Retrieving and moving your placemarks file

Retrieving your Saved Placemarks

All of your placemarks are automatically saved locally on your computer's hard drive. You can use the following method to retrieve your saved placemarks:

If you are a PC user, you can retrieve your saved placemarks as follows:

1. Press  + r on your keyboard.
2. In the Open: bar, type or copy and paste in "C:\Documents and Settings\%username%\Application Data\Google\GoogleEarth" without the quotation marks. If you are using Windows 7 or Windows Vista, the location will be C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local or LocalLow\Google\GoogleEarth.
3. Select OK, and in the directory, click on the myplaces.kml file to retrieve your file. In the event that you're trying to replace your corrupted myplaces.kml file, we'd suggest using the myplaces.backup.kml file.

If you are a Mac user, you can retrieve your saved placemarks as follows:

  1. Open the Finder.
  2. Hold down the Option key on your keyboard and click the GO menu on the top of the screen. 
  3. Navigate to the Library, then to Application support, then Google Earth, and finally locate the file myplaces.kml file. (The path should read User/Library/Application support/Google Earth/myplaces.kml).
  4. This is the latest file that was successfully saved, and the file you will want to move to your new computer. In the event that you're trying to replace your corrupted myplaces.kml file, we'd suggest using the myplaces.backup.kml file.

Moving your Saved Placemarks

There are a few ways you can transfer your saved place marks to another computer.

 

  • Google Drive: upload the .kml file to Google Drive and then download it onto your new computer.
  • Email: email the file to yourself and then download it onto your new computer.
  • USB drive: transfer the file onto your new computer.

 

It's also a good idea to occasionally backup the contents of the myplaces.kml file to a removable device, such as a CD-R or USB drive.