How to Remove Pins in Google Maps

By David Weedmark

If you need to remove a pin or marker from Google Maps, there are a couple of ways to do it. The method varies depending on what kind of pin is being displayed.

Google Maps uses a variety of pins, which you can remove at any time, to mark locations. The manner in which you remove the pins varies, depending on what the pin is used for.

Removing Pins

To remove a pin that marks a location you searched for, click the X on the right side of the Google Maps Search field. Removing this pin doesn't affect the map position.

Clicking on a map usually marks it with a What's Here pin. You'll notice an Information window appear just below the Search field. To remove a What's Here pin, click the X in the Information window.

Clicking the X removes the What's Here marker, in this case showing Cambridge, MA.

When you use Google Maps to find a route to a destination, pins mark the starting point and the destination. Depending on the route, pins may also mark locations along the route, including detours. To remove any of these pins, right-click the Pin and select Remove this destination from the drop-down menu.

Right-click a marker to remove it.

Using Maps Without Pins

After removing the pins from Google Maps, you can zoom in and out of the map, or drag the map to center it somewhere else, just as you would if the pins were still there. If you save the map, copy the URL to share with a friend, or create an embed link to put on a website, the link will take people to the map you were looking at when you grabbed the link -- not the original pinned map.

If you look at the URL in the Web browser's address bar, you'll see that it changes whenever you adjust the map's location. So if you have a pin in Boston, MA, for example, and then remove the pin and center the map on Salem, NH, the URL will change from a map of Boston to a map of Salem. Google Maps URLs use GPS coordinates to mark locations.

The URL changes whenever you move the map.


Altering screenshots of Google Maps using a graphics app like Photoshop is a violation of Google's Terms of Use.