Google Maps has a handy feature called Save Parking Location that lets you quickly drop a marker on where you left your car, bike, or other vehicle, and get back to it from just about anywhere. This saves you from having to find your car manually in case you forget exactly where you parked it.
Here’s how to use the feature easily and save a lot of time the next time you’re in a mall or anywhere with a large parking area.
How to save your parking location
When you reach your destination and park your car, just open Google Maps, make sure it has the necessary location permissions (accurate and not approximate, if you’re on Android 12) and follow the instructions below.
Go to the main Google Maps page and click on the “My Location” button on the right. This is the criss-cross button that shows you your exact location when pressed. The app will then take you to the current location, which will be indicated by a blue dot.
Click on this blue dot to reveal more options that will appear on the screen from the bottom. Under the “Your Location” section, find the “Save Parking” button. This will be to the left of the “Share Location” and “Calibration” buttons.
Press the “Save Parking” button once and you will see a small box showing you that your parking location is set on the map. You can now return to this site at any time easily.
When you drop a parking location on the map using the steps above, you also get access to some advanced features that let you do things like share that location with someone else, add additional parking details (like the column number or parking floor number) and even set a timer for parking to remind you when the scheduled parking time is about to expire.
Tap on your parking location to reveal a small square at the bottom of the screen. Swipe up on this box to reveal these additional options.
How to get back to your parked site
If you move away from your parking location (indicated by a small yellow flag on the map), you can still find it by zooming out on the map. When you zoom out far enough, fine details like restaurants and smaller roads around you should be cleared, but you’ll still be able to see your yellow parking flag.
Tap on it and from the options that pop up below, tap on “Directions” to start navigating. Depending on how far you are from the parked location, Maps may suggest a walking route or route, but you can change this as you normally would by simply clicking on the desired transportation mode tab.