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How to Find Elevation on Google Maps

To find elevation on Google Maps, change the map type by clicking or tapping the layer symbol. Select "Terrain," then zoom in to see the terrain's height.

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If you’re planning a hike or are simply curious about the altitudes of various locations, Google Maps makes it simple to find the elevation for most of them. Here’s how to use it on your desktop and mobile devices.

Note: Google Maps does not provide elevation for all sites. The vast majority of elevation data is for natural areas.

Find Elevation in Google Maps on Mobile

If you’re on a mobile device, utilize the Google Maps app to determine a location’s height.

To begin, use the Google Maps app on your phone. Tap the “Search Here” box at the top of the app and input the name of the location, then hit Enter.

Once you’ve located your location on the map, tap the “Layers” option to the right of the map.

Select “Terrain” from the “Map Type” section in the menu that appears, then tap “X” in the top-right corner.

The terrain view will be displayed on your map. Take a closer look at your location on the map to see the elevation listed there.

Zoom in on the map to obtain a better look at the altitude figures, but don’t zoom in too much or the elevation numbers will disappear.

And that’s how you find out how high a location is using Google Maps!

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Find Elevation in Google Maps on Desktop

To find the elevation of a location on a desktop computer, go to the Google Maps website.

To begin, open a web browser on your computer and navigate to the Google Maps website. Click the “Search Google Maps” box in the top-left corner of the site and enter the address of your location. Then, from the search results, choose that location.

When your location appears on the map, click the “Layers” option in the bottom-left corner.

In the expanded menu, click “Terrain.”

In the terrain view, you should now see your map. Zoom in on your location to see some numbers written there. Those figures reflect the height of that particular location.

If you zoom in too much, the elevation numbers will disappear.

And that’s the end of it.


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