How to Edit a Location in Google Maps

Edit a Map Location, Add a Missing Location, or Move a Misplaced Marker

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Google Maps uses detailed maps and stitched together satellite imagery to display houses, streets, and landmarks. Usually, this works well, but occasionally a structure may appear to be in the wrong location or missing entirely, or an address may be listed incorrectly.

Google provides a process for users to submit edits to Google Maps. All map edits used to be submitted through what was called the Map Maker tool, but now you can do it directly through Google Maps.

Editing a Location

Report a misplaced location marker or an inaccurate street address to Google by selecting the place and choosing the SUGGEST AN EDIT link.

  1. Open Google Maps in a browser or with the mobile Google Maps app.

  2. Search for the place you want to report by typing an address in the search field or clicking or touching the location on the map.

  3. In the description of the place, click the link at the bottom that reads SUGGEST AN EDIT.

  4. In the Suggest an edit box are a few options for changing the location:

    To change the address, click the address that's already there and type a new one.

    If the marker on the map is not in the correct place, put a check in the box that says Marker is placed incorrectly on the map, and then drag the marker to the correct location. If you're using the mobile app, tap Update location on the map to move the marker.

    If the Google Maps location is permanently closed, toggle the option at the top of the menu that reads Place is permanently closed or has never existed.

  5. Click the Submit button when you're finished. Your suggested edits are reviewed by Google staff before they take effect.

Adding a Missing Location

To report a location that is missing entirely from Google Maps, use the Add a missing place option.

  1. With Google Maps open, go to the location that should have a new place added.

  2. Right-click or tap-and-hold where the new place should go.

  3. Choose Add a missing place from the menu.

  4. Fill out the details for the new Google Maps place, like the name, address, and category. You can optionally add other relevant information like a phone number, website URL, and business hours.

  5. Click Submit to request that the Google Maps staff review your new place and get it added to the map.

Map Maker Discontinued 

Until spring 2017, Google used Map Maker—a crowdsourced map-editing tool—for edits to locations in favor of reporting necessary changes directly in Google Maps. When Map Maker was retired due to spam attacks and obscene edits, editing features became available directly in Google Maps as part of the Local Guides program for the following purposes:

  1. Add a location

  2. Edit information about a location

  3. Move a location marker on the map

  4. Add a label

All edits to Google Maps are reviewed manually to avoid a repeat of Map Maker's spam problems, causing a substantial backlog in suggested edits.