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Find & share a location using Plus Codes

Plus Codes work similar to street addresses. They can help you get and use a simple digital address. They can also help you define a specific location for a conventional address. For example, you can identify different entrances to the same building. 

You can use Plus Codes to identify a specific location to receive deliveries, access emergency and social services, or direct people to a location. Since the codes are simple, you can easily share them with others. 

Plus Codes are based on latitude and longitude. They use a simple grid system and a set of 20 alphanumeric characters. The character list purposely excludes easy to confuse characters like “1” or “l.” 

Here’s an example of a Plus Code: JJXX+HR8, Seattle.

Find & share a location’s Plus Code

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open Google Maps mobile web or the Google Maps app Maps.
  2. Find the location where you want to get a Plus Code. To drop a Pin "" at the location, touch and hold the screen.
  3. At the bottom, tap the “Dropped pin” panel. 
  4. Find the Plus Code beside the Plus Code logo  . For example: JJXX+HR8, Seattle.
  5. To copy a location’s code, tap the Plus Code .
  6. To share the location, paste the Plus Code into your email or messaging app, just as you would do for a traditional address.

Find & share your current location’s Plus Code

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app Maps.
  2. Tap the blue dot that shows your location. 
  3. A blue screen will open with the Plus Code for your current location. For example: JJXX+HR8, Seattle.
  4. To copy a location’s code, tap the Plus Code.
  5. To share the location, paste the Plus Code into your email or messaging app, just as you would do for a traditional address.

If you’re offline, you might find a global Plus Code without a town or city name. Instead, an area code is added to the beginning of the Plus Code, like 9C5M8QQ7+V8.

Find a location with a Plus Code

To search for a location with a Plus Code:

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open Google Maps mobile web or the Google Maps app Maps.
  2. At the top, in the search box, enter the Plus Code.
    • To search a town or city you’re not currently in: Enter a Plus Code with a town or city name. For example: JJXX+HR8, Seattle.
    • To search a town or city you’re currently in: Enter only the 6- or 7-digit Plus Code. For example, if you’re in Seattle, you can directly search for JJXX+HR8.

Learn more about Plus Codes.

Set your home address with a Plus Code

Important: This feature is only available in select countries.

  1. On your mobile device, open the Google Maps App Maps.
  2. Tap Saved Save place.
  3. Under “Give your home a precise address,” tap Get started and then Continue and then Find address.
  4. Wait for Maps to find your address. Then, tap Save.

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