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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.

Level 8
Level 10

Amazing news for us @TraciC thanks for update. 

Level 10

 Повышена степень азарта для игроков!! 

Level 9

Google Maps, Google’s gamified program for getting its users to update data in Google Maps and upload photos of local venues, is getting a bit of an overhaul today. Most importantly, Google is changing how it rewards points and how its level system works.

Until today, Local Guides users we able to scale the ladder up to the fifth level. Once you hit 500 points, there really wasn’t much motivation to continue given that you had already made it to the top. With this update, Google is adding five additional levels that take quite a few more points to reach. To make it to Level 10, you need to get 100,000 points. Even getting to Level 7 takes 5,000 points. 

Google is also changing the points system. Some information that has a higher impact for Google Maps users like being the first to add a new place to the map or writing reviews, will now earn you more points. As the company also announced today, guides who get to level four will now get three months of free access to Google Play Music and 75 percent off rentals in the Google Play Movie store.


News from Other source :https://techcrunch-com.

Level 8

That is amazing!  A new motivation to push myself even further!  I've been actively pushing myself on Google Local Guides since about a year ago, and it is great to see frequent changes.  My new goal will now be to reach 100,000 points and to be that level 10!  I wonder how long it will take me.  Great find @Oleksandr!

Level 7

That's an amazing news.

Level 7

Major kudos to the people who came up the new way of calculating points - and a special mention to the boys and girls who did the actual coding to make it all happen..


I am particularly glad to see a rating will only get one point. Being able to earn multiple points for multiple photos of the same place should be a big boost for the developing world of Street View trails.


I am now going to step away from the keyboard, have a drink and see how accurately I can guess what my new points will be  - all the while remembering helping people in and visiting my community is the real point :-)

Level 8

hI @TraciC   Thanks for sharing a Great News for all Local Guide.New Level in Local Guide Program up to Level 10. 


Level 8

This is wonderful, but will you be back-tracking the points, for example I have thousands of photos of businesses, so does that mean that they're going to be multiplied by 5?  Or do those points start going forward?  Thanks!  I'm excited to shoot up in points and reach level 10!

Google Administrator

@Somsenater Yes your past contributions will be adjusted, too. As noted in the post "Points will be awarded to contributions you’ve already made, and will be updated with the new changes."

Level 9

This is so cool and good @TraciC, I love it.

Most of Us are relaxing after reaching level 5, this would be helpful and encouragement, motivational for all LG's

I really appreciate the idea behind this, it would be more helpful for Google for creating much scope for others too.

Lets rock and try to reach the top rank in short period.

All the best for all.

Level 7

This is great and will inspire many LG around the world :)

Level 8

Perfect perfect adding place = 15 points that amazing , @TraciC👌👍👌👍

This month is wonderful month on Google Maps & on Connect  ;)

@HelloSamsonR @MahabubMunna @U-royFelixA @KarenVChin @SoniaK

Check this Happy news 😁👍


Level 10

@OSAMA Check first page, you see me there, I recieve news before you :D

Level 8

Just to know you are on my 💓 first page :)

@HelloSamsonR ;)

Connect Moderator

Glad to see the new points system. Gives us all something new to achieve! 100,000 points that's insane = )




Connect Moderator

@TraciC I like this new point system and this will make everyone to do more contributions :)

Level 8

That is awesome, with some new perks too. looking forward for this update

Level 9

 Exciting update! Congrats to @TraciC and the whole Local Guides team! Will the modified scoring system be retroactively applied to existing contributions?

Level 8

Wow!! This is certainly a great motivation for us to make Google Maps even better by contributing!! Thanks for the updates.

Level 8

Wow! It's a great news! More levels and more points up! Thanks for sharing @TraciC. Also thank all LG team for make into action!

Google Administrator

Hi @Colin. Glad you're excited! Yes., previously contributed items will be adjusted as mentioned in the post: "Points will be awarded to contributions you’ve already made, and will be updated with the new change." :)

Level 10

@TraciC @LuisRG This is what I'm talking about. 👍

Level 8

Well, Well, Well, We have a job to reach these new  levels (I'm level 5 only) 😭

wow, can't wait to see the changes

Connect Moderator

Great news indeed.  I am sure it will please lots of LGs as they are asking for more since Connect went public.


I hope the next round of adjustment will award (more) points to remove bad contents/data in Maps like report duplicates.


When will report on roads get points?

Level 10


It's really great news

Now the hard work will pay

Level 9
I love this new weighted points.
Level 10





Friends when it will start

It's still showing old scores



Really waiting for this to happen






Connect Moderator

Please be patient, @ROHITSADANA!


It can take 1 to 4 weeks for updates like this to reach everyone.

Level 9

Thanks  @TraciC @YanniY for sharing this great news

@TraciC I am very happy to hear such good news.

I think Checking facts with points will really help to publish maps edit more fastly. Adding feature with high points will encourage  local guides to find missing places and add them but duplication should be checked for pending feature also. If some LG added new feature to map and that is pending then when some other LG want to add same feature they map should provide message for pending edits.

And another question is what will be the points for street view photos? will they get same points as anothers pics? :) 

I am excepting some other new features in anothers updates. Like LG with super power who will see the pending addition and eddition of  feature which are currently being reviewed by Google staff them self. You can choose super LG on the basis of knowledge about google map, contribution , dedication, year of experince in Gmap etc.

The great news thanks @TraciC


As a Map maker have good change earne more points 


Level 10 is my target 


and I check your link (your contributions) it is not work 










Google Administrator

@RtnArulPrakasamT Hi there. Looks like the link isn't working for some on mobile depending on your settings, but you can visit your contributions in the Google Maps app. But remember, it's not yet live for everyone so you'll have to hang in there until it's rolled out. :) 

Level 7

Nice update, it'll be a nice challenge arrive at level 10

Level 7

@TraciC any ETA on how long until the rollout is complete?

Thanks again for quick replay @TraciC I check my map app also it not work 

I am waiting

Level 10

Great News! :) Level 10 :D :D

Level 8

Thats Awesome News @TraciC. This Gives me motivation to reach Level 10.


Level 8

Awesome news....

Wooo  @TraciC  Genial 

My contribution 



 Reviews 369 x 5     = 1845

With photo 379 x 5  = 1895

Answers  215 x 1     =   215

Add place 773 x 15  = 11595

Edit place 300 x 15  =4500


Total = 20050


Above my point calculation it's right @TraciC





Level 8

@TraciC Wow! Its unbelievable!!

Its proved that Local Guides program is going above and above...!!

Happy Guiding!!

Level 7

@TraciC Thanks for this remarkable change. 

Level 6

I'm glad to see the Local Guides program evolving! One question: Will be new rewards with each new level as we have actually?

Level 7

@TraciC, thank you for sharing this great news.

Thanks to all Google Team members for introducing new levels and points system in Local Guides program that has been requested by many of us and from long time.


@JeslynL, get ready to recieve more emails from my side please 🙃

Level 6

I made this NEW level calculator on google spreadsheet if you want to use it

Level 8

@RtnArulPrakasamT it's 5 points per picture (all of them), not per place w/picture, for instance, I have 268 places with photos, but 800+ photos total.

Level 8

@TraciC Mine isn't change :( 

Is it that normal or only if I do new add (for example) will start to count?

Google Administrator

Hi @SarahKa. As noted in the post, we're in the process of rolling this update out to millions of Local Guides around the world. If you do not yet have this update, it will soon be available.