This new feature in iOS 10 is really a much-welcomed feature. How many times have you visited a mall or an office complex or your doctor’s office and forgotten where you parked your car. I have covered large parking lots tirelessly pressing my car remote button to figure out where exactly I parked my car. Usually I would take a photo of the location ( Floor/Spot #s) and find my way back. This new Parked feature is way better when it works.
By default this feature works out of box on your iPhone with a few easy settings. In order to get this functionality working, you will have to follow these easy settings on your iPhone running iOS 10.
The feature takes advantage of your bluetooth pairing with your vehicle if your car does not have the carplay option. If you are having issues with pairing your bluetooth with your car, You may want to try fixing that first. The best course of action is to force close all the open apps on your iPhone, reboot your phone and then follow the steps below.
- Make Sure that your iPhone has been set up to connect with your car’s Bluetooth. We recommend that you un-pair the iPhone and redo the pairing process following the iOS 10 update. While at it, Delete the old iPhone connection info from the car and re-do it. On your iPhone, tap on Settings > General > About > Name and change the name of the device from iPhone to something new. Once you have re-named the device, try to pair it with your car’s bluetooth.
- You will need to be using Apple Maps to get this functionality as you will see the parked car spot on your Apple Map. Please make sure that you turn on the notification settings for Maps. Tap on Settings > Notifications > Maps and make sure you have the setting enabled.
- Frequent Locations setting needs to be turned on under Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services > Frequent Locations
- Tap on Settings > Maps > Scroll down and enable “Show Parked Location” under Your Car
Steps three and four are critical for this feature to work. If you are still having issues in getting this functionality working try to do a Reset all Settings on your iPhone and then try to re-do the above steps to get the functionality working.
Mindful of the Battery
Since the functionality depends upon your location services setting being turned ON, it can drain your battery. This is particularly important if you are using an older iPhone 6.
If you use the functionality, be mindful abut the status icon for location services as well. That can impact your battery life and cellular data. You may consider switching off this status icon by going to
Go to settings > privacy > systems services and scroll right to the bottom. Turn the setting to OFF for the Status bar Icon here.
In its whitepaper for battery performance for iDevice, Apple points out that
- You can optimize your battery life by turning off Location Services for the app. Turn off in Settings > Privacy > Location Services.
- In Location Services, you can see each app listed with its permission setting. Apps that recently used location services have an indicator next to the on/off switch.
As of writing this post, many users have complained that the feature is not working with their iPhone 5S devices. Apple support seems to be thinking that is related to older Car stereo equipment but we have seen issues even in some newer cars. We will keep this post updated as we find out additional information. We have not been able to get the feature working on the iPhone 5. We have tested this on the 6S and the iPhone 7 models using a 2006 Lexus. There are known issues around the feature not working with BMW vehicles due to bluetooth connectivity problems.
We hope that you are able to connect to your automobile and take advantage of this nifty feature.