Sweet Google Maps Trick Lets You Measure Distances "As the Crow Flies"
It's easy to use
Here's how to start measuring the distance between multiple points on your computer:
- On your computer, open Google Maps . If you're using Maps in Lite mode , you'll see a lightning bolt at the bottom and you won't be able to measure the distance between points.
- Right-click on your starting point.
- Choose Measure distance.
- Click anywhere on the map to create a path to measure. To add another point, click anywhere on the map.
- Optional: Drag a point or path to move it, or click a point to remove it.
- At the bottom, you'll see the total distance in miles (mi) and kilometers (km).
- When done: On the card at the bottom, click Close.
You can perform the same action on Android phones and tablets, as long as you're using the Google Maps app:
- Open the Google Maps app.
- Touch and hold anywhere on the map. You'll see a red pin appear.
- At the bottom, tap the name of the place.
- On the place's page, scroll down and choose Measure distance.
- Move the map so that the black circle, or crosshairs, is on the next point you want to add.
- At the bottom right, tap Add.
- Add points until you're done.
- At the bottom, you'll see the total distance in miles (mi) or kilometers (km).
Want to try it out on your iOS device? In the words of Google: "This feature isn't currently available on your iPhone or iPad." Bummer.