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Contribute to Google Maps and earn points

Sign up to be a Local Guide and get points for contributing content to Google Maps. Collect points to increase your level and get Local Guide benefits.

How to get points

You can get points in nine ways. Learn how to:

How many points you’ll get

You'll earn points based on the type of contribution you make.

Maps contribution Points you get
Review 5 (+5 for each review over 200 characters)
Rating 1
Photo 5
Video 7
Answer 1
Edit 5
Place added 15
Fact checked 1
Q&A 3 per answer

Learn more about Local Guides points and levels.

Add an iOS shortcut to quickly add photos or write reviews


  • This feature is available on iOS 10 and up.
  • You can’t write a review or add a photo everywhere. If you can’t do this at your current location, you’ll just see your Local Guide level.

1. On the lock screen of your iPhone or iPad, swipe left to right until you see a list of widgets.

Swipe right


2. Scroll to the bottom and tap Edit.

Swipe up

Tap edit


3. Tap Add Add "Google Local Guides."

Add widget


4. Tap Done. In your Today view, you can add info about your current location.

See your points breakdown

  1. On your phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app Google Maps.
  2. Tap the Menu Menu and then Your contributions.
  3. Tap on your name.
  4. Your points will appear in your profile. After you make a contribution, it may take up to 24 hours for your points to appear on your profile.

Note: As a Local Guide, you can move up in levels when you earn more points. Learn about the benefits at each level.

Find content to contribute

You can see a list of things you can do to contribute to Google Maps. Some things on the list:

  • Places to review
  • Photos to add
  • Questions about a place to answer
  • Places that have missing information, like business hours or phone numbers
  • Places with information that need to be verified, like business hours or closures

To find stuff to contribute to Google Maps, follow the steps below.

  1. On your phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app Google Maps.
  2. Tap the Menu Menu and then Your contributions and then Contribute.

Add to Google Maps and earn badges

If you continue to write reviews or add photos using Google Maps, you’ll earn special badges. These badges are permanent and shown to anyone who sees your Google Maps profile. Keep adding to Maps to earn higher-level badges.

Badge Type Badge Name Requirement
Novice Reviewer badge


Novice Reviewer


Review 3 places

Expert Reviewer badge


Expert Reviewer


Review 25 places

Master Reviewer badge


Master Reviewer


Review 100 places

Novice Photographer badge


Novice Photographer


Add photos of 3 places

Expert Photographer Badge


Expert Photographer


Add photos of 25 places

Master Photographer badge


Master Photographer


Add photos of 100 places

Novice Trailblazer badge


Novice Trailblazer


Add the first photo of 1 place

Expert Trailblazer badge


Expert Trailblazer


Add the first photo of 10 places

Master Trailblazer badge


Master Trailblazer


Add the first photo of 50 places

Novice Fact Finder badge


Novice Fact Finder


Suggest 3 approved edits

Expert Fact Finder badge


Expert Fact Finder


Suggest 25 approved edits

Master Fact Finder badge


Master Fact Finder


Suggest 100 approved edits

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