Import map features from a file

You can import map features like lines, shapes, and places to your map from KML files, spreadsheets and other files.

Import map data to a layer

Step 1: Prepare your info

Import a file

Make sure your info is one of these file types:

  • CSV
  • TSV
  • KML
  • KMZ
  • GPX
  • XLSX
  • Google Sheet
  • One or more photos in Google Drive or Google Photos

Unzipped KML and KMZ files can be up to 5MB.

Other files can be up to 40MB.

If the file isn’t in a photo, the first row should contain titles. To import data properly, make sure you have a column with one of the following:

  • Latitude-longitude information
  • Addresses
  • Place names

Don’t import files with more than 2,000 rows. You can only import up to 100 photos at a time.

Step 2: Import info into the map
  1. On your computer, sign in to My Maps.
  2. Open or create a map.
  3. In the map legend, click Add layer.
  4. Give the new layer a name.
  5. Under the new layer, click Import.
  6. Choose or upload the file or photos containing your info, then click Select.
  7. Map features are added automatically.

Problems importing info

If your info isn’t importing correctly:

KML files may not import all their data, including:

  • Info balloons with HTML or JavaScript
  • KML tours
  • Time-based elements
  • Image and screen overlays
  • MultiGeometries
  • 3D models
  • Folders
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