Google Maps What's Here

How to Find the Plus Code for Any Location

If you want to find a Plus Code for a certain location, it is not that easy. At this point, you can’t do it on Google Maps. When you left-click on an area and choose What’s here?, it will give you latitude and longitude but Maps does not give you the Plus Code.

Google Maps What's Here
Place info on Google Maps
Latitude and Longitute
Latitude and longitude

However, what you can do is, you can go to and use the Find your code option.

Plus Codes Website

Zoom in or out until the area that you want fills the screen. A Plus Code designates an area in the shape of a rectangle. It’s not a point like latitude and longitude. You can take advantage of that by zooming in and out until you get to the size of an area that you want. After you have the right area, go to the menu and choose the option to see the Grid.

Menu on plus codes site
Map menu
Grip option on menu
Option to show grid

Video explanation

After choosing the option to show the grid, you will see the rectangles that are available to you. In this case, the area labeled 86FVCF fits Hocking Hills State Park which is the area that I am looking for. 86FVCF is the first part of the full Plus Code that you will see later in this article.

Seeing 86FV in grid
Grid shown over map

There is also a shortened code available at the bottom of the screen. CFG7+JP, works for anyone that lives close to the park. It’s a shortened, partial version of the code. CFG7+JP does not contain the beginning 86FV portion of the 86FVCF code, so it works when you are already relatively close to the area.

Plus code
Shortened Plus Code

On the left side of the screen, you will see the full Plus Code and the shortened Plus Code that can be used for local navigation. If you want the entire Plus Code, which is probably the best practice if you are copy/pasting, go to the left of the screen and copy it. This is your full Plus Code. It’s not case-sensitive, but since we’re copy and pasting it in, it doesn’t matter.

Left side of showing full and shortened Plus Codes

Go back to your mapping program, which is Google Maps in this case, and enter this Open Location Code into the search bar. Google Maps will go to the area that corresponds to the Plus Code and drop a pin in the middle of it. Maps shows you the latitude and longitude of the center of the Plus Code but it will not show the grid with the codes on it.

Plus code in Google Maps
Google Maps searching for Plus Code
Hocking Hills on Map
After searching for Plus Code

Now you know how to find your Plus Code using with the grid feature turned on and you can take that Plus Code and enter it into Google Maps, you know how to find and use a Plus Code. I hope that was helpful!

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