How do you save your exact parking location on your iPhone or Android device?
If the update slipped under your radar, you should know that you can now save your exact parking location on your iPhone or Android device.
The feature, which was first released for Android users, is easy to use. If you have an Android, all you need to do is open the Google Maps app, tap the blue dot that shows your location, and tap “Save your parking.” Your parking location will be saved in Google Maps until you manually remove or change it.
On Android phones, you can also add notes about where your car is, photos of the surrounding area, or a timer for parking meters.
If you have an iPhone, there are two ways you can use this feature. First, if you want Google Maps to automatically remember where you park your car, you can go to Settings > Privacy > Location Settings and make sure your location services for Google Maps is set to “Always.” This allows Maps to track your location even when the app is in the background.
If you do this, your iPhone will monitor your motion and activity, and Maps will save your parking location after you stop driving and reach your destination. You’ll see your parking location labelled as “You parked near here” on the app.
Alternatively, you can tap the blue dot that shows your location on the map and tap “Set as parking location” on the menu that pops up. Your parking location will be saved in Google Maps for 24 hours or until you manually remove it.
While you can’t add notes or photos to your saved parking location on an iPhone, you can get notifications that tell you how long your car has been parked. Just tap the Menu icon in the top left corner and go to Settings > Notifications. Then, scroll down to “Saved parking locations” to turn notifications on or off.