How to Find Altitude on Google Maps

If you’re going on a hike or just curious about the elevation of a specific location, Google Maps makes it easy to find the elevation of most places. Here’s how to use this feature on your desktop and mobile.

Find elevation in Google Maps on mobile

If you’re on a cell phone, use the Google Maps app to check the elevation of a location.

To do this, first open the Google Maps app on your phone. At the top of the app, tap the “Search here” box and type in the name of the location, then hit enter.

Submit a location in the “Search here” field.

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

In the menu that opens, in the “Map type” section, select “Terrain”. Then tap “X” in the top right corner.

Choose “Land” and press “X”.

Your map view changes to terrain view. Take a closer look at your location on the map and you will see that the elevation is indicated there.

Elevation of a location in Google Maps on mobile.

To get a better view of the elevation numbers, zoom in on the map a bit, but don’t zoom in too much or the elevation numbers will disappear.

And that’s how you can find out the altitude of a place using Google Maps!


Find elevation in Google Maps on desktop

On a desktop computer, use the Google Maps website to find the elevation of a location.

To do this, first open a web browser on your computer and launch the Google Maps site. In the top left corner of the site, click the “Search in Google Maps” box and enter the address of your location. Then select that location from the search results.

Find and select a location.

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

Select “Layers” at the bottom.

In the extended menu, click on “Terrain”.

Choose “Land”.

You will now see your map in the terrain view. Zoom into your location and you will find numbers written there. These numbers represent the elevation of that specific location.

Altitude of a place in Google Maps on the desktop.

Be careful not to zoom in too much, otherwise the altitude numbers will disappear.

And that’s all there is to it.

Did you know that Google Maps also tells you the direction of your trip?

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