Correct Google Maps on location from your handset

It’s rare that I complain about the accuracy of Google Maps. When a problem is found, unlike book maps, I can offer to fix it from the road.

Since it’s debut, the Google Maps app has almost completely replaced my historic journalist tool, the paper ADC book map.

The combination of place names with phone numbers, traffic updates, topography, satellite imagery, street view, and turn-by-turn navigation makes Google Maps my most used phone app.

I was recently traveling on Hershey Road in North Codorus Township. It’s a small gravel road where the ADC and Google Maps show a bridge crossing the West Branch of the Codorus Creek near Spring Grove.

There is a bridge abutment, but no longer a bridge.

Using my handset, I alerted Google to the problem and after verifying the issue, Google Maps was corrected in a couple days. Google emails a report after they verify the error.

A link to the river crossing today on Google Maps

To send a map correction to Google Maps, tap the location you would like to correct. Long press the location to get the address bubble on your mobile device. Tap the address bubble and then follow the option to ” Report a problem with the map”.

You will follow a menu tree to narrow down the error and then provide specific information about the error.

Taking a few moments to correct a Google Map can spare the next person, you, bad turn-by-turn directions and running into a dead end.

It’s really easy to do while on the location.

Turn-by-turn now navigates from the south to Hershey Road from York.

About Paul Kuehnel


Paul Kuehnel
has worked for the York Daily Record/Sunday News since 1984.

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