We all know that Google Maps are very useful. It helps you find your destination in real time whenever you’re going to a new place or city. But today, we’re going to reveal some other use of the app. You’ll be amazed to know that you can view all your Google contacts on a Google Map.
In this tutorial, we’ll take you through a quick-witted journey on how to create a Google Map with addresses of your Google contacts. Let’s go.
View Your Google Contacts on a Google Map
You can track all your Google contacts on a Google Map by making use of a web app called Map My Contacts. It is an open-source app that will help you instantly visualize the location of your contacts on a world map. The app utilizes a simple Google Script to examine the addresses of people from your Google Contacts and place them all on a Google Map. So are you ready to turn your address book into a Google Map?
To get started, launch the Maps Web App and authorize it by clicking on the blue Review Permissions button. Authorization is mandatory as the script needs to read your Google Contacts’ addresses for geocoding. Besides, the web-based app also needs access to Google Drive for saving the equivalent longitude and latitude of the addresses in a Google Sheet.
The Map My Contacts script is open source and its source code is made public under the MIT License. Best of all, it doesn’t save or use your data anywhere.
After you grant the access to Google Contacts Map, it will run for some time, depending on the size of your address book. Afterward, it creates a Google Map embedded in an HTML file. It also generates a KML file in your Google Drive along with markers for every contact. You can open this file inside Google Earth by double clicking on it.
Well, it’s quite easy to view Google Contacts on a Google Map if you’re using Google Contacts as your primary address book. But what if you’re not doing so? Don’t worry as you can still use the app to map your contacts.
All you need to do is simply export the contacts data from the address book you’re making use of, such as Yahoo Mail or Outlook. You’ll need to export your data as a CSV file. Next, import the file into the particular Google Sheets and run the app again.
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Google Apps Script internally reads the home as well as work postal addresses of your Google Contacts. Then, it transforms these human-readable addresses into longitude and latitude values by using the geocoding service of Google Maps. Finally, these points are placed into a KML file that you can view inside Google Maps or Google Earth.
The file will also be automatically emailed to your Gmail account. If you have Google Earth installed on your system, open the file to view all your Google Contacts on a Google Map. On the other hand, if you prefer to use online Google Maps, you’ll require to upload the file and then copy the link into Maps.
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