Sometimes when checking a location on Google Maps you want to know the distance between two points like your current location to the destination. The remote measurement feature will be useful in such situations as it helps you decide whether to walk the rest of the way or to cover the distance by car. Google Maps can also help you determine the distance between different destinations and give you the total distance between the two points without the need to install an additional program.
1. How to measure Google Maps distance between two points (Android)
Open Google Maps on your Android device, or use your current location or type in a location. You can also press and hold an area for a long time until a red balloon appears.
When Google Maps gives information about the address you typed, it appears at the bottom of the page. Tap on it and the URL will fill the entire page. You should see a ruler icon with a phrase like “Measure Distance” to the right.
A black circle appears with a few blue dots. If you swipe your finger to the right of your screen, the dots move to the left. Place the black circle where you want it to go so that the space appears at the bottom left of your screen.
There is also another way to measure the distance between different points. You can do this by tapping the “Add Point” option at the bottom right of the page. After measuring the distance between point A and point B, tap on this option and place the black circle in the third-place so that the sum of the distances of all the points you have selected to add appears at the bottom of the screen.
2. How to measure the Google Maps distance between two points (desktop)
Measuring distance is possible even with the web version of Google Maps in your desktop browser. To mark point A, right-click on the starting point and select “Measure distance”.
After clicking on the Measure distance option, the starting point is marked with a black circle. You can choose from a large number of different destinations. To measure, just click on the final destination and you can see the distance between the starting point and the last route you clicked on.
3. How to measure the Google Maps distance between two points (iOS)
Measuring the distance between two points on an iOS device is similar to what you do on an Android device. You can long-press on the point of origin or you can type it. When the red balloon appears, tap the location information at the bottom of your page.
On your iOS device, you will see the same blue ruler icon with the phrase “measure distance”. Tap on it and gently drag your screen to the second point black circle. The size of the space will be displayed at the bottom. If you want to measure the distance of more than one place, tap the blue text “Add Location” in blue at the bottom right of the page.