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 Points Badge
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 that your points and level can take up to 24 hours to be updated. 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.

Programme requirements

How to create a list

Learn how to create, save and edit your list here

Find your Local Guides level
  1. Make sure that you have the latest version of Google Maps
  2. Touch the menu Menu
  3. Touch Your contributions
  4. Your level and total points count will be displayed
Please note that your profile may take up to 24 hours to be updated.
Learn more about perks

Get recognised as you earn more points.

Earn the Local Guides badge

Local Guides Level 4 and above receive the badge in Google Maps as a perk.

Private reviews, edits or photos

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 don't count towards your Local Guides level.

My points went down. What happened?

Points may be deducted if your contribution is determined to be in violation of our content policy. Contributions that violate our policies don't count towards your Local Guides level.

Do my points expire?

Based on our current points and benefits structure, contributions made to points of interest or businesses that are on Google Maps don't expire. Contributions made to businesses that have closed permanently and have been removed from Google Maps won't count towards your Local Guides level.

Minimum requirements for Local Guides list to be eligible

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 Favourites)
  • Include a minimum of 4 places
  • The list must be shared publicly