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 Maps Engine for mobile

Requirements
  • A Google or Google Apps account that is a member of the relevant Maps Engine access list. 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 Maps Engine for Mobile Coordinate Overview.
Install the app
  1. On your Android device, go to the Play Store and find Google Maps Engine for mobile.
  2. Click Install.
  3. Follow the onscreen prompts to finish the installation.
Start the app
  1. Touch the Google Maps Engine for mobile 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 Maps Engine for mobile, 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 Maps Engine 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:
    1. Touch the Menu icon in the bottom-left corner of the map.
    2. Select the layers you want to display, and deselect those you don't by touching the Layer icon. 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 Maps Engine for 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 is a member of the relevant Maps Engine access list
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 get the URL of a map, look on the Map Details page, and click the link shown here in bold italics:


 Published links: Google Earth | Google Maps | WMS | Map Widget | Map ID

This gallery has only one map, although many could be listed.

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 that is a member of the relevant Maps Engine access list
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. From the File menu, select Add database.
  2. In the Google Earth - Select Server dialog, paste the map URL into the Server field.
  3. Click Login.

To get the URL of a map, look on the Map Details page, and click the link shown here in bold italics:


 Published links: Google Earth | Google Maps | WMS | Map Widget | Map ID

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 to which you have access by means of being in an access list.

WMS clients

Requirements
  • A WMS-compatible geographic information system (GIS) application.
  • To view access-controlled maps, a Google or Google Apps account that is a member of the relevant Maps Engine access list
Details

On the Map Details page in Google Maps Engine, a WMS URL becomes available when a map is published. To get the URL, click the link shown here in bold italics:


 Published links: Google Earth | Google Maps | WMS | Map Widget | Map ID

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 protected by access lists.

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