How to have the Maps app remember where you parked your car

By , Oct 1, 2016


When you use Apple’s Maps app to navigate during long road trips, you may sometimes have to park in a large parking lot you’re unfamiliar with, and you may forget where you parked your car. Heck, you may go to the mall down the street and forget where you car is parked on that gigantic lot.

Starting with iOS 10, Maps can remember you where you parked your car so you don’t have to.

To take advantage of this feature, your car needs to have a compatible head unit with either Bluetooth or CarPlay.

If you don’t have that, we’re sorry to inform you that you’re out of luck. If you have one, then all you have to do is pair your iPhone with your car’s head unit and then tweak a special setting.

After pairing your iPhone with your car’s head unit, follow these steps to let iOS keep track of your parked car for you:

1) Open the Settings app on your iPhone and open the Maps preferences pane.

Maps app iOS 10 show parked location

2) Scroll down slightly and toggle on the switch labeled Show Parked Location.

After your drive is over and you park your car, this is where the magic starts. When the iPhone no longer detects a Bluetooth or CarPlay signal from your car, it will store your car’s location automatically, which is exactly what’s going to happen when you pull your key out of the ignition.

After a few moments, you should see a parked car icon in the Maps app, and you can use it to get back to your car after you’ve had your day of fun:

Parked Car

This feature would be useful for anyone who takes frequent trips to massive malls, theme parks, universities, or airports. Since these places typically have large parking lots, and sometimes more than one of them, it’s a great way to keep yourself from getting lost.


Will you be using the Maps app to keep track of the last place you parked? Share below!

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  • Good now you just need to remember which floor you parked on if it’s a multi level parking structure.

    • nova voter

      add maps destinations widget, tap on “parked car” in widget and you can add a note. you can also add a photo.

      • D R

        yeah, then you don’t even have to remember what your car looks like!

  • CH1NNV

    I had this in Google Now launcher about 2-3 years ago

    • Waze does it also.. they are slowly adding features, nothing wrong with that.

      • 5723alex .

        Waze is owned by Google.

  • Joseph Seboek

    If you have Google Now installed on your Apple or Android device, it will remember where you parked automatically. Tap the card for the parking location and it will open up Google Maps and give you guidance to your car. Pretty sweet. Don’t know about Apple Maps.

    • Loke

      Hmm I wonder if Google now can let me use voice to navigate via Google Maps…Holy crow it does thanks for promoting me to check that out huge help for my work flow so to speak!

  • Luca d’Addabbo

    Does not work for me. I have an Alpine radio with bluetooth connectivity for both media and phone. The radio is an Alpine UTE72BT and it’s Made For iPhone certified. How can I get this to work?

  • Alejandro Arce

    this feature doesn’t work with 5S, but you can tell Siri ‘I parked here’

    • D R

      This works fine for me with my 5S.

  • 5723alex .

    Useless outside US

    • Jorge Vieira

      works fine in Europe

  • Ian Weir

    I really wish Apple would fix the glaring bug that they either have in iOS 10 or macOSSierra. You pinpoint a location on the iPhone and then send it to Apple Maps on a mac and it isn’t the right location the shows up on the Mac.

  • Loke

    Nice feature Apple but there are more pressing issues. As someone who drives around a ton for work I had to quit using Apple Maps sacrificing the convenience of simply clicking on the address link or using Siri and manually using Google Maps. I have lost count of the times it has given me stupid directions or taken me to the wrong place. Google Maps has become far superior in every way. It is much more accurate and gives far better route options plus searching and addicting a stop is a must have.

  • deepboy

    The article does not say that you MUST also might be turned on “Frequently Positions” feature in Settings – Privacy- Location – System Services.

    So it works with ALL cars !!!