Each time you park, you are absolutely positive you will remember where you parked your car. Despite this, somehow, it always seems to move.
There are many apps that are dedicated to helping you find your car, though here are a few tips you can use with apps you probably already have on your device that will save you time, frustration and annoyance, and of course …will tell you where to find your car.
WhatsApp has an option to share your location. When you park, go to a friend’s chat (or your private chat) and press on the ‘+’ symbol > Location > Send Your Current Location.
When you want to find the car, go back to the chat, press on the location, and you can open directions in Maps or Google Maps.
Google added this feature a few years back; when you get out of your car you can save where you parked it.
On iOS: Open Google Maps > Tap the blue dot on the map > “Set as parking location.”
On Android: Open Google Maps > Tap the blue dot on the map > “Save your parking.” You can also add a photo, notes, share your location or add a timer for when a meter will expire.
When you need your car: Tap on the parking icon > Directions.
Yes, Apple’s virtual assistant’s many abilities includes saving your parking spot. Activate Siri, by button or voice command, and say “Remember where I parked my car” or any similar variation, and it will mark a spot in the built-in Maps. When you need to find the spot, say “I forgot where I parked my car” or something similar, and it will give you directions.
If you connect your phone to the car’s CarPlay or Bluetooth, you can have it automatically set a pin when you leave your car and disconnect. To turn it on go to Settings > Maps > Show Parked Location and toggle on.
If you have directions to your car, but still don’t see it, it’s probably right near you, so just press on the unlock/lock button and your car will flash.
Take a picture
This simple solution works best in malls, where there are several levels you can park on. Take a picture of your car and any making that says what floor, and aisle the car is parked. This works great for anyplace, though you will need to make sure that there is a distinctive landmark near your car so you can find it.
Use a flag
If technology isn’t your thing and you rather just look around and see your car immediately, use a flag. Keep the flag in your car, and when you leave just stick it on the window and you’ll have an easy time spotting it above all the other cars in the lot or road.
Updated: July/8 5:00 PM EST to include picture tip.