Share GPS
Android app for sharing GPS data with mapping applications

Share GPS can send KMZ files to the local storage on the user's mobile device. The user can then use the file locally with Google Earth or retrive it off storage via USB. Potentially, this could be use for periodic updating to Google Earth on a PC via USB (if MTP in android ever gets fixed).

  1. In Share GPS, create a new connection for KML Local File. Move to the next page for settings.

    • Dir - Directory in Local Storage to save the file to. Leave blank to use the top level directory of the user's external storage. Note that this is not the root of the Android filesystem.
    • File - the KMZ filename, does not include directory.
    Move to the next section for files.
  2. The files section can be used to specifiy alternate icons for the kml file, pictures used for placemarks, and embedded video links. Look here for more information: KML file additions Once complete, click OK to create the connection.

  3. Start the connection in Share GPS. You should see Connecting in the status. If sending once, this will happen so fast it is not seen.
  4. If the file type is a track file or a placemark with set location enabled, the file is sent once and immediately disconnected. For a normal updating placemark file, the app will send periodically according the settings.
  5. Whenever done sending the KMZ data periodicly, long press the connection in Share GPS and select Disconnect.


  • For Placemark files, while the connection is Idle, the user has the option to set location via the long press menu. This will set the placemark to the current location and it will never update. This can be useful for sending the file later. The user can then also clear location, resulting in the normal, updating placemark as the user moves.
  • Google Earth KMZ Periodic Updating