In the coming months, the Location History setting name will change to Timeline. If Location History is turned on for your account, you may find Timeline in your app and account settings.

Search locations on Google Maps

You can search for places and locations with Google Maps.

When you sign in to Google Maps, you can get more detailed search results. You can find places you've searched for before and search for your contacts by name.

Search for a place on Google Maps

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app Maps.
  2. At the top, tap the search box and enter an address, name of a place or choose a category, like petrol stations or groceries. 
    • To use voice search, tap Speak Speak.
Tip: After you find a place on the map, you can check directions to the place in a list, details about a place, or get directions with voice-guided navigation.

Filter your search results on Google Maps

Not all filtering options are available for all languages and countries/regions.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, search for a type of business, restaurant or place.
  2. Above your search results, tap More Filters.
  3. Select what you want to filter. Then, tap Apply.

Find search suggestions for places

  1. On your Android device, open Google Maps app Maps .
  2. In the search box, enter a search, like restaurants.
    • Under the search box, personalised search results might appear.
  3. Choose a place to check it on the map and get more information.
Delete search suggestions

On computer:

  1. Click the search box.
  2. Hover over a search suggestion.
  3. Click delete .

On Android:

  1. Tap the search box.
  2. Press and hold on the search suggestion.
  3. Tap Delete.

On iPhone and iPad:

  1. Tap the search box.
  2. Swipe the search suggestion left or right.

Tip: Manage all your data and activity from MyActivity.


  • Your search results include places that you've searched for before. If you're signed in but don't get personalised search results, turn on Web & App Activity.
  • At the top of the screen, use the category buttons for search suggestions.
  • To offer the best options, category buttons change based on your mode of transportation. For example, driving presents you with options like 'Petrol', 'EV charging' and 'Hotels'.

Tips for searches on Google Maps

Examples include:

  • Specific businesses: Starbucks.
  • Types of places: coffee near hyde park.
  • Narrow your results by using the city and county: groceries in Portsmouth, Hampshire.
  • Narrow your results by using a postcode: petrol in BN2.
  • Find a junction: high street and clarendon.
  • Address, city, county, country or airport: 114 Park Road Brighton, Sussex, LHR, London Heathrow Airport, or Mount Everest, Nepal.
  • Latitude and longitude coordinates: 41.40338, 2.17403.
  • Friends and other contacts (you must be signed in): Alex Cooper.
  • Other names of people in your G Suite Contacts.

Get more info about a place

To get more information about a place, do one of the following:

  • Select a mini pin on the map.
  • Drop a pin on the map.
  • Search for a specific place.

You can get information about the place like the address, hours of operation, phone number, website and ratings or reviews.

Tip: To find a place’s website, save a place, find directions, and share a place, you can use 3D Touch on iPhone 6s and up. To turn on 3D Touch, go to the Settings app and then General and then Accessibility and then 3D Touch. Then, open Google Maps and hard press on a place.


How local results show up on Google Maps

General places on the map

Local results appear for people who search for businesses and places near their location. They're shown in various places across Maps and Search.

For example, if you search for 'Italian restaurant' from your mobile device, you can get local results. Google shows you nearby restaurants that you’d want to visit.

Several factors, primarily relevance, distance and prominence, influences the local results. These factors are combined to help find the best match for your search. 

For example, if what you’re looking for is probably in a business that’s further away from you, Google algorithms might decide to rank it higher in local results.

Learn more about local search results in Google.

Tip: Payment from other companies doesn’t influence results in Google Maps. Paid content in Google Maps is labeled.

Places relevant to you

You can check for personalised searches on Google Maps.

Here are some examples of where this information may come from:

Within Google Maps

Personalised places you find may come from:

  • Your interactions with places on the map, including Google maps that you use on other sites.
  • Your recent searches, including searches for directions.
  • Places you've saved or starred on your computer, phone or tablet.
  • Places rated or reviewed by you or people in your circles.
  • Your home and work addresses, if you set them on Google Maps or your feed.
If you don't want to find search suggestions in Google Maps, turn off your Web & App Activity.

Other Google products

Personalised places you find may come from:

If you don't want to find search suggestions in Google Maps, update your preferences in the other Google products.

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