How to Drop A Pin on iPhone: Step-by-Step

Thomas Coop

Drop Pin iPhone

Dropping a pin on an iPhone is a handy trick for pinpointing a specific location. This feature is useful whether you’re planning a meetup spot or marking a favorite place. To drop a pin, simply open the Maps app, find your location, and tap and hold the spot.

The pin will appear on the map, giving you an exact marker. From here, you can get directions, share the spot with friends, or save it for later. This simple method makes navigating to your chosen location much easier.

The Maps app on iPhone makes it easy to manage your pins. You can edit the location if needed, remove it, or access saved pins at any time. This flexibility is perfect for staying organized and keeping track of places important to you.

Dropping a Location Pin on Your iPhone

Using Apple Maps:

  1. Open the Maps app. It’s the blue icon with a white map on your home screen.
  2. Search or find the desired location. You can enter an address, business name, or landmark in the search bar at the top. Or, you can navigate the map manually by zooming in and out.
  3. Press and hold on the spot. A red pin will appear, marking the location.
  4. (Optional) Adjust the pin location. If the pin isn’t exactly where you want it, you can drag it to a new spot.
  5. Tap the pin to see details. This will bring up information about the location, like its address, phone number (if applicable), and directions.
  6. (Optional) Save or share the pin. You can add the pin to your Favorites, share it with a friend via text message or email, or get directions to it.

Dropping a Pin in Messages:

  1. Open a conversation in the Messages app.
  2. Tap the camera icon. It’s usually next to the text input field.
  3. Select “Location.” You might need to scroll right to find it.
  4. Tap “Send My Current Location” OR “Share My Location.”
  • “Send My Current Location” will send a one-time snapshot of where you are.
  • “Share My Location” will allow the recipient to see your location for a set amount of time (one hour, until end of day, or indefinitely).

Using Third-Party Apps:

If you prefer Google Maps or another map app, the process is usually similar:

  1. Open the app.
  2. Search for or locate the desired spot.
  3. Press and hold until a pin drops.
  4. Adjust the pin if needed and access details.
  5. (Optional) Save or share the pin within that app.

Key Takeaways

  • To drop a pin, tap and hold the location in the Maps app.
  • A pin marks the exact location on your map for easy navigation.
  • Edit, share, or save pins through the Maps app on your iPhone.

Utilizing the Maps App on iPhone

This section covers how to drop a pin, save, share, manage pinned locations, and get directions using Apple Maps on an iPhone.

Dropping a Pin for an Exact Location

Open the Maps app on your iPhone. Navigate to the desired location using the search bar or by swiping across the map. For iPhone 12 or iPhone 15 models with iOS 17, use Satellite View to see more details. To drop a pin, press and hold on the exact spot until a pin appears. If the pin’s location isn’t accurate, tap Move. Then, drag it to adjust its position.

Saving and Sharing Locations

Once a pin is dropped, it can be saved and shared. To save the pin, swipe up on the place card, then tap Add to Favorites. Choose to create a new contact or add it to an existing contact. For sharing, tap the share button and select the desired method, such as Messages or Mail. This allows you to send the location link via iCloud, Inbox, or other apps.

Accessing and Managing Pinned Locations

Access saved pins by opening Maps, then tapping Favorites in the sidebar. Here, you’ll find all your Favorite Places and Dropped Pins. To edit a pinned location, tap on it, then select Edit Location. You can adjust the pin’s place by dragging it. To remove a pin, tap Remove Pin.

Getting Directions to Your Pinned Location

Getting directions to a pinned location is simple. Press and hold the pin, then tap Directions. Apple Maps will calculate the best route. Tap Route if you need to add stops along the way. Follow the navigation prompts for turn-by-turn directions.