Record GPS tracks

ArcGIS Earth on mobile allows you to record your tracks based on GPS locations captured on a mobile device. Once a GPS track is successfully recorded, you can view and replay it on the scene, frame it as a shareable card, export it as a .kmz file, or upload it to ArcGIS Enterprise and ArcGIS Online. You can also add this .kmz file in ArcGIS Earth on desktop for further advanced analysis.

  • Recorded GPS tracks are saved in the KMZ format (.kmz). You can upload this .kmz file to an online organization, export it, or access it from ArcGIS Earth on desktop.
  • Once GPS tracks are uploaded and hosted as a .kmz file on ArcGIS Enterprise or ArcGIS Online, the download option is only available for an item that is shared with the organization or owner.

Record a track

To record a track, complete the following steps:

  1. Tap the Toolbox button Toolbox at the bottom of the screen, select the Tour and Track menu Tour and Track, and tap the Track tool Track.
  2. Configure Settings Settings at the upper right before you start recording.

    The Settings menu includes the required GPS Accuracy setting and the Streaming frequency setting.

  3. Choose a tracking style from the default line symbol and alternative footprint symbol. With the default style selected, check the Show z-value check box to visualize the vertical changes when recording and reviewing the track.
  4. Tap the Start button Start to track your real-time locations and start a recording session. Tap the Pause button Pause to temporarily stop tracking. Tap the Start button again to resume the recording session.
  5. Tap the Basemap button Basemap at the upper right to turn the basemap reference on and off.

    While recording, you can go back to the home page and interact with other features in the app and keep GPS recording in the background.

  6. Tap the Stop button Stop to complete the recording session. Choose to save or discard the recorded track.
  7. Optionally, in My Tracks, tap the Track title (default as Untitled Track) to rename the Track.

View a track

Tracks are managed in Tracks My Tracks. You can get information about the origin, destination, total distance, total time, and average speed.

Tap to expand the track stats panel to view the detailed information including the speed profile and the elevation profile.

Tap the Share button Share to create a shareable card with a snapshot of the current scene with the track and track information, including an elevation profile.

Share a track

Tap the Share KMZ button Share KMZ to share a .kmz file using other apps. Tap the Upload button Upload to upload a .kmz file to ArcGIS Enterprise or ArcGIS Online. Optionally, tap to change the title before uploading the track.

In ArcGIS Earth on desktop, you can add a .kmz file or import a shared .kmz file from ArcGIS Enterprise or ArcGIS Online to explore more analysis capabilities, such as Elevation Profile.