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How to Use Map View in Google Photos

Finding your favorite photos and videos has always been remarkably easy with Google Photos. Whether you want to search for images by faces, objects, or places, Google Photos’ search tool can help you do it all. What if you could locate your favorite photos on a map? Google Photos comes with a handy map view feature.

If you want to revisit photos from your last trip in a fun and intuitive way, you’ll surely like the map view in Google Photos. This article will show you how to view, add and remove photos from map view in Google Photos. So, without further ado, let’s go.

How to See Your Photos on the Map in Google Photos

Google Photos creates an interactive heatmap based on all the photos and videos you’ve captured from different locations. You can explore this map to view all photos and videos taken at a particular location.

Let’s first see how you can access and use the map view in the Google Photos app.

Step 1: Launch the Google Photos app on your Android or iPhone.

2nd step: Go to the Search tab at the bottom and tap Your Map under Places.

Step 3: You’ll notice hotspots indicating where you’ve taken the most photos and videos in the top half. You’ll see all your geotagged photos in reverse chronological order in the bottom half.

Step 4: You can navigate your heat map just like you would on Google Maps. Pinch to zoom on the map to view various locations where you took photos or videos. At the bottom of the screen, you will see how many photos and videos you have captured in that particular area.

Step 5: Tap a point on the heatmap to view all photos or videos captured around that location. You can tap the bubble if you want to enlarge this photo.

Optionally, you can tap the three-dot menu icon to change the map view and choose between Satellite or Terrain view.

Google Photos also lets you locate a particular photo or video on the map. Open that photo or video and tap the three-dot menu icon in the top-right corner to view its location details.

Next, tap on the map under the Location section to see the photo in the Google Photos map view.

How to Add Photos to Map in Google Photos

If you can’t locate your favorite photos and videos on the heatmap, it’s likely that they don’t have location data associated with them. If you want to see these photos or videos on the map, you will need to manually change their location data. Read on to find out how.

Step 1: Launch the Google Photos app on your phone.

2nd step: Go to the photo or video you want to see in the map view.

Step 3: Tap the three-dot menu in the upper right corner and select Add location option at the bottom.

If you haven’t backed up your photo yet, the app will prompt you to back up first. Tap the “Back Up Now” option to continue.

Step 4: Then, use the search bar at the top to locate the city or town where the photo was taken. Tap that location to add it to the photo.

Once added, your photo should appear on the map view of Google Photos.

How to Delete Card Photos in Google Photos

Likewise, if you no longer want to hide the images on the Google Photos card, it is easy to delete them. All you have to do is delete their location data by following the steps below.

Step 1: Open the Google Photos app on your phone. Locate the photo or video you want to remove from the map view.

2nd step: Tap the three-dot menu in the upper right corner.

Step 3: Tap the pencil icon below the map and select Delete location.

And that’s about it. Once you remove the location data associated with the photo, it will no longer appear on the map.

Map your photos

Google has always been innovative with the Photos app. Map view is another feature that sets Google Photos apart from the competition. And it’s certainly handy if you’re looking to rediscover old photos.

So what are you waiting for? Go on and relive your old memories by exploring the map view in the Google Photos app.