How to Take a Google Maps Screenshot

Last updated on March 25, 2020 by Natasha

Google Maps is a web service providing accurate mapping of satellite imagery, street maps, panoramic street views, and directions to a given place. It also offers an outline of buildings in a regular Maps view. Sharing locations or directions with family and friends can make things a lot easier if you are trying to explain where a particular place is. Google Maps has a built-in sharing function to share location information. However, the other end may need to have internet access to view what you correctly see on your end. So, it would be a lot easier and convenient to take a quick snapshot and share it with your friend. Below we will introduce to you the 43 best programs to screenshot Google Maps, covering two solutions for both Windows and Mac computers.

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Free Screen Grabber Online

free screen recorder AceThinker Free Screen Grabber Online is the perfect tool if you want to take screenshots occasionally and do not want to spend time downloading and installing software for only this purpose. Screen Grabber Online can be launched directly from your browser, and screenshots can be taken with a single click. Before taking a screenshot, you can adjust what part of the screen you want to capture, so you will not have to use external editing software to trim and crop your snapshot. Using the built-in editor, you can even annotate your screenshots. This can come handy if you want to add additional direction or notes on your Google Maps screenshots. After you have taken your screenshot, you can forward it directly with one of the sharing methods.

Step1 Launch Screen Grabber Online

Visit the official website of Free Screen Grabber Online by clicking the link here. From the homepage, click the “Capture” button to launch the tool.

launch free screen grabber

Step2 Set up screen capturing

Once you have launched the tool, the toolbar is visible in the middle of your screen, switch back to the tab with Google Maps opened. Click the take screenshot button located on the toolbar and select the region you want to capture or capture entire webapge. Click and hold down your mouse button and drag the cursor across to highlight the area of the screen you want to capture and let go of the mouse button.

choose capture area

Step3 Edit and save screenshot

Use the buttons below your screenshot to add shapes, annotate and edit your screenshot. Once you are done, make sure to save, upload, or share your screenshot with the buttons on the right-hand side; otherwise, your screenshot will be lost.

edit and save google map screenshot

Screenshot Extension for Google Chrome

screenshot webpagesGoogle’s Chrome browser offers a free extension called Screenshot Webpages. It is easy to use screenshot tool to screen capture Google Maps. It can take screenshots from different websites, save and share them with your friends. Also, this allows you to add a markup to the screenshot so you can point or highlight a specific part of the snapshot. On the other hand, this enables you to blackout some portion of the screenshot. Follow the steps listed below:

screenshot webpages

Steps to use Screenshot Extension for Google Chrome

  • Locate and add the “Webpage Screenshot” extension to your Chrome browser.
  • In a new tab, open the Maps and find the Google Maps section you wish to grab.
  • Click on the Webpage Screenshot icon on your browser toolbar.
  • Click “Visible Screenshot” to capture the entire map.
  • Make any edits, additions or crops to the screenshot window that pops up next.
  • Click “Save” near the top right edge to save the Google Maps screenshot to your computer.

icon-jingJing is a popular solution and very useful to take Google Maps screenshots, it has two main types of screen captures by this great software: image and video capture. The software permits two types of files to be transmitted, which can be helpful when it comes to Google Maps.


To use Jing to take Google Map screenshots, follow the steps below:

  • Aceess their official website and run Jing.
  • Open Google Map in a new tab and have ready the map you want to take a screenshot.
  • Back on Jing, select the desired area and hit the croos-hair icon.
  • If you are happy with the screenshot, just save it, otherwise start the process again.


While we have covered 3 methods to grab a screenshot from Google Maps, we recommend the free screen grabber online app because it is easy for everyone to use and supremely flexible in what you can do with it. It also provides many different options for managing the screenshot before you save or share it. The professional version allows for even greater flexibility, including multiple screenshot modes and editing.

screen grabber free online

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