How to Measure on Google Maps

Quickly find the distance between two or more locations

What to Know

  • Website: Right-click the first location on the map and choose Measure distance. Click the second point. Distance appears at bottom of the screen.
  • Mobile app: Tap and hold a location to add the first point. Swipe up: Measure distance. Move the map until crosshairs are on the second point. Distance appears at bottom of the screen.

This article explains how to measure the distance between two or more locations with Google Maps. You can use the measurement feature on the Google Maps website or in the mobile app on Android and iPhone.

Measure Distance Using the Google Maps Website

You can measure the distance between two locations easily on the Google Maps website. But even better, you can add multiple points and see the distance for the entire path.

  1. Visit the Google Maps website and locate your first point on the map. 

  2. Right-click the location and choose Measure distance in the pop-up menu. This places the map in a “measure distance” type of mode allowing you to choose multiple locations.

    Google Maps location right-click menu with Measure distance highlighted
  3. Click to mark the second point on the map. You’ll see the distance between the points on the map itself and at the bottom of the Google Maps screen.

    Google Maps with second location point added and the Measure Distance info box highlighted
  4. To add another location, stay in this mode and click the third point. You’ll then see the total distance for all points.

    Google Maps with third location point added and new Total Distant measurement highlighted
  5. To remove a location, click it’s point marker on the map. You can do this to remove the last point you added or one in the middle of the path.

  6. When you finish, click the X on the top right of the Measure distance box at the bottom of the screen.

Can You Measure Property on Google Maps?

Maybe it’s not far away locations you want to measure, but property. The short answer to this question is yes, you can measure property on Google Maps.

Using the same steps above, zoom in on the property you want to measure. Then, place the point markers on all corners of the lot or area. You’ll then see both the total area and distance in feet at the bottom of the screen.

Google Maps with points clicked for a property and area and distance box highlighted

Measure Distance Using the Google Maps Mobile App

If you have Google Maps on your Android phone or iPhone, you can measure distance in the mobile app too.

  1. Open Google Maps and then tap and hold to pin the first location on the map.

  2. Swipe up on the location’s name at the bottom of the screen and select Measure distance.

  3. Move the map until the circle or crosshairs are on the second location. You’ll immediately see the distance between the two spots at the bottom of the screen. Tap Add Point to secure that spot and distance.

    Steps to measure distance on Google Maps in the Google Maps app with location, Measure Distance, and measurement highlighted
  4. To add another location, move the map to it and tap Add Point to mark it. You’ll see the total distance between all points at the bottom of the screen.

  5. To remove the last point you added, tap the Undo icon (bended arrow) at the top.

  6. To remove all points, tap More (three dots) at the top and tap Clear.

    Steps to add an additional location for distance measuring on Google Maps app with Add Point, Undo, and Clear highlighted
  7. When you finish, tap the back arrow on the top left to return to the main Google Maps screen.

Even More With Google Maps

Google Maps is a handy tool for more than just directions and navigation. Getting measurements is just another of those great features. For another, take a look at how to get GPS coordinates with Google Maps.

FAQ
  • How do I measure acreage on Google Maps?

    To calculate the number of acres on a property, go to the Google Maps website and click on the first part of the property, then right-click and choose Measure Distance. Click to add your second, third, and fourth points until you have the property covered. When Google Maps shows the total area of the property in feet squared or meters squared, take the amount and convert it to acres using Google or a specialized conversion tool. For example, a property with an area of 435,600 square feet would equal 10 acres.

  • How do I measure buildings on Google Maps?

    To measure buildings, you'll need Google Earth Pro, as Google Maps doesn't have this ability. In Google Earth Pro, find the building you want to measure, adjust your view until you have the correct angle, then click the ruler icon. Select 3D Polygon, and click the points between which you want to measure the distance. You'll see your measurement in the window.

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