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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.

What’s New in iOS 10.1

What's New in iOS 10.1

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What's New in iOS 10.1

This is a list of what's new in iOS 10.1, including new features like Portrait mode on the iPhone 7 Plus and a number of important fixes for the iPhone and iPad. 

Camera and Photos

  • Introduces Portrait Camera for iPhone 7 Plus that creates a depth effect that keeps your subject sharp while creating a beautifully blurred background (beta)
  • People names in the Photos app are saved in iCloud backups
  • Improved the display of wide color gamut photos in the grid views of the Photos app
  • Fixes an issue where opening the Camera app would show a blurred or flashing screen for some users
  • Fixes an issue that caused Photos to quit for some users when turning on iCloud Photo Library

  • Transit support for every major train, subway, ferry, and national bus line, as well as local bus systems for Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya
  • Sign-based transit navigation including layouts of all underground structures and walkways that connect large transit stations
  • Transit fare comparison when viewing alternative transit routes

  • New option to replay bubble and full screen effects
  • Messages effects can play with Reduce Motion enabled
  • Fixes an issue that could lead to contact names appearing incorrectly in Messages
  • Addresses an issue where Messages could open to a white screen
  • Addresses an issue that could prevent the report junk option from displaying with unknown senders
  • Fixes an issue where videos captured and sent in the Messages app could be missing audio

Apple Watch
  • Adds distance and average pace to workout summaries in the Activity app for outdoor wheelchair run pace and outdoor wheelchair walk pace
  • Fixes issues that may have prevented Music playlists from syncing to Apple Watch
  • Addresses an issue that was preventing invitations and data to appear in Activity Sharing
  • Fixes an issue that was allowing Activity Sharing to update over cellular when manually disabled
  • Resolves an issue that was causing some third-party apps to crash when inputting text

Other improvements and fixes
  • Improves Bluetooth connectivity with 3rd party accessories
  • Improves AirPlay Mirroring performance when waking a device from sleep
  • Fixes an issue where playback would not work for iTunes purchased content when the "Show iTunes Purchases" setting is turned off
  • Fixes an issue where certain selfie apps and face filters used with the FaceTime HD Camera on iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus did not display a live preview
  • Fixes an issue in Health where individual strokes are converted to separate characters when using the Chinese handwriting keyboard
  • Improves performance of sharing websites from Safari to Messages
  • Fixes an issue in Safari that caused web previews in tab view to not display correctly
  • Fixes an issue that caused certain Mail messages to be reformatted with very small text
  • Fixes an issue that caused some HTML email to be formatted incorrectly
  • Fixes an issue that in some cases caused the search field to disappear in Mail
  • Fixes an issue that could prevent Today View Widgets from updating when launched
  • Fixes an issue where Weather widget sometimes failed to load data
  • Fixes an issue on iPhone 7 where Home Button click settings would not appear in search results
  • Fixes an issue that prevented spam alert extensions from blocking calls
  • Resolves an issue that could prevent alarm sounds from going off
  • Fixes an issue where audio playback via Bluetooth would cause the Taptic engine to stop providing feedback for some users
  • Resolves an issue preventing some users from restoring from iCloud Backup
  • For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website:  https://support.apple.com/HT201222 

Keep reading to check out the iOS 10 features and iOS 10.1 features that these updates offer.

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