How to Remove Labels in Google Maps

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 useful, 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 depending on what you’re looking for.

How to Remove Labels from Google Maps

The easiest way to remove labels from Google Maps is to simply switch over to satellite view and turn off labels directly in Google Maps. Unfortunately this option doesn’t exist for map view, but there is another way that we’ll cover in the next section below.

Open maps.google.com in your browser and click the Menu icon (Google Maps Hamburger Icon) at the upper left.

Google Maps Menu Icon

Click Satellite at the top of the menu to change to satellite view.

Google Maps Satellite View in Menu

Click the same Menu icon again and click Labels on under Satellite to toggle them off.

Google Maps Remove Labels in Satellite View

Removing Labels from Google Maps in Map View

To see a map without labels in map view, you’ll have to create your own map in Google My Maps. It’s a lot easier than that sounds and can actually be done in only a few clicks – here’s how.

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 map button at the upper left.

Google My Maps Create a New Map Button

At the bottom of the Untitled map box, click the arrow next to Base map and select either Light Political or Mono City.

Remove Labels Google My Maps

You can save your new map by clicking Untitled map and clicking the Save button.

You can even share, export, download, print, or embed this new map by clicking the 3 dots next to the name and selecting the option you want.

Google My Maps Share Options

How to Delete Custom Labels in Google Maps

If you’re only here to find out how to remove custom labels that you’ve created – then don’t worry we’ve got you there too.

Desktop

Open maps.google.com in your browser and click the Menu icon (Google Maps Hamburger Icon) at the upper left.

Click Your places near the bottom of the menu.

Google Maps Your Places Option in Menu

Under Labeled click the X next to the label you wish to delete. Check the Saved tab for other labels you might want to delete.

Google Maps Remove Home Label

Mobile

Open the Google Maps app and tap the Saved button at the bottom.

Google Maps Mobile App Saved Button

Tap Labeled (or wherever you labels are saved) under Your lists.

Tap the 3 dots next to the label you wish to remove and tap Remove (label name).

Google Maps Mobile App Remove Label

6 thoughts on “How to Remove Labels in Google Maps”

    • Changing the base map to Light Political or Mono City still removes labels. I wish there was a better solution but for now this is all we have.

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