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How to Add a Place to Google Maps

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Today we will see how you can easily add a new place to Google Maps from your PC and your mobile. If you have detected that a site is missing in Google Maps, you can add it yourself, including a series of basic information.

Part of the success of Google Maps is that it feeds on the information of millions of users. Any user can suggest new sites, although Google uses algorithms and the user community itself to moderate requests and rule out possible abuses.

Google officially calls this function “Add a missing place” but rather should call “suggest a missing place”, since the final decision is Google and the user community. Having said that, if you are adding a real site and you have filled in the data correctly, it is likely that the new site will end up adding to Google Maps.

Add a site from the Google Maps website

Adding a missing place in the web version of Google Maps is very simple. First, you must find where that place is on the map. Try to make the location as accurate as possible, based on streets, satellite photos or Street View and right-click with the mouse to open the context menu. Choose to Add a missing place.

Now is the time to fill in the details of the place. Only three fields are required: nameaddress, and category:

  • Name: To be more likely to succeed, be sure to write the name correctly, without errors and as it seems on the official site, without additions. For example, “Bar Manolo” instead of “Bar dl Mnaolo”.
  • Address: it is automatically filled according to where is the marker on the map, but if it’s incorrect or you can complete it with more information (number, door, floor, etc.), fill it out.
  • Category: the most complicated element to fill, because there are a lot of subcategories. For example, there are categories for a bar, bar with darts, bar with live music, salsa bar, tapas bar … Start writing the category that comes closest and don’t worry, if it is not quite right, someone can correct it later (or yourself).

If you wish you can touch on Add phone, time and website to expand more fields of the form that you can also fill out if you know them. When you have filled everything in, click Send to send your suggestion.

It is possible that after pressing Send Google Maps, a warning says that you have found a similar place. If so, you have indicated the place, its category, and location. If it seems that it is not the same place, click Send anyway and, congratulations, you have just added your first place to Google Maps. You will receive an e-mail if it is finally included in the system.

Add a site from the Google Maps app

Adding a place to Google Maps from your application is just as simple and consists of the same steps, although the process is obviously slightly different. First, make a long press on the location of the place you want to add until a marker appears.

Now comes the important part, slide up from the bottom of the screen to expand the information about the selected place. Below you will find the option that interests us: Add a missing place.

Now it’s your turn to fill in the information about the place, specifically the nameaddress, and category.

Google Maps already fill in the address by itself according to the location, but you can change it by adding more details (floor, number …).

Also if you wish you can tap on Add phone, schedule, website and photos to include more information. When you finish, press the send button on the top bar.

You may receive a warning window indicating that there are places with a similar name and asking if you were referring to one of those. Check the suggestions just in case and, if the place you are adding is not one of those, press Send anyway.

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