In the app, Google My Maps, you can download all or parts of your geographic map data, including:
- Directions lines.
- Freeform drawn lines.
You can then import and use the data in other mapping apps, such as Scribble Maps and Google Earth.
If you create a map containing markers at store locations and direction lines from the company's corporate office:
You can configure the download to only include the directions lines data. You can then import the direction line data into Scribble Maps.
The format of the downloaded file is KML.
KML stands for Keyhole Markup Language, a file format for displaying geographic data in online maps (2D) and Earth browsers (3D). A KML file contains annotated geographic data in XML format.
Configure the export settings
- Log in to Google My Maps
- In Google My Maps, click the map's thumbnail image to open the map.
Note: If you want to view Google’s support page, visit this link: Share, download, or print your map > "Download map info"
- To the right of the map’s title, click the Three Dots Icon.
- In the flyout, select: "Export to KML/KMZ".
- Under the heading, "Export to KML/KMZ", click the drop-down menu currently displaying: "Entire Map".
- (Optional) Select which layer(s) you want to export. Or keep the default selection: "Entire Map".
- Click to add a check to the checkbox: "Export as KML instead of KMZ. Does not support all icons."
Note: Do not click the checkbox,"Keep data up to date with network link KML (only usable online)."This feature is not supported in Scribble Maps.
Download the KML file
- Click the "Download" button.
- You will see the downloaded file in your browser. The file's default location will usually be your computer’s "Downloads" folder. The file’s:
- Type will be: "KML".
- Name will end with: ".kml".
- (Optional) You can quickly view the XML data if you open the file by using text editor software. For example:
- Notepad on Windows systems.
- TextEdit on Mac systems.
Import the KML file from your computer
To learn how to import the file, visit this link: Import/Export Files & Data - GeoJSON, images, PDF, CSV, KML, GXP, SHP, DXF, SMJSON, SMT, WKT, etc.
(Optional) Replace a blank marker imported from Google My Maps
To learn how to replace a blank marker, visit this link: Replace a blank marker imported from Google My Maps