How to Save a Location on Google Maps

Add locations to your list for easy navigation on the desktop or in the app

What to Know

  • You can save a location in Google Maps on both desktop and mobile devices.
  • Desktop: Find a location and click the Save button > choose a list. To access it, open Menu > Your places > Saved.
  • iOS and Android: Find a location, tap Save > choose a list > tap Done. To access it, click the Saved icon at bottom of the screen.

Google Maps automatically keeps track of the locations you search for and visit. However, you can manually save any address to ensure you don’t lose track of it. 

This article will teach you how to save a location in Google Maps on both desktop and mobile devices. You’ll also learn how to add a pin to the map and save it, which is useful if you frequently visit more remote locations and want to keep track of where they are.

How Do I Save a Location on Google Maps on Desktop?

Follow the steps below to save a location using Google Maps on your computer.

  1. Navigate to Google Maps and sign into your Google account.

  2. Type a location into the search box on the left of your screen.

    Searching for "LA Convention Center" on Google Maps for Desktop.

    You can save any address, landmark, business, or even a set of latitude and longitude coordinates.

  3. An information window for the location will appear on the left side of your screen. Click the Save button.

    Saving LA Convention Center on Google Maps for desktop.
  4. From the drop-down menu, choose to save the location to Favorites, Want to go, Starred places, or New list.

    Selecting a Saved list on Google Maps for desktop.
  5. To access the location after you've saved it, select the Menu icon (three horizontal lines) in the top-left corner.

    Accessing Google Maps Menu on desktop with Menu icon highlighted
  6. Select Your places.

    Selecting Your places menu on Google Maps for desktop.
  7. Click Saved and find your location under the corresponding list.

    Accessing saved locations on Google Maps for desktop with Saved highlighted

How Do I Save a Location on Google Maps for iPhone and Android?

Saving a location on your mobile device follows nearly the same process as on a desktop, and it's arguably even more intuitive. Follow the steps below to save an address, landmark, and more on your Android or iOS device.

The process of saving a location is identical on the iOS and Android versions of Google Maps. All screenshots below were captured on an iPhone but will correspond to Android as well.

  1. Open the Google Maps app and make sure you're signed in to your Google account.

  2. Type a location into the search box at the top of your screen.

    You can also tap the location on your map to bring up its information window.

  3. Scroll the horizontal options list that appears in the location’s information window and click the Save icon.

    Google Maps on iPhone with location search box highlighted, arrow indicating swipe right, and Save highlighted
  4. Tap the list you’d like to save the location to and then tap Done in the top right corner.

  5. Access your saved locations by tapping the Saved icon at the bottom of the map screen.

    Google Maps mobile with saved location, done, and Saved highlighted

How Do I Mark My Current Location on Google Maps?

If you’d like to save your current location or a location that doesn’t have an address, you can drop a pin in Google Maps to mark it. This is also useful if the location you’re trying to pin has an incorrect address.

Here’s how to save a custom location on a desktop computer:

  1. Navigate to Google Maps and sign into your Google account.

  2. Find the location on the map you’d like to mark and click the spot to drop a pin. A small grey pin and infobox should appear.

    Pinning a location in Marin Country, California on Google Maps for desktop.
  3. Click the blue Navigate icon in the infobox. Google Maps will generate a route to your pinned location.

    Clicking blue Navigate icon on Google Maps for desktop.
  4. To save the location, click it on your map to bring up the infobox. Click Save and choose a list.

    Saving a pinned location on Google Maps for desktop.
  5. To rename your dropped pin, locate it under the Your places tab and click Add a label. Type a new name for the location to use it across your Google Maps account.

    Adding a label to pinned location on Google Maps for desktop.

How Do I Create a Location on Google Maps for iPhone and Android?

Dropping a pin and creating a new location is even easier on Google Maps’ mobile apps. The process is also identical on iOS and Android, so the instructions below will help you no matter which mobile device you’re using.

  1. Open the Google Maps app.

  2. Find a location on the map where you’d like to drop a pin. Tap and hold the spot until a pin appears, then tap the Save icon at the bottom of the screen and select a list to save it to.

    For increased location accuracy, zoom in as far as possible before dropping a pin.

  3. Tap Done.

    Adding a label to pinned location on Google Maps for desktop with the pin, Save, and Done highlighted
  4. To change the name of your location, tap Saved at the bottom of the screen.

  5. Open your location and tap Label.

  6. Type in a name and tap Done.

    Labeling a pinned location in Google Maps with Saved, Label, and Done highlighted
FAQ
  • How do I save my parking location in Google Maps?

    To save your parking location so you can remember where your car is, open the Google Maps mobile app, tap the blue dot that indicates your location, and then tap Set as parking location (iPhone). In the Android version, you'll tap Save your parking.

  • How do I share my location in Google Maps?

    To share your real-time location with others in Google Maps, add the person's Gmail address to your Google Contacts, open the Google Maps app, tap your profile icon, and then select Location Sharing > New Share. Select how long you want to share your location, tap the person with whom you want to share, and then tap Share.

  • How do I change my home location in Google Maps?

    To change your home address in Google Maps, select Menu (three lines) and click Your Places > Labeled. Select Home, enter a new address, and then click Save.

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