Add Google Maps to QGIS 3

If you use QGIS version 3, you have the ability to add Google Maps layers to your map.  The Google Maps layers are really Tile Map Services (TMS).  The following is an example showing how to add Google Maps to QGIS.

Once you open a project in QGIS, in the Browser window to the left, scroll down to XYZ Tiles.

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Right click on XYZ Tiles and choose New Connection.

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In the XYZ Connection window, enter a name, like Google Maps, and then enter the URL “https://mt1.google.com/vt/lyrs=r&x={x}&y={y}&z={z}”.  Also set the Max Zoom Level to 19.

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Click the OK button, and Google Maps is added to your XYZ Tiles list.

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Now double click on Google Maps or drag & drop it and you will see it in your map area!  Here I zoomed into the LA area.

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If you prefer the satellite image or other images, here is a list of Google Maps layers that you can add to QGIS:

Google Maps: https://mt1.google.com/vt/lyrs=r&x={x}&y={y}&z={z}
Google Satellite: http://www.google.cn/maps/vt?lyrs=s@189&gl=cn&x={x}&y={y}&z={z}
Google Satellite Hybrid: https://mt1.google.com/vt/lyrs=y&x={x}&y={y}&z={z}
Google Terrain: https://mt1.google.com/vt/lyrs=p&x={x}&y={y}&z={z}
Google Roads: https://mt1.google.com/vt/lyrs=h&x={x}&y={y}&z={z}

Enjoy!  -mike

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