Sharing saved places from Google Maps

October 7, 2017

I usually save the places where I stay over night in the Google Maps app. It helps me to remember my exact route and is also helpful when I recommend great spots to other van people who I meet on the road. Here is how you can export your saved places from Google Maps and share it with other people in an embedded interactive map on your website:

  1. Go to Google Takeout create an archive that contains your data for Maps (your places) and download the archive: Export Google Maps data
  2. Convert the JSON file from the archive to a KML file using an online converter.
  3. Go to My Maps on the Google Maps website and create a new map.
  4. Import the KML file into your map: Import places via the KML file
  5. Optionally you can add, remove or change the markers.
  6. Click the preview link to view your map.
  7. Press the SHARE button and choose “Embed on my site”. You might have to change the permission to allow public access before you can expose the map on your website: Get the HTML code for embedding the map into a website
  8. Copy the HTML code and paste it into your blog:

Et voilà, you can share your saved places on your website with an interactive map!