How do businesses get into maps?


#1

On more than one occasion I have searched for hotels in either Apple Maps or Google Maps, and found only one or two in my desired location. Then, when I arrive, there are always more than those one or two, sometimes a dozen or more.

So how do businesses get into maps? Do they have to pay for the privilege?


#2

No, anyone can add or edit locations in Maps. In my small, rural Missouri town many of the local businesses were not in Apple Maps so I added them. There were some that were there that I also corrected locations, etc. I’m not sure of the process by which they get added but no payment is required.

So, to answer your question, I don’t know the picture of the full and complete process that happens only that it is possible for users to add and edit.


#3

Ok, that’s cool, and I didn’t know about it. But surely the vast majority of businesses got “on the map” another way (which, I realize, you already said).