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How to use Google Maps to measure distance

Measuring distance on Google Maps might be a bit tricky but you can do it easily by using these simple tips.
By: HIMANI JHA
Updated on: Aug 22 2022, 11:55 IST
Find distance between two two points on Google Maps. (Pixabay)
Find distance between two two points on Google Maps. (Pixabay)

Google Maps is quite a useful tool especially in a city where you are a complete stranger. It has made traveling pretty easy. Not only does it tell direction, but it also warns you about toll road charges, and provides live traffic updates about the area around you as well. Google Maps even allows you to measure the distance between two locations. However, the process is a little tricky. But Don’t worry, we have brought a step-by-step guide on how to measure the distance between places using Google Maps, whether you're using a PC or a smartphone. Check out the steps on how to measure distance on Google Maps

How to use Google Maps to measure distance on PC

1. First open up Google Maps web page on your PC and then use the search bar to look for your starting location. Once you spot the right place, right-click on it and a drop-down menu would appear.

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2. There you'll see an option to Measure distance. Tap on it and then choose another point on the map that you want to measure the distance to. You will see a small box at the bottom of your screen showing the distance between your starting point and your destination.

3. If you want to relocate the points you’re measuring, then you’ll have to simply click and hold the white dot on either end of the line and drag it to a new location. Alternatively, you can click on another point and create a path.

How to measure distance between two points by using Google Maps on iPhone or android phone

Time
Tools
Supplies
30 Minutes
  • Smartphone
  • Laptop
  • Updated browser
  • Interne
Step 1:

Open Google Maps app on an iPhone or  Android smartphone. If you don't have one then you can download it from the App Store or Play Store.

Step 2:

Touch and hold on any point that isn’t a place name or location icon. You’ll see a red pin icon named “Dropped pin”. Tap on it and an option would appear with Measure distance near the top. 

Step 3:

You will see an icon and a dotted blue line by dragging which you can place to mark your second location to find out the distance.

Step 4:

You can add more points on your journey to create a path to measure the distance between multiple locations. 

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First Published Date: 28 Apr, 10:40 IST
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