See your location on Maps

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

How Maps gets location info

When you click Location on your computer, Maps uses different sources to try to get an accurate read on your location. This info might come from:

  • Your computer's web browser location info
  • Your phone's location, if you are a Location History user

Ways to use your location

Get directions based on your location
  1. Open Google Maps.
  2. In the bottom right corner of the map, click Location . The map will move to your location and a blue dot will appear where you are.
  3. Search for your destination, then click Directions.
  4. Click the My location link below the box. From there, you can get directions from your current location or enter a different starting point.

If you have Location History turned on, your location may be based on the location of your mobile device.

Try getting directions now

Note: If you're using Maps in Lite mode, you won't be able to get directions using your location.

Stop sharing your location

If you don't want to share your location with Google Maps, turn off location sharing in your browser settings like Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer. Learn how to change location sharing.

If you don't want to share your location from your mobile device, learn how to manage your location in Google Settings.

Change the first map you see

You can change the part of the map that you see when you open Google Maps in two ways:

  • Turn on Location History for your Google Account. If you have Location History turned on, your location could be based on the location of your mobile device. Learn more about Location History.
  • Allow Maps to get your location when you're on desktop. Learn how to give Maps permission to use your location.


What the location icon colors mean

Gray icon

If your location icon is gray , that means Google Maps doesn't have your location. Maps needs your permission to get your location. Click the button so Maps can try to determine and update where you are.

If you've previously denied access, learn how to turn on location for your browser.

Gray and black icon 

An icon with a gray center and black ring means Google Maps might have accessed your location recently. Click the icon to try to center the map again.

Black icon

An all-black icon means Google Maps is showing a different map area, because you may have moved the map or searched somewhere else. To re-center the map, click the icon again.

Blue icon

When the icon is blue , the map is centered on your location.

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