How to Drop a Pin in Google Earth on the iPad

by Brandon Getty

Using the Google Earth app on your iPad is like having a full-sized atlas map spread out in front of you, except that it allows you to zoom in and out, drop reference pins and search for specific locations. The pin drop feature in Google Earth serves the same function as a pushpin on a physical map, and placing one on your iPad is just as simple. Utilize pin drops to save your favorite destinations or map out your next road trip.

1

Tap the "Google Earth" icon from your iPad's springboard.

2

Scroll to the part of the map where you wish to drop a pin using a single finger. Perform this action until you find your desired pin location. Zoom in by placing two fingers together over the location, then spreading them apart.

3

Press and hold your location to drop a custom pin. A custom pin contains the location's address information and business name, if applicable. It will remain on the map until you remove it. To drop a pin at a specific address, proceed to the next step.

4

Enter your desired location into the "Search" field at the top of the app. The screen will zoom into the map and automatically drop pins at all relevant locations.

5

Find the pin that demarcates your desired location and zoom in on it. Press and hold the pin drop to save it as a custom pin.

Warning

  • Dropping a pin in Google Earth is available in iOS 5.1; however, iOS 6.0.1 does not support this functionality as of November 2012.

About the Author

Brandon Getty began writing professionally in 2008, with columns appearing in "Thrasher" magazine. He received a Bachelor of Arts in literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and lives in Stockton, Calif.

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