How to Drop a Pin on Google Maps?

Google Maps is widely used and we often rely on the directions provided by the app in order to get to a location. This is because navigating through unknown areas has been made very easy by the Google Maps app. You can find almost any location on the app by simply searching for it in the search bar provided. However, in case the location that you wish to go to does not have an accurate address or the address is wrong for whatever reason, you can make use of the pin feature that Google Maps comes with. As such, Google Maps is one of the top maps software available out there.

Google Maps Pin

As it turns out, dropping a pin on Google Maps allows you to navigate to locations that may not be travelled to by simply searching for the location. This can also be extremely helpful when you are not sure of the exact address of the location and would rather just browse the map to find the destination. Once you have dropped a pin on Google Maps, you can easily navigate to the pin as the app is able to give you directions to the location of the pin. 

The process of dropping a pin is pretty straightforward, both on mobile devices and on a laptop or computer. With that said, in this article, we are going to show you how to drop a pin on Google Maps so just follow through.

Drop a Pin on Google Maps via Android or iOS

Despite the mobile device that you own, the process of dropping a pin on Google Maps remains the same. This is because both the platforms use the same app and the user interface is identical. To drop a pin on Google Maps using your Android or iOS smartphone, follow the instructions down below:

  1. First of all, open up the Google Maps app on your device.
  2. Once the app is open, find the location where you wish to drop a pin. You can do this by using the Search field provided or simply moving around the map on your own.
    Google Maps
  3. After you have found your desired location, zoom in as far as possible so that you can clearly see where you want the pin. 
  4. Finally, tap and hold the spot where you wish to drop the pin on Google Maps. Once you do that, you should see a pin appear on the chosen spot.
    Dropped Pin on Google Maps
  5. A new menu should appear at the bottom of your screen. 
  6. Using the different options, you can share your pin with others or even save the location for the future. 
  7. To share the pin, simply tap the Share option provided. 
  8. In case you want to save the pin for the future, tap the Label option provided. In case you don’t see the option directly, swipe up on the bottom pop-up. With that done, you should be able to see the Label option now.
    Dropped Pin Details
  9. After doing that, you will be asked to give the label a name. Provide a name or description of your requirement.
  10. With that done, swipe up from the bottom and then finally tap the Save button provided. After you are done with that, you will have successfully saved the location and you can easily refer to it in the future. 

Drop a Pin on Google Maps via a Computer

The process of dropping a pin on Google maps on a computer using a browser is even simpler as all it takes you is a few clicks and you are good to go. Follow the instructions down below to drop a pin on Google Maps using a computer:

  1. To start off, open up Google Maps on your computer. 
  2. Once Google Maps is open, find the location where you want the pin dropped. You can use the search bar provided to do this or simply pan around the map until you land on the location. 
  3. After you have found the spot where you want the pin, simply click on it and a small grey pin should appear on the map along with an info box at the bottom of the screen.
    Dropped Pin on Google Maps Website
  4. If you want directions to the dropped pin, simply click the blue Navigate icon that is provided.
  5. In case you wish to save the pin for future reference, simply click anywhere on the info box that appears. 
  6. Doing so will bring up a new menu on the left hand side. There, to save the pin for the future, click on the Save option to save the location to Your Places.
    Dropped Pin Details
  7. Once you have done that, you will be able to navigate to it pretty easily in the future.
Kamil Anwar
Kamil is a certified MCITP, CCNA (W), CCNA (S) and a former British Computer Society Member with over 9 years of experience Configuring, Deploying and Managing Switches, Firewalls and Domain Controllers also an old-school still active on FreeNode.

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