How do I convert my user waypoints into a KML shape files using Google Earth?

The creation of a KML Shape File containing user waypoints allows you to keep all your waypoints displayed on the map.  Without using a KML shape file, ForeFlight will dynamically declutter uploaded user waypoints on the map view.  KML Shape Files do not declutter and allows the user to perform extensive customization (i.e. colors, icons) to graphically differentiate waypoints from one another.

To load user waypoints already loaded into ForeFlight Mobile into a KML Shape File for inclusion in ForeFlight Mobile as a map layer, use the following steps. 

Converting In-app User waypoints to a Shape File

Step 1. Open ForeFlight and go to MORE > USER WAYPOINTS.  Select the SEND TO button (Square with an up arrow) and then the MAIL button.

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Image 1. Go to MORE > USERWAYPOINTS and select SEND TO and MAIL.

Step 2. From the email pop-up, a "user-waypoints.kml" file will be attached. Address the e-mail to yourself and select SEND in the upper right. 

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Image 2. Tap on MAIL and send the email to yourself.

Step 3. Go to your PC or Mac and save the kml file to your computer from the email.

Step 4. Open the file in Google Earth. 

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Image 3. Open your KML file in Google Earth.

Step 5. In the "Places" section of the Google Earth screen, right-click on file name user-waypoints.kml and select SAVE PLACE AS.

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Image 4. Right-click on "user-wayoints.kml and select SAVE PLACE AS...


Step 6.  Give the file a name.

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Image 5. Name the file.

Step 7. In the "WHERE" section, select the location on your computer to save the file.

Step 8. Next to "FILES OF TYPE" select "Kml (*.kml)". 

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Image 6. Set File of Type to "Kml (*kml)

Step 9. Select SAVE.

Step 10. Import the file into ForeFlight using this article:

     How do I import User Map Shapes or KML Shape files?

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Image 7. User waypoint shape file within ForeFlight.