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Measure distance in the new Google Maps!

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Measure distance in the new Google Maps! Abby - Google Community Manager 7/8/14 11:38 AM

Dear mapping community!

Based on the feedback you've shared with us, we've been hard at work making your Google Maps experience even better.

Today we’re launching the ability to measure distance in Google Maps. To see the distance between two points in the new Google Maps, you can now use the right-click menu.

Here’s how:

1. Open the new Google Maps.

2. Right-click on your starting point.

3. Click Measure distance.

4. Click anywhere on the map to create a path you want to measure. Click to add additional measuring points.

5. [Optional] Drag a point to move it, or click a point to remove it.

6. Look on the map and under the search box for the total distance.

When done, either click the “X” in the card under the search box or right-click on the map and select Clear measurement.

Learn more in the Help Center.

Have feedback about measuring distances in Google Maps?  Send feedback from directly from Maps (“?” at the bottom right of Maps → Send general feedback) or let us know here in the community!

Happy mapping,


Re: Measure distance in the new Google Maps! CX Star 7/9/14 6:05 AM
Great! Glad to see this is back in the app. Excited to use it again.
Measure distance in the new Google Maps! Google Maps Train Navigation 7/18/14 11:43 AM
Hi Abby,

Good to hear that distance measuring features have  been introduced in Google Maps. I am new to the forum and also very curious to know the exact working. Do it measures the ariel distance i.e displacement (in physics term ) or the shortest distance covered by roadways??

It will be of great help if you could help me in this .

With regards,
Amit Tiwary

Re: Measure distance in the new Google Maps! Darjeeling Taxi Service 7/22/14 1:49 PM
Hi Abby,
Thank you for the information

Re: Measure distance in the new Google Maps! Uğur Özkan 7/28/14 12:50 PM
Hello Amit

It just makes a direct measurement between two points. However, you can click on the line and stratch it anywhere, which means you can make an exact copy of a road and measure it.

Hope this helps.
Re: Measure distance in the new Google Maps! Ashish Dixit 7/30/14 5:56 PM
Thanks very much for bringing this back. It works really well.