How to remove starred locations in Google Maps

iphone-smartlife-2-google-mapsGoogle Maps is a very great online map. One of the feature I like is the ability to “save” a location by putting a small yellow star mark on the location. With these marks, I can prepare my journey using desktop computer, then quickly see those locations in my iPhone while I’m on the go.

Few days ago I came across an unexpected problem. I tried to delete some of those “starred” locations. Some them can be deleted easily, but some of them can’t be deleted. What’s wrong?

Turns out, Google Maps put those stars based on various methods. We can put them based on address, based on location name, or based on GPS coordinates. From my experience, starred locations that I previously saved using GPS coordinates can’t be easily removed simply by un-star them. Since when I click on those locations in Google Maps, they appear as not-starred (but the star still appears there because it’s GPS coordinate). How can I un-star something that is not currently starred?

After some searching, I found this nice page called Google Bookmarks. The URL is http://www.google.com/bookmarks/
Every star we make in Google Maps is considered as a bookmark and will be shown there. All we need to do is removing the bookmarks of locations we want to un-star. That’s it. Nice and easy. Hopefully this will be useful for you.

 

By | 2014-10-12T08:36:27+00:00 31 Aug 2013|Guide|94 Comments

94 Comments

  1. Matt 31 Aug 2016 at 11:15 pm - Reply

    Thank you very much for posting this link, that problem has been driving me nuts and google’s info to correct it does not work at all. Thanks again Robert!

  2. Monte 21 Aug 2016 at 9:27 pm - Reply

    Thank you Robert for sharing this link!

  3. Syver 01 Apr 2016 at 11:41 pm - Reply

    I have been dealing with the same issue for quite a while, and have discovered that some items starred using my phone can’t be unstarred using the desktop browser, you have to go back to the Android App and remove them there.

  4. Bruce 28 Mar 2016 at 12:26 am - Reply

    Robert, you should run for president!! Thank you!

  5. Marwan 18 Mar 2016 at 1:31 am - Reply

    Genius !!!!!! Thank you Robert

  6. TheKidzMom 12 Mar 2016 at 11:35 pm - Reply

    God bless you!!! Great contribution to society Thanks for info

  7. gorgon 08 Mar 2016 at 1:57 pm - Reply

    I’m so grateful you posted this. I’ll never understand what can be on the Google developers alleged minds to make things like this so difficult. Now if I can just get rid of all the crap Google circles has caused to my contacts.

  8. morius 23 Feb 2016 at 4:58 am - Reply

    Thank you ! Goddam Google and their do-no-evil philosophy – the dev who implemented this inability to remove without being a pain-in-the-ass needs to be shot.

  9. Carlene 12 Feb 2016 at 12:03 am - Reply

    Just what I needed to find! Thanks!!

  10. Uaheja 10 Feb 2016 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much

  11. Marianne 08 Feb 2016 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    You are the best! I’ve battled with this (and lost) for over two years! Thank you!

  12. Maria 26 Jan 2016 at 3:07 am - Reply

    Wow, fantastic! I wasted so many hours over several days trying to figure it out. Thanks Robert.

  13. Nick 22 Jan 2016 at 8:56 am - Reply

    Read your solution with great anticipation but… even though I deleted the star in bookmarks, the star in maps would not go away! I tried reloading the pages, restarting the browser, etc. no joy.

  14. Paul 13 Dec 2015 at 10:00 am - Reply

    You are a Jedi!!, removing saved places from the phone is a pain in the ass!!!

  15. Vincent 10 Dec 2015 at 3:27 am - Reply

    You’re a genius!

  16. Chelseytx 29 Nov 2015 at 4:29 am - Reply

    Thank you! Thanks you! Thank you! I have been trying to get rid of some for YEARS!!!

  17. Frank 06 Nov 2015 at 2:31 pm - Reply

    This method does not work for me. I have looked at the Bookmarks page, which does have my bookmarks on it but there are NO starred locations, none.

  18. GL 18 Oct 2015 at 7:06 am - Reply

    Thank you for the info! Needed to get rid of a couple of starred locations.

    • jeff 27 Nov 2015 at 12:54 am - Reply

      agree. worked instantly. valuable info, and much appreciated!

  19. Savage 16 Oct 2015 at 11:52 pm - Reply

    Incredible. Thank you so much for this. I was trying to remove a starred location that was somehow displayed two streets over, and Google wouldn’t let me do it through maps.google.com or through the Maps app (“failed to save place” even though the place was already saved). This, however, worked! I had no idea that page even existed!

  20. Tobi 14 Oct 2015 at 8:01 pm - Reply

    Thanks a lot. Exactly what I needed. (And thanks to google, who helped me find this post of yours!)

  21. Atarah 08 Oct 2015 at 12:39 am - Reply

    Thank you so much for this tip! This was really bothering my OCD…lol.

  22. Paul 06 Oct 2015 at 6:22 pm - Reply

    Thankyou.

  23. Jay 26 Sep 2015 at 3:26 am - Reply

    Wow, cool. Been wondering how to do this for months. Thanks for the tip. Worked great

  24. John A Davis 16 Sep 2015 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    Yup yup, thank you very much! Worked like a charm.

  25. roy 05 Sep 2015 at 1:34 am - Reply

    thanks man the unremoved star was really annoying!!!

  26. Huhu 31 Aug 2015 at 9:17 am - Reply

    Thank you!

  27. Daniel 30 Aug 2015 at 2:26 pm - Reply

    I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  28. coleraine 26 Aug 2015 at 7:48 pm - Reply

    thanks a bunch, Robert! I have been collecting useless stars for years!

  29. Jerseygirl 26 Aug 2015 at 7:34 pm - Reply

    Thank you! I moved to another state and couldn’t get rid of old saved locations for almost 2 years. Awesome they’re gone!

  30. Mahme 21 Aug 2015 at 4:50 pm - Reply

    Thank you!!!!!!

  31. wingedmachine 19 Aug 2015 at 1:53 am - Reply

    That star has been bugging me for YEARS.

  32. jayndoh 13 Aug 2015 at 6:13 am - Reply

    You have earned a special place in heaven for this!! THANK YOU!!

  33. Rathivar 09 Aug 2015 at 6:12 pm - Reply

    THANK YOU VERY VERY VERY MUCH.

  34. Volkan M 26 Jul 2015 at 9:33 am - Reply

    normally I don’t really comment on anything, but this is a life saver….
    I couldn’t remove my ex’s pins and she bloody pinned literally anything.
    Anyway, just wanted to thank you

  35. Jeffrey 20 Jul 2015 at 6:47 am - Reply

    Thank you! This was driving me crazy, as every time I opened up Google Maps it took me to a place I no longer needed to go to.

  36. Robyn 14 Jul 2015 at 9:30 pm - Reply

    Thanks for saving me some time!

  37. Inge Sonn 05 Jul 2015 at 6:18 pm - Reply

    Extremely helpful! I would never have figured that one out on my own. Thank you!

  38. Chris 24 Jun 2015 at 6:09 am - Reply

    Thank you! This was driving me nuts and I found this post through a google search. Worked perfectly.

  39. Juan 18 Jun 2015 at 7:24 am - Reply

    Thank you so much!

  40. Kelvin 17 Jun 2015 at 6:50 am - Reply

    U da man

  41. Mike 16 Jun 2015 at 2:29 am - Reply

    Thank you very much! Google Maps should display this most useful information somewhere.

  42. JC 11 Jun 2015 at 6:12 am - Reply

    Robert,

    How can I star or save a location from my windows goggle map location, so it will sync with my phone?

  43. B 05 Jun 2015 at 2:07 am - Reply

    Really helpful.

  44. Carlos 31 May 2015 at 10:26 pm - Reply

    Awesome, worked perfectly, thank you very much!

  45. PopolZ 29 May 2015 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the tip! That annoying star I had left was driving me crazy. It’s gone!

  46. Dave 22 May 2015 at 8:04 pm - Reply

    You’re a star! I was getting so frustrated… Thanks!

  47. ratheesh 17 May 2015 at 5:32 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much.

  48. Matt Zimmerman 08 May 2015 at 3:50 am - Reply

    Thank you! I’d given up on finding a solution.

  49. charles 29 Apr 2015 at 10:37 pm - Reply

    Man i want to hug your neck!!!! Thank youuuuuu

  50. Joe 23 Apr 2015 at 7:39 am - Reply

    Thanks man. Google… Fix this!

  51. bryan fury 22 Apr 2015 at 12:02 am - Reply

    two years passed and google still hasnt fixed that. thankfully you saved us all!

  52. Julie 19 Apr 2015 at 12:09 pm - Reply

    Thank you!!! Now maybe my hair will grow back…

  53. Becky 16 Apr 2015 at 6:54 am - Reply

    You, sir, are my hero!! Worked like a charm.

  54. Andy 08 Apr 2015 at 2:51 am - Reply

    Awesome finally I can delete all those Starr! thank you very much

  55. albina 06 Apr 2015 at 6:28 am - Reply

    Genius!!

  56. Genevieve 03 Apr 2015 at 7:44 am - Reply

    Awesome sauce! Thank You!!

  57. Ash 25 Mar 2015 at 2:03 am - Reply

    Brilliant. Thank you!!!

  58. GoogleDidNOThelp 17 Mar 2015 at 9:37 am - Reply

    FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    thank you

  59. Kalonzo 12 Mar 2015 at 6:12 am - Reply

    Awesome!! You are a STAR!! Thanks a lot for this!

  60. Joe 12 Mar 2015 at 1:36 am - Reply

    Thanks for this. However, for me, I have no bookmarks but one stupid annoying star that I cannot rid myself of. It seems the location has moved in Google maps to reflect exactly where the building is, not but the road as it was previously marked (i searched by address originally). So I can highlight the star, but then Maps doesn’t think it’s starred as the address is now slightly different. Nor can I un-star it or find it in bookmarks. Any thoughts? FYI, I starred it in Google Maps app on the Iphone 4s, but I can also see it on my desktop Google Maps account.

  61. Jack Durschlag 11 Mar 2015 at 4:59 am - Reply

    Robert: Can’t tell you how appreciative I am for your blog. It made my day.
    I’ve been looking for a way to remove those stars and it drove me crazy every time I wanted to put in a new direction.
    Great job!

  62. Ed 25 Feb 2015 at 3:12 am - Reply

    Thanks I was looking forever on how to do this

  63. vishnu 15 Feb 2015 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    thanks a lot its really helpfull

  64. Chintamani 09 Feb 2015 at 11:38 pm - Reply

    Thanks a lot…I was trying to figure it out since long time….

  65. Heather 04 Feb 2015 at 12:20 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much! I couldn’t figure out how to do this and it was annoying me to no end!

  66. pat 03 Feb 2015 at 8:58 am - Reply

    It worked thank you!!!

  67. Andrew Tan 23 Jan 2015 at 12:36 am - Reply

    Thank you so much! Solved an annoyance that has been bugging me for a year!

  68. Bruce Berman 16 Jan 2015 at 12:46 am - Reply

    Thank you!

  69. Arnold 13 Jan 2015 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    Thanks. It solved my problem. Good job.

  70. chunlei 06 Jan 2015 at 12:46 pm - Reply

    Thanks a lot, your article have helped me a lot, because I have too many save locations, and I can delet all once with the method provided!

  71. Donna 31 Dec 2014 at 6:28 am - Reply

    Thankyou!

  72. Aidan Lynam 03 Dec 2014 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    Thanks, but this is anything but ‘nice and easy’,- why can’t Google write software that is user friendly.

    The old maps for Android was much better.

  73. Mandar 26 Nov 2014 at 8:44 pm - Reply

    Thanks a lot Robert! This was very useful. Keep up the good work.

  74. Ryan 02 Sep 2014 at 4:20 am - Reply

    good find on the bookmarks page! thanks

  75. Adrian 28 Aug 2014 at 6:52 pm - Reply

    Thanks a lot, I was going to delete my account just for those annoying stars. Google sure knows to hide or delete any useful options of their services.

  76. Jay 03 Aug 2014 at 2:47 pm - Reply

    Excellent post!!!! God that was so annoying. Had stars that did not want to leave!!

  77. Phil 27 Jul 2014 at 8:57 pm - Reply

    Anyone tried using the quoted link
    ( http://www.google.com/bookmarks/ )
    to Delete or Edit a bookmark name ?
    Delete works but if I edit the name then, although it is changed there,
    when I go to My Places the old, original name is still shown.

  78. Maral 22 Jul 2014 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    Thank you very much. I had problem with removing these stars for a long time.

  79. Travis 17 Jul 2014 at 2:10 am - Reply

    Mercy buckets.

  80. Justin P. 11 Jul 2014 at 12:29 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the help! Worked perfectly!

  81. Krister 04 Jul 2014 at 10:11 pm - Reply

    You can also
    1) open Maps in Android
    2) click the star you want to remove
    3) swipe up the infopanel at the bottom
    4) unstar it
    and you’re done.

    • Robert Setiadi 04 Jul 2014 at 10:26 pm - Reply

      If it works for all stars, I would not even bother to write this post in the first place. I wrote it because not all of them can be deleted.
      Your steps only work when the star is associated with an address or a location name. When an address is associated with exact GPS coordinate, it needs the URL above to remove.

  82. Bob 16 Jun 2014 at 2:54 am - Reply

    Just click on the link included in the article. . It will take you where you need to go

  83. Aaron Martin 11 Apr 2014 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    Thank You

  84. Jeff 08 Apr 2014 at 3:19 am - Reply

    AWESOME solution, thanks for posting

  85. Curtis 30 Mar 2014 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    Love it!! You rock!!!

  86. Ernest 22 Feb 2014 at 4:13 am - Reply

    Wow, thank you.

  87. Muny3178 20 Feb 2014 at 7:44 am - Reply

    You are a gem! So hard to find how to delete saved places and yet, so easy to do it once you know how, thanks to you.

  88. Spyros 11 Feb 2014 at 11:35 pm - Reply

    Finally I got rid of the stars. Very helpful post, thank you.

  89. Nikhil 06 Dec 2013 at 5:05 am - Reply

    Thanks a ton! those annoying stars are finally off my map!

  90. Daniel P 09 Nov 2013 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    I have a starred item that has been driving me crazy for months, because I CANNOT REMOVE IT ! I looked in the Google Chrome Bookmarks Manager, and I cannot find it. Any help ? Thanks

  91. John Valdivieso 26 Sep 2013 at 5:05 am - Reply

    Thank you soooooo much! Was driving me crazy not being able to remove those stars!

  92. Shana 09 Sep 2013 at 12:02 am - Reply

    I blog frequently and I really thank you for your content.
    The article has really peaked my interest. I will book mark
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