Here is How You Can Mark Parking on Google Maps

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Google has rolled out its ‘parking’ feature to users in its latest update for both Android and iOS users. Reiterating what we said in our earlier report, the feature is a life saver.

The new update to Google Maps brings respite to everyone who has trouble remembering the exact spot where they parked their car in the large mall or busy street.

The feature was introduced in the beta version of the Google Maps app last month but was taken off for a while before the company made it public.

“Now, Google Maps for Android and iOS will not only help you get where you’re going, but it’ll help you remember where you parked once you’ve arrived,” says Jeff Albertson, Product Manager, Google Maps.

How Does the Feature Work?

For Android Users

Android device users will need to tap on the blue dot that depicts their current location and select ‘Save your parking’ from the drop-down menu.

You’ll see ‘You parked here’ written beside the blue dot now and once you leave the spot, a blue dot with the alphabet ‘P’ on it.

Users also have the option to leave parking notes — like the level and pillar number in the mall parking to help find your car later — the time left on your parking ticket and add photos of the nearby area if you wish.

You can also share your parking location with your friends directly from the app and once you’re out of there, you can ‘clear’ it too.

For iOS Users

iOS users will also need to tap on the blue dot that depicts their current location and select ‘Set as parking location’ from the drop down menu.

Similar to Android, you’ll see ‘You parked here’ written beside the blue dot now and once you leave the spot, a blue dot with the alphabet ‘P’ on it.

You’ll be able to add notes, enter the time left on your parking ticket, add photos and share the location with your friends and family.

This feature comes in addition to Google Map’s automatic parking detection for iOS.

If the device is connected to the car using USB audio or Bluetooth, then the parking spot was marked as soon as these were disconnected.

“Some say it’s about the journey, not the destination — but we think it’s about a little of both,” Albertson added.

You’ll also get a notification on your device related to your parking, which can be turned off — it won’t hamper with your parking indicator on the map.

The new feature is going to be a lifesaver for those who travel to new places quite often and often lose their way back to where they parked their vehicle — especially in crowded areas.

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