Add places to Google Maps

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Add places to Google Maps
Add places to Google Maps
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Most of the locations you can find on Google Maps have been added by users. The Google Map Maker tool could previously be used to contribute to Google Maps. These features can now be used from within the regular Google Maps website and app. If you have a business account, you can add more information to your placemark from the Google My Business page.

Steps

Method 1 of 4: Using a web browser

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Step 1. Find your location

Log in to https://www.google.com/maps/ and find the address or place you want to add. If the place doesn't have an address, search for the nearest street, then drag the map to the place you're looking for.

Sometimes you can find the precise location more easily by switching to satellite view

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Step 2. Click on the menu icon

That's the icon with the three stacked horizontal bars. It's in the top-left corner, left of the search bar.

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Step 3. Submit feedback

The 'Send Feedback' option is near the bottom, as one of the last options.

If you see 'Send general feedback', then you are using the Lite version. Then, before continuing, find the lightning bolt in the lower right corner of the map. Click on this and select 'Return to the full version of Maps'

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Step 4. Add a missing place

Select 'Add missing place' and fill out the form as completely as possible.

If you'd like to add your own business, click Claim this business at the bottom left of the form

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Step 5. Submit the form

After you click Submit, your suggestion will be sent to the Google Maps administrators. If they have verified that the details are accurate you will receive an email and the place will be added to the public map.

Method 2 of 4: Using the Google Maps app

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Step 1. Search for an address

Open the Google Maps app. Search for the address or place you want to add.

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Step 2. Add a missing place

You can do this in two ways:

  • Tap the menu icon and select 'Add missing place'.
  • Tap the address to show a description. If the address doesn't have a name, tap 'Add missing place'.
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Step 3. Fill in the form

City name, address and category are required fields. The phone number and website are optional, but recommended if the address is a business. After sending, the data is checked by the administrators of Google Maps and added to the map. When that happens you will receive an email.

Method 3 of 4: Add your business to Google Maps

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Step 1. Create an account with Google My Business

Launch a web browser and go to Google's My Business page. If you own the business, you can sign in with your personal Google account. If you prefer to keep the accounts separate, create a new account. Once you are logged in, click Start Now.

This also works on a mobile browser, or via the Google My Business app. Some advanced options may only be available on a computer

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Step 2. Search for your business

Enter your business name or address in the search box. If Google can't find it, look for another address nearby.

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Step 3. Add your company

Take a moment to look at Google's suggestions, as another user may have already added your business. If you don't see your company you can select: 'These do not match - Add your company'.

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Step 4. Fill in the form

Type in your business name, full address, phone number, and a category your business belongs to. That could be a florist, for example, or a pizzeria. Click 'Continue' to proceed to the next step.

If you deliver goods and are not receiving customers at your address, please check the box next to 'I deliver goods and services to my customers at their location'

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Step 5. Agree to the terms of service

Check the box next to "I am authorized to manage this business and I agree to the Terms of Service" and click "Continue" to submit the form.

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Step 6. Verify your business

You may need to verify your business before the new place can be found and viewed by other users. This may appear immediately after submitting the form. If it doesn't appear right away, sign in to your Google My Business account, choose the business you're verifying, and click Verify Now. Follow the instructions to complete the process.

  • Google verifies most businesses by postcard. After you have received this postcard in the mail, log in again and enter the unique code on Google My Business.
  • Some companies are given the option to receive a code by text message. If you don't see this option, the SMS option is not available for your company.
  • If you've already used the same account to verify your business website with Google Search Console, your business will be verified automatically.

Method 4 of 4: Add ten or more business locations

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Step 1. Create an account with Google My Business

If you don't have an account with Google My Business yet, create an account here. Follow these steps if you have a business with ten or more locations. In all other situations you can add your company according to the above method.

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Step 2. Download the bulk upload spreadsheet

Once logged in, go to Google My Business Locations, and then to the 'Import Locations' screen. Click the 'Download the template' link to download a file with a.csv extension. Open this file with any spreadsheet program.

You can also create your own spreadsheet using the same format we describe below. The file format may be:.xls,.xlsx,.ods,.csv,.txt or.tsv

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Step 3. Provide the following information

You will now see a file with the following nine column headings: Store Code, Company Name, Address Line 1, Neighborhood, Country, Postal Code, Primary Phone Number, and Primary Category. List each business location in one row, and fill in the corresponding information below the headings. Google provides detailed information on the website, but here are some important tips:

  • Under store code you give each business location a unique ID. An easy way to generate good store codes is to give your locations a brand designation plus a sequential number (for example, "GOOG1" for your first location, "GOOG2" for the second location, and so on). Avoid using special characters and spaces.
  • For some fields a maximum of 60 characters applies, for other fields 80 characters.
  • If your zip code starts with a 0, make sure your spreadsheet program doesn't remove that character.
  • You can use the full name Nederland, or just NL.
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Step 4. Import the file

Save the spreadsheet file and return to your browser. Go to the Google My Business location page. Click on the menu button with the three lines, click on Locations and then on 'select file'. Follow the instructions to fix any errors, review your data and click Apply if everything looks good.

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Step 5. Verify

It's a good idea to wait at least an hour to make sure your changes have been made before starting the verification. When you're ready, click the blue verification button in the top right corner of your business locations page. Please fill in each field as completely as possible. It can take up to a week for the data to be processed.

Tips

  • If you're not sure what name to use for a place, check this page.
  • Google Maps does not show ATMs located in bank branches.
  • The Google Map Maker program has ended. All functionalities are transferred to Google Maps.

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