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Be the first to share video on Google Maps

Google Administrator

As a Local Guide, you know that photos have the power to help people see the world and make decisions about where to go. But there’s a lot you can learn about a place by seeing it in motion. That’s why we’re introducing video on Google Maps.

 

Today, Local Guides on Android have the chance to add the first-ever videos to millions of places. The possibilities are really exciting: Take viewers on a mini tour of a store you love, or show the bustling scene at your favorite neighborhood restaurant. You can even do a quick review where you showcase a place’s best item or offer tips for visitors. (More inspiration: How to create videos that stand out on Google Maps.)

 

If you’re a Local Guide on Android, you can get started right now.

 

How to create a video when you’re at a place:

  • Search and select a place on Google Maps
  • Scroll down and tap “Add a photo”
  • Tap “Camera” and hold the shutter button for up to 10 seconds 

How to upload a video you’ve already shot:

  • Search and select a place on Google Maps
  • Scroll down and tap “Add a photo”
  • Tap “Folder” and select a video. Only the first 30 seconds of a video can be added.

 

Visit the Help Center to learn more about sharing videos.

 

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Caption: Video showcasing how to take a video on Google Maps

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Can I use this feature on my desktop computer or iOS device?

Right now, you can see videos on Google Search results for places in a web browser, but you can only upload videos on Google Maps for Android.

 

Why can’t I see this feature on my Android device?

If you’re a Local Guide and you can’t see or upload video on your Android device, try again shortly. The feature is rolling out gradually, and you may not be able to use it immediately.

 

Do videos earn Local Guides points?

You get 7 points for each video you upload.

160 Comments
Level 10

@MegS Thanks Google for your new update.

@MegS any news of this coming to non Android devices? 

 

Also, has there been any thought about possibly submitting already published YouTube videos to Google Maps? 

Level 4

Nice Post

Level 6

 A welcome, and perhaps overdue, element to the local experience. 

As mentioned by Bruinthebear, can see there may be some quality issues that may need addressing. Perhaps some basic editing/filters might be in order to improve on what could be some very raw and visually unappealing footage. 

 

Level 4

Thank you @MegS 

Level 7

waiting for this great feature to work in our country :)

Level 7

 Awesome Trick I Miss That ..

Level 7

OTHER GREAT FEATURE BY GOOGLE I THINK I ADDED MY FIRST VIDEO BUT NOT VISIBLE ON MY MAC BOOK WHEN I CLICK ON LOCATION BUT VISIBLE ON MY ANRIOD PHONE WHY THIS HAPPENING OVERALL GOOD EXPIRENCE I THINK VIDEO CONCEPT IS GREAT AS ITS HELP PEOPLE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT PLACES AND SEE MORE SPECIFICATION EASY TO USE I LOVE THAT FEATURE 

HERE IS LINK I UPLOADED MY FIRST VIDEO YESTERDAY 

https://www.google.co.in/maps/place/Seven+Star+Snacks+Centre/@29.9476273,77.544799,17z/data=!3m1!4b1...

Level 6

so, these videos cannot be viewed on PC, only available from cell phone?

Level 9

Videography is a very useful thing. It's easy for me to do (I have 2 digital video camera) because I was trained in professional courses for videographers for the media.

Level 9

When can we use this facility on desktop/laptop?

Level 5

I can already think of the great possibilities this feature can be used for!

Level 4

Very useful idea.

Level 10

what is the process of uploding videos in google map 

Level 2

I uploaded I video from App (less than 30 sec) using a video in my smartphone but none can see my video (both PC and smartphone), why???

Upload process ended correctly.  

Level 7

Interesting new idea. Seems like it should be a big plus for business owners to be able to show things off. 

Level 7

Thank you for sharing. I too tried it and its working now. Thanks for sharing @MegS

Level 5

Legal esta inovação ! Para diversos meios ajuda e muito ainda mais lugares igual onde eu trabalho. Tks

Level 6
Thank you so much, Its good to know the features of videos at maps
Level 8
Hello, thank for this post. When this one will be available on iOS?

oooooh very good for me

Level 4

Muy buena función, lástima que solo se pueda desde dispositivos android. Pero excelente función, ya he subido varios vídeos.

Level 5

Is there coming feture to add videos with computer. I'd like to add drone videos ? 

Level 7

Tack så mycket bra

Level 6

Do I need to be concerned with any privacy laws when posting videos in local business or people in the video that I do not have direct permission from to be in the video? 

Level 5

Interesting..that you for clearing that up. I have a couple of videos I would want to post but it doesn’t let me yet. God Bless 

Level 5

i found way to post videos

Upload to your phone 
Go to google photos 
Select video
Share

"Add to google maps"

Manually add address and you are done.

 

Level 7

I updated my google map and I still don't have the video function on my Andriod. Could it be my phone is too old? I'm using MotoG 2nd generation. 

Level 9

Thanks for the detailed instructions. I now realize that you can add videos under the photos at a location. I originally thought I just add it directly to youtube :-)

Level 9

Looks like it is not allowing me to add a video on Android from my folder yet. So, look forward to adding soon.

Level 5

Hello! Have been trying to upload a 10'' video but the app is not recognizing video file (mp4).
Maybe its because of my Android version (my cel is a bit oldie)..? Google Maps app its updated. 

Regards! Laura

Level 5

For some reason my phone only accepts 854x480 (.mp4) videos made for google nexus.  so make sure if you edit your videos with computer export them for android. Even thought my phone can record and play 4K it doesn't seems to like if i edit those with my computer "cannot play" ... hmm.. Android must be using some special mp4 codec im not avare of. 

Also google maps will lower the quality of your videos ALOT so don't expect too much ;D

Don't know does it lower the quality as much if you use direct video filming v.i.a google maps app.

Level 7

I don't have take picture icon on my google map!

Level 8

@MegSDoes videos add to number of photos for being Master Photograpgher ??

Google Moderator

Hi @ArupRoy -

 

Video contributions are not part of the aggregated totals that update the Photographer badge. Check out our post here for more details.

Level 8

Thanks @MegS for sharing information

Level 5

@MegS and fellow Local Guides, do we know if you're able to "bulk upload" videos as a GMB owner? Or is this feature not available yet?

Level 9

@irvdamerv only 30 second video is possible that too for a particular location. So limited to each space 

 

Level 7

Muito legal, demorei à contribuir porque estava sem celular, mas agora com o aparelho já postei alguns de algumas viagens de final de ano!! 

Level 8

Hi, do you know when Video upload option will be available for desktop users? Thanks.

I’ve been trying to share videos, I’m consider myself a smart person, but I still don’t know how!! Google won’t let me!!!

Please help🙏🏾

Level 5

@QueenKamNkisi Sorry to hear that. Are you using an Android or iOS device? Sharing videos on Google Maps is currently made available on Android only. Let me know! :-)

Level 1

Hi Meg,

Is this feature only available on an Android phone? Because I'm using an Iphone right now and I think this feature is very cool and I really want to have it on my phone too. 

@JeslynL yes I was, buti literally went oht and bought a neq Android phone yesterday so i could start contributin2via video.

Level 7

Tack så mycket 

Level 8

This option isn’t available on iOS I think.

Level 5

 I am not able to upload video from my Android device (Samsung GT-S7582).

Level 6

We need IOS Support for this feature.

Level 7

amazing! I'll start using this.

I think videos are a great way to share the vibe in a place