If you’ve updated Google Maps on your Android device recently, you might have noticed a new feature that Google added to its mobile app. You can now edit the names of locations on the map, save them to your personal Google account and search for them the next time you’re out and about.

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This is useful for a number of reasons. If there’s a restaurant you’re ordering from but know you’ll never remember its name, just rename it to “Incredible Restaurant.” That’s a search term I’d remember more frequently than “Taverna Kyclades.”

You can also drop a pin in a location without a set name on Google Maps and give it a custom name. If your friend John’s apartment doesn’t show up on Google Maps, drop a pin and name it “John’s Apartment.”

Here are the steps to give a place a private name, courtesy of Google:

  1. Open the Google Maps app .
  2. Search for an address. Or drop a pin by touching and holding a place on the map.
  3. From the bottom, touch the place’s name or address.
  4. From the top right, touch the menu > Edit name.

Pretty simple, right? Google Operating System also notes that Google has recently implemented a feature for its web and Android app called the “Timeline,” which shows you everywhere you’ve been in the past day, month or year (providing you’ve turned “Location History” on).


Jacob started covering video games and technology in college as a hobby, but it quickly became clear to him that this was what he wanted to do for a living. He currently resides in New York writing for BGR. His previously published work can be found on TechHive, VentureBeat and Game Rant.