Where i park app recomendation?

Pravda

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I don't have an apple watch yet but been making a list of apps that i definitely would like to have on the watch (i know, i have issues, but its helping me deal with the wait, 3-4 more weeks...).

Can anyone suggest an app that i can use with the Watch that i can mark a spot where i parked and later be able to pull it up to find it? Would definitely be an added bonus if there's an option to add how much time is left on the meter, etc.

I did google it and "Find My Car Smarter" app came up, but its not showing much reviews.

Thanks.
 

Julien

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I have Automatic and it works great. It even open your car's location in :apple:Maps on your :apple:Watch so you can use walking navigation. However it is not just an App but a multi function dongle. So probably not what you are looking for.

https://www.automatic.com
 
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Pravda

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I have Automatic and it works great. It even open your car's location in :apple:Maps on your :apple:Watch so you can use walking navigation. However it is not just an App but a multi function dongle. So probably not what you are looking for.

https://www.automatic.com
Thanks for the heads up, seems like a cool gizmo, but i'm just looking into an app. But might consider it for later, seems like it can be useful.
 

NotSafeForWork

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Thanks for the heads up, seems like a cool gizmo, but i'm just looking into an app. But might consider it for later, seems like it can be useful.
I have Find My Car Smarter and love that it's completely automatic. The dongles are $25 but worth it (I bought two, one for business travel).

On the Watch it has a Glance that takes you to the app then walking directions back to your car in the maps app.

Accuracy is only as good as GPS allows but it's good enough to find your car in a stadium or parking structure.

Still debatable whether you should use your Watch or iPhone for this (Watch isn't always quickest to load the app) but the app itself is solid.
 

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I also use Automatic and don't know of an app.

There is a possible work around until you find one. Switch to the Maps glance, tap on the map to launch the Maps app and then tap and hold (not force touch) to drop a pin.
 

JonMPLS

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Simple one to try . . .

There are a dozen or so that have some options on the Apple watch. I tried a few on my phone. Some keep the GPS running all the time! One had a noisy splash screen when it opened. One can't seem to get a lock.

On free on to try is "ParkoFindo." Despite the name it seem to work pretty well, is easy, and has an associated watch app. And it does not tie up GPS unless it is actually in use.

For $1.99, Car Finder 2 is also looking good. Also offers a view in Glances.
 
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Pravda

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There are a dozen or so that have some options on the Apple watch. I tried a few on my phone. Some keep the GPS running all the time! One had a noisy splash screen when it opened. One can't seem to get a lock.

On free on to try is "ParkoFindo." Despite the name it seem to work pretty well, is easy, and has an associated watch app. And it does not tie up GPS unless it is actually in use.

For $1.99, Car Finder 2 is also looking good. Also offers a view in Glances.
Thank you guys for you feedback.
Looks like Car Finder 2 might be the one.
I will also try dropping a pin per previous post.

Greatly appreciated.
 

JonMPLS

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Thank you guys for you feedback.
Looks like Car Finder 2 might be the one.
I will also try dropping a pin per previous post.

Greatly appreciated.
Let us know what you think. I am kind of liking Parkofindo at the moment. seems quicker.
 

davideotape

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reinterating Automatic. got mine at the launch discount and love it. ive used it with a 15 year old volvo and my current 2015 car and both worked great.

as long as the app is open in the background it logs everywhere you park via bluetooth to your phone. sortve watch a watch app would do,but no need to open any apps or tap anything to log it. you only need to hit up Glances when you actually want to find the car. and like others have said, the phone app gives you directions. the watch may do that too but ive never gone past the app in glances
 
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NotSafeForWork

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as long as the app is open in the background it logs everywhere you park via bluetooth to your phone
Not to be competitive (I really don't have a dog in this fight :)) the one advantage of Find My Car Smarter is that you don't have to have anything running in the background, it takes care of the background tracking itself.

Pair it once and forget it forever ... until you need it.
 

davideotape

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Not to be competitive (I really don't have a dog in this fight :)) the one advantage of Find My Car Smarter is that you don't have to have anything running in the background, it takes care of the background tracking itself.

Pair it once and forget it forever ... until you need it.
They probably both work similarly. yours is $50 cheaper and automatic has a lot more functionailty though.
 

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I don't have an apple watch yet but been making a list of apps that i definitely would like to have on the watch (i know, i have issues, but its helping me deal with the wait, 3-4 more weeks...).

Can anyone suggest an app that i can use with the Watch that i can mark a spot where i parked and later be able to pull it up to find it? Would definitely be an added bonus if there's an option to add how much time is left on the meter, etc.

I did google it and "Find My Car Smarter" app came up, but its not showing much reviews.

Thanks.
I just released an app called "Car Pup" in the app store. It's designed to automatically mark your parking locations, without having to remember to do so yourself (it has the meter feature). It's more of a hobby, but if you do download it, I'd love to get your thoughts on it and also, if you have any particular features you'd like to see if I add Watch functionality.

Thanks!
 

CobraPA

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Kind of old thread, but since App authors are posting up... My sig has my parking finder. You can save location from the watch as well, but no parking meter integration. That's not a bad idea.

Also, if you use Waze (free), it will mark parking locations when you stop. I haven't testing it for finding your car afterwards though, as it seems to be geared more towards driving gps usage.
 

JonMPLS

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Parko Findo has a terrible sounding name but works perfectly (if you don't mind setting manual location when you depart from the car)
This is my favorite too! Simple, locks fast and just works. I tried about 5-10 of these things before settling on this one. Also agree the name is pretty questionable . . .
 

Pravda

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Thank you for the feed back an recommendations.

Been using an app called Park & Stride. Works flawlessly and is very reliable.
Has an additive feature of calculating the walk back and tells you when you should head back.
Great app.


(eddited: autocorrect addictive instead of additive)
 
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