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My Address Doesn’t Show Up On Google Maps—What To Do?

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Google Maps has been a lifesaver for many people who are looking for directions. But if your address isn't showing up on Google Maps, it can be frustrating. If your address isn't appearing on Google Maps, there are a few things you can do to try to fix the problem.

To add your address to Google Maps, follow the steps below:

  1. Open Google Maps
  2. Click "Menu"
  3. Click "Edit the map" and then "Wrong pin location or address"
  4. Move the map to where you want to add the address
  5. Enter the address information
  6. Click "Post" to submit

For Waze, you will need to add your address through the Waze app.

  1. Open the Waze app
  2. Click "Reports" and then "Places"
  3. Using the in-app camera, take a picture of the location
  4. Enter if it is a business or private residence
  5. Fill in any missing info, such as the address
  6. Click "Done" to submit

It's not uncommon for new construction or businesses to not show up on Google Maps. In this article, we will explain why this happens and what you can do about it. In addition, we will answer other frequently asked questions about Google Maps and Waze, so keep reading!

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How To Add Your Missing Address To Google Maps

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Google Maps is a great resource for getting turn-by-turn directions to wherever you need to go. But what if you are having food delivered or trying to invite friends over, and your address isn't appearing on Google Maps? 

If you're having trouble finding your address on Google Maps, it's likely because your address is new or hasn't been updated in the Google Maps database. To add your address to Google Maps, follow the steps above.

In the case that your address is incorrect or outdated on Google Maps, you can also submit an edit to the map. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Open Google Maps.
  2. Search your address.
  3. Click "Wrong address."
  4. Enter the correct address, and, if necessary, move the pin to the correct location.
  5. When you are done, click "Post" to submit your changes.

Please note that your edits may take some time to appear on the map.

If you're having trouble adding your address or editing an existing one, we recommend reaching out to Google Maps support for further assistance.

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How To Report An Issue With Waze

Waze is another popular GPS navigation app that Google owns. Like Google Maps, Waze also relies on user-submitted data to keep its maps up to date. So if you're having trouble finding your address on Waze, you can try adding it yourself using the app.

If you have tried the steps above and are still having trouble, you can report an issue within the app. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Waze App.
  2. Go to the "Live maps."
  3. Search the address you would like to report.
  4. Right-click the pin on the map.
  5. Click "Report a problem."
  6. Choose what type of update you would like to report.

By following the steps in this article, you should be able to add your address to Google Maps or Waze. If you're still having trouble, we recommend reaching out to the support team for each app for further assistance.

Why Doesn't My Address Show Up On Google?

There are a few reasons your address might not be appearing on Google.

One reason is that your address is new and has not yet been added to the Google Maps database. For example, areas with new subdivisions or construction are often not included on Google Maps until the development is completed. If this is the case, you can try adding your address following the steps above.

Also, if PO Boxes primarily service the address, it may not appear on Google Maps. In this case, you can try searching for nearby landmarks instead.

Another reason your address might not be appearing on Google is if the information is incorrect or outdated in the Google Maps database.

For example, if your address has a half-street name or the wrong ZIP code, it might not appear on Google. In this case, you can try submitting an edit to the map following the steps provided above.

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I Can't Find My Business On Google Maps—What Should I Do?

If you own a business that is not appearing on Google Maps, you can do a few things to get it added.

First, make sure that your business is properly registered with Google My Business (GMB). Once you have verified your business, you can try adding or claiming your listing.

If you're still having trouble, you can try updating the information by clicking "Missing place" and updating the information. You can also try contacting Google Maps support for further assistance.

If your business is in a building where a previous business was located, it's possible that the address is still associated with the old business. In this case, update the GMB listing with the new business information.

More than likely, Google will send you a verification code in the mail to verify that you are the owner of the business. Once you have verified your listing, your business should appear on Google Maps.

Do I Need To Have A GMB?

For businesses that provide services in a specific location, it is highly recommended to have a GMB. This allows customers to find your business more easily on Google Maps and other Google products.

For businesses that do not provide services in a specific location (such as online stores), GMB may not be as necessary. However, it can still be beneficial to have a GMB listing, as it allows customers to find your business more easily on Google.

But What If You Don't Have A Brick-And-Mortar Location?

If you don't have a brick-and-mortar location, you can still create a GMB listing. When creating your listing, select "Service area" and enter the locations you serve.

Keep in mind that if you don't have a physical location, your business may not appear in certain searches (such as "near me").

Another benefit of having a GMB is it will increase your local SEO.

Local SEO is the process of optimizing your online presence to rank higher in local search results.

One way to do this is by creating a GMB listing. GMB listings are given priority in local search results, so having a listing will help your business appear higher in searches for keywords related to your business and location.

For example, it is common for contractors to target keywords such as "home improvement" + "city name."

If you have a GMB listing, your business will appear in the local search results for these keywords.

Without a GMB listing, your business will likely not appear in these results, making it harder for potential customers to find you.

Waze App Isn't Working—What To Do?

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If you're having trouble with the Waze app, there are a few things you can try to get it working again.

First, make sure that your phone's operating system is up to date. Waze may not work properly if your phone's OS is out of date.

Next, check to see if there are any Waze-related updates available. You can do this by going to the App Store (for iPhone users) or Google Play Store (for Android users) and searching for "Waze." If there are any updates available, install them and try using the app again.

If you're still having trouble, try restarting your phone and opening the app again. You can also try uninstalling and reinstalling the app.

Lastly, clear the cache and data for the app. This can be done by going to your phone's settings, tapping "Apps," tapping "Waze," and then tapping "Clear Cache" and "Clear Data."

If you have tried all of the steps above and are still having trouble with the Waze app, you can report an issue within the app.

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Final Thoughts

Hopefully, this article helps add your business and home to Waze and Google Maps. Making these updates from the steps above will help your business get found by new and potential customers. In addition, you will get your pizza delivered to your home in no time!

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