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How to copy a Google map created by another user

Google Maps allows you to create your own maps by adding places, routes, markers, layers, information, areas. Sometimes users create very useful maps. Since this is a user's map, he, by his own decision, can change it, delete it or remove it from public access – sometimes it is a pity to lose access to the map, which is a storehouse of data and is the result of long and painstaking work. This article will show you how you can make a copy of a Google Map and have it even if the original map is no longer available or has changes that you don't like.

There is no copying option in the settings and actions with Google maps, but this does not mean that it is impossible.

Open the map you are interested in in a web browser, then go to https://www.google.com/maps/d/ and select the “Recent” tab.

Find the map you are interested in and click the button of three points, in the menu that opens, select “Copy”.

Now go to the “Owned” tab.

There you will find the copied map.

How to edit someone else's Google map

If you do not have permission to edit someone else's Google map, but you want to make changes to the map, then you need to copy the map, as shown above, you can edit this copied map.

Where Google maps are copied

Maps are copied to Google Drive. You will find your copy of the map at https://drive.google.com/drive/my-drive

How to make a map available to other users

By default, the copied map is available only to you. If you want to allow other people to access it, then open your copy of the map, and click the “Share” message.

Enable Preferred Access - Link Only or Full Access.

Copy the link to the map you want to share.

How to add a map to a site

To add a map to the site, open it, click the three-dot button, in the menu that opens, select “Embed on my site”.

You will be given a snippet of HTML code to insert a map into a website page.


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