Forgot Your Parking Spot? Don’t Worry, Google Assistant Remembers Where You Parked

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Google Assistant, Google’s artificial intelligence-powered virtual assistant, provides Android users with all the help that they need. It works similar to Apple’s Siri. Google Assistant can be activated by doing a long press on your phone’s home icon or button. Alternatively, you can bring it up by saying Hey Google or OK Google.

Google Assistant can instantly provide you with the information you need, such as traffic conditions, directions, nearest restaurants, and more. You can also tell it to do things, like calling your mom, scheduling a meeting, sending an email, and remembering where you parked your car.

Remembering where you parked is not new to Google Assistant. This handy feature was introduced in 2014, but was ditched for some reason. And recently, some users reported noticing a card in Google Assistant that shows where they’ve parked their vehicle. The users did not remember saving their parking location, which means that Google Assistant remembers where you parked automatically and even without any conscious effort from the user.

How the Google Assistant Parking Spot Reminder Works

Google Assistant automatically remembers where you parked without requiring any action from you. Google Assistant uses your location history and estimates where you stopped driving and started walking. Because it is only an estimate, the result may not be as accurate as you want it to be. But at least you have a general idea of where you left your car. This feature is quite handy if you are not familiar with the area and you don’t know how to get back to your parking area.

If you want more accurate information on where you parked your vehicle, you can do so using Google Maps. All you need to do is save your parking location in Maps before walking away from your car. Though this might be a bit more troublesome than the automatic parking spot reminder, it is more accurate and Google Assistant will save this information instead in the card.

Unfortunately, Google Assistant is not able to estimate a more accurate location for those who are using Android Auto or a Bluetooth connection to their car. Still, this automatic and effortless feature is quite handy for those who drive a car.

The feature is gradually being rolled out through a side-server activation, which means that it is not available for all users yet.

How to Ask Google Assistant to Remember Your Parking Location

Google Assistant relies heavily on your phone’s location to remember your parking location. Turning on your Android phone’s Location service can give Google more details about where you parked.

To turn on Location service , follow the steps below:

  1. Tap the Settings app on your mobile phone.
  2. Tap Location under Personal.
  3. Toggle the switch for Location.

Once you do this, Google will be able to receive more accurate information about your device’s location.

To tell Google Assistant where you parked:

  1. Tap and hold the Home button of your smartphone and say, OK Google. This will activate Google Assistant.
  2. Say the following commands:
    • Remember my parking location.
    • Remember where I parked.
    • I parked here.
  3. Google Assistant will note down your location and save your parking details. These commands will only work if you have Location turned on. If not, you need to provide more information about your parking location. For example:
    • I parked on Building A.
    • My parking spot is E40.
    • I parked on level two. 

When you want to go back to where you parked your car, all you need to do is bring up Google Assistant using the OK Google command, and ask:

  • Where did I park?
  • Where is my car?
  • Do you remember where my car is?
  • Do you know where I parked my car?

Your Google Assistant will then bring up information about where you parked your vehicle. If you have Location turned on, you will also see a map that shows your parking location.

If you forgot to tell Google Assistant where you parked, you can bring up the parking location card to know where you left your car.

Summary

Google Assistant is an extremely useful feature that assists Android users in many ways. The revival of the parking location reminder feature is quite handy for drivers who have trouble remembering where they parked their car or those who have trouble locating their car in the middle of a parking garage. Instead of noting down the exact parking spot or taking a picture of their car while parked, Android users can instead Google Assistant to bring up the parking location card.

The best thing about this feature is that you don’t have to do anything else. As long as you have your location service turned on, Google Assistant will automatically calculate where you stopped driving and started walking, creating an estimate of where you parked your car. So, whether you’re a forgetful driver or just too busy to remember everything, this parking reminder from Google Assistant is perfect for you.

Here’s a tip: To make sure Google Assistant works smoothly and efficiently, use an app such as Outbyte Android Care to optimize your mobile phone’s operating system. This tool also improves your phone’s overall performance.

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