Google is shutting down this 16-year-old service, what it may mean for Google Maps users


NEW DELHI: It’s time to say goodbye to Google Bookmarks. The search giant is shutting down the service that has been there for almost 16 years. Come September 30, 2021, Google Bookmarks will be closed off for all users.

“After September 30th 2021, Google Bookmarks will no longer be supported,” says a banner running on the Google Bookmarks page. The company is allowing users to export their bookmarks till then. Users can go to google.com/bookmarks and click on ‘Export Bookmarks’ to get a copy of their data.

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While Bookmarks may not be a very popular service, its closure is likely to affect ‘Starred’ locations feature in Google Maps that are held within Google Bookmarks. The two are reported to be in sync. Will shutting down of Google Bookmarks also mean that users ‘Starred’ locations will be deleted too? There’s so far no clarity on this. One way out for users, as per 9to5Google, is to switch the list that Maps saves these locations to as only the ‘Starred’ list syncs to Bookmarks.

How to save a place on Google Maps using a PC
Google Maps allows users to add their favorite places to a list to easily look them up later. Here’s how to go about it:

  • Open Google Maps.
  • Click or search for a business, place, or a set of latitude and longitude coordinates.
  • Save and then choose your list.
  • Only the user can find his saved places, unless he himself shares the list of places. Google may anonymously share users’ combined saved places information.
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How to save a place from another website
If a website has a map embedded from Google Maps, you can save that place to your Google Maps

  • Open the website with a map embedded from Google Maps
  • To pull up a place’s information, click a place on the map. Now click Save and then choose a list.
  • Your star and the website name will show up on your desktop and mobile Google Maps.

Note: When you save a place, it’s not the same as if you download an offline area or add a

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