If you’ve been using Google Maps for some time now, you might want to have an export of your data. Maybe you’d like to keep a copy of it as a backup or use it with a different app. Google makes it pretty easy for you to choose the data you want and get your hands on it for use elsewhere.
Here, we’ll show you how to export and download your Google Maps data both on the web and in the Google Maps app on iPhone and iPad.
Export and download your Google Maps data
Get your Google Maps data online
If you want to save your Google Maps data to a file on your Mac or PC, it’s simpler to download it from the web on your computer than in the mobile app. And as long as you sign in with the same Google account, you’ll have everything you need.
1) Head to Google Maps and sign in.
2) Click the Menu button (three lines) on the top left and select Your data in Maps.
3) At the top you’ll see some saved and recent data. Go down below Google-Wide Controls and click Download your Maps data.
Note: If you scroll down a bit further, you can review how Maps works with your data, if you’re curious.
4) Select the data that you want to include in the download. You can check the boxes for Location History, Maps (your places), and My Maps. Each item gives you a simple summary of what’s included and the file formats available.
5) Click Next Step.
6) Choose your Delivery method in the drop-down box at the top. You can receive the download link to your email or send the download to Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, or Box.
7) Select the Frequency. You can do a one-time export or export your data every two months for a year.
8) Pick the File type & size. You can receive a ZIP (most common) or TGZ file. And for the size, choose from 2 GB up to 50 GB. Note that larger exports will be split into separate files.
9) Click Create export.
10) Depending on the size of the file, you may need to wait a few minutes. You’ll then see a few important nuggets of information regarding exporting your data for use in other apps that you should review. If necessary, based on these details, you can click Create new export to start again.
If you’re good with the data and simply saving it locally, you should see your file ready to go and can click Download. Enter your password when prompted.
View your data
Once you receive the file, head to your Downloads folder (or wherever you save your downloads) and open the Takeout folder. Depending on which data you selected during the above process, you’ll have different files.
If you click the linked HTML file labeled “archive_browser”, you’ll be taken to a webpage where you can review details About the export, Exported files, File formats, and more.
Now that you have your Google Maps data, do with it what you will!
Get your Google Maps data on iPhone and iPad
The process is exactly the same for obtaining your data through the iPhone and iPad app as it is online. But we’ll run through a condensed step-by-step without the extra details for iOS.
1) Open the Google Maps app on your iOS device and make sure you’re signed in.
2) Tap your profile photo on the top right to open the menu and pick Your data in Maps.
3) Below Google-Wide Controls, tap Download your Maps data.
4) Check the boxes for the data you want to export and tap Next step.
5) Select the Delivery method, Frequency, and File type & size.
6) Tap Create export.
7) Like in Step 10 above, you can hit Create new export if you want to start over. Or simply tap Download to get your file and enter your password when prompted.
8) Choose a location to save, share, or send your downloaded file.
9) Tap Done.
Open your Takeout folder from Google Maps, depending on where you saved, shared, or sent it, and you’ll see the same files as if you downloaded it from the Google Maps site to your computer.
Wrapping it up
Whether you want to do a one-time export to use your data in another app or a frequent one so that you can continually back up your data, Google Maps makes is super easy.
Are you going to get a copy of your Google Maps data now? If so, are you exporting it to use in another app or just as a backup for yourself? Let us know!