Importing & Exporting Data

Last updated
November 26, 2023


Import from Google My Maps

Google have a habit (we're finding) of changing the way this works on a regular basis. This (frustratingly) means that, on occasion, importing may not work. If you find that is happening please do let us know and we can get a fix sorted.

To get started go to Google Takeout and follow the steps below:

Step 1: Select

ONLY select the following:

  • Maps
  • Maps (your places)
  • My Maps

Step 2: Save

Save it as a zip file to your device (you can do this on your mobile).

Step 3: Upload

When you're ready upload the takeout file through import or data (in the more tab) on the Pin Drop app.

Import from Foursquare

Go to 'import' in the 'more' tab on Pin Drop and tap Foursquare. It will load Foursquare (hold tight, it can take a few seconds to load) and then login. When you login, it will automatically import your data to your Pin Drop account.

Import from Mapstr

On the Mapstr app:

  1. Open the Mapstr app and navigate to 'settings'
  2. Tap on 'export data'
  3. Your data export will be sent to your registered email address for your account
  4. Download the 'mapstr.geojson' file from the email

On the Pin Drop app, go to 'import' in the 'more' tab and upload your GeoJSON file to add it to your pin collection.

Import from Rego

Rego isn't really active so we can't give instructions on how to export your data. Please contact Rego and ask for an export of your data as a GeoJSON file.

On the Pin Drop app, go to 'import' in the 'more' tab and upload your GeoJSON file to add it to account.

Upload files

If you have other data you'd like to import, we currently support: GPX, KML and GEOJson file formats.


Your content it just that, yours. You can export your data at any time. To do this, open the Pin Drop app on your mobile device, tap on the more tab and then tap the 'data' option in the app grid. You'll then see a bunch of options but one of them is Import/Export. Tap this and then tap 'Export data'. If you have any problems exporting your data, get in touch.

Export format options:

  • GeoJSON
  • CSV (Pro only)


Share individual places from Google Maps and Apple Maps directly to your Pin Drop account.

Share from Google Maps

Much with the importing above, Google have a habit of changing this to make life difficult.

  1. Tap the share icon on the place detail card on Google Maps
  2. From the share sheet, tap on the Pin Drop app icon. This will set off a chain of events that might feel like something buggy is happening. It's not, it's the only way to make this work...
  3. It will load a browser window and (on occasion) ask you to login to Google. If this happens, you may find yourself having to repeat the previous few steps again
  4. It will then automatically redirect and trigger the new pin drop flow
  5. If you find any of this fails to work, please let us know

Share from Apple Maps

You can share individual pins or guides from Apple.

  1. Tap the share icon on the place detail card on Apple Maps
  2. From the share sheet, tap on the Pin Drop icon
  3. This should then trigger the new pin drop flow
  4. Let us know if this doesn't work.

Share from What3words

You can share individual locations from the What3words app.

  1. Open the What3words app
  2. Tap on a new or saved location
  3. Tap on directions
  4. Select Pin Drop from the navigation options
  5. It will open the Pin Drop app as a new Pin Drop

Share from Pin Drop to...

You can share any of the content you create with people selectively. On pins, tags or collections just tap the share icon. This will give you the option of a scannable QR code, copy link, share to: Instagram, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter and more.

When you share your content you'll sometimes be able to select from a number of visuals.