Make Google Remember Your Parking Spot For You

Make Google Remember Your Parking Spot For You
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If you’ve ever wandered around a parking garage with your keys in the air, repeatedly hitting the lock/unlock button, not sure whether you’re even on the correct floor, it’s time to start saving your parking location.

You may not have realised that you can save your parking spot on iOS or Android with the Google Maps app. It isn’t a new feature, but it’s one we can all benefit from now and then (you’re definitely not on the right floor).

How to save your spot on iOS

  1. Open the Google Maps app.
  2. Tap the blue dot that shows your location.
  3. Tap “Set as parking location”.

Your parking location is now set until you remove it by tapping “clear” or when you set a new location.

To find your parking spot, tap “Saved parking > Show on map” at the bottom of the screen. If you want to display your parking location after you’ve looked up another place in Maps, you’ll have to clear your search results first by tapping the “X” in the search bar. Then you can tap “Saved parking” at the bottom.

You can also set notifications for parking info, such as where you parked and for how long, by tapping the menu in the top left corner of the screen. Go to “Settings”, then “Notifications” and then select for “Saved parking locations” to be on or off.

Or, if you want to go all in, you can allow Google to “note your physical activity”, and Maps will automatically remember where you parked.

How to save your spot on Android

  1. Open the Google Maps app.
  2. Tap the blue dot that shows your location.
  3. Tap “Save your parking”.

On Android, you can also move your parking location by tapping the search bar, then “Parking location”, then “Change location” (or remove it by tapping the “X”). And you can add notes, such as what floor you’re parked on or when your time is going to run out, by tapping the search bar, then “Parking location” and then “More info”.

To find your spot, tap the search bar, then “parking location”, and then on the bottom right, tap “Directions”.

The Verge points out that for Android users in particular, the notifications can be a little extreme:

Note that, in the case of Android, you will get a persistent notification for your parked car automatically. You can swipe the notification away like any other Android notification to dismiss it. If you’d rather not receive those notifications at all, you can disable them entirely:

  • Go to your Maps settings (from the upper left-hand three-line menu icon).
  • Click on “Notifications” and then “People and places”.
  • Look for the “Saved parking” entry and toggle it off.

If you’re an Apple Maps user, you can also save your parking location there.

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