Google Maps is much more than just a way to navigate from point A to point B. Depending on your mode of transportation, it can give you information about routes and schedules for public transit and tailor your trip. Additionally, you may use it to place a pin and choose to save it to your profile or share it with others.
If the location you’re looking for lacks an address or is off the beaten path, dropping a pin can be helpful. Additionally, it comes in handy when Google occasionally gets a place wrong. On Android, iOS, and desktop, follow these instructions to put a pin on Google Maps.
How to add a pin to a map in Google Maps on a PC or Mac
The process of placing a pin on a desktop and a mobile version of Google Maps is very similar. The Chrome browser is the one we’ve found to function best with Google Maps, and the main advantage of dropping pins on a Mac or Windows computer is that you have a bit more screen space. Here is a brief guide.
- Open Google Maps in your chosen browser after logging into your Google account. On the map, you can see where you are in general.
- Locate your destination and press it to add a nearby location as a tag. Type the address or general location and tap the destination to place pins in a different spot. On the spot where you clicked, a pin appears.
- Tap the overflow icon to save the pin. The overflow menu is indicated by an arrow in the graphic at the top of this section.
- Select the Save icon. Several possibilities are presented.
- Tap Create a New List or Store the pin in Favorites or an existing list to save a location that you don’t want to share with others.
The Best Way to Use a Dropped Pin
Let’s have a look at some of the things you may do after you’ve dropped the pin and are satisfied with its location.
The specific options depend on whether you’re using a mobile or desktop operating system.
For Directions, use a Dropped Pin
As we mentioned before, the ability to provide directions is likely Google Maps’ most valuable feature. Dropped pins become an important component of the procedure when you are unsure of the address of a specific spot.
You can use your dropped pin as a beginning or ending point. Unfortunately, there is no way to find directions between two dropped pins. Instead, drop one pin, take note of the address or coordinates, and then drop a second pin as your starting point/destination.
The map will show routes by air, foot, bicycle, and even plane
Keep a Pin Location
You can store the location of a pin to a list linked to your Google account. You may then access it from any device.
By default, three pre-made lists are available: Favorites, Want to go, and Starred destinations. By heading to Your Places in the app’s main menu, you can add new lists (and delete the defaults). Each list can be made public, private, or shared with only certain other people. You may also create group lists to which anyone can add connectors for vacations and day trips.
Share a Location of a Dropped Pin
There are four ways to share a dropped pin with other users in the Google Maps desktop software.
- To share the automatically produced short link with others, copy and paste it.
- To share a place with Facebook, click the Facebook button.
- Select the Twitter icon to share your link on Twitter.
- To embed the map in a webpage, copy the HTML code.
How to Get Rid of Dropped Pins
You now understand how to drop a pin. But what about removing a misplaced pin? How can you get rid of one from your map?
On Android and iOS, hit the X icon in the text box at the top of the page to remove a pin location. To remove a dropped pin from the desktop, either click anywhere else on the map or press the X symbol in the information box at the bottom of the screen.
However, we believe that the tips in this blog can assist you in unlocking a new approach for Google Maps, allowing you to travel around more easily.