How to Add a Stick Pin Location to My Google Map

By Chris Hoffman

Google Maps' "My Maps" feature lets you create custom maps. You can add custom descriptions to your maps, embed photos and videos and share them with other people. Locations you add to your custom map, also known as placemarks, are displayed as stick pins on the map. Custom maps are tied to a Google account, so you have to be signed in with a Google account before adding locations to a custom map.

Step 1

Open the Google Maps website.

Step 2

Sign in by clicking the "Sign In" link at the top-right corner of the Google Maps page, typing your Google account's email address and password into the "Email" and "Password" boxes and clicking "Sign In." If you don't have a Google account, click the "Create an Account Now" link on the "Sign In" page and create one by following the instructions on your screen.

Step 3

Click the "My Maps" link at the top of the left panel on the page.

Step 4

Create a new map by clicking the "Create a New Map" link or open an existing map by clicking its name in the list and clicking "Edit."

Step 5

Click the blue "Add a Placemark" icon overlaid over the map pane near its upper-left corner.

Step 6

Position the placemark over the map with the mouse and add it by clicking on the map.

Step 7

Type a title and description for the location into the "Title" and "Description" boxes and click "OK."

Step 8

Type a title and description for the custom map into the boxes in the left pane.

Step 9

Set the map's privacy setting by clicking the "Public" or "Unlisted" option in the left pane and click "OK."

Tips & Warnings

  • Add a location to an existing map from the Google Maps search results by typing a search query into the search box, clicking "Search Maps," clicking the location marker you want to add on the map, clicking "Save To," clicking the box under "Which Map Do You Want to Save to?", clicking the name of a map and clicking "OK."