How users can view your maps

A number of clients and mobile devices can display published Google Maps Engine maps. This article explains how you can view maps in the following clients:

All features of a map are accessible through all interfaces, except that you can link to a KML file and treat it as a layer only through Google Earth, Google Earth Pro, and Google Earth Enterprise Client.

 

Google My Maps mobile app

Requirements

Note: This feature is not currently covered by the Google Maps Engine Service Level Agreement and doesn't yet affect your Maps Engine quota. We will update this article to reflect any changes in charging for map loads on mobile devices.

  • A Google or Google Apps account that the map has been shared with. In addition, your Android device should be running one of the following:
    • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
    • Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) or later. Not sure which version you have? Go to your mobile device's settings and look for "About phone" or "About tablet."
  • If you're using the mobile version of Google Maps Coordinate, see also the Google My Maps for Coordinate Overview.
Install the app
  1. On your Android device, go to the Play Store and find Google My Maps mobile app.
  2. Click Install.
  3. Follow the onscreen prompts to finish the installation.
Start the app
  1. Touch the Google My Maps icon.
  2. Follow the onscreen prompts to get started.
  3. If you have multiple accounts on your mobile device, select the Google account that has access to Maps Engine.
How to view maps and layers

With Google My Maps app, a mobile device can display Maps Engine content. Here are the steps:

  1. If you haven't already done so, add the account that has access to Maps Engine to your device. You don't need to sync the account in order to view Maps Engine maps.
  2. When you open Google My Maps on your mobile device, select the account you want to use.
  3. To view a list of maps available to your account, touch the   Folder icon. To search for maps, enter text in the Search box.
  4. To open a map, touch its name. The map (with up to three layers) is displayed.
  5. To choose which layers of the map to show or hide:
    1. Touch the   side menu icon.
    2. Touch the Layer icon, and then touch the layers to select or deselect them.
    3. Touch the Zoom icon to zoom in on the layer's area of interest.
Accessibility

The Talkback app, a screen reader that's pre-installed on your Android device, provides accessibility support for blind and low vision users. You can turn on Talkback for use with the Google My Maps mobile app:

  1. Go to your device’s main Settings menu.
  2. Under “System”, select Accessibility.
  3. Under “Services”, touch TalkBack.
    If you don’t have TalkBack installed on your device, you can download TalkBack on Google Play.
  4. Touch the On/Off selector to turn TalkBack on or off.

Visit the TalkBack help center to learn more.

Google Earth Client and Google Earth Pro

Requirements
  • Google Earth or Google Earth Pro version 6.0.3 or later
  • To view access controlled maps, a Google or Google Apps account that the map has been shared with
Details

To access a map from the free Google Earth client or from Google Earth Pro, you must sign in to Maps Engine with a Google or Google Apps account.

From the File menu, select Sign in to Maps Engine and, if necessary, sign in. Be sure to use the account that has access to Maps Engine maps.

After Google Earth authenticates you, it displays two ways to get access to a map:

  • A gallery of private Google Maps Engine maps to which you have access.
  • A field into which you can enter the URL of a public map.

To locate the URL for the map:

  1. In the Map details page, click the Access links icon .
  2. Click the Google Earth tab.
  3. To view the map in the Maps Engine viewer, copy and paste the URL into the address bar for Google Maps Engine.
  4. To embed the map in a web page, copy and paste the HTML iframe code into a web page.

Google Earth Enterprise Client

Requirements
  • Google Earth Enterprise Client version 6.0.3 or later
  • To view access-controlled maps, a Google or Google Apps account with which the map has been shared
Details

In Google Earth Enterprise Client, there are two ways to access maps:

  • You can view a private map by signing into Maps Engine with a Google account, as described in the previous section.
  • You can view a public map without logging in, as described below.

To view a public map without logging in:

  1. In the Map details page, click the Access links icon .
  2. Click the Google Earth tab.
  3. Copy the Google Earth database link. In the Google Earth - Select Server dialog, paste the map URL into the Server field.
  4. Click Login.

You can also click the Download KML file. This KML file can be loaded into Google Earth as well.

Google Earth for Android

Requirements
Details

With Google Earth 6.2 or later, an Android phone or tablet can display Maps Engine content. Here are the steps:

  1. If you haven't already done so, add the account that has access to Maps Engine to your device. You don't need to sync the account in order to view Maps Engine maps.
  2. Set Google Earth to use that account:
    1. In Google Earth, tap the menu icon and choose Settings.
    2. In Settings, scroll to the Maps Engine section, and choose Account.
    3. Select the account that has access to Maps Engine and then go back to Google Earth.
  3. In the Google Earth menu, tap the Maps Engine option.

A list appears, from which you can select a map for viewing. These are the maps that have been shared with you.

WMS clients

Requirements
  • A WMS-compatible geographic information system (GIS) application.
  • To view access-controlled maps, a Google or Google Apps account with which the map has been shared
Details
  1. In the Map details page, click the OGC icon .
  2. Choose the appropriate URL for the library and version you're using: WMS 1.1.1 or WMS 1.3.0. The URL is the WMS endpoint that you can use in your GIS application.

Google Maps Engine supports applications whose authentication is based on Oauth 2.0. If your application does not support Oauth 2, you can view only maps that are available publicly and not those shared with individual users or groups.

A WMS client shows the map as a static image, without interactive features.

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