Business Tip: Claim Your Business on Google Maps, Apple Maps, and Waze

In June 2017, the Google Maps app was accessed by 56.4% of mobile audiences, with Apple Maps a close second capturing 19.6% of the same segment. These numbers do not even include Waze, another popular navigation app that boasts 50 million users worldwide.

What does this mean for business owners like you?

You need to make sure that your business information is correct in all the top navigation apps, so customers can find you when they are in your area and ready to purchase!


1. To add your business information to Google Maps, you first must create or claim a Google My Business listing. Then you need to start the verification process via phone, email or postcard.

2. After your business has been claimed and verified on Google My Business, open the Google Maps app on your phone.

Google Maps screenshot1

3. Type in your business name (DBA) and click Search.


4. Your business information should appear if you have already verified your business on Google My Business.  If not, go back to step 1.

On Android devices, touch More Info at the bottom of the screen.

Google Maps

On Apple devices, click on the gray line right below the map image.

Google Maps on Apple devices

5. Scroll to the bottom of your screen and click on Claim this Business.

Google Claim Biz

6. Make sure that the business information is correct. Click the box to accept terms of service and then click Continue.


7 Click to choose how you prefer to get your verification code – by phone, text, email or mail.  If you choose “By mail at” and do not receive a postcard after 14 days, contact Google business support.

google biz verification



1. Go to Apple Maps Connect. Sign in or Create an Apple ID. You must have an Apple ID in order to continue.

Maps-instruction (9)

2. After you log in with your Apple ID, you will be directed to a New Business Page.  Click View My Businesses.


3.  Enter your business name and address click Search.

Apple find and claim your place

4.  If you find your business, click on Claim this place.  

Apple Maps Google Maps (3)

Confirm your business information and click Next.

Apple business information

5. If your business is not listed, click Add new place. 


Add your business information and click Continue.

Apple Add New Business

6. Next, you will need to verify your business information. Click Call me now to trigger an automated phone call to your business.


You will receive a call providing you with a 4-digit code. Enter this code to confirm your phone number and click Done.

Apple confirm phone number

7. Confirm your business location, category, and hours of operation. Then, add or update your Social Media links, if any, and click Continue.


8. Click Submit Now. It normally takes up to 7 days for your business information to get approved. You will receive an email notification from Apple when your edits are published.

Apple Maps Google Maps (6)



1. Open the Waze app and tap the Send a Report icon (orange circle at bottom right).


2. Next, tap Place. If this is the first time you are using Waze to add a report, Waze will ask your permission to access your phone camera used to capture your portfolio photo.


3. Add a good photo of your location using the in-app camera, then Tap the Forward icon (blue circle button with arrow). 

Tip: First priority is to show other users what a place looks like from the outside.

Waze blue button

4.  Enter your business name (DBA)  in the box where it says Enter place name box. Or you can select a business from nearby listings below, then add category and address details.


5. Tap Done. It’s that easy!

Waze maps done

To learn more about Local SEO marketing, check out our previous post: Put Your Business on the Map with Local SEO tactics

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