We're all there: park your car on some random streets or in a no-frills garage and go about your business. Then, an hour or two later, you find yourself shining without the foggiest recollection where you left your car.
Do not let yourself be lost. Your smartphone can help you find your parking place – or any other location, for that matter. All you need is the mapping app you are most likely to use for navigating.
Open Google Maps on your iOS or Android device, and get ready to find your way to smarter location saving.
] Saving your parking location is really simple on Google Maps on iOS, although the related options are fairly limited compared to Android.
Tap the blue dot on the map, representing your current location
Select "Set as parking location" from the menu that appears
If you want to send someone else a link to the location, find the "Share" button within the "Saved parking" bar below the Maps interface. (If you can not see the bar, tap once anywhere on the screen to appear.)
When you're ready to find your place:
- Tap the "Directions" button on "Nai parking "bar to show you Maps step-by-step directions back to your area, or tap the" Start "button in the same place to start the guided navigation
- Tap" Clear "button to remove the saved location, or tap the" Share "button to send someone else a location link
Maps may also provide notifications when you save a parking place. To activate them:
- Tap the three-line menu icon in the right-hand corner of the app
- Tap the shape gear icon shape, and scroll down until you see " Notice "
- Select it and make sure the toggle for" Saved parking location "is on. (You may be prompted to allow the app to provide notifications first.)
On an Android device
The process for saving parking location on Google Maps on Android is the same as for iOS but with some handy extra features sprinkled by the way.
To get started:
- Tap the blue dot on the map, representing your current location
- Select "Save your parking" at the screen that appears
- If you want to send someone else a location link, tap the "Share" command within the "Parking location" bar under the Maps interface
Now, if you want to add more details:
- Tap or swipe up on the "Parking location" bar under the Maps interface
- Tap the "Enter notes" store information like place number in a garage or nearby business on a street
- Tap on the box under "Add photos" to break a fast image that will help you find your hicle later
- Tap on the "Time left" line to set a specific time when you can and your parking lot. That will put a countdown on the repeated Maps notification on your phone (so you can just tap them to find your car).
When you're ready to find your place:
- Find the "Parking Location" Bar below the Map interface, or swipe down from the top of your screen and find the notification "Location location "
- Tap the" Directions "button, then swipe up on the bar at the bottom of the screen to see step-by-step directions, or tap the" Start "button to start guided navigation
- Tap on the "Clear" button to remove the saved location
Note that, in the case of Android, you will get a persistent notification for your parked car automatically. You can swipe the notification like any other Android notification to dismiss it. If instead you do not receive those notifications, you can disable them completely:
- Go to your Maps settings (from the top three-line menu of the left)  Click on "Notifications" and then "People and places"
- Find "Saved parking" entry and toggle it off
Be aware that Maps allows you to you only save a parking location at once, so if you try to save a location while one is stored, the new location will overwrite your original one.
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