Google’s navigation service always had an intelligent parking feature which automatically detects and saves where you have parked your vehicle. However, as one might have guessed, it’s not perfect and doesn’t always show up.

To overcome this, Google Maps recently, in a beta rollout, received the ability for the user to manually feed in the parking location and not blindly rely on the service to automatically make note of this. Here’s how you can use it.

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Steps to Manually Save Parking Location on Google Maps

  • First and foremost, head over to this link and sign up for Google Maps’ beta program. Next, update the app from the play store for downloading the version 9.49.
  • Now, launch the app, and tap the current location white icon present on the bottom left. Click the blue icon on the map.
  • A menu will pop up revealing four options. Tap “Save your parking”.
  • Your parking has been added. For adding further details, touch the white bar which showed up or swipe up from the bottom.
  • Here, you can add notes such as the parking number, time left for the parking meter, and even photos if you’d like to store the spot or just capture the receipt. Additionally, you can also share the location with someone else.
  • You’re done. Google Maps will add a notification whenever you are near that location or you can find that entry by tapping the search bar in the app.
  • If you want to delete the parking location, head over to the app and click the search bar. Select the “Parking location” and press “Clear”. That’s it.

That’s about it for this quick tip. This is definitely a long overdue addition for Google Maps as I personally never found the automated feature to be precise. We hope this will exit beta and make it to the full version very soon. As always, if you’re stuck at some point, drop a comment down below so that we can take a look and help you out.


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Shubham is based out of Ahmedabad, India and is studying to be a Computer Engineer, while specializing in mobile applications. He loves covering what's new in the smartphone space and aims to make it his primary profession some day.