Alin Alin - 1 year ago 123
Android Question

Set a max zoom level on LatLngBounds builder

I haven't found an answer in my search, there are a few answers on SO but they didn't work for me.

I have 2 markers on the map and I am using LatLngBounds builder in order to let the camera zoom to the right zoom level to include them both. Everything works as expected aside one thing, when the 2 markers are really close to each other, the map is very very zoomed and well, it doesn't make any sense to have this level of zooming.

LatLngBounds.Builder builder = new LatLngBounds.Builder();
LatLngBounds bounds =;

CameraUpdate cu = CameraUpdateFactory.newLatLngBounds(bounds, markerPadding);

Is there a way to force a certain level of zoom, after which the camera won't zoom ? This would avoid having the map too zoomed in/out. Basically I am using 15.0f as level of zoom. If the points are too far away I want the zoom to fit them both. If points are getting close I don't want the zoom level to go beyond 15.0f.

Answer Source

I have a similar case, where I want at least a map diagonal of 2 kilometers. Therefore I just add two additional points to the builder: the first 1 km north-west of the center of the original bounds and the second 1 km south-east of the center. If these are inside the bounds, they do not change anything. If they are outside of the original bounds, they increase the bounds to a meaningful size.

Here is a full code example:

public LatLngBounds createBoundsWithMinDiagonal(MarkerOptions firstMarker, MarkerOptions secondMarker) {
    LatLngBounds.Builder builder = new LatLngBounds.Builder();

    LatLngBounds tmpBounds =;
    /** Add 2 points 1000m northEast and southWest of the center.
     * They increase the bounds only, if they are not already larger
     * than this. 
     * 1000m on the diagonal translates into about 709m to each direction. */
    LatLng center = tmpBounds.getCenter();
    LatLng northEast = move(center, 709, 709);
    LatLng southWest = move(center, -709, -709);

private static final double EARTHRADIUS = 6366198;
 * Create a new LatLng which lies toNorth meters north and toEast meters
 * east of startLL
private static LatLng move(LatLng startLL, double toNorth, double toEast) {
    double lonDiff = meterToLongitude(toEast, startLL.latitude);
    double latDiff = meterToLatitude(toNorth);
    return new LatLng(startLL.latitude + latDiff, startLL.longitude
            + lonDiff);

private static double meterToLongitude(double meterToEast, double latitude) {
    double latArc = Math.toRadians(latitude);
    double radius = Math.cos(latArc) * EARTHRADIUS;
    double rad = meterToEast / radius;
    return Math.toDegrees(rad);

private static double meterToLatitude(double meterToNorth) {
    double rad = meterToNorth / EARTHRADIUS;
    return Math.toDegrees(rad);
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