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How to Pin a Location in Google Maps - Drop a Pin and Remove a Pin in Maps

Posted in General   SEPTEMBER 15, 2021

Drop a pin in goole maps

With Google Maps you get a lot more features than the standard map from point A to B. You can customize your journey according to the vehicle you are traveling on, and it can provide you with the routes for public transportation and also the timings. You could also just drop a pin at a location you want to mark and save it for yourself or share it with your friends.

The GPS coordinates of the exact location where you dropped a pin get saved and you can either save them or share them with a friend to help them locate the place.

If the place is off the road or it doesn’t have a proper address, you definitely should consider drop a pin at the location. Also, if Google gets the address of a location wrong ( which is very rare) the pin helps you to navigate to it. Let’s find out how you could drop pins on Google Maps.

Drop A Pin On Google Maps Mobile (Android)

Drop A Pin On Google Maps Mobile

When you are using an Android device:

Step 1: Open the Google Maps app.

Step 2: You can either search for an address or just search around the map till you find your location

Step 3: To drop a pin, long-press on the screen.

Step 4: At the bottom of the screen, the location or the address will pop up.

Step 5: Then you can just tap the location to save, share, label it or get directions.

Drop A Pin On Google Maps Mobile (iOS)

Drop A Pin On Google Maps Mobile

Dropping a pin on Android is quite similar to the process of dropping a pin on iOS.

Step 1: Open the Google Maps app.

Step 2: You can either search for an address or just search around the map till you find your location

Step 3: To drop a pin, long-press on the screen.

Step 4: At the bottom of the screen, the location or the address will pop up.

Step 5: Then you can just tap the location to save, share, label it or get directions.

Drop A Pin On Google Maps (Desktop)

dropping a pin desktop

Dropping a pin on Google Maps, on your Desktop is pretty straightforward:

Step 1: Go to the homepage of Google Maps.

Step 2: Look for the location to drop the pin and left-click on that very spot.

Step 3: On the map, a small grey pin will appear, and at the bottom of the screen, you will see an information box.

Step 4: Now you can click on the information box for the new panel to appear providing some additional options.

Utilities Of A Dropped Pin

Utility of a dropped pin

Now let’s take a look at the things you could do after you have dropped the pin and are happy with the pin’s location.

1. Use a Dropped Pin for Directions

Available on: Mobile and Desktop

The most useful feature of Google Maps is its ability to provide directions, there is no doubt in it. If you are not really familiar with the address of a particular location the pins that you have dropped are gonna help you out.

You might select whether you want to use the pins that you have dropped as a start or an endpoint.

2. Save a Pin Location

Available on: Mobile and Desktop

You could save the location of the pin on a list connected to your Google Account and then it can be accessed on all of your devices.

There are three pre-made lists that are available by default: Favourites, Starred places, and Want to go. More lists could be added to this by going to Your Places in the main menu of the app. You can choose to share each list with specific individuals, everyone or just keep it private. Also, you could make a group where everyone could add pins. This is very helpful at the time of a vacation.

3. Share a Dropped Pin Location

Available on: Mobile and Desktop

There are four ways in which you can share a dropped pin with other users.

On the desktop, you can either:

  • Just copy-paste the link which is generated automatically with other people.

  • You can click on the Facebook icon to share a pin directly with the network.

  • You can post your link on Twitter by selecting the Twitter icon.

  • If you want to embed the map on a webpage you can get the HTML code.

4. Add a Label to a Dropped Pin

Available on: Mobile and Desktop

Your dropped pins could be labeled with a custom word or phrase. Then the labels will be visible on all your devices connected to your Google Account.

Removing Dropped Pins

What if you want to delete a dropped pin? How do remove the pin from the map? It is very simple.

On Android and iOS, you can tap the X icon which will be on the top of the page, in the text box.

On Desktop, you can either click anywhere else on the map or press the X icon, which will be at the bottom of the screen, in the information box.


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