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 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.

  1. Open in any web browser.
  2. Hover your mouse over the Layers box in the lower left corner and then click More in the menu that appears.
    Google Maps More Option in Layers Menu
  3. Now in the expanded Layers menu, click / uncheck the Labels checkbox 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 Satellite first.
    Google Maps Labels Checkbox in Layers More Menu

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.

  1. Open in your browser and click the Create a new map button at the upper left.
    Google My Maps Create a New Map Button
  2. At the bottom of the Untitled map box, click the arrow next to Base map and select Light Political, Mono City, or Simple Atlas.
    Google My Maps Base Map Options with Labels Removed

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

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.

Google My Maps Share Options

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.

  1. Open in your web browser. If you’re not familiar with APIs and Google’s Cloud Console, click Use the legacy JSON styling wizard when prompted to use cloud-based maps styling.
  2. Search for an address or move the map to the area you want to see without labels.
    Google Map Style Area on Map on Create Map Style Page
  3. In the leftmost menu, adjust the Slider to the right of Labels in the Adjust density of features section. Move the slider completely to the left to remove all labels.
    Google Map Style App Labels Slider in Leftmost Menu
  4. You can also reduce the density of roads and landmarks, or remove them completely, using the Sliders to the right of Roads and Landmarks.
    Google Map Style App Roads and Landmarks Sliders in Leftmost Menu
  5. You can choose a unique theme for your map too under Select theme.
    Google Map Style App Themes in Leftmost Menu
  6. For advanced styling, click More Options near the bottom of the leftmost menu. Here you can change the color of labels, outline parks with a border, highlight bus routes, and more.
    Google Map Style App More Options at Bottom of Leftmost Menu
    Google Map Style App Advanced Options List
  7. When you’ve finished styling you new map, click Finish near 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:


  1. Open in any web browser on your desktop or laptop and sign into your Google account.
  2. Click the Hamburger menu icon (Generic Hamburger Menu Icon) in the upper left corner of Google Maps and then select Your places in the menu that appears.
    Google Maps Web Your Places in Hamburger Menu
  3. In the following menu, click the Labeled tab and then click the X next to the label you wish to remove. Check the Lists tab for other labels you might want to delete.
    Google Maps Remove Home Label


  1. Open the Google Maps app on your Android or iPhone.
  2. Tap Saved at the bottom of Google Maps and then tap Labeled (or whichever one contains labels) on the following screen.
    Google Maps Mobile App Labeled on Saved Places Screen
  3. Tap the 3 dots next to the label you wish to remove and tap Remove <label name>.
    Google Maps Mobile App Remove Label

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

  1. Learning how to turn off labels is ZERO help, because it turns off ALL the labels. Turns off the stupid, obscurative restaurants, hotels, bars and stores, but also the STREET NAMES and HIGHWAY NUMBERS. Google, what is wrong with you people?

  2. How about those crazy few that would like a satellite base map option sans scores of needless business pins when making maps (My Maps). This seems to me to be a more critical usage than being able to turn them off on standard view, yet this is where there is NOT that option. (Both should)

    Frustrating as this should have been an easy catch. Do users expect more customizing options when they are just viewing or actively attempting to create a map? I’d say the latter should be the easy answer.

  3. How do you turn off the the road and city labels in mymaps? There is option to edit layers that I add, but not to turn off the existing labels.

    • Hi Lorraine,

      You can’t remove labels in My Maps the same way you can (now) in Google Maps. You have to change the “Base Layer” to one of these: Light Political, Mono City, or Simple Atlas.

      • I know you can’t do anything about this, but this is awful! I previously created a slide presentation using My Maps, Satellite View, no labels – and now when I go to create another, I can’t keep it in the same style. Come on, Google!

  4. The greedy assholes at Google passive-aggressively cram their advertising down our throats by not letting us see our search results on the map if labels are turned off (which is needed to see what was searched for without being obscured by all the restaurants/etc Google is getting paid to show)!!!

  5. The inclusion of business icons which are actually IMPOSSIBLE to remove means now I no longer use google mapping…I have wasted literally hours of my life trying to get around this stupid stupid idea. When you already have a slow broadband connection it is utterly pointless and intensely annoying,. Make it simple to remove the b**ody things. Please. !

    • I find that the constant business ikons mean that I can’t read street names, which is the POINT of having a map. If it were possible to toggle the useless business ikons all over my map, I could find the businesses at all. As it is, I can’t see the streets for the shop advertisements.

    • Completely agree. Google is STILL advertising to explore the world via streetview but there is no point to this when you cannot see the landmarks for the icon clutter. I’ve wasted time reporting the issue too but the icons disappear the second you have to highlight the problem on the image because even Google understands they are clutter. Then the bot replies that they need more information because they can’t understand the issue. Useless.

  6. In Google my Maps I can create a map with highlighted areas but there is no method to get rid of everything else i.e. restaurants, bars, hospitals. If I zoom in for a screen shot it all pops up and takes away from the area I want to highlight. Also, no method to put a name over the top of your highlighted area. All seems pretty archaic for a company who is a verb. You can do better Google.

  7. How do we turn these labels off on the streetview? It’s absolutely horrendous how distracting they are from the full street scene.

    • Hi,

      Thanks for commenting! You’re absolutely right, Google updated Maps and moved where layers are located. I’ve updated the article to reflect these changes.

      • This seems inaccurate still. I can’t find a way to turn off labels. Sadly, google seems to have removed the option to add custom labels too 🙁

        • Hi Monika,

          I just checked again and I am still able to turn off labels using the method in this article.

          Are you using a PC or a mobile / tablet device?

    • 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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