Area and Distance Meter is a free app for Android phones that is able to calculate areas and distances between points on the map. Interested parties can use the tool to take measurements at random points or places where there are no streets, such as parks or rural areas. The result displayed on the device takes into account the quantities of kilometers for distance calculation and hectares to estimate the total size of an area. The service uses satellite imagery from Google Maps.
In the following tutorial, check out how to use the Area and Distance Meter app. The procedure was performed on a Moto E5 Plus with Android 8.0 Oreo, but the tips also apply to other smartphones with Google's operating system. Please note that the application is not available to Apple iPhone users.
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Learn how to measure areas and distances by cellphone Photo: Helito Beggiora / dnetc
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Step 1. Install the Area and Distance Meter on your phone from the dnetc page. When you first open, you will be prompted to access your location. Tap "Allow" to authorize. If you wish, use the button in the upper right corner of the screen to change the map display mode;
Let the Area and Distance Meter app access your location Photo: Reproduction / Helito Beggiora
Step 2. Then position the map over the location you want to measure the area or distance. Tap the "+" button in the bottom left corner of the screen. In the menu that appears, define between measuring an area or distance;
Measure an area or distance with the Area and Distance Meter app Photo: Playback / Helito Beggiora
Step 3. Select the "Manual measurement" option and tap on the map to add the points. If the plot is not over the desired location, go over the circle to split a line in two and move the points. The distance (in kilometers) and area (in hectares) are displayed in real time at the top of the screen;
Tap the map to add points for the Area and Distances Meter app Photo: Playback / Helito Beggiora
Step 4. If desired, save the calculated area or distance. To do this, tap on the floppy disk cone in the upper right corner of the screen. Enter a name and, if desired, select a group. Finally, tap the floppy disk button again to save.
Save an area or distance as measured by the Area and Distances Meter app Photo: Playback / Helito Beggiora
Ready. Take advantage of tips for making map measurements on your mobile phone through the Area and Distance Meter app.
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