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How to import saved places from Google Maps into MapMetrics

Moving to a new navigation app like MapMetrics doesn’t mean starting from scratch. This guide walks you through exporting your saved locations from Google Maps, ensuring a smooth transition and keeping your favorite places easily accessible within MapMetrics.

Exporting Your Saved Places from Google Maps

Ready to take control of your map data? Google Maps allows you to export your saved places and manage them however you see fit. Here’s a streamlined guide to get you started:

1. Accessing Google Takeout

To get started, head over to Google Takeout in your web browser. This service empowers you to export a wide variety of data associated with your Google account, including your saved places from Google Maps.

2. Selecting the Desired Data

You’ll be presented with a list of Google products that offer data export capabilities. click the “Deselect all” button to clear any pre-selected options. Since we’re solely interested in exporting your saved places, this ensures we focus solely on the relevant data.

Screenshot sequence demonstrating the process of exporting saved places from Google Maps via takeout

3. Identifying Your Saved Places

Scroll down the list until you locate “Maps (your places)”. This option corresponds to your starred locations, which effectively represent your saved places within Google Maps.

4. Initiating the Export

Select the checkbox next to “Maps (your places)” to initiate the export process. Once you have selected, click “Next step” to proceed.

5. Exporting Your Data

You can choose “Export once” on the following screen to create a single downloadable archive. Click “Export” to confirm and begin the process.

Screenshot sequence demonstrating the process of exporting saved places from Google Maps via takeout

6. Downloading the Archive

You can keep the tab open and download the archive when it becomes available, or you can close the tab and wait for an email notification from Google. The export process is typically quite swift, often taking just a few minutes.

Screenshot sequence demonstrating the process of dowloading the saved places from Google Maps via takeout

7. Receiving the Downloaded Data

Your exported data will arrive as a ZIP file. You can easily unarchive this file on your device by simply clicking on it. After unarchived, you will find a file with JSON extension. 

Here’s the twist: While some mapping services can directly import this JSON file, many popular options only accept KML files.

8. Converting Your Data to a KLM file

Just like exporting, converting your data to KML format is a breeze with MapMetrics. Since our platform exclusively accepts KML files, you must ensure your data is in the right format. We recommend using nearby.org.uk for this conversion task. This user-friendly tool simplifies the process, requiring just a few clicks to transform your JSON file into a compatible KML format.

Screenshot sequence demonstrating the process of converting JSON file to KLM file from Google Maps via nearby.org.uk and launching MapMetrics

Importing Your Saved Places into MapMetrics

With your saved locations successfully exported and potentially converted, you now have the freedom to import them into MapMetrics by following the few steps below:

Screenshot sequence demonstrating the process of importing saved places from Google Maps to Mapametrics
  • Open the MapMetrics app and navigate to “Saved Places“.
  • Tap on “Import Bookmarks and Tracks“.
  • Locate your converted KML file and select it for import.
Screenshot showing the process imported saved places from Google Maps in MapMetrics

Your saved places are now effortlessly imported into MapMetrics, ready for exploration.

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