Search the map

You can use the search box to find a place or type of place (like “mexican restaurants”).

You’ll get better search results by signing in to Google Maps. When you sign in, you can quickly find places that you’ve searched for before and search for your contacts by name.

How to search the map

Search for a place
  1. Open the Google Maps app .
  2. Look for the search box at the top of the screen. If you don’t see it, look for the magnifying glass  or press X until you see it.
  3. Touch the search box and type an address or name of a place. Or touch the mic  to speak your search.

After you find the place on the map, you can get directions to it. You can see directions in a list or hear the directions using voice-guided navigation.

Filter your results
  1. Search for a type of business, restaurant, or place.
  2. Touch FILTER below your search results.
  3. Select what you want to filter.
  4. Touch Apply.

Note: Not all the filtering options are available for all languages & regions.

Tips for searching
Tip Example search
Find a type of business or restaurant. pizza restaurants
Narrow your results by using the city and state. groceries in mountain view, ca
Narrow your results by using a ZIP code gas in 94131
Use the postal address 1600 amphitheater parkway mountain view ca
Find an intersection 23rd and mission
Search for an airport code sfo
Use latitude & longitude loc:51.5 0
Find someone in your contacts. (You must be signed in.) Aaron Whiffletree

Alternate instructions

Older Android device or older version of Google Maps

Search for a place

You can search for a specific address or browse the area around you with Google Maps.

  1. Open the Google Maps app.
  2. In the search box, enter the place you're looking for. You can type an address, a city, or a type of business or establishment.
  3. Touch Go to search.

To clear the map, go to Menu > Clear Map.

Find places nearby

To find places near your current location, you can browse a map by category or keyword. When you open Places, you can choose from a set of existing place categories (e.g. Restaurants, or ATMs), or create your own by pressing + Add.

Browse by category

  1. Open the Google Maps app .
  2. Touch the Map menu in the top left corner, and select Local.
  3. Select a category to begin browsing.
  4. Results will appear on the map for the area you're currently viewing.
  5. Touch a red Place pin to see more information about the place. On the Place page, you can get directions, leave a rating, upload photos, check in, and more.

Search for places

  1. Open the Google Maps app  and touch the search box.
  2. Search for a type of business (for example,[restaurants] ).
  3. Search results will appear on the map as red pins .
  4. Move the map to expand your search area.

Find places with In this Area

  1. Open the Google Maps app .
  2. Touch the Map menu in the top left corner, and select Local.
  3. Scroll down to the In this Area section at the bottom of the screen, then select a category to see places nearby.
  4. To see suggestions in other locations, click the location bar at the top of the screen. Use your current location, or enter another address.
Google Maps in your mobile browser

How to search the map

  1. Go to maps.google.com on your phone or tablet.
  2. Touch the search box and type your search.

Filter your results

  1. Search for a type of business, restaurant, or place.
  2. Touch the List Results banner at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Touch Filter.

Tips and tricks

Learn a few ways to search that’ll make finding places easier.

Tip Example search
Find a type of business or restaurant. pizza restaurants
Narrow your results by using the city and state. groceries in mountain view, ca
Narrow your results by using a ZIP code gas in 94131
Use the postal address 1600 amphitheater parkway mountain view ca
Find an intersection 23rd and mission
Search for an airport code sfo
Use latitude & longitude loc:51.5 0