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Here’s how you can use Google Maps to find your car

Here’s how you can use Google Maps to find your car

December 4, 2020 0 By Alex Balaniuc

Google Maps is an incredible resource for people who have to move around a lot by car – or even by foot, bus, or train – because it suggests you which route is the best based on distance, current traffic and more. But the app is also useful for finding the best parking location for your car: let’s dive into the article to see how.

You take your car to run your daily errands, like going to work, going to a friend’s place to pay a visit, going to the supermarket or to the hospital, and so on and so forth. It is likely that you have a favorite spot for parking your car, but maybe all of the space is already occupied by other cars, so you decide to leave yours somewhere else, but when it’s time to go back home you struggle to remember where you parked. Does it ever happen to you?

If this is the case, Google Maps has the answer to your concerns. If the GPS tracking is enabled on your device, you can use the app to find a parking location – such as a parking lot or a garage – where it is most needed to you and, moreover, save said parking location so that you’ll remember where your car is parked.

Let’s take a look at how we can use these features.

Finding and saving parking locations

Before you grab the steering wheel, open the Google Maps app on your device and look up where you can park your car. After reaching the intended destination, we recommend to save your parking location, so that it’ll be easier to find later.

ATTENTION:

– parking location options are not available everywhere

– you can’t search for parking lots on iPhone or iPad

Add a parking lot or garage to your route

We’ll now explain how to add a parking location to your path.

For Android:

– on your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app

– at the top, search for a destination

– on the bottom, tap Directions

– at the bottom, tap Steps & parking

– tap Find parking near destination

– choose a parking lot or garage and tap Add parking

– on the bottom, tap Start

 

 

For iOS and iPadOS:

– on your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Maps app

– on the bottom, tap Directions

– at the top, tap Car

– at the top right, tap More > Find parking

– choose a parking lot or garage and tap Add Parking

– on the bottom, tap Start

Save where you’re parked

 

 

We suggest to save your parking location, so that you can remember where you left your car and avoid frantically looking for it all over the place.

For Android:

– on your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app

– tap the blue dot that shows your location

– tap Save your parking

Your parking location will be saved in Google Maps until you remove it by tapping Clear (X).

Move your parking location

On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app > tap the search bar > Parking location > On the bottom, tap Parking locationChange location.

Add notes about your parking location

 

 

Another interesting feature is that you can add photos and notes, like which floor your car is on or how much time is left.

On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app > tap the search bar > Parking location. To add a photo or note, tap More info.

Share your parking location

Want to let others know where your car is parked? You can share your parking location by tapping the search bar > Parking location > tap More info > Share.

For iOS and iPadOS:

 

 

1) Set location services to “Always”

Maps will save your parking information only if you have location services set to “Always”. If you want to learn more about location settings, click here.

2) Note your physical activity

When you let Google Maps take note of your activity, Maps will automatically remember when you park your car (even if you park far from your destination):

– after you’re done navigating somewhere, at the bottom, turn on Know where you parked

– allow Google Maps to access your Motion and Fitness Activity

– when you stop moving, you’ll see your parking location labeled You parked near here

 

 

3) Connect your device to your car (optional)

For the most accurate results, link your device to your car.

Use Bluetooth:

– turn on Bluetooth on your phone or tablet

– pair your phone or tablet to your car

– set the source for your car’s audio system to Bluetooth

Use USB:

Plug your device into your car.

4) Set your parking location

 

 

You can save your parking location so you can remember where you left your car:

– on your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Maps app

– tap the blue dot that shows your location

– tap Set as parking location

Your parking location will be saved in Google Maps until you remove it.

Move your parking location

Open the Google Maps app > tap your parking location > on the bottom, tap Saved parkingChange location. To remove your parking location from Maps, at the bottom, tap Saved parking > More (the three dots) > Don’t autosave parking.

Share your parking location

To share with friends so they can find your parking location, at the bottom, tap Saved parking > Share.

Find where your car is parked

 

 

For Android:

– on your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app

– tap the search bar > Parking location

– on the bottom, tap Directions

For iOS and iPadOS:

After you save your parking location, at the bottom of the screen, tap Saved parkingShow on map.

ATTENTION: To display your parking location after you’ve looked up another place in Maps, clear your search results first. In the search bar at the top, tap Clear (X). Then, at the bottom, tap Saved parking.

Turn notifications on or off

 

 

Google Maps will notify you about parking information, like where you parked and for how long. You can decide to enable or disable notifications.

For Android:

– on your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app

– tap your profile picture or initial > Settings

– tap NotificationsPlaces

– scroll down, then turn Saved parking on or off

For iOS and iPadOS:

– open the Google Maps app

– tap your profile picture or initial > Settings

– tap Notifications

– turn Saved parking locations on or off