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How to add a missing address or business to Google Maps

Fill in the gaps of Google Maps with hidden gems and establishments
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February 8, 2022

The ability to add missing locations or personal business addresses to Google Maps is an excellent way for users to fill in the gaps of Google’s databases and for startups to boost their online visibility. After a simple application process, Google generally reviews the information within a few days, sometimes faster. Here’s how to add a missing place or business to Google Maps.

Read more: How to share your location on Google Maps

QUICK ANSWER 

To add a missing address or business to Google Maps, tap or click the screen. Select Contribute, then Add a place.


KEY SECTIONS

Add a missing location in Google Maps

If you find places are missing on Google Maps, you can add them to show them publicly. Places you can add include landmarks, coffee shops, or other local businesses.

Add a missing location from the mobile app

First, tap the screen. Then, tap Contribute from the bottom of the screen.

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From there, tap Add a place.

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You’ll be asked to add details, such as name, category, and address. If you don’t know the exact address, you can input the coordinates from Google Maps.

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Once Google has reviewed and approved your submission, the new place will be publicly available on Google Maps.

Add a missing location from a computer

The process is relatively similar to the mobile app. First, click open the Menu from the upper left corner, and click Add a missing place.

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You’ll be asked to add details, such as name, category, and address. If you don’t know the exact address, you can input the coordinates from Google Maps.

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Once you’ve input the relevant information, click Send. Google will email you about the status of your submission.

How to add your business to Google Maps

To add your business address and information to Maps, you’ll need to create a Business Profile on Google. The benefits of having a business profile include appearing in Google Maps search results and managing how your information shows up across Google services. Best of all, the process is free.

Add a business profile on the mobile app

You can create a Business Profile on Google by going to Business Profile Manager. Alternatively, follow the instructions outlined above to add a missing location, except this time, click the ‘Is this your business?‘ prompt when you Add a place.

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You’ll be redirected to a new page to set up your account. Follow the on-screen instructions to finish signing up for your Business Profile.

If your business already has an address on Google Maps, you can claim it. Search for your business address in the Business Profile, tap Claim this business, and select I own or manage this business. To choose a different business, tap I own or manage another business.

Finally, select a verification option, and follow the on-screen steps.

Add a business profile on a computer

You can create a Business Profile on Google by going to Business Profile Manager. Alternatively, open the Menu in Google Maps and click Add your business. Google may even ask you to add your business if you click the search bar.

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Follow the on-screen instructions to finish signing up for your Business Profile.

If your business already has an address on Google Maps, you can claim it. Search for your business address in the Business Profile, click Claim this business, and select  I own or manage this business. To choose a different business, click I own or manage another business.

Finally, select a verification option, and follow the on-screen steps.


Read more: How to change your home address on Google Maps

FAQs

Can you add multiple locations on Google Maps?

Yes, you can add as many missing places as you like. Additionally, you can add as many businesses as you own.

Can you add a missing road on Google Maps?

Yes, you can. First, click on the side menu, click Edit the map, and select Missing Road. Then, add missing roads by drawing lines, quickly rename streets, change directionality, and realign or delete incorrect routes.

Why are business hours not showing up in Google Maps?

There are four common reasons why your business hours may not be showing on Google Maps:

  • Your Google My Business listing is not verified.
  • The location authority is lacking with your Google My Business account.
  • The My Business Listing is suspended.
  • Did your business relocate? Be sure to verify the address has been updated.

Contact Google Support for further help resolving these issues.