How to create a “My Map” in Google Maps


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>>Google My Maps is easy to use, even if
you have little to no experience with programming or creating web pages.
Anyone can create personalized and customized maps of anything, from a simple placemark
to an around-the-world tour, using Google My Maps.
Today, I’ll show you how to create a unique My Map.
First, open Google Maps. Click on the upper left tab, “My Maps”.
Click on “Create a new map”. You’ll need to sign into your Google account
if you haven’t already. I’ll make a San Francisco walking tour map.
Decide what you’d like to call your map, and enter a title and description.
You can choose to make your maps public or unlisted.
Public maps are shared with everyone and will be published in the search results.
I’ll make this map public. Click the “Save” button when you’re done.
Now, you’re ready to create your map. First, create a mark for the start point of
the walk. Since I want to start at the Ferry Building,
I’ll set my mark there. Next, give the start mark a name.
I’ll choose the ship icon from the menu to represent the ferry port.
Now, it’s time to draw your route. Select the straight line tool and start to
draw. I’ll walk along the water down the Embarcadero
then up to Coit Tower to get a nice view of the city, back down through North Beach to
Pier 39, to Ghirardelli Square, and finish my tour at the top of Lombard Street.
Double click to finish drawing your route, then add an icon and title for the final point.
You can also click on “Satellite view” to check that your route is accurate.
Next, I want to make note of scenic spots on this tour and add photographs and video.
There’s a beautiful cove where historic ships can be found, so I’ll draw a shape to let
others know where it is. I’ll use the shape tool to mark out the area.
Enter a title and description, and click “OK”. I’ll add a marker for another scenic point,
Coit Tower– only this time, I’ll add a photo of the location.
To add a picture from your web album, click the “Rich text” option and select the picture
icon, paste the URL of the photograph and then click “OK”.
I also want to make note of the sea lions near Pier 39, so I’ll add a mark here and
change the icon to a fish. I’ll also embed a video from my last visit
by switching to “Edit HTML” and adding the YouTube video code.
It’s quite a long walk, and I may be very hungry afterwards, so I want to search My
Maps for a cafe near the end point. On the left hand side of the page, click “Done”.
Click on the Lombard Street icon and then click “Search nearby”.
Enter a keyword to search for. I’m going to choose Buena Vista Cafe from
the listings and save this to my map. Then, by clicking “Done”, my San Francisco
walking tour map is complete.

41 Replies to “How to create a “My Map” in Google Maps”

  1. atomicmonkey1807 says:

    Cool functionality for trips

  2. mystfire says:

    wow that person types fast!

  3. lil bill says:



    Think of the possibilities @[email protected] WOW

  4. ModNet2001 says:

    wow nice stuff

  5. Declan K says:

    That's awesome

  6. Thundering24 says:

    very cool

  7. H3rminus says:

    Thank you Google for all those easy tutorials!

  8. Incuby says:

    Damn.. nice tutorial!
    Btw i like her voice.. can i get her number ^^ j/k ^^

  9. commandosinc says:

    im a kida lazy guy… so i would go in som random direction n enjoy…. rather than doing this hectic work…:p

  10. hirokivary says:


  11. iam2strong says:

    Youtube in HD

  12. Andy Collins says:

    What an awseome job.

  13. Jacqueline Lam says:


  14. M Santana says:

    Go Google you guys are changing the world for good, think about it, in our life time the world population will have access to the world information thanks to those 2 guys & company… This is just the beginning… Great video too…

  15. valizadintren says:

    sensational, i really need THIS!!!!i can't believe someone thought about this….thanks google!

  16. sanitarium123123 says:

    right on, Google

  17. hfrmobile says:

    I hope placemarks etc. are soon available for GMM (Google Mobile Maps) 😉

  18. Nikz Official says:

    this helped me very much

  19. radstorm says:

    Google maps is an invaluable tool. It is a heck of a lot easier than somebody giving you crappy directions how to get to where they are..LOL. I just wish their premium stuff was not so darn expensive.

  20. Chris Simon says:

    this is crazy (good crazy)! wow 🙂

    good job google 🙂

  21. 123ugugu says:

    damn fast she write

  22. Kendra Grant says:

    Very well done! Thanks for sharing.

  23. bartmart1234 says:

    😉 godd vid

  24. binathara says:

    i feel this a wonderfulmap creating , i just imaging if i coulld to creat my map in my city that i live

  25. Rebecca Gueiros says:

    love it! 🙂
    very useful!

  26. Downtown Seattle Association says:

    You did an awesome job on this. Very clear directions.

  27. Eri Makino says:

    ok so i want to add marks but i dont c any of those marks that should be at the top left of the map in this video.. wat to do??

  28. Michael Barfield says:

    Is there anyway to number the placemarks. I need to create a map and be able to have multiple points in a city and label them somehow. There are to many to just just different colors. I really need to be able to number or letter the placemarks.

  29. Bharath Ganesh says:


  30. Mezhona says:

    you know the one that made this.. is google? 😛

  31. rmccrady says:

    excellent video…lol i've probably walked this route millions of times

  32. Shahid Jutt says:

    verey help full video thanks for making and sharing..

  33. JIri M says:

    Is there still the distance measurement tool? I can't find it now…

  34. Facethelight says:

    for kids you can ccreate a fake little map for kids playing guns, like a stratagy

  35. Cr_25 says:

    wow what a helpfull video! two thumbs up!

  36. z4k says:

    A very helpful guide to getting started with Google My Maps. Thank you.

  37. liuton2005 says:

    Google is such a great public service. 🙂

  38. Infernus2 says:

    I didn't know until I watched the google stories channel.

  39. MVJSTRIKES says:

    double click to finish drawing a rat

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