How to Save Where You Parked Using Google Maps

Hey Google, where's my car?

Arial view of hundreds of cars parked in a parking lot

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Ever park your car, head off to shop or dine, and then return only to be unable to find your car? Pull up Google Maps to help solve that lost-car problem. It has a built-in feature that allows you to save where you parked your car directly in the app (and will show you an icon of your car if you choose).

It’s something a number of different apps can do these days, but something Google has perfected it in a way with the addition of one small feature: the ability to leave yourself notes.

A note for yourself is helpful if you’ve parked in a 14-story parking structure then being able to pinpoint the GPS location of your car isn’t going to do you a ton of good. Yes, you know your car is in this structure but is it on floor five or floor twelve? Also, given its size, you may or may not be able to see your car from the elevator door, meaning you’ll probably have to wander around on a few floors before you’ll actually find the one you want. Not exactly ideal.

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Save Your Spot

Screen of Google Maps

Once you’ve found that perfect parking space and turned your car off, tap the blue location dot on Google Maps (that dot that’s highlighting where you are) to save your location.

A small menu will appear at the bottom of the page with “See places near you,” an opportunity to calibrate your blue dot compass, and an option to save your parking.

Tap the parking saver. Now, when you look at Google Maps, there will be a huge letter P on your map where you parked your vehicle that you can navigate to just like any other destination within Maps. It doesn't get easier than that.

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Add More Info

Screen of Google Maps parking location

If you’re parking somewhere a little more complicated, say a multi-level parking garage or the like, you’re also given the option with “Save your parking” to add some details. 

Later, when you get back to the deck, those details can be invaluable. For instance, you might write “4th floor” or “ground level by the stairs.” If you’re parking on the street rather than a deck, you can also use this feature to keep track of how long you have left in a spot through a special built-in meter counter. When time starts to run out, your phone can let you know so you don’t end up with a costly ticket.

Even if you don't think you'll need the details later, it's always a good idea to save a few noteworthy things just in case, especially those parking meter details.