Measure distances and areas in Google Earth

You can measure distances between locations and along paths. You can also measure the size of polygons that you draw in Google Earth.


  • Measurements 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.
  1. On your computer, open Google Earth.
  2. Search for a place, or select a location on the globe.
  3. On the left, click Measure Measure . Google Earth will switch to a top-down view.
  4. Click the map to set measurement points.
  5. To remove a point, on the right, click Undo Undo.
  6. To complete your line measurement, double-click on your last point, or click Done 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 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 Start New.
  • To delete your measurement and go back to the map, on the right, click Close Close.

Change distance units

  1. In the Measure Tool window, to show additional units of measurement, click Expand Drop down arrow.
  2. Choose a unit of measurement.
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