Have you ever searched for a location on Google Maps and noticed that the information was incorrect? Maybe the name or details were off, or perhaps a place was missing entirely. Fortunately, you can fix these issues yourself, and it’s easier than you might think.
In this post, we will walk you through the steps to update a location on Google Maps. Let’s say you recently visited the Silver Crest picnic grounds at Palomar Mountain State Park, and you noticed that the official name is actually the Silver Crest picnic area. To correct this, you can click on the location and select “suggest an edit.” From there, you can change the name, category, location, hours, website, and other details.
The most important step is to add a photo as evidence to support your changes. Without a photo, your update may be rejected. You can upload a photo you took or use a Google Street View photo. In this case, we recommend using both. Take a screenshot of the location’s sign to show that the name is indeed the Silver Crest picnic area. Then, use a Google Street View photo to show that the location is correctly placed on the map.
Once you’ve made your changes and added your photo evidence, click send. You will receive an email when your update has been approved or rejected.
Sometimes, the process is not as straightforward. For example, if a location is missing entirely, you can add a missing place by right-clicking on the map. You can choose a name, category, location, and photos. Again, be sure to include photo evidence to support your changes.
While most updates are approved, some may be rejected. In our experience, even when submitting evidence from official sources, such as national park service maps or social media posts, the update may still be rejected. It’s unclear why this happens, but it’s worth a try to make the correction.
To see your contributions and review your edits, click on the “your contributions” tab. You can review places, add photos, and see your edits’ status.
In conclusion, correcting an address on Google Maps is a straightforward process. With some photo evidence, you can make a change that will benefit others who search for the same location. So, go ahead and improve the world on a map!