Google Maps has become a quintessential part of our daily commute. Many rely on it to navigate familiar and unfamiliar parts of our cities and towns and discover the local neighborhood. Whether it is to know when a shop opens, whether the restaurant serves vegan food, or whether the government office is wheelchair-accessible, we use Google Maps for uses beyond just turn-by-turn navigation. And for that, we have to thank the Google Local Guides program. But what is it, and how do you sign up for it? In this article, we tell you all you need to know about the Google Local Guides program, how it affects the quality of Google Maps, and how you can become a Google Local Guide.


Google Local Guides is a global community of volunteers contributing their experiences to Google Maps. This helps build information about the local neighborhood from people on the ground, effectively crowdsourcing the service globally.