Use navigation in the Google Maps app

To get easy, turn-by-turn navigation to places, use the Google Maps app. Maps will show you directions and use real-time traffic information to find the best route to your destination.

With voice navigation, you’ll hear traffic alerts, where to turn, which lane to use, and if there's a better route.

Note: Navigation and info about which lane to use aren't available in all regions and languages. 

Start or stop navigation

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app Google Maps.
  2. Search for a place or tap it on the map.
  3. In the bottom right, tap Directions. If you touch and hold the button instead, you’ll start navigation and can skip steps 4-6.
  4. Optional: To add additional destinations, go to the top right and tap More More and then Add stop. You can add up to 9 stops. When you are finished, tap Done.
  5. Choose one of the following:
    • Driving: Driving
    • Transit: Transit
    • Walking: Walking
    • Rides: Ride Services
    • Cycling: Cycling
  6. If other routes are available, they will be shown in gray on the map. To follow an alternate route, tap the gray line.
  7. To start navigation, tap Start Start. If you see “Searching for GPS,” your phone is trying to get a GPS signal. For example, you might be in or near a tunnel, parking garage, or other location where there’s no GPS signal.
  8. To stop or cancel navigation, go to the bottom left and tap Close Close.

Tips:

See more actions while navigating

To see more actions while you’re navigating to a place, go to the bottom right and tap the up arrow Up arrow. To hide the menu, tap the down arrow Down Arrow.

  • Search along route: Look for a place along your route, like a restaurant or gas station. Learn how to search along your route.
  • Show satellite map: See the map in more detail using satellite images.
  • Directions: Get a list of step-by-step directions.
  • Settings: Change your settings, like switching between miles and kilometers.

Hear voice directions

When you navigate to a place, you can hear voice directions. Note: This is not available for step-by-step transit directions. 

Change the volume level

Step 1: Raise the media volume on your phone

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, press the volume button. You'll see the volume level onscreen. 
  2. To the right of the volume level, tap the Down arrow Down Arrow.
  3. Tap and drag to increase the media volume.

Step 2: Raise Google Maps navigation volume

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app Google Maps.
  2. Tap Menu Menu and then Settings and then Navigation settings and then Voice level.
  3. Choose Louder, Normal, or Softer.

Mute, unmute, or hear alerts

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app Google Maps.
  2. Start navigation.
  3. In the top right, tap Sound Sound. Then, choose one of the following:
    • Mute: Tap Mute Mute.
    • Hear alerts: Tap Alerts Alerts. You’ll hear alerts like traffic, construction, and crashes. You won’t hear turn-by-turn directions.
    • Unmute: Tap Sound Sound.

Fix voice navigation problems

Hear directions through your phone instead of Bluetooth

Bluetooth devices don't always connect easily. If you're having trouble hearing Maps instructions through your Bluetooth speakers, play Maps audio through your phone's speakers instead. You can choose which speakers to use in Google Maps settings.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app Google Maps.
  2. Tap Menu Menu and then Settings and then Navigation settings.
  3. Turn off Play voice over Bluetooth.

Note: On Google Maps for Android version 9.13 and up, you can play a test sound. To play a test sound, open the Google Maps app Google Maps and then Settings and then Navigation settings and then Play test sound. You'll hear "This is what it will sound like when navigating with Google Maps."

Fix other navigation problems

Step 1: Switch to your car speakers

You can hear voice navigation from your car speakers using Bluetooth or a USB cable.

Use Bluetooth

  1. Turn on Bluetooth on your Android phone or tablet.
  2. Pair your phone or tablet to your car.
  3. Set the source for your car's audio system to Bluetooth.
  4. On your phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app Google Maps.
  5. Tap Menu Menu and then Settings and then Navigation settings.
  6. To hear navigation from your car speakers, turn on Play voice over Bluetooth.
  7. Start navigation.

Use a USB cable

  1. Set the source for your car’s audio system to USB.
  2. On your phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app Google Maps.
  3. Tap Menu Menu and then Settings and then Navigation settings.
  4. Turn off Play voice over Bluetooth.
  5. Connect your phone to your car with the USB cable.
  6. Start navigation.
Step 2: Turn on your device’s volume

Make sure that your phone or tablet’s volume is on and not muted. After you start navigation, turn your volume up.

Step 3: Make sure voice is turned on in the Maps app

If you only heard instructions within the first few minutes, or you never heard instructions at all, you're in a different navigation mode. To switch to another mode:

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app Google Maps.
  2. Start navigation.
  3. In the top right, you'll see the volume setting. It will be either:
    • Sound Sound
    • Mute Mute
    • Alerts Alerts 
  4. To hear sound all the time, tap the volume setting and switch to Sound Sound. Google Maps should start talking.
Step 4: Turn up the volume in the Maps app
  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app Google Maps.
  2. Tap Menu Menu and then Settings and then Navigation settings and then Voice level.
  3. Choose Louder.
Step 5: Download voice directions

Sometimes voice directions aren’t downloaded or need to be updated on your phone or tablet. When this happens, you’ll hear a chime instead of voice directions.

  1. Make sure you're connected to the Internet. Voice directions will download faster if you have a strong Internet connection.
  2. Get directions.
  3. Use the Google Maps app as you normally would. Voice directions will be downloaded while you have the Maps app open.
  4. When the voice directions are done downloading, you'll hear directions instead of chimes when navigating to a place.

More things you can do with navigation

Mute voice directions during phone calls

If you get a phone call while navigating somewhere, you can answer the call, but you’ll hear voice directions unless you mute it.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app Google Maps.
  2. Tap Menu Menu and then Settings and then Navigation settings.
  3. Turn on or off "Play voice during phone calls."
Change the voice

You might be able to switch to another voice from your phone or tablet's text-to-speech settings.

  1. Go to your phone or tablets's settings app.
  2. Tap Language and input.
  3. Tap Text-to-speech output.
  4. Under "Preferred engine," select another text-to-speech option.
  5. Voice navigation will use the voice you selected. This will change the voice in other apps too.
Change the language
  1. On your Android phone or tablet, close the Google Maps app Google Maps.
  2. Go to your phone or tablet settings.
  3. Select the language settings.
  4. Select another language.

Notes:

  • This will change the language of your phone or tablet's menus and other apps.
  • You might not hear street names when you change your language.
Tips for saving battery life when using navigation

Your battery is used faster with navigation because Maps uses these things from your phone or tablet:

  • Your current location
  • Your screen
  • Your speakers

Battery-saving tips

  • 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.
  • Turn off your screen: If you don't need to see the screen while using navigation, press the power button on your phone or tablet to turn it off. You'll still hear voice directions.
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