Make your own Google Maps with My Maps App

imageby Chris Guld,

We’ve been living in our RV on the road for 11 years now. Over that time, I’ve had lots of ideas of places I want to go as well as invitations both for work and for fun! I’ve also had lots of methods of remembering them. I’ve had written lists in a notebook, I’ve used Evernote to keep travel ideas, I’ve entered posts just for myself in Facebook, I’ve sent emails to Jim hoping he’d remember these places, I’ve created a Streets and Trips file called Ideas, and I’ve used Google Custom maps on the computer.

Nothing worked for me.

Evernote was good because, as a smartphone App, it is always with me so I can quickly jot down a quick note whenever the mood strikes. But, I really want them to be viewable in place on a map. So I created a custom Google map with all my idea places marked. I failed at keeping that up though because that needed to be done on a computer and a web browser. I need something on my phone.

My Maps is now available as an Android App! Yay! I’m so excited. (Yes, I really am a Geek) This means I can grab my phone at any time I have an idea or get an invitation, open My Maps, create a marker for any place I want to remember. You can enter your own name for the marker, as well as a description. So far, I don’t see a way to add photos – for that you need to use a computer. You can have several of these maps, each for a different purpose. By default they are private, only you can see them – you must be logged in to your Google Account. You can share them, or even make them public, but you need to be on a computer browser to get that functionality.

Just longpress on the spot where you want a marker, then tap Next
Here you can add your own Name and Description to the marker and tap Save
imageFrom now on, there will be a marker in that spot. Tap the marker and you’ll see the name, tap the name and you’ll see the description.  


  • App Name: My Maps
  • Author: Google
  • Price: Free
  • Available for Android (although I find a “My Maps” listed in the iOS App store, it’s just regular maps – not yet available on iOS)
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2 replies on “Make your own Google Maps with My Maps App”

  1. This app sounded pretty good BUT THEN I READ ALL THE NEGATIVE REVIEWS in the Playstore, My Maps, from Google. Check out the negative points and comment there.

    I did not download this app. Will it also create ROUTE Lines to connect the place markers?

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