As a Local Guide, You know that Video in Google Maps have the power to help people better appreciate and make decisions about where to go.

But there are many things you can learn about a place by seeing it moving. That’s why Google introduces the video in Google Maps via its new Integrated Camera.
Today, Local Guides (and now all users) on Android have for the first time the ability to add videos to millions of places.
The possibilities are really many and exciting: make a video of a store that we visit, film his dish in the restaurant, show the entertainment in a theme park such that we can live them, etc.

Google Maps v. 9.58 places a premium on Google’s Local Guides, whose video contributions (reviews), Google hopes, will become an important feature in the very near future. If you are registered as Local Guides, now is the time for you to be more prominent in your community.

Everyone can become Local Guide. And their contributions could be highly sought after by Google My Business Pages.

This new feature is being rolled out in the Google Maps app for Android, and I’ve been able to use it to add  animated videos to some of my contributions. Only the videos are not immediately visible in local business reviews.

For the simple reason, as shown in the picture above, that Google wants to check each video before validation to not only avoid posting unrelated videos, but also blocking disguised advertising videos.

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I advise the Local Guides to indulge in such practices, otherwise they will never be Local Guides.

However, in his post, Google already invites Local Guides to publish videos (it earns 7 points per video) in their contributions from the built-in Google Maps camera.
Videos can be taken from the Google Maps camera for immediate download, but they are limited to only 10 seconds.
Contributors can, however, post up to 30 seconds of video duration if they have previously recorded them via another application and downloaded from their Gallery.

  • The web interface still does not seem to accept video downloads.
  • You can add your photos and videos to Google Maps, or delete them at any time. You can not add photos to addresses.
  • To add videos, you must use an Android device. To remove them, you must use an Android device or a computer.
  • There are 3 ways to add a photo or video to Google Maps.

How to Add a photo or video from the place

  • Open the Google Maps Google Maps app on your Android phone or tablet.
  • Search for a place or tap it on the map.
  • At the bottom of the screen, tap the name or address of the place to view more information.
  • Tap “Add Photos”. You may need to scroll down to view this option.

Select the desired action:

  • Choose a photo or video in the gallery: press “Folder”.
  • Take a new photo: Tap the “Camera” icon -> press the shutter button.
  • Make a new video: tap the “Camera” icon -> press and hold the shutter button for up to 10 seconds to record a video.

To remove the sound from a video, tap the volume bars at the bottom right.
Note: You can add media files for points of interest (such as locations or parks), but not for addresses or coordinates.

How to add videos from “Your contributions”

  • Make sure you’ve installed the Google Photos app and enabled the Backup & Sync feature, as well as Location History.
  • Open the Google Maps app on your Android phone or tablet.
  • Press the “Menu” and then “Your contributions”.
  • In the “Contribute” tab, tap “Add Photos to Maps”.

Tap the photos or videos you want to post. You can only add the first 30 seconds of a video.

To change the location of a photo or video, tap the location name and select another location.

Tap the blue “Publication” icon.

Note: Suggested photos to add to Google Maps will be displayed. To delete a suggestion, press X.

How to add a video via Google Photos or Gallery

  • Open “Google Photos” or your “gallery app” on your Android phone or tablet.
  • Select a photo or video.
  • Tap “Share”.
  • Tap “Add to Google Maps.”

Select an address. To search for another location, tap “Another place”.

  • Tap the “Publication” icon.

Note: You can only share one photo at a time.

How to display your photos and videos

To see the media files you shared on Google Maps, follow these steps:

  • Open the Google Maps app on your Android phone or tablet.
  • Press the “Menu” then “Your contributions” then “Photos”.

Finally, be aware that for now, you can see videos in Google’s local search results through any web browser, but you can only upload videos to Google Maps via an Android mobile or tablet. Not iOS.

This feature to add a video to Maps is being deployed and will take a few weeks to be visible to all Local Guides.