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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.

137 Comments
Level 5

Thanks  megg

Level 9

Thanks. A very nice feature that describes the whole place. I've added 6 videos till date and more to work on videos.

Level 3

wow,good to know, thats will be very helpful for other

I suggested it long ago, check this out: 

https://www.localguidesconnect.com/t5/Photography/Why-don-t-we-start-adding-videos-on-Google-Maps/m-...

 

I think Google really do read and listen to us. Thanks, Google.

 
OSM Level 9
Level 9

Just shared one of my videos .

Español Moderator

Excelente noticia @MegS, vengo utilizando esta opción hace una semana y estoy muy contento con ella ya que estoy reviviendo muchos lugares que visite en el pasado y realice pequeños vídeos en ese momento y ahora toman vida al agregarlos al sitio que visite, es muy emocionante, muchas gracias al equipo de Google Maps por esta nueva opción, potencia también el uso dé YouTube que casi nunca utilizaba y junto a Fotos, hacen un trio formidable para los Local Guides.👏👏👍😀

 

 

Level 7

So nice!! I loved

Level 1

Very good choice

Level 9

Tried posting video content and doing great!

Level 9

Hi @MegS

It is offcourse a new  feature , I would request to have this features only for the business owners . or if some one add  a video then the business owner have the right to review and upload at the diacreation of the owner

Level 8

I have been trying to upload few videos from my Samsung device for last 2 days with no luck. It keeps on disappointing me by saying nothing. I wonder what possibly could be the reason!

Level 7

Thanks for sharing !

Level 7
That should be a fun new addition. Looking forward to seeing what creative videos other LGs come up with (queue walk for Ichiran, perhaps)!
Level 8

@MegS, thank you for the news!!! Thats amazing!!!

 

Just thinking   - if I speak in the video , which language to use   - my own language   - Bulgarian, or English  - like more "international" ? :)

Level 1

Good.

Level 7

Hello @MegS

Awesome feature again. Uploading video will help people know the place more closely and share our experience more precisely.

Thank you entire Local Guides team for giving us early access to this feature.

Proud to be a Local Guides.

Thanks !!

Level 7
This is so exciting! I love taking still videos to show movement in space, and it really helps animate what photos can't show. Uploaded my first video with no problem!
Level 8

That's a lovely feature which I noticed just yesterday which clicking a photo of some place.. Thanks @MegS for sharing...

Level 8

Great Feature !

Not Available in iOS :(

Level 8

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1gJygmgkpBzAvs6DCjOI2bxLf0wQvLw-v9Q

 

like the new feature,

 

best wishes Helmut

Level 7

@BorislavA great question! :)

 

I think the review in English would be the best as this way it could be used by a broader international audience. However it would be also cool to keep subtitles in a local language which would be useful for those countrymen who don't speak English.

 

Ivan London 

Level 7

Great ! Can't wait to try it ! 

Level 6

It s amazing. Thanks for sharing 

Level 8

I got it, nice

Level 2

I am on an iPhone but have downloaded google+ and google photos. I can navigate to the video I want to upload but get the following error code.

 

"an embedded page at docs.google.com says: Sorry! We could not import your photo to Maps. Please try again later"

 

Screen grab of error

 

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Level 6

It's a nice update and thanks to it we can get a proper or much better understanding of the place which was not possible with a simple photograph.

Level 8

This fearture is cool!! Itching to test it soon :)

Level 7

Thanks for the info. 

Level 8

Wow, it is interesting function. In future, we can check the location by video. That will be more vivid than photos and help poeple have overall view of the locations.

Level 7

Good performance

Level 8

9-10.sec

Its worth

Level 7

This is awesome! Woohoo. Local guides just got better.

Level 5

Gracias por tu aporte. 

 

La verdad que es una avance mejor ver un video que 10 fotos jaja.

 

Me encanta la idea.!!

 

Un cordial saludo!

Level 8

@MegS Thanks

Level 7

Wow this is a great idea! when can this be available in IOS? i am going to have to buy a new android to use the feature!

Level 1

boa tarde 

Level 6

I can't see my video's I uploaded under "Your Contributions". But if I go to the location I uploaded it to I can see it.

 

Does anyone know why? This is both on the website and on my mobile (Huawei P9).

Level 6

That awesome!!!!

@Jean-Ignace good question! 

Also I'm wondering will there be a special section called "video" such as 360/owner etc.

 

Level 5

Nossa que legal realmente são muitas possibilidades com esse nova ferramenta, obrigado por compartilhar seus conhecimentos conosco ;D

Lets go to strighrbranch party

Level 6

Bien

Level 8

With videos ppl more interesting.

Level 7

It's very good and more effective to know about place @MegS

Level 7

What about 360 videos??

Level 7

That's amazing

Level 6

Nice .  I will try it  

Level 8

It works perfectly :) maybe 3D scans will be the next thing to come :p

Level 6

Terima kasih, sangat menarik

Level 10

Apporval of videos is taking too much time. More than 24 hours.

Level 9

@ThumatyDanielK Videos are just like photos, they gets posted immediately. What I observed is they are seen only on Mobile Apps and not on Desktop.