Publishing acceptance criteria
Our publishing criteria apply to all photos and videos that appear on Google Maps. Content that does not meet these criteria may be rejected from publication on Google Maps.
Contributions to Google Maps should accurately represent the location where they are taken. Where contributions distort truth, we will remove images. This includes photos or videos not related to the location or business where they are tagged.
- If content is inaccurately placed on the map, or is associated with an incorrect listing, the contribution may be rejected.
- To be relevant, photos or videos must be taken by users at the location in question. Stock imagery, or photos or videos taken by other parties, are not relevant and may be removed.
- If the primary subject of the content is irrelevant to the location, it may be removed.
- 360 photos must wrap 360º without any gaps in the horizon imagery. These images do not have to extend to the zenith and nadir (top to bottom), but between the top and bottom edges of your 360 photo only minor gaps/holes are acceptable.
- 360 photos with minor stitching errors are acceptable but those with significant stitching artifacts may be rejected.
- When multiple 360 photos are published to one area, connections between them may be automatically generated. Whether your connections were created manually or automatically, we may adjust, remove, or create new connections — and adjust the position and orientation of your 360 photos — to ensure a realistic, connected viewing experience.
- When connecting 360 photos, ensure that any links you create are between nearby vantage points. Do not attempt to create connections that will disorient those exploring your connected 360 photos for the first time.
- If you’re appending any form of attribution (watermark, authorship information, etc.) to the zenith or nadir of your 360 photo, please note the relevant requirements within the Promotional Content information below.
- Stylistic adjustments (such as applied filters) are acceptable, provided that these stylistic changes are minimal and are not appended elements such as borders, text, collaged images, etc.
- Some forms of promotional content are exempt from this requirement. These are outlined in the "Superimposed text or graphics" section below.
- Content that makes it difficult for others to understand the environment you’re sharing may be rejected.
- Examples are excessively dark or blurry images, significantly rotated compositions, and use of filters that dramatically alter the representation of the place.
- Images must be of a sufficient resolution. Exact requirements may vary by photo type and point of upload. For example 360 photos must be at least 4K (3,840 pixel by 2,160 pixel resolution or greater).
- Screenshots, drawings, posters and other non–photos, other than videos, should not be uploaded.
- For videos, only upload content that is stable and has good visual quality. Content that is out of focus, shaky, or has bad exposure should not be uploaded. Distorted or corrupted videos are not allowed.
Superimposed text or graphics are subject to the following requirements:
- For 360 photos, superimposed content must be limited to either the zenith or nadir (top or bottom 25% of the equirectangular image), but cannot be present in both.
- For traditional digital photos and videos, superimposed content cannot take up more than 10% of the image or video, and must be limited to a single edge.
- Superimposed text or graphics must be relevant.
- Distracting superimposed text or graphics are not permitted.