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How to drop a pin in Google Maps on Android and desktop

Google Maps is the go-to navigation tool on our Android. I love how convenient it is to drop a pin in Google Maps to bookmark a place or share it with others on my Android. This simple feature is beneficial in numerous circumstances.

You can quickly pin a location without an address or on an off-road network on Google Maps. Sounds interesting? Just follow the steps in this guide, and I’ll help you drop a pin in no time!

How to drop a pin in Google Maps on your Android phone

You can pin a place in Google Maps on Android in two ways: type the place in the search bar or locate it on the map.

  1. Go to the Google Maps app.
  2. In the Search bar, type the name of the place you want to pin.
  3. Tap the desired place from the suggestion list or tap the Search icon on the keyboard.
  4. Select the place, and you will see a red pin indicating the location.
    Type the name of place, Select desired location and location indicate with Red pin icon

Method 2: Locate the place on the map

  1. Go to the Google Maps app.
  2. On the map, locate the place you wish to pin.
  3. Now, long-press the location to drop a pin.
    Locate the desired place and long the press the location to drop a pin

How to drop a pin in Google Maps on your Desktop

If you are using a desktop and wish to pin a location, follow the steps below:

  1. Go to the Google Maps’ home page.
  2. Find the location you want to pin on the Map and left-click it.
    • If you cannot find the location on the given map area, you can Search for the approximate location in the search bar on the top left corner of the screen. Now, zoom in to find the desired location, and left-click it.
      Search for approximate location in the Search bar
  3. You will see a small grey pin on the map with an information box at the bottom.
    Tap on small grey pin with the information box at the bottom
  4. To get more information about the place, click the pop-up box.
    Tap information box to see full details of place

What can you do with a dropped pin in Google Maps on Android?

Now that you have dropped a pin at your desired location let’s see how you can make the most of this feature.

1. Get Directions

The top feature Google Maps is known for is offering the fastest and the best route for commuting from one place to another. To do this, once you have dropped the pin,

  1. Tap Directions.
  2. You can change the pin to the starting or ending point by tapping the swap icon.
    Tap on Direction to see the route or Tap on swap icon to swap the location

2. Share dropped pin

You can share the pinned location with others so that they can also find it on the map. On Android, this works the same way as sharing an image or a video.

  1. Tap Share.
  2. Tap the platform via which you wish to share the location and send.
    Tap on Share and select the desired mode to share a pin

3. Save pinned location

You can save a pinned location to access it from all your devices. However, you need to be signed in with your Google account. To save a pinned location,

  1. Tap/Click Save.
  2. Choose the list. (Or create a new one if you wish)
    • You can also add a note about the place.
  3. Tap done.
    Tap on Save, Select the desired list, and tap Done to save a location

4. Label dropped pin

Google Maps offers a more personalized experience by letting you add labels to your pinned places. For instance, you can set a particular place, such as your home, office, school, gym, etc.

  1. Tap/Click Add label.
  2. Enter a custom name.
  3. On Android, tap Save.
    Tap on Add label and Enter a custom name in the box

How to remove a pinned location on Google Maps

Now that you know your way around pinning a place, how do you remove a pinned place from Google Maps? I’ve got you covered.

If you have not saved the dropped pin, tap/click the X icon on the location menu to remove it. Follow the steps below for the saved pins:

On Android

  1. Open the Google Maps app → Tap Saved.
  2. Open the list in which the said pin is saved.
  3. Tap the Kebab menu against the pin.
  4. Hit Remove place.
    Tap on Saved from the Bottom of the App, Tap on the desired list, Click on Kebab menu and Hit Remove place

On Desktop

  1. Visit the Google Maps website → Click Saved on the left pane.
    Tap on Saved from the left navigation
  2. Open the list in which you have the said pin saved.
    Open the desired list
  3. Click the saved pin.
    Open the desired list
  4. Click Saved.
    Tap on Saved
  5. Click the list in which the pin is saved.
    Tap on the desired list where pin is saved

This will automatically remove the pin from the saved list!

No more missed locations…

Most of us generally limit the use of pins to know the direction of a place. However, I hope this blog has given you an idea of the numerous ways you can use this feature. Enrich your personalized experience with Google Maps as you save important places and share them with your connections.

Let me know in the comments if you have any other Google Maps tips or tricks up your sleeves.

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