7 Setting Tips for Built-in Pinpointers

Built-in pinpointers settings: Metal detecting is an exciting hobby, but it’s essential to know how to use your equipment effectively to make the most of it.

One valuable feature in many metal detectors is the built-in pinpointer. The pinpointing function helps you precisely locate your target on the ground, saving you time and frustration.

You can also read about other important settings for metal detectors.

In this blog, we’ll explore built-in pinpointers’ simple and easy-to-understand settings.

7 tips to understand built-in pinpointers

  1. Understanding the built-in pinpointer
  2. Accessing the pinpointer settings
  3. Adjusting the sensitivity
  4. Adjusting the audio feedback
  5. Coil positioning
  6. Note the target’s location
  7. Practice makes perfect

1. Understanding the Built-In Pinpointer

Before diving into the settings, it’s crucial to understand what the built-in pinpointer does. 

This function helps you zero in on the exact location of your target, which can be especially useful when your detector indicates that the target is nearby. 

Instead of digging blindly, you can use the pinpointer to save time and dig in the right spot.

2. Accessing the Pinpointer Settings

The steps to access the pinpointer settings may vary depending on your metal detector’s make and model. 

However, most metal detectors have a simple process to activate the pinpointer function:

  • Turn on your metal detector.

  • Look for the pinpointer button or menu on the control panel. It’s often labeled as “Pinpoint” or “PP.”

  • Press the button or access the menu to activate the pinpointer function.

3. Adjusting Sensitivity

The sensitivity setting determines how deep the pinpointer can detect a target. 

You can usually adjust this setting to match the depth of your target. Here’s how:

  • Use the “+” and “-” buttons on the control panel to increase or decrease sensitivity. Or with the other buttons available on your device.
  • Lower sensitivity is suitable for shallow targets, while higher sensitivity is needed for deeper ones.
  • Experiment with different sensitivity levels to find the one that works best for your specific situation.

4. Understanding the Audio Feedback

Built-in pinpointers typically provide audio feedback to help you locate your target. The tone or pitch of the audio changes as you get closer to the target. Here’s how to make the most of it:

  • Listen to the audio feedback as you move the pinpointer closer to the target.
  • Pay attention to changes in the tone or pitch, which will become more pronounced as you get closer to the target.
  • Slow down and take your time as you know the exact location. The audio feedback will help you pinpoint with precision.

5. Coil Positioning

Properly positioning the coil of the metal detector is crucial when using the built-in pinpointer. 

The coil should be close to the ground and parallel to it for the best results:

  • Lower the coil until it’s nearly touching the ground.
  • Keep the coil parallel to the surface to ensure accurate pinpointing.
  • Move the coil in a slow and controlled manner, covering a small area at a time.

6. Note the Target’s Location

As you use the built-in pinpointer to locate your target, it’s essential to keep track of where you’ve searched:

  • Mentally mark the spot where the signal is the strongest.
  • If the signal weakens, move the pinpointer away and begin your search again from the strongest signal point.
  • This systematic approach will help you find your target more efficiently.

7. Practice Makes Perfect

Like any skill, using the built-in pinpointer effectively takes practice. Here are a few tips to enhance your pinpointing skills:

  • Practice in your backyard or a known area with targets buried at different depths.
  • Experiment with the pinpointer settings to understand how they affect your results.
  • Don’t get discouraged if it takes a little time to become a pinpointing pro; with practice, you’ll improve.


In conclusion, understanding and using the settings for built-in pinpointers is essential for successful metal detecting. 

These settings can save you time, reduce frustration, and increase your chances of finding hidden treasures. 

So, take the time to familiarize yourself with your metal detector’s pinpointer settings and practice your skills to become a more effective detectorist.

Howard rockse

Hey there, I am Howard a deeply committed individual who likes to share my knowledge and insights in this field, having spent over ten years as a metal detectorist.

My experience with GoldXtra has allowed me to provide trustworthy and informative advice to both new and experienced metal-detecting enthusiasts. I’m committed to assisting others in exploring and enjoying the world of metal detecting with the same enthusiasm and dedication that I have.

Howard Rockse
Senior Content Writer at GoldXtra

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