How to use Google Maps

Use Google Maps on your computer, phone or tablet to search, explore and find your way around the world. On your computer, open Google Maps. On your phone or tablet, use the Google Maps appMaps.

Here's a guide to get you started using Google Maps.

Set your home and work

Type less by setting your home and work addresses. And then shorten your commute by getting the fastest route.

Note: This information may be shared with other Google products and services. 

Learn how to set your work and home addresses.

Get information about a place

Find a place on the map and get directions. Or get info like opening hours and menus, and find Street View imagery.

Learn how to search for places on Google Maps.

Get directions and start navigation

Important: In select cities, you'll find Go Go instead of Commute Commute in your Google Maps app.

Learn how to get directions and start navigation on Google Maps.

Note: On a phone or tablet, you can get travel times and directions to places you might visit next, such as your home, workplace or calendar appointments. At the bottom of your map, tap Commute  Commute. Then scroll through the options that appear.

Learn how the map works

There are lots of ways to use Google Maps on your computer, phone or tablet. Here are some things that you can do.

Note: Not all features are available in all regions.

Find search results

Look for a place or type of places, find recent searches or get directions. You'll find search results as red mini-pins and red dots, where mini-pins show the top results. To find more information, get directions or find inside a business, click or tap any result.

Explore the map

On your computer, click anywhere on the map to get details about a place. On your phone or tablet, touch and hold anywhere on the map to get details about a place.

Measure distances between points

You can measure distances between two points.

Learn more about measuring distances.

Report a data problem

Help make Google Maps better by reporting problems with the map, such as incorrect business details, wrong road names or other errors.

Learn more about reporting data problems.

Find traffic, public transport, biking, terrain and COVID-19 related info

You can find more information about travel routes, traffic, the landscape or COVID-19.

  • On your mobile device, open Google Maps Google Maps. At the top, tap Layers Layers and then pick an option.
  • On your computer, open Google Maps, click Menu Google Play Store Menu Icon. Then, select an option from the list.
Find the world in 3D

To find 3D Earth view on your computer, go to the bottom left and click the square.

Find Street View

If Street View images are available, you'll find a Street View thumbnail when you choose a place on the map.

Learn more about Street View in Maps.

Move the map

To find more details on the map, zoom in or out. On your mobile device, you can use gestures like rotate, tilt and zoom to quickly move through the Google Maps app.

Learn how to change the map and text size, zoom, rotate, and tilt in Google Maps.

Find your current location

To search for places around you and get directions more quickly, centre the map on your current location.

Learn how to find your current location in Google Maps.

Tip: You can find traffic info, public transport options and local places of interest in just a few seconds. Learn more about nearby places and travel.

Rate and review places

Share your opinion about the places you visit with reviews and ratings.

Learn how to rate and review places.

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