Google Maps is a reliable navigation tool used by millions of people worldwide. All you need to do is enter your current location or starting point, add the destination, and Google Maps will take care of everything. Measuring the exact distance between the two points is crucial if you’re in a hurry. Let’s see how you can quickly do that.
How Do I Measure Distances on Google Maps?
When you enter the starting point and your destination, Google Maps automatically calculates the distance between the two points. The information is visible in a black square.
But if you want to calculate the distance between two or more points, you can also add a straight line on the map.
How Do I Measure Distances on Google Maps Desktop?
- Launch Maps, and click on the Walking icon if you want to measure the walking distance.
- Right-click on your starting point.
- Then select Measure distance from the context menu.
- Click again on the map to mark the destination. The distance is visible at the bottom of the page.
If you need to add another point, simply click on the map. Alternatively, you can also drag the line on the map using your mouse cursor. If you no longer need that information, you can hit the X button.
How Do I Measure Distances on Google Maps Mobile?
On mobile, the steps to follow are pretty similar.
- Launch the Google Maps app, and touch and hold any point on the map until a red pin appears on the screen.
- Tap the Direction box and swipe up.
- Select Measure distance.
- Move the map until you reach your destination. The distance is marked at the bottom of the screen.
Measuring the distance between two points on your mobile app is a bit more difficult, especially if your touchscreen is slow to respond or you’re using a really thick tempered glass screen protector.
The shortest distance between two points is a straight line. Google Maps has a dedicated “Measure distance” option that allows you to quickly measure the distance between two points on the map. If you’re interested in learning more about Google Maps, check out the handy guides below: