Best accessories for your iPhone in the carSource: iMore

Here's a not-so-secret fact about me: I'm awful at remembering where I parked. It's why I own a brightly-colored car that can make noise and flash its lights if I press my key fob — without them, I might as well condemn myself to wander through darkened parking garages for hours.

Thanks to Apple's Parked Car feature in Apple Maps, though, I no longer have to rely on shiny paint or loud noises to help me discover where I left my vehicle: I only have to look at my iPhone or Apple Watch.

How the Parked Car feature works

You don't need Apple's CarPlay to get this feature: As long as your car has a Bluetooth stereo and you own an iPhone 6 or later, you should be able to use the Parked Car feature.

The feature works via Bluetooth Low-Energy pairing: When you turn off your car, it disconnects your iPhone from the car's Bluetooth connection. When that happens, your iPhone automatically makes a note of where the pairing disconnected and adds a Parked Car marker down in that spot.

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Once you return to your car and turn it on again, your iPhone removes that marker (until the next time you turn off your vehicle).

How to turn on the Parked Car feature

The Parked Car option should be enabled by default, but just in case it's not showing for you, it's easy to turn it on manually.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap the Maps setting.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the screen.
  4. Make sure the Show Parked Location toggle is switched to the On position.

    To turn on the Parked Car feature, open the Settings app, then open Maps. Scroll to the bottom of the screen. Toggle On Show Parked Location toggle. Source: iMore

You'll also want to make sure Location Services are enabled.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go to Privacy.
  3. Go to Location Services.

    To turn on Location Services, open the Settings app, go to Privacy, then selection Location Services. Source: iMore

  4. Tap Maps.
  5. Choose While Using The App under Allow Location Access.

    To turn on Location Services, tap Maps, then choose While Using The App under Allow Location Access.Source: iMore

And that Significant Locations is also enabled:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go to Privacy.
  3. Go to Location Services.

    To turn on Location Services, open the Settings app, go to Privacy, then selection Location Services. Source: iMore

  4. Scroll down, tap System Services.
  5. Toggle On Significant Locations.

    To turn on Location Services, tap System Services, then toggle On Significant Locations.Source: iMore

How to find your Parked Car via Siri

You can find your car from your iPhone or Apple Watch just by asking Siri. Here's how!

  1. Trigger Siri by saying "Hey Siri" or by pressing the Digital Crown on Apple Watch.
  2. Say, "Where's my car?"
  3. Tap the parked car icon to view the Parked Car screen in the Maps app.

    To find a parked car with Siri, say "Hey, Siri" then say "Where's My car?" Tap the parked car icon to see the location on the map. Source: iMore

How to find your Parked Car in the Maps app

By default, your Parked Car should be the first or second saved entry under the Maps app's Search bar; if it's not, you can tap the Search bar and type in "Parked Car" to view it.

You can tap the Search Bar in the Maps app and type "Parked Car" to find your car. Source: iMore

Once you find your Parked Car, you can view a small Maps card that has information about its current location, a button to get directions from your site, the time you last parked there, an option to add notes about where you parked (i.e., a garage level), and an option to snap a photo of where you parked.

How to add information to your Parked Car location

  1. Tap the Parked Car marker.
  2. Tap the Note or Photo field to add textual or photographic information to your parking location.

    To add information about your parked car location, tap the Parked Car marker, then tap Note or Photo field to add textual or photographic information. Source: iMore

  3. Tap the Edit Location button to alter your car's spot if the original GPS location is slightly off.

How to remove your Parked Car location

Whether you don't want Maps to show where you parked your car or your location is off enough that it doesn't make sense to have the marker, here's how to remove your site.

  1. Tap the Parked Car marker.
  2. Swipe up on the Parked Car card.
  3. Tap Remove Car.

    To remove your Parked Car location, tap the Parked Car marker, swipe up, then tap Remove Car.Source: iMore

What if your car doesn't show up?

If you've confirmed that the Parked Car feature is on in Settings along with Location Services, but still can't get your car to show up on the map, you may not have a compatible Bluetooth stereo system.

Most every modern Bluetooth stereo and aftermarket system is compatible, but earlier car models may not work with the Parked Car feature.

Questions?

Let us know in the comments below.

Updated July 2020: Serenity Caldwell wrote a previous version of this post.

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