Skip to main content

You can now measure distances and areas in Google Earth for Chrome and Android

Google Earth is a neat tool for getting a satellite’s view of our beautiful planet and then being able to explore different regions. Now, the Chrome client and Android app are getting updated with a new tool that’ll let users measure distances between two locations and pinpointed areas.

Announced on Google’s blog, the ‘Measure Tool’ is one of the most requested features from users of Google Earth.

The blog post doesn’t go into too many details, but we can learn a decent amount the new tool from the attached screenshots. Naturally, as you can see in the photo above, you can get a direct A to B measurement between two points on Earth. But what might be handier, as seen in the first image below, is the ability to place multiple pinpoints around a specific space and get a perimeter and area measurement.

The update is rolling out to Google Earth on Chrome today and will make its way to the Android app sometime this week. iOS users will have to wait, though, as the feature is “coming soon” to Apple’s mobile operating system.

Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:

FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links. More.

You’re reading 9to5Google — experts who break news about Google and its surrounding ecosystem, day after day. Be sure to check out our homepage for all the latest news, and follow 9to5Google on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to stay in the loop. Don’t know where to start? Check out our exclusive stories, reviews, how-tos, and subscribe to our YouTube channel



Avatar for Justin Duino Justin Duino

I’m a writer for 9to5Google with a background in IT and Android development. Follow me on Twitter to read my ramblings about tech and email me at Tips are always welcome.