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How to Add a Marker in Google Maps

This wikiHow teaches you how to save a location and add a marker for it in Google Maps, both on mobile and on desktop. Doing so will create a marker on the map for you to reference whenever you're signed into your Google account on Google Maps. If you want to create a public reference for a location, you'll need to add a place to Google Maps instead.

Method One of Two:
On Mobile

  1. 1
    Open Google Maps. Tap the Google Maps app icon, which resembles a red location marker on a road map. This will open the map view if you're signed into maps.
    • If prompted, select a Google account and/or sign in before continuing.
  2. 2
    Tap the search bar. It's at the top of the screen.
  3. 3
    Enter an address. Type in the address for which you want to add a marker. As you type, suggestions will appear in a drop-down box below the search bar.
  4. 4
    Go to the address. Tap the address below the search bar. Doing so will take you to the address.
  5. 5
    Tap the address' name. You'll see a card at the bottom of the screen with the address' name. Tapping this card will open its page.
  6. 6
    Tap SAVE. It's in the middle of the page.
  7. 7
    Select a save location. Doing so will save the location to your "Your Places" page and add a marker on the map. Tap one of the following categories:
    • Favorites - Places a white heart on a pink background over the location.
    • Want to go - Places a white flag on a green background over the location.
    • Starred - Places a white star on a yellow background over the location.
    • New list - Allows you to create a new list with a Google-determined icon.
  8. 8
    Tap the "Back" button. It's in the top-left corner of the screen. Doing so takes you back to the map view.
  9. 9
    View your saved places. You can see your saved places by tapping in the top-left corner of the screen, tapping Your places, tapping the SAVED tab, and tapping the category that you selected.

Method Two of Two:
On Desktop

  1. 1
    Open Google Maps. Go to This will open the Google Maps webpage in map view.
    • If you aren't signed into Google Maps, click Sign in in the top-right corner of the page, then enter your Google account's email address and password.
  2. 2
    Click the search bar. It's the "Search Google Maps" text box in the top-left side of the page.
  3. 3
    Enter an address. Type in the address to which you want to go. As you type, suggestions will appear in a drop-down box below the search bar.
  4. 4
    Go to the address. Click the correct address in the drop-down box.
  5. 5
    Click SAVE. This is a star-shaped icon on the far-left side of the page. Doing so will add the address to your Google Maps' saved locations and place a star-shaped icon over the location on your map.
  6. 6
    View your saved locations. Click in the top-left side of the page, click Your places in the pop-out menu, and click the SAVED tab at the top of the menu to view your saved places.

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  • How do I find the latitude and longitude?
    Answered by Tabitha Qualls
    • Latitude and longitude are not displayed in Google Maps. Try using Google Earth or Google "coordinates of (location)." It may not be exact when Googling it, but it will give you a close estimate.
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Quick Summary

1. Open Google Maps.
2. Tap the search bar.
3. Enter an address.
4. Tap the address' name at the bottom of the screen.
5. Tap SAVE
6. Select a save category.




  • If you have more than one Google account, make sure that you're signed into the correct one when you save your Google Maps changes.
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