How to Use Your iPhone to Find Your Parked Car

Here is a guide to using your iPhone to never lose where you parked your car.

When we are on road trips and in foreign areas that we aren’t familiar with, finding your parked car can truly be a hassle. Your iPhone is great at utilizing its location services for giving you directions and showing you nearby restaurants

When you are using Maps to locate your destination, you can also use it to remember where you left your car but using Bluetooth and CarPlay!

How to Use Your iPhone to Find Your Parked Car

Here are the steps to enable Showing Parked Location when using CarPlay and Maps.

Watch the above video for more information on how to remind you of where you parked your car.

Enabling Show Parked Location in Maps

When we are navigating to our destination, Siri is quick to inform us of where to turn next by using Maps yet we can also enable an option in Maps to Show Parked Location. Navigate to the settings for the Maps app within your Settings application.

After the list of Maps Extensions you will see a slider marked for Show Parked Location. It can be enabled and will let you know below that “Your parked car will be shown on the map if your location can be determined when parking. A connection to your car’s bluetooth or CarPlay stereo is required.”


If you are using Maps to locate your destination and using your Bluetooth or CarPlay features, you will be able to have Maps remember your parked location when you turn off the car. This is a perfect feature for parking near hiking trails or at a baseball stadium or anywhere you are not familiar with.

When you check your Maps application after the fact, you will see a notification from Maps letting you know that your car location has been saved and is available for you to use to track it.

How to Find Your Car Without Carplay or Bluetooth

There are still plenty of us that use iPhones and do not have the abilities to enable CarPlay or even a bluetooth connection that still may want to locate our parked vehicles. Fortunately there are workarounds and multiple third party solutions that can be used to triangulate where you left your car and help you return to it.

One workaround within Maps is to drop a pin on the location you are currently parked. Maps will allow you to name this location for later use and you can tag it “Parked Car” if you would like. This way when you are finished with your hike, you can look up this dropped pin later and have a good idea of where you left your car. These locations can be shared or saved with friends to make sure you don’t lose your way.


Another work around is to take a picture of your car and ensure that Location Services is enabled in Settings for your Camera. That way you can use the location data from the picture to see this spot on Maps and find your car.

The App Store has a couple of solutions available to you for finding your parked vehicle including TrakCar (with Apple Watch support), Find Your Car with AR (using augmented reality to tag your car location) and many more. Most of them are free for you to download and use and  will accomplish the same thing as the Maps over pin variety. The only catch is needing to open another application upon parking.


Using our iPhones to be able to track our locations can be very life-saving in situations where you would normally wander around a parking lot for hours clicking your keys to find your car. If you are currently using your iPhone for navigation in your car either with Bluetooth or Carplay, this feature will surely come in handy sometime soon.

iOS 11 vs iOS 10: What’s New in iOS 11.2 & iOS 11.2.1

What's New in iOS 11.2 & iOS 11.2.1

What's New in iOS 11.2 & iOS 11.2.1

The iOS 11.2.1 update is small and it focuses on fixes for HomeKit that Apple already fixed on the server side. This is an important update to install if you use HomeKit. 

The iOS 11.2 update delivers a major fix for the crashing iPhone, dozens of other fixes and includes Apple Pay Cash. The update is about 480MB for most users and should install pretty quickly if you are already on iOS 11.1.2.

Apple Pay Cash - This new service lets you send, request and receive money from other iPhone users.



  • Adds support for faster wireless charging on iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X with compatible third-party accessories
  • Introduces three new Live wallpapers for iPhone X
  • Improves video camera stabilization
  • Adds support in Podcasts to automatically advance to the next episode from the same show
  • Adds support in HealthKit for downhill snow sports distance as a data type
  • Fixes an issue that could cause Mail to appear to be checking for new messages even when a download is complete
  • Fixes an issue that could cause cleared Mail notifications from Exchange accounts to reappear
  • Improves stability in Calendar
  • Resolves an issue where Settings could open to a blank screen
  • Fixes an issue that could prevent swiping to Today View or Camera from the Lock Screen
  • Addresses an issue that could prevent Music controls from displaying on the Lock Screen
  • Fixes an issue that could cause app icons to be arranged incorrectly on the Home Screen
  • Addresses an issue that could prevent users from deleting recent photos when iCloud storage is exceeded
  • Addresses an issue where Find My iPhone sometimes wouldn’t display a map
  • Fixes an issue in Messages where the keyboard could overlap the most recent message
  • Fixes an issue in Calculator where typing numbers rapidly could lead to incorrect results
  • Addressed an issue where the keyboard could respond slowly
  • Adds support for real-time text (RTT) phone calls for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Improves VoiceOver stability in Messages, Settings, App Store, and Music
  • Resolves an issue that prevented VoiceOver from announcing incoming Notifications

The iOS 11.1.2 update fixed the following items, which are also rolled into the iOS 11.2 update. 

  • Fixes and issue where the iPhone X screen becomes temporarily unresponsive to touch after a rapid temperature drop. 
  • Addresses an issue that could cause distortion in Live Photos and videos captured with the iPhone X. 

If you are on a much older version the update will be larger and it will include the other fixes listed below. 

The iOS 11.1.1 update is out now for the iPhone and iPad. This update includes all of the changes from iOS 11.1 and two very important fixes. This small update is just over 50MB in size on most iPhones that are on iOS 11.1 already. 

  • Fixes autocorrect problem that replaced "I" with a question mark box and other symbols. 
  • Fixes Hey Siri not responding. 

The iOS 11.1.1 update includes all of the same security fixes as iOS 11.1, and the new features outlined below. After a lot of iOS 11 problems, the iOS 11.1 update is about delivering a lot of fixes that will help you use the iPhone better. This is a free update that is about 200 to 300 MB in size and it is one that most users will want to install on their iPhone. Here's a full list of the changes in iOS 11.1 including many fixes for the Photos app and for Accessibility. 

  • Over 70 new emoji characters including new food types, animals, mythical creatures, clothing options, more expressive smiley faces, gender-neutral characters and more
  • Resolves an issue that could cause some photos to appear blurry
  • Addresses an issue that could cause Live Photo effects to playback slowly
  • Fixes an issue that could cause some photos to not display in the People album when restoring from an iCloud Backup
  • Fixes an issue that could impact performance when swiping between screenshots
  • Improves braille support for Grade 2 input
  • Improves VoiceOver access to multi-page PDFs
  • Improves VoiceOver rotor actions for announcing incoming notifications
  • Improves VoiceOver rotor actions menu when removing an app from the App Switcher
  • Fixes an issue for some users where alternative keys would not display when using VoiceOver with Touch Typing
  • Fixes an issue where VoiceOver rotor would always return to default action in Mail
  • Fixes an issue where VoiceOver rotor would not delete messages
  • Adds back support for accessing the app switcher by pressing on edge of display with 3D Touch
  • Fixes an issue that caused cleared Mail notifications to reappear on Lock screen
  • Fixes an issue in enterprise environments that prevented data from being moved between managed apps
  • Fixes an issue with some 3rd-party GPS accessories that caused inaccuracies in location data
  • Resolves an issue where settings for Heart Rate notifications were appearing in Apple Watch app (1st generation)
  • Fixes an issue where app icons were not appearing in notifications on Apple Watch

Apple also includes a number of important security fixes, including one for a major WiFi flaw in this update. Most users will want to install iOS 11.1 for the security updates as much as for the new emoji. 

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