You can measure distances between locations and along paths. You can also measure the size of polygons that you draw in Google Earth.
Measurements of distances may not be 100% accurate, especially in areas with 3D terrain and buildings. For best results, measure using a top-down view.
- Measurements don’t account for changes in elevation.
- These instructions only apply to the new Google Earth. Learn how to measure distances in Google Earth Pro.
- On your computer, open Google Earth.
- Search for a place, or select a location on the globe.
- On the left, click Measure . Google Earth will switch to a top-down view.
- Click the map to set measurement points.
- To remove a point, on the right, click Undo .
- To complete your line measurement, double-click on your last point, or click Done .
On the right, you’ll see the length.
- To measure the area of a location, connect to your first point to close the shape. You’ll see the area on the right.
- To see these instructions and get more assistance, click Help .
Edit your measurement
- When you finish adding points, to edit your line segments or shape, click and drag the points.
- To measure again, on the right, click Start New .
- To delete your measurement and go back to the map, on the right, click Close .
Change measurement units
After measuring a distance:
- At the top right, you can find the measured distance.
- Next to a unit of distance, click the dropdown .
- Choose a unit of measurement.
To adjust overall settings:
- On the left, open the menu .
- Click Settings .
- In the “Format and Units” section, adjust to the desired units.
Measure the elevation of a point
- On the map, place your cursor to the point that you want to measure the elevation.
- At the bottom right, you can find the elevation at the rightmost part.
Tip: You can't measure the elevation difference between two points.