How to Delete Map Points on an iPhone

by Andrew Tennyson
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When Apple released the iPhone 5, the company replaced the iPhone's formerly native Google Maps app with a proprietary mapping and directions application called Apple Maps. Although the application is similar in many ways to Google Maps, some aspects of the application function differently, including how you go about managing map points. In Apple Maps, map points are referred to as “pins.” Touching and holding anywhere on a map drops a purple pin at that location. A dropped pin can then be added to the iPhone's contacts and bookmarks, shared with friends or reported to Apple if there is a problem. It can also be deleted.

Step 1

Tap the purple pin you want to delete. A small pop-up window appears, displaying the address of the map point.

Step 2

Tap the circular blue icon on the right side of the pop-up window to display additional options for the pin.

Tap the “Remove Pin” button to delete the map point.


  • Information in this article applies to the iPhone 5 running the Apple Maps application on the iOS 6 operating system. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.


  • If you are using Apple Maps to obtain driving directions, you may also notice green and red pins on your map. These denote the start and end points of your driving directions, respectively. They are added to maps automatically when you search for driving directions. To remove them, tap the "Clear" button in the corner of the Route Overview box.


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About the Author

Andrew Tennyson has been writing about culture, technology, health and a variety of other subjects since 2003. He has been published in The Gazette, DTR and ZCom. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in history and a Master of Fine Arts in writing.

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