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Today Waze introduced the ability to add “Places” to their mobile application. For any of you who aren’t familiar, Waze is a mobile traffic/mapping application that was acquired by Google in the not-too-distant past. Google-owned local applications are always on my radar, so here is a quick walk-through on how to list a business on Waze using the Android version of the application on a Nexus 5.

1) Download Waze
The newest version of Waze, which has the ability to add a place, is is only available in the Google Play and Apple App stores. Sorry Windows Phone and Blackberry users, but it’s probably time to upgrade to a real smartphone 😉

2) Report a Place
Once you are inside the Waze application there is an icon on the bottom right that looks like a Google map pin. This is the “Report” menu where you can add a business. After you tap, it opens up a screen that has an icon for adding a place. It’s the center icon in the screenshot below, and conveniently labeled “Place.” Tap it.

Add a Business to Waze

3) Take a Picture of the Storefront
Now this is where things start to become a PITA. The next step is to take a picture of the storefront of the business. That’s right, you have to take a picture of the front of the building in order to add it to Waze. On my first attempt to add a business I tried to take a picture of the Google Street View of a client’s storefront that I had opened on my desktop. Unfortunately, for reasons that will become abundantly clear in the next step that was a total failure. Anyway, I drove over to Umami Burger to complete this step.

Adding Umami Burger to Waze

After you take a photo you get the pop-up message in the screenshot above (Editor’s Note: Can we please retire “awesome sauce”?)  and the camera icon turns into the double “arrow.” Tap on the arrow to get taken to the next step.

4) Claim Your Business
So this is where things really break down in terms of being able to add clients’ businesses. When you advance after taking a picture you are taken to a screen that lets you enter business info. However, it pulls info from their database and only lets you enter specific info.

Claim a Business on Waze

So the first thing you see in the screenshot above is that Waze has marked Umami Burger as a residential place. I tried to tap on everything to be able to edit this option, but could not. Maybe it’s a bug. Maybe it’s the Android version of the app.  Whatever the cause, it doesn’t make this feature particularly useful for a user or business owner. To top it off, Umami Burger is located in a very popular strip mall. Anyway, you can either tap on “This is a residential place” or use the search bar to find your business. Since a search didn’t return Umami burger, I clicked on the “residential place” tab.

5) Add a Street Number & Properly Locate the Map Pin
The next, and thankfully final, step is one where you have to enter a street number and properly locate the pin.

Claim Your Business Screen 2

Since it determined that Umami Burger was a residential address, I wasn’t given the ability to add a business name, but according to this promotional video you should be able to add that information if Waze can properly determine the location is a place of business.

You might have noticed the green checkmark next to “Bristol St Costa Mesa” above. This was auto-populated by the phones GPS and is something I could not change (despite much furious tapping.) Because of this, there is no way to add a business if your aren’t currently at its location. So much for adding client locations. Anyway, after you enter the street address, tap to verify the location and then tap “done”.

Congrats, you added a business listing to Waze! Now it just has to pass community review
Complete and Community Edit



You can add/edit places using Waze’s web editor, but whether this is the same as adding it via the mobile application is not clear at this point. You are still limited to editing based around a radius of places you’ve driven. For instance I am a level 1 editor and can edit 1 mile around roads I have driven. H/t to HurricaneK8 over at Linda’s forums.



  • Linda Buquet  September 30, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    Thanks for driving across town, documenting and sharing this Dan. Folks at my forum have been asking about Waze since the announcement.

  • bill bean  October 1, 2014 at 4:33 am

    I’m thinking I may give this a month to let some bugs get worked out before I start driving all over town.

    Thanks for doing the legwork, Dan.

  • Nevyana Karakasheva  October 1, 2014 at 4:59 am

    I small detail Dan: windows phones can take advantage of waze:) Interesting walk-through, though!

  • Kyle Eggleston  October 1, 2014 at 7:50 am

    Good move by Google to open the app up to new data points from business owners. I assume they’ll be using this data to improve Google Maps. Maybe improve the accuracy of traffic, too?

  • Nevyana Karakasheva  October 1, 2014 at 9:06 am

    My mistake Dan, the feature is not added to the Windows phone Waze app, I assumed that it will automatically, but … you could safely reenter your joke on “move to a real smartphone already”:)


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