How to Drop a Pin in Apple Maps

Use a pin to quickly mark an exact spot in the Maps app.

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Dropping a pin is an easy way to temporarily mark a spot on the map so that you can easily find or retrace your steps to a marked location. This is especially useful when giving people directions to a large area without an address (such as a city park). Let's cover how to pin your location on the iPhone Maps app.

Related: How to Create Your Own Apple Maps Guides

Why You’ll Love This Tip

  • Drop a pin to share your precise location or the exact location of a difficult-to-find destination.
  • Use a pin to easily retrace your steps to a previous location, such as your parked car. 

How to Pin a Location in Apple Maps

Just remember, a pin is a temporary marker! You can only drop one pin at a time, so if you mark a location, make sure to save the address before dropping another pin, as this will erase your previously marked location. For more navigation tips, consider checking out our free Tip of the Day Newsletter. Now, here's how to mark a location on Apple Maps. 

  1. Open the Maps app


     
  2. Type in an address or swipe across the map to navigate to where you want to drop a pin.


     
  3. Press and hold on an area of the map to drop a pin there.

    Press and hold on a spot to drop a pin there. This is how to pin location in Maps.
     
  4. Tap Move if you need to adjust the pin's location.


     
  5. Swipe across the screen to drag the map and shift the pin to the desired location.

    Press anywhere on the satellite view map and drag the map so as to place the pin on exactly the desired location.
     
  6. If you change your mind about dropping the pin, tap Remove Pin to delete it from the map. 


     
  7. Tap Done to save the pin’s location.

    Tap Done to save the pin’s location. This is how to pin your location of choice.

You can now get directions to this location. Don't forget to save the pin's location before dropping another pin, as you will lose the previously marked location!

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Devala Rees has been a writer since the age of eleven, and a loyal user of Apple products for even longer. His writing background is quite eclectic, from freelance professional articles to Hindu religious scholarship to fantasy novels. Much of his writing on various topics can be found on Quora.com.