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Announcing new levels & ways to help your community

Google Administrator




We know Local Guides love discovering new places on Google Maps and helping others make better decisions. Many of you have also shared feedback about the program over the last year, and we’ve listened.


We rolled out new levels, new badges, and an update that rewards even more points for your contributions that help people most.


More ways to contribute and points that reflect your impact

Higher impact contributions, like being the first to add a place on the map or leaving a thoughtful review, earn more points. We’ve also added more ways to contribute. Local Guides can now earn points for rating places and checking facts on the map added by others. Points will be awarded to contributions you’ve already made, and will be updated with the new changes. You may have even changed levels.


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Instant recognition

You’re now instantly recognized for your contributions. A “thank you” screen will display how many points you’ve earned for contributions like reviews and photos.



Reach new levels

Along with the updated points, come five new levels. That’s right, you can now reach up to level 10, a status we know many of you have been eager to attain.

With these new levels come fantastic new badges for levels 4 through 10. This allows you to update your badge with each milestone, and stand out as a top Local Guide. These badges will appear next to profile photos for Local Guides on Google Maps and across relevant Google channels.  




For example, this means I, Traci, went from Level 5 with 3,294 points...


Before.png being Level 8 with 37,270 points:






New perk

In celebration of the launch, eligible Local Guides Level 4 to 10 can earn a 3-month Google Play Music subscription and 75% off a movie rental from Google Play Movies. There’s still time to level up before the August 31, 2017 deadline. Learn more.




Want to see your new level? Visit your contributions

Don't yet see the new levels and points? Be sure to have the latest version of the Google Maps app


As always, if you have any questions about the Local Guides program, visit the Local Guides Help Center.


@TraciC Is it true that new Level is here in Local Guide Program..(Up to Level 10) 



Level 7

That is awesome, with some new perks too.

Level 9

MadanKPradhan wrote:

@TraciC Is it true that new Level is here in Local Guide Program..(Up to Level 10) 



Where did you see new levels?

Level 8
Level 9

@TraciC Great news about Levles (Y)

Wow New Level. Game on Local Guides :) 

Level 9


Level 9

Aweome really awesome :D

Level 10

What about some perks for level5+ local guides?

Level 9

Now i should be around 27.000 points :)

Level 6

Awesome new levels. When will this start happening? @TraciC

Level 8

Wow - awesome news! Props to the LG community managers & Google Maps teams!

Level 8

Thanks guys,
Can I suggest that we continue like this and have a huge PARTYYYYYYYY as well?
Many thanks


Level 9

 No, made a mistake, should be around 35000 points, without counting check the facts, that is an unknown count.

Level 9

@TraciC Question: This new points scale, whether this new scale will reflect on our old activities? 

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What are the benefits of every level @TraciC

Level 8

AWESOME news!!!!! Love it!

Google Administrator

@DraganKajtez Yes. Please see the post as it notes "Points will be awarded to contributions you’ve already made, and will be updated with the new change." 

Level 10

Really amazing update, I love this. But hope you also think to more spams we can see by new ranking method. For example you should create automatic system to detect duplicates place adding by different users or one user in one area or even duplicates places by one user far apart. And also about other spams like adding same photo to many places. We'll also help you in this case about our areas to prevent from spams. Thanks

Level 9

@TraciC Thanks, did not see that part...sorry 



Yay!! Fantastic news especially for those who have been really really active!! I wouldn't be surprised if there are folks hitting Level 10 already!
Level 6
Thanks to Google LG team in doing this re-structuring of Levels....another good encouragement to all Local Guides.
Level 10


So am I to understand correctly that this new scale is per photo and per answer instead of the current policy of one point per place?

Level 7

And what about LGsummit 2018? I miss 30 points to reach level 5 and be elegible for next  @TraciC

Google Moderator

@MWJones That is correct. Now each photo and each answer get you points.

Level 9

@LuisRG Very nice, what about more Levels (up to 20) :D

Just kiding, this is nice :)

Great news. New game))

Level 10

Congrats @TraciC on hitting Level 7 =) That's awesome.

Really glad to hear of improvements to the points system and really rewarding and acknowledging all the effort put in for Answers, photos, edits etc. All these are really important activites that help to improve the overall map knowledge. 

Let's go guys, and introduce to all of your friends!

Level 5

Melhorou bastante

Level 8

@TraciC A few days ago, I noticed I was missing some points (reviews not being counted) - could this change have affected that? 

Level 9

@TraciC  Thank you! That's innovative and unique! I like it.
I have a question, about my photos on google maps total 5,160 photos, so 5160×5 point =25800 points, is it correct?

A little confusion @TraciC, do we get point for every photo we add or one photo per place as before

Google Administrator

@SteveP No, it should not be related and the advice given in the discussion (to wait a few days before contacting a Google Moderator) you shared is best approach if you're certain your reviews do not violate policies.

@YumiSato I recommend waiting until this update is available to you to see your new points and level.

@MadanKPradhan Yes, that is correct and is outlined in the image in the post with each contribution listed out with their point value. 

I had expected new levls upto 6+ but the result is beyond my imagination i.e. upto level 10. 

Something good to hear. :)

Great change in rewarding points! Thanks @TraciC.

Level 8

@TraciC thanks!

Level 7

Great news! I hope this gonna motivate local guides to contribute more :)


thanks @TraciC & all LG team.

Level 9

sounds good @TraciC haha

Connect Moderator

Awesome news! It's great to see the program keeps evolving :)


Looking forward to have some (more) fun with this update!

Level 8

@TraciCThat is awesome. Level 10. I want to be Lvl 10.

This is really awesome. I was expecting the same from Google Maps. Next Level get ready. 

Level 10

Awsome!! breaking news. @TraciC newly levels to incresed for all Local Gides. let us to start mapping.

Level 7

 Awesome news @TraciC Ma'am more rewards , more challenging. Love to be a Local Guides.

That's an amazing news. It'll keep us motivated !
Can't wait to see my new Level :)

Level 9

 Great update @TraciC, but it will take some time to get adjusted to the changes, and  a point for every answered question and every added photos , don't you think there will be a lot of spammers , i am not pointing out any thing, i liked the update but just in case thought there would be much more spammers who are behing points and not Quality contributions .


Level 7

woaaa.... every eyes on you @TraciC :P

Level 8

Local Guides now more challenging and more fun. Thanks Google this is exciting, let's gear up.

Level 10

Thank you @TraciC for this update! That's some cheery news.