How To Drop A Pin on Google Maps

How To Drop A Pin

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Dropping pins is a handy feature on Google Maps. It allows you to mark and save specific locations, enabling you to share them with friends, as well as helping you keep note of some of your favorite places you like to visit!

You are also able to add little notes to each of these pins, so if there’s a restaurant that has a specific dish you love, you can write that in your notes and share it with friends, or just have it as a reminder for the next time you visit!

Dropping pins is very straightforward, and this article will be showing you how to do this on your mobile device and computer.

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How To Drop A Pin On A Mobile Device

As long as you have the most recent version of Google Maps, it will drop pins for you automatically, even if you don’t want to. The good news is, that you can delete them just as quickly as you can enable them.

Here’s how you can drop pins in a few simple steps:

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Go To Google Maps

Go to the Google Maps application and open it up on Android or iPhone.

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Scroll To The Location

Either scroll to the location where you would like to place a pin, or use the search bar at the top of the screen to find a specific location.

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3

Lightly Hold Your Finger On The Location To Pin

Lightly hold your finger on the location you would like to pin, and you will see it appear as a red icon.

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Tap On The Icon

Tap on the icon, and you’ll be able to save, share, get directions, or add notes to the location.

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How To Remove A Pin On A Mobile Device

As mentioned earlier, removing a pin is also very straightforward. All you need to do is zoom out, and at the top of the screen, your location will appear with an ‘X’ next to it. If you select the ‘X’, your pin will disappear.

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How To Drop A Pin On A Computer

You may prefer dropping pins using Google Maps on your computer, as you’ll have a bigger screen and a mouse, which can be easier than using your fingers on a smaller screen.

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1

Open The Google Maps Website

Begin by opening the Google Maps website.

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Use The Search Bar

You can either use the search bar and type in a location (the pin will be dropped automatically if you do this), or you can scroll through the map to find your desired location.

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3

Click On The Location Where You Want To Pin

Click on the location where you want the pin, and it will appear as a gray icon with an information box on the right of the screen.

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4

Select The Navigation Icon

If you would like directions for this location, you can select the navigation icon from the information box.

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Save The Pin

This box will also enable you to save the pin, and it will appear in ‘Your Places’ in the main menu of Google Maps.

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How To Pin Multiple Locations On Your Computer

If you’d like to see different pins on the same map, you’ll need to create your own map! This sounds much more complicated than it is. Follow these simple steps:

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1

Open Google Maps Website

Open the Google Maps website and sign in to your account.

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2

Select The Menu Icon

On the left-hand corner, select the ‘Menu’ icon, and click on ‘Your Places’, then ‘Maps’, and then select ‘Create Map’.

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3

Select Save

Give your map a name, and then select ‘Save’.

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4

Search For Locations

You can then search manually for locations, or scroll through the map and save your locations.

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5

Click Save

Once you have entered all your locations, click ‘Save’ and you’ll have created your own map!

Final Thoughts

We hope you have found this article helpful in providing you with a simple guide on how you can pin your locations.

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