+ Wednesday November 20th, 2019


Google Local Guides are getting a new feature in Google Maps, with the option to upload videos in reviews.

A picture can say 1,000 words, but in this day and age, videos add a whole new dimension to reviews. Google says with video you can :

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.[\box]

There are two ways to add video to a place on Google Maps. You can either add a video already on your device (only the first 30 seconds will be added), or you can record a 10-second video while you’re there. To add videos you need to be a Google Local Guide, but then it’s easy:

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.

Google Local Guides accrue 5 points per photo they upload, but Google hasn’t said how many points you’ll earn by uploading a video. On that front, they’ve said ‘Please stay tuned for updates on points.’

The feature is still rolling out, so if you’re a Google Local Guide, keep checking back.

Source: Google Local Guides.

Daniel Tyson  

Daniel Tyson

Daniel is a former editor of Ausdroid, and left in February 2019.

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