Map Maker basics

Getting to know Map Maker

Here's the basic layout of the Map Maker interface:

Viewport: The viewport displays the map that you're working on. This is where you can add, edit and review features. You can use the navigation controls to zoom in and out or move around the map, and switch between Map and Satellite views. To view stats for top contributors to an area, hover your mouse pointer over the contributors' names in the right bottom corner of the viewport. 
Street View: An orange pegman indicates that Street View is available; a grey pegman indicates that it's not available. The lower right corner of the viewport has aStreet View preview. 
Top menu bar: After you've signed in, click the gear-shaped icon in the upper-right corner to display links to your Profile and Settings pages. You can also find links toLabs features, the Discussion Forum and the Help Center
Toolbar: The toolbar is enabled when you zoom in to a particular area. Use it to add features such as Places and Lines. You can also use it to find and edit features. 
Left panel: Displays information about updates, edits and directions related to the current action you're performing. Learn more about the left panel workspace
Searching tools: The search box, along with Browse and Advanced Search will help you find businesses, schools and other places of interest. Learn more about searching
Location bar: Displays your current location based on the area represented by the viewport. You may need to zoom in to view this information. 
Getting Started tool: Click for guided instructions on how to add, edit, find features and more on Map Maker. 

Markers and info windows

About markers

Markers appear in Google Map Maker to indicate a place, location or address on the map.

Indicates the location of a published place or address on Map Maker.

Indicates the location of a place that's pending review.

Indicates the starting point and destination point for a route when you request directions.

Indicates a published place when you browse the map. Learn more.

Indicates the location of pending places when you browse the map. Learn more.

Indicates the location of line features such as roads, rivers, railways, and trails.

Indicates the point where one section of a linear feature connects with a neighboring section.

Indicates the location where a line feature ends.

Indicates a feature that has been removed from the map, or the previous location of a place.

Indicates that the accuracy of a place on the map is either "Coarse" or "Very rough."

Info windows

Info windows appear when you click on a marker to display additional information about the location. To view a marker's info window: 
Click the marker in the viewport. 
Click the marker in the search results tab 
Click the place, location, or address link in the search results tab 

The info window may list the feature's name, category, and address, as well as Edit andGet directions links.

Note that your Edit options will vary depending on the type of feature. For a business that's marked as a point, you'll have options to Edit the place, Move the location, Mark building outline, or Mark boundary. For a line feature, you'll find options to Edit this route, Report this, or Delete this

Toolbar features

Map Maker's toolbar is located at the top left corner of the viewport.

Map Maker's toolbar is located at the top left corner of the viewport. To enable these tools, you may need to zoom in. Use the toolbar to add and edit features, or to browse previous edits.

Hover over to display the following options.

Add a Place to add new places such as Restaurants, Hospitals Schools, and more. Learn more about places.

Add Road, Rivers, Railways to add Roads, walking trails, bike paths, rivers and more. Learn more about drawing lines.

Add Building Outline to add new building outlines, boundaries of Parks, Lakes, Cities and more. Learn more about Adding buildings.

Add Natural Features and Political Boundaries like Localities, Mountains, Forests and more

Hovering Over will prompt you with tools to select the appropriate type of feature you want to edit.

Select a Place: To edit points of interest such as Businesses, Institutions, Landmarks and more.

Select a Line: To edit linear feature on map such as Roads, Intersections, Trails, Paths, Rivers and more.

Select Road Segment: Select Road Segments: To edit one or more road segments. Learn more about selecting a segment .

Directions tab to get directions from one location to another.

Click Browse to search for a specific category such as a “Restaurant” under Places or a Road, Railway, etc. under Line features or narrow down search results by specifying a particular category, last edit time and other details usingAdvanced search tool. Learn more about browsing the map.

Browse the map

To find places on the map, use the Browse the map feature:

Click on the toolbar. This option is only available at deeper zoom levels. All of the features in the viewport will be shown as markers. 
You can switch between point features and line features in the left panel or do anAdvanced Search:

Point features: Use this to find places of interest, administrative features, and more. 
Line features: Use this to find line features like roads or railway tracks. 
Advanced Search: Use this to narrow down your searches 
Use the category drop-down menu in the left panel to narrow your search. 
Results will appear on the map view port. indicates published features and indicates pending features. You can view the feature’s name by hovering your mouse pointer over these markers. 

Search by name, category, or address

To use the search bar: 
Type the name, category or address in the search bar and click Search. 
Results appear in the left panel next to a marker . A yellow marker indicates that a feature is pending review .

Additional search results near the area are also displayed with this marker
Select any feature in the left panel or on the map to open an info window
To clear your search, click the cross mark to the right of the search bar. 

Advanced Search and search layers

Advanced Search allows you to narrow down the search by specifying the status of the feature (pending or published), edit time and other feature details. Check out the video below or read on for more information.

To get started, click Browse on the toolbar to select Advanced Search from the available options.

Customize your search with these options in the left panel:

Featured searches

Find linear features and/or places of interest pending approval. Pending linear features (roads, trails, etc.) are designated with colored linear markers. Places of interest (like businesses or monuments) that are pending approval are displayed with colored circular markers. Get more details about approvals and reviewing edits.

Pending linear features look like this:

Places that are pending approval look like this:

Custom searches

Create multiple layers on top of your map showing customized search results. Each layer can be assigned a separate color.

Check or uncheck this box to turn the layer on or off 
Click the minus button to hide search details 
Click the plus button to show search details 
Click the colored circle to change a layer's color 

How to add a custom search layer 
Select a category from the drop-down. A layer highlighting all the features with the specified category will be displayed. 
Select any relevant attributes. You can choose multiple values to broaden the search criteria. 
Click Done. Or, click Clear to deselect all the attribute values. 
To keep going, click Add another layer. Choose a color at the top right corner of each layer to distinguish each one easily. 
To remove a layer, click at the top. 

Map Maker settings

The Settings option is available after you sign in to your Map Maker account. You can customize your language and email preferences in Map Maker by selecting Settings from the Options drop down at the top right corner of the screen. By updating your email preferences, you can choose to receive email alerts for comments on your edits. Language settings allow you to view Map Maker in your desired language.

The Display Language option allows you to change the language in which Map Maker is displayed. For example, if you'd like to view Map Maker in French, select it from the drop-down menu.

The Primary language in which data is entered allows you to set the default language while adding names, Google Map Maker currently supports more than 50 languages.

The Organization field lets you associate your mapping efforts with your school, college or organization.

The Referrer's email section, can be used to enter the email address of the person who referred you to Map Maker. This information will remain private.

To receive email alerts for the comments made on your edits by other reviewers, select the option to Send mail with other users' comments on my edit or approval. SelectNo Email if you do not wish to receive these alerts.

The Start Screen Preferences section allows you to use your IP location to center the map to the closest view.

Click Save to confirm your preferences. If you want to retain your previous settings, clickCancel.

Different views on Map Maker

With Map Maker, you can view a location using a traditional map view, satellite imagery, or a combination of both called hybrid view.

The view options are located at the top right corner of the viewport. Click the Map orSatellite buttons to switch between views.

The Map view shows a traditional depiction of the map with roads, parks, borders, bodies of water and more.

Use the Satellite button to view aerial imagery of the area. 
Select Show labels for a hybrid view that includes both map features and satellite imagery. 
Uncheck Show labels to view the satellite imagery without any labels or mapped features. 

While the hybrid view is quite effective for mapping, switching between other views can help increase the accuracy of your map.

The Layers button allows you to view the following on the map: 
Photos: View pictures of famous landmarks, parks, businesses, etc. within a locality. 
Bicycling: View routes supporting bicycle traffic. 
Pending places: View Points of Interest that require approval. 
Pending roads: View roads or trails that require approval. 

Your last location and map type (Satellite/Hybrid/Map) on Map Maker will be set as your default settings the next time you visit Map Maker.

Street View on Map Maker

Street View lets you virtually explore locations around the world and map your favorite places using a 360 degree view of street-level imagery.

After you zoom in on a particular area, the pegman located on the left side of the viewport under the zoom slider will tell you whether Street View is available.

When you're zoomed in:

If Street View is available, the pegman is orange
If Street View isn't available, the pegman is grey

Preview of Street View

As you pan across the map, click and drag the pegman towards a location. The roads that have street-level imagery appear with a blue border. Hovering on one of these roads shows you a preview image of Street View.

Opening Street View

Drop the pegman onto a road with a blue border. A "torchlight" in the viewport indicates the direction of Street View. You can click, drag and rotate the torchlight to move the Street View panorama as you map the area. To change the pegman's position, click and drag it to another location.

You can also open Street View by right-clicking on the desired location and selectingOpen Street View.

You can also right-click on a location and select Find near this point. A thumbnail preview of the street-level imagery in that area will appear in the lower right corner of the viewport. Click on the thumbnail to open Street View in the bottom half of your screen. Use the button to enlarge Street View to full screen mode or to close it. These are available at the top right corner of the Street View window:

To restore Street View from full screen mode, click Esc on your keyboard or click Exit full screen .

The street address appears at the top left corner of the Street View window.

Zooming and Navigating

Zoom in or out and navigate using the controls overlaid on Street View. You can also double-click to zoom in and use the arrow keys to zoom out.

As you move your mouse within Street View, you'll see a "pancake" shape hovering beneath the mouse pointer. Click on the pancake to see the best panorama available in that direction. If there's a magnifying glass on the pancake, clicking on it will zoom in on the current image rather than transporting you to a closer location.

Your Map Maker profile

Your profile is your own personal page where your entire mapping history (both edits and reviews) is listed. To view your profile, sign in to Map Maker using your Google account. If you don't have a Google account, sign up here.

Once signed in, click Options and select My profile from the dropdown shown at the top right corner of the screen to go to your profile page.

The following tabs are shown on your profile page: 
Overview: This section shows your overall mapping stats and some of the recent edits and reviews that you've made. 
Edits: This section shows all of your changes. 
Reviews: This sections lists all the edits that you've reviewed. 

On the profile page, all edits are shown with their name, address, category and current review status. To open any feature, click View this edit in Google Map Maker.

Your profile name is shown in the History section of any feature that you have added, edited, or reviewed. You can also view profiles of fellow mappers by clicking their name in the History section.

A icon will appear next to Google Reviewers' names.

The profile name also appears at the bottom right corner of the screen if you are a top contributor to that area.

Map Maker Badges

Google Map Maker badges reward you for completing certain achievements. Badges will appear for all to see on your Map Maker Profile, as well as when you hover over a mapper’s username.

Badge options

There are many exciting badges you can earn. There are even some that have stars you can get for each milestone achieved within a category. Learn what you need to do to earn each badge or badge level by reading the description below.



How to earn 

Edit Badge 

Make approved edits on Google Maps. Earn different badges for each of the following milestones:

Level 1, 0 stars, New Mapper = 1st edit

Level 2, 1 star, Intermediate Mapper = 10th edit

Level 3, 2 stars, Advanced Mapper = 100th edit

Level 4, 3 stars, Expert Mapper = 1,000th edit

Level 5, 4 stars, Master Editor = 10,000th edit

Level 6, 5 stars, Map Wizard = 100,000th edit 

Review Badge 

Review map changes on Google Map Maker. Earn different badges for each of the following milestones: 

Level 1, 0 stars, New Reviewer = 1st review

Level 2, 1 star, Intermediate Reviewer = 10th review

Level 3, 2 stars, Advanced Reviewer = 100th review

Level 4, 3 stars, Expert Reviewer = 1,000th review

Level 5, 4 stars, Master Reviewer = 10,000th review

Level 6, 5 stars, Review Guru = 100,000th review 

MapUp Organizer Badge 

Organize and host a MapUp event

MapUp Attendee Badge 

Attend a MapUp event. Find out about upcoming events

Map Makerpedia Contributor Badge 

Contribute to the Map Makerpedia project. 

Featured Mapper Badge 

Get featured on one of Google Map Maker's social media channels, like the Google Lat Long Blog or Google Maps+ Page

Advocate Badge 

Become a member of the Map Maker Advocates team. Advocates are selected for being experts in the Map Maker product, having a high number of Map Maker edits and reviews, and being leaders in the community, often by hosting MapUp events. 

Regional Expert Reviewer Badge 

Become a member of the Regional Expert Reviewers (RER) team. Regional Expert Reviewers are selected by having made a large number of high quality reviews in their region. 

Google Badge 

This badge cannot be earned. However, all official Google Reviewers and Google Editors will have this badge. 

Find a feature near a point

Find the features around a given location using Find near this point.

From the viewport:

Zoom into the area that interests you. 
Right-click on the map in the spot where you want to find features, and select Find near this point from the drop-down. 
The viewport and the left panel will display nearby features and their markers. Yellow markers indicate edits that are pending review. 
Click a feature's marker in the viewport or in the left panel to open an info window

From the toolbar:

Click the Select icon on the toolbar, then click on a point of interest on the viewport to see features near that location.

Hover your pointer over Edit, choose the option Select a Place, and click on a point of interest on the viewport to see features present near the location.

Using Find near this point while you're zoomed out sometimes yields irrelevant or no features. For a more effective search, zoom in deeper
The original point's location coordinates will be displayed at the top of the left panel: