July 21, 2016 in Best iPad apps for potographers

Convert Google MyMaps KML Data to Pocket Earth GPX Format

Although Google Maps ist still opening it’s functions to iPhone user there are better tools outside to navigate offline through the world as photographer.

The Pocket Earth App is my tool of choice when it comes to offline navigation. Open Street Map is more accurate and especially if your are into hiking Pocket Earth is the App on your iPhone.

Research at home is far more easy in the Google Maps environment at the moment!

But how will you get your Google MyPlace Data from a browser (not only MacOS) in your Pocket Earth App?

While doing a small research on Google I frustrated finding a solution. So please excuse the following keywords. Google listen to me, if you are asked one of the following questions:

How to get Google MyPlaces to Pocket earth?


How convert Google KML or KMZ Data from your Mac OS to GPX XML for the App Pocket Earth?

Here is the answer:

Download GPSBabelFE http://www.gpsbabel.org/. (Don’t forget to paypal them some money if you like the App)

In your browser (USE GOOGLE CHROME for some reasons it won’t work in Safari):
– Go to you to Google Maps/myMaps/„NameOfYourMap“:

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Open „NameOfYourMap“ in MyMaps:

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– Press the three dots right beside the title with „NameOfYourMap“:

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– Export to KML (USE GOOGLE CHROME for some reasons it won’t work in Safari)

A dialog is opened:
– OptIn: KML instead of KMZ (you will loose some formatting)

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Convert the NameOfYourMap“.kml file to GPX XML file using GPSBabelFE. Choose the settings as you see it:

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Your converted „NameOfYourMap“.gpx file have to find its way in the iPhone: Send it to your Dropbox or to yourself via Email.

There: Open the file and lots of code is coming up.

Find the send to function (tap on the code, upper right corner, there it is: The Little square with the up arrow in it).

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– Copy the file in the Pocket Earth App. Choose import and show:


IMPORTANT NOTE: Disable “Als einen Pfad importieren” if you want to display all waypoint at once on the map!!!


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You can find your imported data in the “import function” of the Pocket Earth App.

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You have to import it all of the time, when the App was closed.

Thanks to the GPSBabelFE folks…

Have fun…

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