Points, levels, and badging
Local Guides points
Earn points by contributing content to Google Maps. Score a place with ratings, describe your experience with reviews, share photographs and videos, provide insights with answers, respond to questions about a place, update information with place edits, add missing places, or verify information by checking facts.
|Maps contribution||Points earned|
|Review||10 points per review|
|Review with more than 200 characters||10 bonus points per review|
|Rating||1 point per rating|
|Photo||5 points per photo|
|Photo tags||3 points per tag|
|Video||7 points per video|
|Answer||1 point per answer|
|Respond to Q&As||3 points per response|
|Edit||5 points per edit|
|Place added||15 points per place added|
|Road added||15 points per road added|
|Fact checked||1 point per fact checked|
|Eligible list published||10 points per published list|
|Description (in list)||5 points per description added|
Local Guides levels
Reach higher levels as you earn points for your contributions.
|Level 1||0 points||No badge|
|Level 2||15 points||No badge|
|Level 3||75 points||No badge|
|Level 4||250 points|
|Level 5||500 points|
|Level 6||1,500 points|
|Level 7||5,000 points|
|Level 8||15,000 points|
|Level 9||50,000 points|
|Level 10||100,000 points|
Please note your points and level can take up to 24 hours to update. Points do not expire, though they may decrease if content is removed for violating our policies. Remain an active contributor on Google Maps to be eligible for perks and early access to new features.
- Make sure you have the latest version of Google Maps
- Touch the menu
- Touch Your contributions
- Your level and total points count will be displayed
Local Guides Level 4 and above receive the badge in Google Maps as a perk.
Reviews, edits, or photos marked private by Google are in violation of our policies and are visible only to you. Private reviews, edits, or photos do not count toward your Local Guides level.
Points may be deducted if your contribution is determined to be in violation of our content policy. Contributions that violate our policies do not count toward your Local Guides level.
Based on our current points and benefits structure, contributions made to points of interest or businesses that are on Google Maps do not expire. Contributions made to businesses that have permanently closed and have been removed from Google Maps will not count toward your Local Guides level.
In order for your Local Guides list to be eligible, it must:
- Have a list title (i.e. a custom list, not Want To Go or Favorites)
- Include a minimum of 4 places
- The list must be shared publicly