export resulting image to desktop using Quality of 100 I have also tried using PTGui & Hugin but I personally have had the best results using Microsoft Image Composite Editor (although I do believe using one of the other programs may allow for a more streamline approach to this entire process). 4th Confirm that GPS metadata is contained with the image: Use GeoSetter to make sure GPS information is in the image. Right click on the file select show image position on map. 5th Getting the proper dimensions for the photosphere: A photosphere MUST have a width to height ratio of 2:1, if your width is 15872px the height MUST be 7936px (15872 : 2) . So you must add some black space at the top of your image. Use Photoshop to add the space, open the image, select image-canvas size, change to pixels, adjust so that the height is 1/2 the width, click the down arrow so that it adds the extra space above the image. 6th Adding the missing sky (Note I tried manually pointing the phantom 3 camera up and take some images and adding them to the image but that did not work for me, next time I will try using either my phone, point & shoot camera, or DSLR to get images of the sky looking up and see if those will stitch in). Open image with Photoshop 5.5 64bit Use the selector tool (the rectangular marquee tool), on the left, second from the bottom and select the any small black clipping at the top of the image as well as the white part at the top, and then hit delete on my keyboard, Select the following: Contents, Use Content Aware, Blending accept default. If after doing this any of the sky still needs fixed select that area of the sky and repeat the same process. Keep repeating this process until the sky looks good. 7th Saving the image for Google Maps Save the image using highest jpeg quality. Next step is to upload to my Google+ account, but the size can be tricky Go to Google+ Upload size of photosphere to Google+ seems to be inconsistent. I have found that sizes under 35mb seem to work well. I have used the following: Image size: Width 14000 by Height 7000 pixels Test uploading image to your Google+ account Once I have verified the image is not to large to add to my Google+ Account then delete the photo from my account. 8th Getting the photosphere to work with Google Maps: Open the file photosphere.xmp with notepad++ Make sure the following match the correct image width and height: <GPano:CroppedAreaImageWidthPixels>14000</GPano:CroppedAreaImageWidthPixels> <GPano:CroppedAreaImageHeightPixels>7000</GPano:CroppedAreaImageHeightPixels> <GPano:FullPanoWidthPixels>14000</GPano:FullPanoWidthPixels> <GPano:FullPanoHeightPixels>7000</GPano:FullPanoHeightPixels> Then save the file Open image that I was able to upload to my Google+ account with Photoshop Once open, click on file, then File Info, then select Import. Use Middle Import Option Keep original metadata, but replace matching properties from template Select photosphere.xmp and click open then click ok 9th Adding the image to Google Maps Then rename file to something that makes sense and upload to my google+ account (if the image is recognized as a photosphere you will see an icon in the middle of the image) post to Public and click on Share. Then go to image location (the "place" in step 1) at maps.google.com and click on the place (remember this needs to exist already in google maps), in bottom right corner of screen select the icons to the left of the little drag and drop google person marker that is labeled "Show imagery", now from window that appears below select "Add a photo", then select "Your photos" and then select the image you just uploaded to your google+ account. It should show up now on Google Maps. Although I have gotten strange results in chrome after posting. On the PC I posted it from when I go there in chrome I get a bunch of exclamation marks. But if I go in IE or even in chrome from another PC it works fine. Also seems to work fine from the same PC a few days later. I have no idea why I experience this, but it does not seem to be permanent. Good Luck!