How to calculate and measure full distances and areas in Google Earth?

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Between Google Earth and Google Maps you can find almost everything you want to see and know from the comfort of your home and via your computer . One of the updates that the former presented was the possibility of knowing the distances. However, you can now be more specific in your search and measure distances and entire areas in Google Earth.

How to measure full distances and area in Google Earth?

Google Earth is like a much more advanced version of Google Maps and with more specific functions for more experienced users. Or even science experts. This includes satellite photos of the planet, in three dimensions and with much more detail.



      Considerations before measuring distances and entire areas in Google Earth

      Although the measurements can be as long as you like, for example, from your home to Japan or Australia, because the truth is that there are no limits to it. These they are not 100 percent accurate , especially when it comes to uneven ground and the interposition of buildings.

      Of course, if you're going to measure distances like these which may be unrealistic, you shouldn't worry so much about it. With shorter distances it tends to be more specific and precise.

      You can measure distances between a starting point and the end or between that starting point and several intermediate points that are on the route or distance you want to travel or know. That is, you can calculate both the path and the lines.

      You can also use Google Earth Pro or Google Maps to measure distances and area while performing other actions such as forming polygons in areas to calculate the measurement of a landform. Create circles, paths in the third dimension. And also 3D polygons to see height, width and spacing of buildings.



      Steps to take measurements

      This tool for measuring distances and complete areas in , is of course available for the Chrome browser. Also, for operating systems like iOS and Android, however, it is not available in the Firefox browser .

      Measure the distance from your computer

      • Sign in to Google Earth using your Google Account. Look for the icon that looks like a ruler near the bottom of the toolbar on the left of the screen. Clicking on it will open a new menu .
      • Search for the area you want to measure or select a location directly from the globe. Now, press "Measure" on the left side to switch to an overhead view of the area in question.

      Proceed to place the starting point on the surface or place where you want to start measuring full distances and areas in Google Earth.

      You can remove a point in the option "Cancel" and to complete the measurement line, double-click the last mark. To measure the entire area itself until you can encompass said area, this new measurement should now appear in the previous box.


      • Move the cursor the distance you want and in the direction you want so you can see how the line delimits the path what you are creating.
      • Then, when you finish and place the last point, a box will appear with the distance to those points in different measurement systems.

      Measure distance with your phones

      To measure distances and complete areas in Google Earth with phones , the steps are not that different from the previous ones . Find out how you can do it in each operating system below: From your mobile, open the Google Earth application and also select the place within the globe.


      Then, select "Measure" and go add points with "Add a point" as you move the map. Awards "Done" once you are done and at the bottom there will be the measurement.

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