Import KML map data into Google Earth

You can use Keyhole Markup Language (KML) files to view and share Google Earth information. These files store geographic data and content associated with Google Earth. Learn more about KML files.

If you have a KML or KMZ file from an older version of Google Earth, you can open it in Google Earth.
  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Earth app Google Earth.
  2. Tap Menu Menu and then Projects Projects.
  3. At the top, tap Open.
    • To add a file directly from your device, tap Import KML File.
    • To select a file from your Google Drive or a shared file, tap Open project from Drive.
  4. Tap the file you want to add.
  5. To return to the map and open the file, tap Back Back.

Use Google Earth to open KML files

You can view most simple KML files with Google Earth for Chrome (version 9) or in the Google Earth app on your mobile device.
If you’re unable to view complex KML files, use Google Earth for desktop (version 7), which supports all KML features.

Import this info from KML files

Tips:
  • Some custom icons and overlay images hosted on other websites won’t work.
  • For more information on how to use KML features, go to KML support in Google Earth.

Report a problem

If you have trouble with KML files, tell us about the problem.
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