Turn-by-turn Navigation

Google Maps Navigation makes getting to places easier when you drive, walk, or bike. It tells you live traffic conditions, where to turn, which lane to use, and if there's a better route. If you get off track, Maps will automatically find a new route for you.

Note: Turn-by-turn navigation and info about which lane to use aren't available in all regions and languages.

How to use Navigation

Start Navigation
  1. Open the Google Maps app maps.
  2. Get directions to a location.
  3. To hear voice-guided Navigation, touch the Navigation icon .
  4. To exit Navigation, touch the X in the lower left.
See how long it will take

You can see about how long it'll take to get where you're going at the bottom of the screen.

What the color means

The time remaining will show up in different colors depending on the traffic. Here's what the colors mean:

  • Red = Heavy traffic
  • Yellow = Some traffic
  • Green = Very little traffic
  • Gray = No traffic information is available

Switch to miles or kilometers

  1. Open the Google Maps app maps.
  2. Touch the menu > Settings > Distance units.
  3. Choose the unit you want.
Mute voice navigation

You can silence voice navigation by touching the mute button.

  1. Start Navigation.
  2. From the lower right, touch the menu three vertical dots.
  3. Select Mute .

To turn voice navigation back on, touch Mute again.

You can also silence voice navigation by touching the volume controls on your device.

What you need to use Navigation

Phone or tablet requirements

  • GPS turned on
  • Allow Google Maps to access your current location and audio speakers
  • An Internet connection

Where Navigation is available

For a newer Android device and newer version of Google Maps (Version 7 or higher)

  • Algeria**
  • Andorra
  • Angola
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain**
  • Belgium
  • Bolivia
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Estonia
  • Ethiopia
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Greece
  • Guatemala
  • Guyana
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Ivory Coast / Cote d'lvoire
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Mali
  • Malta
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Nigeria
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Puerto Rico
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Russia**
  • Rwanda
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela

**Only available for certain regions

For an older Android device or older version of Google Maps (Version 6.14.5 or below)

  • Algeria**
  • Andorra
  • Angola
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain**
  • Belgium
  • Bolivia
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Estonia
  • Ethiopia
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Greece
  • Guatemala
  • Guyana
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Ivory Coast / Cote d'lvoire
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Mali
  • Malta
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Nigeria
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Puerto Rico
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Russia**
  • Rwanda
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela

**Only available for certain regions

For iPhone or iPad

Google Maps Navigation (Beta) requires at least Apple iOS 5.1+.

  • Algeria**
  • Angola
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain**
  • Belgium
  • Bolivia
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Estonia
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Greece
  • Guatemala
  • Guyana
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Mali
  • Malta
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Nigeria
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Puerto Rico
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Russia**
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Tanzania
  • Tunisia
  • Thailand
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela

**Only available for certain regions

Tips and tricks

Start Navigation quickly
  1. Open the Google Maps app maps.
  2. Search for a place or touch it on the map.
  3. Touch and hold the transportation button. It'll show a car, bike, or person walking. Google Maps will automatically choose the best route and open Navigation.
Use voice commands in Navigation

You can use your voice during Navigation on your Android phone or tablet. When you're navigating somewhere, go to the top right corner of your screen and touch the microphone icon . Then say what you want Navigation to do.

Learn more about voice commands for Navigation.

See a step-by-step list of directions

To see the step-by-step list, touch or swipe up the white bar at the bottom of your screen.

To go back to the map view, swipe down towards to the bottom of your screen.

Switch to another route

Alternate routes are shown in gray on the map. You can pick a different route at any time.

  1. Open the Google Maps app maps.
  2. Start Navigation.
  3. In the bottom right, touch the alternate route icon .
  4. Choose the route you want. Navigation will now use that route.

Troubleshooting

Fix voice navigation

Are you having these problems?

  • Can't hear voice navigation
  • The voice is too loud or soft
  • You want to use another voice

If so, read these tips about fixing voice navigation.

Battery usage

Your battery is used faster with Navigation because Maps uses these things from your device:

  • Your current location
  • Your screen
  • Your speakers

Battery-saving tips

Here are some quick tips for saving battery life while using Navigation:

1 Use a power adapter

You don't need to worry about your battery draining if your phone is charging. We recommend using a power adaptor, especially when your trip is longer than 30 minutes.

2 Turn off your screen

If you don't need to see the screen while using Navigation, just touch the power button to turn it off. You'll still get voice navigation through your device's speakers.

See the map from your point of view
  1. Open the Google Maps app maps.
  2. Search for a place or drop a pin on the map.
  3. Start Navigation.
  4. At the right side of the screen, touch the compass . You'll now see the map from your point of view.
Use Navigation offline

While you can save a map to use offline, you can't use Navigation offline.

To use Navigation, your device needs an Internet connection.

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