Find Places Nearby in Google Maps using Google Places API–Android App

Last modified on November 13th, 2014 by Joe.

This Android tutorial is to learn about using Google Places API to find places nearby in Google maps. I will walk you through to create an Android app to find nearby places to you. There are two steps in this tutorial,

  1. Show current location on map using Google Maps API.
  2. Find places Nearby using Google Place API.


Google Places API

Google Places API is one among the many APIs provided by Google and this is to get geographic information about places using HTTP request. We need to pass the latitude and longitude coordinates of the location to know about the location.

To authenticate with the Google Places API, we need to get a API key. The type of key is “Server Key”. The steps are common for all the APIs. You should login to the Google API console and create a server key. You can refer the previous linked tutorial to for more detail.

Android Application to Find Nearby Places using Google Places

The following example application first gets the current location and shows the Google map accordingly. Then based on user input the type of geographic location that needs to find is done. Example for keywords to find using the Google Places API are atm, hospital, airport, bank, etc.



Google Play Services is required for Google Maps and Google Places. If you are using Android Studio and Gradle, you should have the following dependencies added in build.grade file.

dependencies {
    compile fileTree(dir: 'libs', include: ['*.jar'])
    compile ''
    compile ''


Note the following permissions to be given for the app. The API_KEY specified here in the manifest is for Google Maps.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<manifest xmlns:android=""

        android:protectionLevel="signature" />

    <uses-permission android:name="" />
    <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.INTERNET" />
    <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE" />
    <uses-permission android:name="" />
    <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.ACCESS_COARSE_LOCATION" />
    <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION" />
    <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE" />

        android:required="true" />

                <action android:name="android.intent.action.MAIN" />
                <category android:name="android.intent.category.LAUNCHER" />

            android:value="@integer/google_play_services_version" />

            android:value="AIzafSyBBDFDFxrYDadfaK-7HsCABg4LZpdk2wJnKZsfvq6A" />

Google Places Activity

The API key specified here is for the Google Places API access and it’s a server key. We are using LocationListener to get the current location and show in Google maps. Using the location received, we get the latitude and longitude and the form the Google Places API request http url.


import android.location.Criteria;
import android.location.Location;
import android.location.LocationListener;
import android.location.LocationManager;
import android.os.Bundle;
import android.view.View;
import android.view.View.OnClickListener;
import android.widget.Button;
import android.widget.EditText;


public class GooglePlacesActivity extends FragmentActivity implements LocationListener {

    private static final String GOOGLE_API_KEY = "AIzaSSDFSDF8Kv2eP0PM8adf5dSDFysdfas323SD3HA";
    GoogleMap googleMap;
    EditText placeText;
    double latitude = 0;
    double longitude = 0;
    private int PROXIMITY_RADIUS = 5000;

    protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {

        //show error dialog if GoolglePlayServices not available
        if (!isGooglePlayServicesAvailable()) {

        placeText = (EditText) findViewById(;
        Button btnFind = (Button) findViewById(;
        SupportMapFragment fragment = (SupportMapFragment) getSupportFragmentManager().findFragmentById(;
        googleMap = fragment.getMap();
        LocationManager locationManager = (LocationManager) getSystemService(LOCATION_SERVICE);
        Criteria criteria = new Criteria();
        String bestProvider = locationManager.getBestProvider(criteria, true);
        Location location = locationManager.getLastKnownLocation(bestProvider);
        if (location != null) {
        locationManager.requestLocationUpdates(bestProvider, 20000, 0, this);

        btnFind.setOnClickListener(new OnClickListener() {
            public void onClick(View v) {
                String type = placeText.getText().toString();
                StringBuilder googlePlacesUrl = new StringBuilder("");
                googlePlacesUrl.append("location=" + latitude + "," + longitude);
                googlePlacesUrl.append("&radius=" + PROXIMITY_RADIUS);
                googlePlacesUrl.append("&types=" + type);
                googlePlacesUrl.append("&key=" + GOOGLE_API_KEY);

                GooglePlacesReadTask googlePlacesReadTask = new GooglePlacesReadTask();
                Object[] toPass = new Object[2];
                toPass[0] = googleMap;
                toPass[1] = googlePlacesUrl.toString();

    private boolean isGooglePlayServicesAvailable() {
        int status = GooglePlayServicesUtil.isGooglePlayServicesAvailable(this);
        if (ConnectionResult.SUCCESS == status) {
            return true;
        } else {
            GooglePlayServicesUtil.getErrorDialog(status, this, 0).show();
            return false;

    public void onLocationChanged(Location location) {
        latitude = location.getLatitude();
        longitude = location.getLongitude();
        LatLng latLng = new LatLng(latitude, longitude);

    public void onProviderDisabled(String provider) {
        // TODO Auto-generated method stub


    public void onProviderEnabled(String provider) {
        // TODO Auto-generated method stub


    public void onStatusChanged(String provider, int status, Bundle extras) {
        // TODO Auto-generated method stub

Google Places AsyncTask

We use an AsyncTask to run the the request in background. It runs in a separate thread and requests the Google server for the Google Places information.


import android.os.AsyncTask;
import android.util.Log;


public class GooglePlacesReadTask extends AsyncTask<Object, Integer, String> {
    String googlePlacesData = null;
    GoogleMap googleMap;

    protected String doInBackground(Object... inputObj) {
        try {
            googleMap = (GoogleMap) inputObj[0];
            String googlePlacesUrl = (String) inputObj[1];
            Http http = new Http();
            googlePlacesData =;
        } catch (Exception e) {
            Log.d("Google Place Read Task", e.toString());
        return googlePlacesData;

    protected void onPostExecute(String result) {
        PlacesDisplayTask placesDisplayTask = new PlacesDisplayTask();
        Object[] toPass = new Object[2];
        toPass[0] = googleMap;
        toPass[1] = result;

Show Google Places in Map

Then we use another AsyncTask to parse the HTTP result json object and show the places in Google map.


import android.os.AsyncTask;
import android.util.Log;


import org.json.JSONObject;

import java.util.HashMap;
import java.util.List;

public class PlacesDisplayTask extends AsyncTask<Object, Integer, List<HashMap<String, String>>> {

    JSONObject googlePlacesJson;
    GoogleMap googleMap;

    protected List<HashMap<String, String>> doInBackground(Object... inputObj) {

        List<HashMap<String, String>> googlePlacesList = null;
        Places placeJsonParser = new Places();

        try {
            googleMap = (GoogleMap) inputObj[0];
            googlePlacesJson = new JSONObject((String) inputObj[1]);
            googlePlacesList = placeJsonParser.parse(googlePlacesJson);
        } catch (Exception e) {
            Log.d("Exception", e.toString());
        return googlePlacesList;

    protected void onPostExecute(List<HashMap<String, String>> list) {
        for (int i = 0; i < list.size(); i++) {
            MarkerOptions markerOptions = new MarkerOptions();
            HashMap<String, String> googlePlace = list.get(i);
            double lat = Double.parseDouble(googlePlace.get("lat"));
            double lng = Double.parseDouble(googlePlace.get("lng"));
            String placeName = googlePlace.get("place_name");
            String vicinity = googlePlace.get("vicinity");
            LatLng latLng = new LatLng(lat, lng);
            markerOptions.title(placeName + " : " + vicinity);


import org.json.JSONArray;
import org.json.JSONException;
import org.json.JSONObject;

import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.HashMap;
import java.util.List;

public class Places {

    public List<HashMap<String, String>> parse(JSONObject jsonObject) {
        JSONArray jsonArray = null;
        try {
            jsonArray = jsonObject.getJSONArray("results");
        } catch (JSONException e) {
        return getPlaces(jsonArray);

    private List<HashMap<String, String>> getPlaces(JSONArray jsonArray) {
        int placesCount = jsonArray.length();
        List<HashMap<String, String>> placesList = new ArrayList<HashMap<String, String>>();
        HashMap<String, String> placeMap = null;

        for (int i = 0; i < placesCount; i++) {
            try {
                placeMap = getPlace((JSONObject) jsonArray.get(i));

            } catch (JSONException e) {
        return placesList;

    private HashMap<String, String> getPlace(JSONObject googlePlaceJson) {
        HashMap<String, String> googlePlaceMap = new HashMap<String, String>();
        String placeName = "-NA-";
        String vicinity = "-NA-";
        String latitude = "";
        String longitude = "";
        String reference = "";

        try {
            if (!googlePlaceJson.isNull("name")) {
                placeName = googlePlaceJson.getString("name");
            if (!googlePlaceJson.isNull("vicinity")) {
                vicinity = googlePlaceJson.getString("vicinity");
            latitude = googlePlaceJson.getJSONObject("geometry").getJSONObject("location").getString("lat");
            longitude = googlePlaceJson.getJSONObject("geometry").getJSONObject("location").getString("lng");
            reference = googlePlaceJson.getString("reference");
            googlePlaceMap.put("place_name", placeName);
            googlePlaceMap.put("vicinity", vicinity);
            googlePlaceMap.put("lat", latitude);
            googlePlaceMap.put("lng", longitude);
            googlePlaceMap.put("reference", reference);
        } catch (JSONException e) {
        return googlePlaceMap;


import android.util.Log;


public class Http {

    public String read(String httpUrl) throws IOException {
        String httpData = "";
        InputStream inputStream = null;
        HttpURLConnection httpURLConnection = null;
        try {
            URL url = new URL(httpUrl);
            httpURLConnection = (HttpURLConnection) url.openConnection();
            inputStream = httpURLConnection.getInputStream();
            BufferedReader bufferedReader = new BufferedReader(new InputStreamReader(inputStream));
            StringBuffer stringBuffer = new StringBuffer();
            String line = "";
            while ((line = bufferedReader.readLine()) != null) {
            httpData = stringBuffer.toString();
        } catch (Exception e) {
            Log.d("Exception - reading Http url", e.toString());
        } finally {
        return httpData;


Comments on "Find Places Nearby in Google Maps using Google Places API–Android App"

  1. Jitendra Singh says:

    Amazing tutorial sir..
    Thank you…

  2. Anonymous says:

    thank you ……

  3. Anonymous says:

    i followed the tutorial but after clicking the button, nothing happened..please help

  4. Anonymous says:

    same prob here.. i followed the tutorial and clicked the button.. nothing happened

  5. Ankur says:

    hello sir after clicking the button, nothing happened…………

  6. Ankur says:

    Plz update me we new code or correct code …..

  7. JS says:

    I incorporated the code and nothing happened.

  8. nitesh says:

    Hello Sir,
    Please tell me how to get the contact number of near by police stations, By using place api I am getting the address, lat lng and other details about police station but this api is not returning the contact number.

  9. William Rondon says:

    Excellent Job. Thank You Very Much.

  10. Aniket says:

    Same Problem Here… Everything works fine except after clicking find button it shows nothing.. Plz if anyone found the solution about this then plz post it & sir plz help us about this problem..

  11. nishal says:

    how to show maximum results its showing only one

  12. ThemuRR says:

    It works perfectly fine, use your own API key and not the one provided, also make sure you use the Browser API key for google places as opposed to the Android API key. Make sure Google Maps API v2, Places API and Google Maps Engine API is turned on in your developers console.
    Thanks a million, great tutorial!

  13. muthu says:

    when click the find button near by places not showed. is there any code to be added new? reply with some suggestions sir…

  14. shawn says:

    Thank so much for sharing the tutorials :-)

  15. Martin Roy says:

    Browser api key???

    I got server key, how do i get browser api key. When i click on find app crashes.

  16. Matthew says:

    In the PlacesDisplayTask at:
    Places placeJsonParser = new Places();

    I am getting an error saying ‘The constructor Places() is not visible’

    Please Help!!!!
    Thank you

  17. Usman Asif says:

    thanks. the tutorial working perfect
    the api key shuold be changed two times
    In values google_maps_api,xml

    your value

    In GooglePlacesActivity class
    private static final String GOOGLE_API_KEY = “AIzaSyDDfPTAeQB2gDcwU6nIUkjIaKrbBkHR4ug”

    try this i m sure its working after this

  18. Lana says:

    Hello. I have enabled all the APIs and made sure my API keys are changed in both locations. But, when I press the button it still won’t find anything. Any tips?

  19. saurabh says:

    sir kindly provide me an code whre i can find out hospitals and govt local office and police station with use of google places api its an urgent thnk u in adv

  20. Hardik says:

    which key i generate for android app..

  21. acas says:

    If I am placing new elements in String.xml (suppose Rail Station) it results nothing.what to do? It is not possible that there is no railway station within 5000 m :(

  22. abc says:

    how to find blood banks?

  23. sakshi says:

    I have followed your tutorial but whenever i click on the button the app crashes and i am not able to understand where i went wrong.

  24. Nirmal says:

    Great Tutorial! But I think I miss something as others… when I press the find button nothing happens… Any sugestions?

  25. dewigim says:

    I use my own API key. Android Key and Browser key.
    but it still show nothing.
    can u help me, please.

  26. Joe says:

    @dewigim, can you check the trace and post the errors you get?

  27. dewigim says:

    First, thank you for replying:)

    I run the application on device.
    it shows my location. but when I click find button, it doesn’t show the markers, I tried string “hospital”.
    there is no error. I think the problem is key.
    neither browser key nor server key worked.

  28. yash says:

    I have executed this code many times it shows the same problem on clicking search button it force closes.I have checked in Logcat the only error it showing is on PlacesDisplayTask class onPostExecute Function except this all things are working fine… Please help me regarding this

  29. Juan says:

    Para todos los que dicen “no pasa nada al pulsar el boton Find” el problema seguramente sea que habeis puesto solamente un API KEY, se necesitan dos API KEY diferentes, en teneis que poner el API KEY del navegador no de android.

  30. Madhushri says:

    hello sir after clicking the button, nothing happened………please help me how to find near by hospitals using google map in android

  31. Madhushri says:

    hello sir after clicking the button, nothing happening, please help me how to find near by hospitals using google map in android

  32. Raj says:

    I am getting null on getMap() method in

  33. himanshu says:

    In the PlacesDisplayTask at:
    Places placeJsonParser = new Places();

    I am getting an error saying ‘The constructor Places() is not visible’

    Please Help!!!!
    Thank you

  34. altaf says:

    Sir i follow the program code but after run i press btn then nothing happen. please help

  35. manik says:

    i am getting java.nullpointer exception
    please help me

  36. Sunny says:

    Thanks bro.. Awesome tutorial.. I am getting error when i give multiple words to search.. Could u help me regarding that?.. Thanks :)

  37. rehan says:

    sir if i want include extra like routes how can includes routes code????

  38. harsha says:

    when i use android key showing not authorised api key with empty reference.when i user browser key plaease enable services in developer.api android please help me.

  39. Zain says:

    Sir thank you for the tutorial. i love it
    But one issue is that where is the activity_google_places layout file .. i cannot able to find it.

  40. ganesh says:

    thank you for the runs perfectly but i am unable to find any always shows map.what should i do. please help me on that issue.

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