Google Maps uses labels to show points of interest such as restaurants, shopping centers, and parks. They also serve as informational hubs for hours, directions, and reviews. You can even create your own labels for work, home, or your favorite places.
Usually these labels are pretty helpful, but what if you want to view only the map without them? Luckily, it is possible to remove labels from Google Maps but you might have to use Google’s My Maps or the Google Maps Styling Wizard depending on what you’re looking for.
How to Remove Labels in Google Maps
With the new Layers location update, Google Maps now allows you to remove labels in both map view and satellite view! Unfortunately, this feature is only available on the Desktop version of Google Maps.
- Open maps.google.com in any web browser.
- Hover your mouse over the
Layersbox in the lower left corner and then click
Morein the menu that appears.
- Now in the expanded Layers menu, click / uncheck the
Labelscheckbox in the bottom right corner. Even though it appears greyed out, you can still uncheck it and remove labels. If you’re having issues with it, try changing the Map type to
Remove Labels in Google Maps Using Google My Maps
Google My Maps is tool that allows you to create your own custom maps using Google Maps. Conveniently, it has some base layers you can choose that don’t have labels. You can even share, print, and embed maps you create in Google My Maps.
Here’s how you can create a map without labels in Google My Maps:
Note: You’ll have to sign into your Google account to use My Maps, so make sure you’re already signed in or do so when prompted.
- Open mymaps.google.com in your browser and click the
Create a new mapbutton at the upper left.
- At the bottom of the
Untitled mapbox, click the arrow next to
Base mapand select
Mono City, or
You can save your new map by clicking
Untitled map and then the
You can even share, export, download, print, or embed this new map by clicking the
3 dots next to the map’s name and selecting the respective option.
Create a Map Without Labels in the Google Maps Styling Wizard
While generally a tool used by software developers, you can use the Google Maps Styling Wizard to create your own custom map style without labels. This tool not only allows you to remove labels, but you can also remove roads and landmarks.
Below, we’ll show you how to use it to see Google Maps without labels:
Note: You’ll have to sign into your Google account to use the Google Maps Styling Wizard, so make sure you’re already signed in or do so when prompted.
- Open mapstyle.withgoogle.com in your web browser. If you’re not familiar with APIs and Google’s Cloud Console, click
Use the legacy JSON styling wizardwhen prompted to use cloud-based maps styling.
- Search for an address or move the map to the area you want to see without labels.
- In the leftmost menu, adjust the
Sliderto the right of Labels in the Adjust density of features section. Move the slider completely to the left to remove all labels.
- You can also reduce the density of roads and landmarks, or remove them completely, using the
Slidersto the right of Roads and Landmarks.
- You can choose a unique theme for your map too under Select theme.
- For advanced styling, click
More Optionsnear the bottom of the leftmost menu. Here you can change the color of labels, outline parks with a border, highlight bus routes, and more.
- When you’ve finished styling you new map, click
Finishnear the bottom of the leftmost menu to export you map as JSON.
Unfortunately, you can’t embed or link to this map without extensive knowledge of using JSON and the Google Maps APIs. You can still view, screenshot, or print the custom map you created, however.
How to Remove Custom Labels in Google Maps
Google Maps also allows you to create custom labels for your place of work, your home, and your favorite places. If you’re seeing custom labels in Google Maps that you no longer want, you can easily remove those too – here’s how:
- Open maps.google.com in any web browser on your desktop or laptop and sign into your Google account.
- Click the
Hamburger menuicon () in the upper left corner of Google Maps and then select
Your placesin the menu that appears.
- In the following menu, click the
Labeledtab and then click the
Xnext to the label you wish to remove. Check the
Liststab for other labels you might want to delete.
- Open the Google Maps app on your Android or iPhone.
Savedat the bottom of Google Maps and then tap
Labeled(or whichever one contains labels) on the following screen.
- Tap the
3 dotsnext to the label you wish to remove and tap
Remove <label name>.