How To Measure Distance On Google Earth

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You can make the most out of Google Earth if you know how to measure the distance between two or more points on it. It can help you measure the distance of your road trips, bike rides and runs. Not just linear distance but you can also find the area and parameter of a closed path using this feature. And here’s how you can actually measure the distance on Google Earth if you don’t know already.

Measure Distance On Google Earth

Google Earth is available online, as a desktop app (Windows, Mac, Linux), and Mobile app (Android, iOS). You can use Google Earth on any of the three platforms to measure distance on it. However, Google Earth’s desktop app is far more diverse in terms of features like showing elevation profile, measuring the area of different geometric shapes like polygon, circle, and other 3D structures around the world.

Moreover, you can even fly a plane on the Google Earth desktop app in case you don’t know. Here’s a guide on how to measure the distance between two or more points in Google Earth on various platforms.

 On Google Earth Pro

For this, you need to first download and install the latest version of Google Earth Pro on your computer.

1. Now, launch Google Earth Pro on your PC. Once open, search for a place from the top left corner for distance measurements.

search for place on google earth

2. Now once the place loads on Google Earth, zoom in to the location you want to measure by scrolling the mouse wheel or by using the magnifier tool on the right side of the screen. Next, from the toolbar at the top select the Ruler icon.

ruler icon at the top

3. As you do that, the Ruler window will open. Select the measurement type like Line, Path, Polygon, Circle, etc. and then check the Mouse Navigation box. You can also change the distance unit from the drop-down box if you want.

ruler tab

Note: Choose Line for measuring the distance between two points, for more than two points select Path.

4. Now select the starting point by clicking on one spot after that hover to the next spot and click on it to make it the endpoint.

measure distance on google earth pro

You will see a straight yellow line between the start and the endpoint which depicts the straight distance between the two points

5. The distance in numbers can be seen on the Ruler window where you can also save the distance if you want by clicking on the Save button.

measure distance on ruler tab

Now give your measured distance a suitable name so that you can easily find it the next time.

6. The saved distance will be stored under Places, on the left side panel.

saved distance under places

If you want to open saved distances just go to Places and select the distance by name under it.

Measure Distance In Google Earth Online

1. On the Google Chrome browser visit Google Earth and click on the Launch Earth in Chrome.

launch in chrome

Note: You cannot launch the Google Earth in any other browser except Chrome.

2. Wait for a while till the earth loads in the browser. As it loads, go to the measuring spot on it by searching that particular location from the search tool at the top left corner.

google earth in chrome

3. Next, select the Ruler from the left side panel.

ruler icon in chrome

4. To measure the distance, click on the start point and hover towards the end. You can add as many points in between the start and endpoint as you want. Double click on the endpoint to stop the measuring process.

Measure Distance between two points In Google Earth Online

5. The distance between the start and the endpoint can be seen on the Ruler window. From here you can also change the distance unit by clicking on the drop-down box as shown in the screenshot below.

change distance unit

6. To measure the area and parameter of a location on Google Earth, just make a closed path along with the spot and the approximate area and parameter will be shown on the ruler WINDOW.

google earth measure area

You can copy the measured distance to the clipboard by selecting the copy icon. But unlike Google Earth Pro you can not save the distance on the Google Earth online and mobile app.

Distance Measurement On Google Earth Mobile App

1. Install Google Earth for Android or Google Earth for iOS depending on your smartphone. Now, go to the spot on the map and tap on the Ruler icon at the top right corner.

ruler icon on mobile app

2. You can zoom in to the location with pinch to zoom feature and move the target icon to the starting point. Once on the starting point tap on the Add Point button at the bottom right corner.

add point

3. Now with your fingers move the target icon towards the endpoint. You can add many points between the starting and the endpoint. Once you find the endpoint, tap on the checkmark icon at the top right corner.

add endpoint

Note: To remove a point from the measurement, you can tap on the undo icon to the left of the checkmark icon at the top of the screen.

4. You will now see the measured distance at the bottom of the screen.

measure distance on Google Earth app

You can also change the distance unit by tapping on the drop-down arrow.

5. You can measure the area and parameter of a spot by closing the shape. You can do so by tapping on the Close shape option at the bottom. Once you close the shape, you will see the area and parameter of the shape at the bottom of the screen.

measure area on google earth app

So that’s how easy it is to measure distance on Google Earth on desktop, mobile app and online.

Final Thoughts

We hope you have fun with this new feature and use Google Earth to its fullest. If you liked this feature and want to use it again then we would recommend you download the Google Earth Pro on your computer. Not just it’s free to use, it is far more feature-rich when compared to Google Earth online and the mobile app.

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Ankit Prasad

Ankit is a tech enthusiast and loves to write. He is also very keen on gadgets and smartphones. Likes to read tech blogs and gain as much knowledge as he can.

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