Work with location data

This tutorial shows how to create and edit location data. The My Business Business Information API provides you with the ability to do the following:

Locations can be used in Ads, but they need to be verified to be eligible to appear on Search and Maps. Location data is represented by the accounts.locations collection.

Before you begin

Before you use the My Business Business Information API, you need to register your application and obtain OAuth 2.0 credentials. For details on how to get started with the My Business Business Information API, see Basic setup.

Create a location

You can use the My Business Business Information API to create a new location for a business with accounts.locations.create.

To create a location, use the following:


    "storeCode": "GOOG-SYD",
    "languageCode": "en-AU",
    "title": "Google Sydney",
    "phoneNumbers": {
      "primaryPhone": "02 9374 4000"
    "storefrontAddress": {
      "addressLines": [
        "Level 5",
        "48 Pirrama Road"
      "locality": "Pyrmont",
      "postalCode": "2009",
      "administrativeArea": "NSW",
      "regionCode": "AU"
    "websiteUri": "",
    "regularHours": {
      "periods": [
          "openDay": "MONDAY",
          "closeDay": "MONDAY",
          "openTime": "09:00",
          "closeTime": "17:00"
          "openDay": "TUESDAY",
          "closeDay": "TUESDAY",
          "openTime": "09:00",
          "closeTime": "17:00"
          "openDay": "WEDNESDAY",
          "closeDay": "WEDNESDAY",
          "openTime": "09:00",
          "closeTime": "17:00"
          "openDay": "THURSDAY",
          "closeDay": "THURSDAY",
          "openTime": "09:00",
          "closeTime": "17:00"
          "openDay": "FRIDAY",
          "closeDay": "FRIDAY",
          "openTime": "09:00",
          "closeTime": "17:00"
    "categories": {
      "primaryCategory": {
        "name": "gcid:software_company"

Delete a location

You can use the My Business Business Information API to delete a location with locations.delete.

To delete a location, use the following:


Get a location by name

If you have many businesses associated with your account, you might want to get a single location. You can filter by the business' name to get a specific location with locations.get.

To get a location by name, use the following. You must specify a readMask to retrieve specific fields. :


Return the Google Maps version


To return the Google Maps version of a location, append googleUpdated to the request URL, as in the following example:


If there are no results, a 404 NOT FOUND HTTP status code is returned. More details about managing google updates can be found here.

List locations

When you manage one or more locations, you might want to list all locations associated with your account. Use the accounts.locations.list API to list all locations associated with a user.

To list all locations directly owned or managed by an authenticated user, use the following:


Use a '-' wildcard for the account in the request URL to include the indirectly owned listings (owned or managed via a group):


Filter results when you list locations


You can use filters to limit the results that are returned when you call accounts.locations.list. To filter a request, append a filter expression to the base URL as shown in this example:


Basic query syntax

A restriction has the following syntax: <field><operator><value>, where the operator is either EQUALS (=) or HAS (:). The EQUALS (=) and HAS (:) operators are equivalent for all fields except locationName (see table below).

Quotation marks are encoded as "%22" and spaces as plus signs (+).

Unless otherwise noted, all comparisons are case insensitive token comparisons. For example, "4 drive" would match "4, Privet Drive".

Combine multiple fields in a filter query

The API allows AND to connect all fields restrictions. However, when it comes to the OR keyword, all the restrictions have to apply to the same field. For example: locationName=A OR labels=B isn't allowed.


The following example shows a filter expression that returns all locations with the name "Pepé Le Pew." It shows categories for either "french_restaurant" or "european_restaurant," and a label of "newly open."


Search by distance or account

The following example shows how you can search for locations within a certain distance from a geographical point:

GET{accountId}/locations?readMask={commaSeparatedFieldsToRetrieve}&filter=distance(latlng, geopoint({latitude}, {longitude}))<{distance}

To filter locations within 1000 miles of Boulder, Colorado USA:

GET{accountId}/locations?readMask={commaSeparatedFieldsToRetrieve}&filter=distance(latlng, geopoint(40.01, -105.27))<1000.0

List of all supported filter fields

The following is an exhaustive list of all fields that can be used for filtering:

Fields Description and example
String matching fields

The business' real world name{accountId}/locations?readMask={commaSeparatedFieldsToRetrieve}&filter=title:"Bajis" (matches any location name with "Bajis" as a substring){accountId}/locations?readMask={commaSeparatedFieldsToRetrieve}&filter=title="Bajis" (matches any location name with "Bajis" as a token/word)


The combination of the primary category and the additional categories. Note that the "gcid:" has to be omitted. If there are multiple categories, this filter matches if at least one category matches this pattern.{accountId}/locations?readMask={commaSeparatedFieldsToRetrieve}&filter=categories="french_restaurant"


The primary phone number in E.164 format (For example: "+441234567890").{accountId}/locations?readMask={commaSeparatedFieldsToRetrieve}&filter=phone_numbers.primary_phone="+441234567890"


The CLDR region code of the country/region of the address{accountId}/locations?readMask={commaSeparatedFieldsToRetrieve}&filter=storefront_address.region_code="US"


The highest administrative subdivision which is used for postal addresses of a country or region{accountId}/locations?readMask={commaSeparatedFieldsToRetrieve}&filter=storefront_address.administrative_area="CA"


The city/town portion of the address{accountId}/locations?readMask={commaSeparatedFieldsToRetrieve}&filter=storefront_address.locality="New York"


The postal code of the address{accountId}/locations?readMask={commaSeparatedFieldsToRetrieve}&filter=storefront_address.postal_code="12345"


If this location has been verified and is connected to/appears on Google Maps, this field is equal to the place ID for the location{accountId}/locations?readMask={commaSeparatedFieldsToRetrieve}&filter=metadata.place_id="12345"


Indicates whether or not the Location is currently open for business (OPEN, CLOSED_PERMANENTLY){accountId}/locations?readMask={commaSeparatedFieldsToRetrieve}&filter=openInfo.status="OPEN"{accountId}/locations?readMask={commaSeparatedFieldsToRetrieve}&filter=openInfo.status="CLOSED_PERMANENTLY"


A collection of free-form strings to allow you to tag your business. In contrast to all the other fields, this value must exactly match a full label including casing and not only a token. E.g. If a label is "XX YY", then neither "XX" or "xx yy" will match.{accountId}/locations?readMask={commaSeparatedFieldsToRetrieve}&filter=labels="newly open"


External identifier for this location, which must be unique inside a given account{accountId}/locations?readMask={commaSeparatedFieldsToRetrieve}&filter=storeCode="12345"


Allows you to filter based on the distance of the location from a geographical point.{accountId}/locations?readMask={commaSeparatedFieldsToRetrieve}&filter=distance(latlng, geopoint(1.0, -25.0))<1000.0

Sort by query field

You can sort the results by business name or store code, in ascending or descending order. Multiple ordering criteria are separated by commas in the orderBy string, as in the following example:


Patch a location

Use the My Business Business Information API to update one or more fields for a location with locations.patch.

To change one or more fields for a location, use the following:


Add the fields and updated values with the location field, and use a comma-separated list of updated fields as the value for fieldMask.

    "title": "Google Shoes"