How to save your car's location on Maps for Windows 10 Mobile

One of my worst time-wasters is trying to find where I parked my car. When I was living in New York City, I didn't need to drive every day. So after a few days of not driving, I would forget where I parked near the house. I'd have to walk around few blocks until I find the car. A workaround that helped was to take a photo of the location. If you are forgetful like me, the Maps app for Windows 10 Mobile has a built-in feature that helps mark the location and find your car later on. I'll show you how it works.

If you're using navigation, tap the Car icon at the bottom of the screen when you're near your destination. It'll stamp the time and address of the location on the map. There are options to add a photo, note, and even adjust the location in case it is incorrect. When you're done, tap the save button.

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When you're not using the navigation, follow these steps:

  1. Tap the hamburger menu
  2. Tap Favorites and then Add location under Car

How to get back to your car

Windows 10 directions

  1. Tap the hamburger menu, then Favorites
  2. Tap Car to open its location in the map or tap Directions under Car to immediately start navigating there.

That's it! Have you ever forgotten where you parked? Will you be using this built-in feature on Windows 10 Mobile? Let us know in the comments!

Mark Guim is Video Editor at Windows Central. He switched to Windows because the MacBook Pro isn't Pro enough. You can follow him on Twitter at @markguim.

68 Comments
  • This is handy. I'll use in the future. EDIT: It would be awesome​ if they could do that automatically. If you have location on and you are going a "car speed" somewhere and then all of a sudden you stop (obviously this could happen in traffic) then it would save that location.
  • Here drive did that on wp 8... It saved the location where the bluetooth connection was stopped. It was really great.
  • Yes that was great!
  • Gadgets does that now. It saves the last location a device was used.this is a better implementation since it will work across anything regardless of what u use for navigation just as long as u connect via bluetooth
  • Exactly. I noticed that happened a number of times on WP8. I always thought it had to do with the last time the car charger was unplugged from the phone, didn't know it had to do with Bluetooth connection.
  • I cannot forget how this feature was a blessing when i was once lost trying to find where i parked my car in Austria. I was using the Drive app to get to places as i was new (tourist) there. When i realised i was lost, it struck me that the drive app always records the location where you stopped the navigation. Many months before i had switch on the feature to save the location. I could'nt have been happier to see the location saved by the app. :) and oh boy was i really far away from the car...
  • I wonder if I could do that to keep track of my shopping cart at Costco.
  • It's probably in the middle of the aisle blocking everyone like every shopping cart.
  • Android already does this automatically with Google Now
  • Cool story bro.
  • Well wouldn't you like it do do it automatically. I sure would.
  • Windows phone does this automatically. Just check Device Hub.​
  • Thanks for mentioning this, I had no idea until I read your comment yesterday! Just tested it this morning and it works. Both implemenations are useful, but nice to know this can automatically be done.
  • Lol. As if it does.
  • HERE maps would do it automatically as well on windows phone 8.1.
  • Google is evil. Didn't you know? Google it, wait, don't.
  • Bing it ;)
  • Windows phone can do it automatically. In Device Hub.But luckily there's also a manual option. But Google doesn't want you to have that I suppose.  
  • It works very hit and miss on my phone, well more miss really. When I travel to work it tells me where I am parked, buy whenever I go anywhere else it doesn't work. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Do you see the pattern in there?
  • Here drive has a feature called find my car. It automatically saves the location .
  • Nokia phones can do this automatically with the Device Hub, provided your car has bluetooth. Your car will show up on the map as a Bluetooth device, and it will show you where you last disconnected it, which is presumably where you parked it.
  • I didn't know about this. Thanks for the tip!
  • Can you explain the steps where I can find this as my device is not in english
  • So look up for Device Hub in your language. On your phone or in the Store.
  • Microsoft phones too. Also in Device Hub.
  • This is great for when you leave your infants in the car while shopping.
  • I like the way you think
  • But why would anyone leave an infant alone in the car and go shopping for over an hour? That's supposing you don't routinely forget where you are packed within 5 minutes of being away from your car.
  • Social ads say you shouldn't leave those who can't get out from a car by themselves no matter of time. Even for a minute. Got no children, can't prove :)
  • first world problems? :P
  • We live in the first world, so yeah.
  • Few blocks, that's it? Try searching 4-story parking garages in 90 degree weather.
  • Well, I think the Maps wouldn't help in this case. As it wouldn't record the number of stairs/floors where you parked. 2D location, not 3D...
  • Then you start pressing the lock and unlock buttons on your keyfob at random till you locate your car. Lol.
  • Hahahaha, and start panicking cause you may be opening your car's doors directly to someone else in another floor :-)
  • But in this case you can annotate where the car is in the notes (if you're referring to the article and Microsoft Maps).
  • This. ****, I even looked up what's 90°Fahrenheit is in Celsius. You're totally right pointing to the real problem.
  • You can mention this when you park on the notes section of the favorites->car location.
    This reminds me of: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Aewv48YT_Y   
  • Is there no option to ask Cortana "Remember where I parked"?
  • that's a great idea for someone to make an app. 
  • That would be great. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Would have been even nicer if you could have saved the "add this location" as an tile directly on the phone. One tile action to save any location when ever you want it.
  • had no idea this was there. great tip. as mentioned above, cortana integration would be sweet!
  • It would be nice if if it could do this every time it deactivates Driving Mode. Driving Mode is a feature that silences the phone and blocks texts and calls while connected to a car's Bluetooth system. Edit: I just found out that the Gadgets app on the new Lumias automatically remembers where you connected to different bluetooth devices. So if you automatically connect to your car's Bluetooth, it will remember its location when you disconnect. Handy. :)
  • It actually shows all gadgets. (eg. Bluetooth devices, Wireless charging docks, Wired connection (I use an FM transmitter for my car))
  • This is useful. I still haven't given much time to Bing Maps. I'll have to see if it's ready to replace Here Maps soon.
  • Is Bing gonna come with offline capabilities, cos if not then I'm not buying the crazy idea of Nokia taking HERE away from me HERE and just leaving me stuck in the middle of nowHERE.
  • Cool, I discovered that this past Saturday on my 950, after parking at a huge mall (Sawgrass in Florida).
  • Bing Maps on the web is much better than the Maps app. Bing Maps called you Tu have"cards" open for various places simultaneously, lets you click on a map label (store, restaurant, etc.) and it open information about it. The app does none of this. I like the park location saving feature though!
  • Now this would be such a useful feature. Many years ago, before the existence of mobile phones, a colleague drove to an appointment. Parked up in a horrible multi-storey car park. Couldn't remember where his car was parked. He had to walk out of the town, only to retrace the route he had driven in before he could find the car. It only took him an extra 3 hours!!! Oh, for the technology of 'find my car'!
  • @HERE had this down pat - WHEN IS THE APP COMING BACK TO THE STORE!!!! I simpy want to know if IT IS or IS NOT - going to return to the windows store, so i can decide whether or not i need to go back to the iphone. Why would i make that switch you may ask - the answer is simple  - MY OVER 200+ Global Favorites collection is saved in @HERE maps. I can't loose all that information, data and histrory and memories of places i have visited or hope to visited. I don't have the time to recreate it in Windows Mobile's System.
  • Good to know, thanks.
  • I want Maps to use the altimeter from Band 2 to figure out which floor I'm on in the parking garage. Seriously, I almost never remember where I'm parked. Maybe I could put up an NFC tag or something. Really, I need it to be automatic- and then have it tell me again when I walk out the door.
  • How on earth can you forget where you have parked your car......i personaly dont need a app for that.
    But for the ones who does....its nice that there is atleast a solution.... Where the **** are my carkeys......
  • Fortunately, there's a solution to help you find your car keys. :)
  • Idk if this is the right question to ask here but can anybody tell me that can we search a location on map by searching its latitude and longitude bearing....
  • yes.. i do all the time. try   54.720714, -113.284145
  • With Here it only works when the navigation is use. Right now my car is park in Vermont according to Here, that was the last time I used the navigation to get me there, I came back in the car, didn't use the navi and my car is actually parked in NYC. I
  • Hope MS adds a Time meter reminder as well. That would make it complete to me.
  • wow... or you could just remember where you parked. that is a concept. orrrr play more games develop your situational awareness and just not forget.  
  • Can you save trips to the home screen using MS Maps?  One of the great features of Here Drive was the ability to save a trip to the homescreen.  
  • why would i want ms to know my car location?
  • This thing doesn't remember the height you've parked on. It shows the place, but as you get to the elevator and have to chose which button is yours to get to the needed floor... It's rather useless. Some inside-building tech could solve it maybe.
  • Does anybody know how to sync favorites between pc and phone ?.  My phone has like 30 Poi's but pc has only 4 .  
  • Great Tip - thanks. That is a handy option to bring up.
  • Would be awesome if it paired up with driving mode to automatically add it once it loses touch with the Bluetooth device it uses to recognize your car.
  • Gadgets does it automatically for you.