QUESTION: What can I do to make dropped pins more accurate in Google Maps?
ANSWER: Dropped pins — which is done by pressing on any point in a map view — are very helpful for locations that don’t have a physical address, such as a remote hiking area or in regions of the world that don’t have physical addresses displayed on every building.
Google has invested heavily in developing Google Maps, but it can only be as accurate as you and your device will let it.
The first thing to do is make sure you allow Google Maps to use your precise location, which will improve the accuracy from within 100 meters to within 1-5 meters depending upon where on the globe you are.
Android users can check this by going to the “Location” menu in Settings then to the Google Maps permissions which should display the “Use precise location” option.
iPhone user can do the same by going to the Privacy menu in Settings, then to the “Location Services” screen which should display your apps in alphabetical order.
This doesn’t change location permissions for other Google services, just Maps.
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Google Maps will show you your current location with a blue dot and depending upon how far you are zoomed out, it can be fairly inaccurate.
The two things that I always do to help improve the accuracy is to zoom in as far as I can and turn on the “Satellite” view which can provide…