How to measure distance between two points in Google Maps on iPhone

Things to know before measuring distance in Google Maps:

  • If you measure the distance between only two points, then the distance and displacement are the same.
  • If you add multiple points, then the measurement is the distance of the path you choose and not the actual (as the crow flies) distance between two points. 

To find directions and the distance between our starting point and our destination, we all utilise Google Maps. Additionally, Google Maps gives you the option to calculate the actual flying distance between any two sites.

To get the straight line distance between two spots or the total distance for a round trip, set a pin at the starting point and add numerous points. Let’s learn how to use Google Maps on the iPhone and iPad to calculate the distance between two spots.

How to measure distance in Google Maps on iPhone or iPad

  1. Launch Google Maps on your iPhone.
  2. Then touch and hold on to a place from where you want to start measuring the distance. A red pin will be placed in that place.
  3. Tap Measure distance from the context menu.

    Touch and hold on first place, swipe up and tap on Measure distance in iOS Google Maps App
  4. Now move the map. You will see that the black circle also moves. Place it on the second point (your desired location). You will see the distance in the bottom left.

    You can see the distance in iOS Google Maps App
  5. Tap Add point (the plus icon) to add that place as a point. You will see the distance at the bottom.

    Tap on Plus icon to add a point in iOS Google Maps App
  6. After this, you need to move the map to reach the third place on the map and tap Add point. You can add as many points as you like and know the total distance.

    Remove last point, Clear All Point, Stop measuring the distance in Google Maps
    • To remove the last point you added: Tap the Undo icon from the top right. It is helpful as you can’t move any added points.
    • To clear all the points: Tap three dots from the top right and choose Clear.
    • In case you want to stop measuring the distance: Tap Back from the top left.

How to change distance unit in Google Maps on iPhone or iPad

While using the Google Maps distance calculator, you may want to change the distance units for better understanding.

  1. Open Google Maps on your iPhone.
  2. Tap your profile picture at the top right and choose Settings.

    Tap profile picture and choose Settings in Google Maps iOS app
  3. Tap Distance units.
  4. Now select your preferable unit between Kilometers or Miles.

    Tap Distance units, select preferable unit between Kilometers or Miles in Google Maps iOS app

Extra Information: Here is an image to clarify the difference between the distance between two points and the displacement across multiple points.

Difference between distance and displacement

So, that’s all for today, wanderers!

I frequently use Google Maps for navigating and for planning trips. Additionally, I like using the app in the dark mode. Have you ever tried it? Please share in the comments section.


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