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Search locations on Google Maps

You can search for all kinds of things, like post offices, photo booths, bus stops or street names, using Google Maps.

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.

Search for a place

  1. On your computer, open Google Maps.
  2. Type an address or name of a place.
  3. Press Enter or click Search Search. If you're using Maps in Lite mode, you won't see the magnifying glass.
  4. You'll see search results as red mini-pins or red dots, where mini-pins show the top results. The purple ones are ads. Learn more about what the mini-pins mean.
  5. Optional: If you search for a type of place, like restaurants, you can filter your results using the drop-down menus below the search box.

See the entire map

To see the entire map, hide the search box and side panel. To hide the side panel, go to the right of the panel and click the arrow Collapse side panel. If you're using Maps in Lite mode, you won't be able to use this feature.

Filter your results

If you're using Maps in Lite mode, you can't filter your search results.

  1. On your computer, search for a type of business, restaurant or place.
  2. Choose a filter:
    • Price: Search based on cost of the restaurant.
    • Hours: See only places that are currently open for business.
    • Hotel information: See check-in dates and star ratings.

Tips for searching

Here are some examples of searches on Google Maps:

  • Specific businesses: Starbucks.
  • Types of places: coffee near hyde park.
  • Narrow your results by using the city and county: groceries in portsmouth, hants.
  • Narrow your results by using a postcode: petrol in BN2.
  • Find a crossroads: 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'll see information about the place like the address, opening hours, phone number, website and ratings or reviews.

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

See search suggestions for places

  1. Sign in to Google Maps.
  2. Open Google Maps or the Google Maps app Google Maps.
  3. In the search box, start typing a search, like restaurants.
  4. Personalised search results may appear under the search box. For example, your search results can include places that you've searched for before. If you're signed in to your Google Account but you don't see personalised search results, make sure that Web & App Activity is turned on.
  5. Choose a place to see it on the map and get more information.

How Maps displays local results

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, you’ll probably see local results if you search for "Italian restaurant" from your mobile device. Google will try to show you the kind of nearby restaurant that you’d like to visit.

Local results are influenced by a number of factors, primarily on relevance, distance, and prominence. These factors are combined to help find the best match for your search. 

For example, Google algorithms might decide that a business that's farther away from your location is more likely to have what you're looking for than a business that's closer, and therefore rank it higher in local results.

Note: Results in Google Maps are not influenced by payment from other companies. Paid content in Google Maps is labeled.

Learn more about local search results in Google.

Places relevant to you

Some of the personalised searches that you see on Google Maps can only be seen by you. If you're on Google+, you may also see places recommended or shared by people in your circles.

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

Within Google Maps

Personalised places you see might 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 that 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 see search suggestions in Google Maps, turn off your Web & App Activity.

Other Google products

Personalised places you see might come from:

  • Custom maps, if you have them in My Maps
  • People and places that you've added to your Google Contacts like Pizzeria Delfina
  • Posts, reviews or ratings from Google+ by you or visible to you that are tagged at a place

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

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