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. Learn more about Local Guides points and levels.

How to get points

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


Add to Google Maps and earn badges

If you continue to write reviews or add photos using the Google Maps app, 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
  • Review 5 places that are each over 200 characters
  • Write reviews that are liked 5 times
Master Reviewer badge


Master Reviewer


  • Review 100 places
  • Review 50 places that are each over 200 characters
  • Write reviews that are liked 50 times
Novice Photographer badge


Novice Photographer


  • Add photos of 3 places
  • Get over 1,000 views
Expert Photographer Badge


Expert Photographer


  • Add photos of 25 places
  • Add 100 photos 
  • Get over 100,000 views
Master Photographer badge


Master Photographer


  • Add photos of 100 places
  • Add 1,000 photos 
  • Get over 1,000,000 views
Novice Trailblazer badge


Novice Trailblazer


  • Add the first photo of 1 place
  • Write the first review of 1 place
  • Add 1 approved place 
Expert Trailblazer badge


Expert Trailblazer


  • Add the first photo of 10 places
  • Write the first review of 10 places
  • Add 10 approved places
Master Trailblazer badge


Master Trailblazer


  • Add the first photo of 50 places
  • Write the first review of 50 places
  • Add 50 approved places
Novice Fact Finder badge


Novice Fact Finder


  • Suggest 3 approved edits
  • Verify 3 edits 
  • Answer 25 questions
Expert Fact Finder badge


Expert Fact Finder


  • Suggest 25 approved edits
  • Verify 25 edits
  • Answer 250 questions
Master Fact Finder badge


Master Fact Finder


  • Suggest 100 approved edits
  • Verify 100 edits
  • Answer 1,000 questions

See your points breakdown

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

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.

Related links

Was this article helpful?
How can we improve it?