How to change the distance units in Google Maps

Want to see the distance displayed in kilometers in Google Maps? Or maybe change it to miles? Here’s how.

We all know how annoying can be to deal with a unit of measure that doesn’t apply in our area. Why would anyone want to see a guide in miles when the country they live in is using the metric system?

For this kind of situation, you can take matters in your hands and tell Google Maps to show you distance in the relevant local unit of measure.

Change distance units in Google Maps this way

  • Tap your profile photo in Google Maps
  • Go to settings
  • Scroll down to “Distance units” and enter that section
  • Pick one of the two distance units.

If you feel lucky, you can even let the Automatic option on. This will change the unit accordingly to the country you’re in. Al least theoretically.

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