How to Merge Two Google Maps

Written by marie cartwright
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If you've got too many different locations filling up your Google Maps, you can combine them to create one consolidated set of directions. Google Maps does not have a built-in function for combining two maps, but its Import feature is the next best thing. By performing a small edit to the live link for the Google Earth version of the map, you can import one map's data into another map. This may sound complicated, but even a beginner can handle it.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Open "My Maps." Identify the maps you wish to merge. These shall be referred to as "Map 1" and "Map 2."

  2. 2

    Open Map 1. Right-click the "View in Google Earth" link directly above the map. A drop-down menu of options appears. Click "Copy Link Location."

  3. 3

    Click "My Maps." Open Map 2. Click the "Import" link (directly below the blue "My Maps" menu). Paste the link location from Step 2 into the Enter the URL of Map Data field. Find the section of the URL that reads "output=nl." Change this to "output=kml." Do not include the punctuation and quotation marks.

  4. 4

    Click the "Upload from URL" button. A dialogue window appears that reads "Uploading File." Do not close your browser or your Google Maps tab until the upload is complete. This process may take a few minutes. When the dialogue closes, Map 1 has been imported into Map 2.

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