Google Maps has a very handy feature called Save Parking Location that lets you quickly drop a marker where you left your car, bike or any other vehicle and navigate back to it from pretty much anywhere. This saves you from having to manually locate your vehicle if you forget exactly where you parked it.
Here’s how you can easily use the feature and save your time the next time you’re at the mall or have a large parking lot.
How to save your parking space
When you reach your destination and park your vehicle, open Google Maps, make sure it has the necessary location permissions (exact, not approximate, if you’re on Android 12) and follow the instructions below.
Go to the main page of Google Maps and click on the ‘My Location’ button on the right. It is a button shaped like a crosshair and when pressed it shows your own exact location. The app will then bring you to the current location, indicated by a blue dot.
Tap on this blue dot to reveal a few more options that pop up on the screen from below. Under the ‘Your Location’ section, find the ‘Save Parking’ button. It is to the left of the ‘Allocation’ and ‘Calibrate’ buttons.
Tap the ‘Save Parking’ button once and you’ll see a small box showing that your parking spot has been mapped. You can now easily navigate to this location.
When you leave a parking spot on the map using the steps above, you get access to some advanced features that allow you to do things like share this spot with someone else, add additional parking details (pillar number or parking floor number). And even set a parking timer to remind you when your parking time limit is about to expire.
Tap your parking spot to reveal a small box at the bottom of the screen. Swipe over this box to reveal these additional options.
How to navigate back to your stopping point
If you are far from your parking spot (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, finer details like restaurants and smaller roads around you should clear up, 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, the maps may indicate a walking route or a road route, but you can usually change this by simply tapping the transport tab you want.