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What is the Android equivalent of iOS “Drop a Pin”?

Jack Wallen walks you through the process of how to share your location with others using your Android device.

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The other day, my wife and I were watching something on TV when someone said, “Drop a pin.” Being a proud member of GenX, I had no idea what that meant. Since my wife deals with people of all ages at her job (unlike me, who mainly deals with cats during the day), she immediately knew what it was and wondered how she could do it in Android.

It took me about two seconds to understand what she was seeking.

For my generation, the idea behind Drop a Pin is to put a pin in the map so you can share that location with others in your contacts. Basically, it’s location sharing, which is as possible with Android as it is with iOS.

Let me show you how this is done.

What you need to “drop a pin” in Android

All you need is an updated Android device and the latest version of the Maps app. I will show on Pixel 6 Pro running Android 13 and Google Maps version 11.51.0704.

Let’s make this work.

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How to enable location sharing in Google Maps

The first thing we must do is enable location sharing in Google Maps. To do this, open the app, tap your profile icon in the top-right corner and tap Share location (Figure A).

Figure A

Share location option in Google Maps app menu.
Share location option in Google Maps app menu.

in the resulting window (Figure B), tap Share location, and when prompted, tap Allow.

Figure B

Enable location sharing in Google Maps.
Enable location sharing in Google Maps.

You will then be asked to configure location sharing for that state, where you can select a time frame and which contact you want to share your location with (Figure C).

Figure C

Configure your first post.
Configure your first post.

Click Share, and you will then be asked to give Maps permission for the device’s location. Make sure Precise is selected, then tap While using the app (figure d).

figure d

Configure Google Maps Permissions in Android.
Configure Google Maps Permissions in Android.

Now that the location sharing is configured, how do you drop a pin? There are two ways.

How to drop a pin

If you’re in Google Maps, you can press and hold a location on the map, tap Share, select a contact to share the location with and tap Send. The recipient will then receive an email with a link to view the location on Google Maps.

The second method is via Google Assistant. All you have to do is say something like this:

Hey Google, submit my site to Olivia Nightingale.

If you have more than one messaging app installed, Android will prompt you to select an app to send your location. The default is Messages, but if you have the likes of WhatsApp installed, you can decide which one by mentioning the name of the app.

With this method, the recipient will receive a link to your site via SMS.

Either way, the recipient can click on the link on their mobile device or desktop to open Google Maps to their location.

A word of warning

I highly recommend using this feature carefully. Make sure that you only share your location with people you know and trust completely. The last thing you need is to put yourself at risk by sharing your location with strangers or people who are only on the margins of your life. Please, use this feature with caution. Do that, and it will serve you well.

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