Activities should be able to be blocked on Google Maps

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However, that doesn’t mean it’s perfect. In fact, there’s a huge problem with the app that drives me insane: the lack of an ability to block businesses from search results. This would seem like a fundamental feature, but Google just won’t deliver it. Before I get into my complaint, let me show you what I’m talking about. See also: Here’s how to stop Google Maps from draining your battery

No, Google, I’m not interested in visiting that location. I have no desire to visit the location. Ever. I use Google Maps on a daily basis. I use it for navigation, of course, but I also use it for restaurant recommendations, as most people do with Yelp. If I require train timetables, to find the nearest toilet at an airport, or to learn about local points of interest, I’ll use the Maps app. It is without a doubt one of my most often used applications.


  • Now, I’ve told Google Maps that I’m not interested in Dunkin’ (see fourth and fifth screenshots). You can do this by opening Maps, tapping your profile image, and then going to Settings > Manage your preferences. Unfortunately, this doesn’t change much for your search results. You’ll still see ads for Dunkin’ and you’ll still see Dunkin’ locations suggested to you. The only thing that changes is you’ll see a lower match percentage next to the business — in the case of Dunkin’ it is a 5% match for me.

  • Let’s say I’ve traveled to a spot I’ve never been to before. Suddenly, I get the craving for some tea (a common occurrence for me). I can ask Maps to pull up a list of tea spots nearby, as seen in the screenshots below. This is a great feature I use all the time. However, note the third screenshot. See how it has recommended Dunkin’ as a possible tea spot? I don’t want to go to Dunkin’. I never, ever want to go there. Dunkin’ has terrible tea and, most of the time, has little to no seating. Plus, it’s a huge chain — I’d much rather go to a small business and support the locals.

This feature is there because Google understands that you might not trust some news sources — or just don’t like them. Why can’t it understand that we don’t trust/like some businesses, either? The inability to block businesses in Maps makes it a less useful app.. Obviously, I know the answer to this question: money. Google doesn’t make direct ad revenue from news sites, so there would never be a time that it would need to push you an ad for a news page. Google Maps — and Google’s main source of revenue, Search — rely on ads for profit. If I block Dunkin’ from my Maps search results, Google would then need to also block Dunkin’ ads, which would cut into its bottom line. This is also why there is no official way to block sites from your searches within Google Search (although there are workarounds).

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The package includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams, OneNote, Publisher, and Access, all for just $50. In the Google News app, you can block entire sources. Let’s say I don’t want to see any stories from a site called “The Best Dunkin’ Blog.” I can find a story from that source in the News app, click the overflow icon, and tap “Hide all stories.” Boom: I’ll never see an article from “The Best Dunkin’ Blog” again.

Although I understand the reasoning, this whole situation makes Maps less useful to me. I don’t want Dunkin’ in my search results, and I don’t want Chick-fil-A there, either. I’m never going to a Home Depot ever again, and I’d love to never hear about Hobby Lobby as long as I live. Maps would be a better product if I could tell it to stop suggesting that I should visit these businesses. Google’s whole ethos is built on delivering me the information I want as fast and efficiently as possible. I wish it would live up to that ethos in Google Maps.


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