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How to Edit a Location in Google Maps


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Google Maps uses stitched together satellite imagery to display houses, streets, and landmarks. Usually this works well, but occasionally items appear to be in the wrong location. The most common place I've heard people notice this is with their home.

Now you can edit the location of items on Google Maps. It's quick and easy. It's not anonymous, however, so keep in mind that other people will see who edited a location.

Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 30 Seconds

Here's How:

  1. Log into your Google Account and go to Google Maps. Make sure you are in satellite view.
  2. Type in the address of the location you want to edit and click the Search Maps button.
  3. A marker will appear on the address. Click on the marker, and you should see the information bubble for the item.
  4. If you're allowed to edit this location, you'll see an edit link in the information bubble. Click on the edit link.
  5. Click on the Move Marker link that appears. Drag on the marker to move it to the correct location.
  6. Once you have moved the marker, click on the save button. That's it. Most changes are now visible to the world.


  1. You can't edit government buildings, hospitals, libraries and other similar locations. You also can't edit businesses that have registered with Google.
  2. If you move an item more than 200 meters, it will need to be verified by a moderator before the changes will appear.
  3. If you find a location that's been edited, you still have the option of viewing the original location.
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