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Use navigation in the Google Maps app

You can use navigation in the Google Maps app to get turn-by-turn directions to places easily. Maps will show you directions and uses 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. Open the Google Maps app Google Maps.
  2. Search for a place or tap it on the map.
  3. In the bottom right, tap the blue circle. It'll show a car, bus, bike, person waving, or person walking. If you touch and hold the blue circle 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 alternate 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 Navigate 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 X.

Tips:

See more actions while navigating

To see more actions while you’re navigating to a place, tap the white bar at the bottom of the screen. To hide the menu, tap it again.

  • Search along route: Look for a place along your route, like a restaurant or gas station. Learn how to search along your route.
  • Alternate routes: See other routes and estimated travel times.
  • 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.

Change the volume level

  1. Open the Google Maps app Google Maps and then Menu Menu and then Settings and then Navigation settings.
  2. Choose Louder, Normal, or Softer.

Mute, unmute, or hear alerts

  1. Open the Google Maps app Google Maps.
  2. Start navigation.
  3. In the top right, tap Sound Sound. Then, tap one of the following:
    • Mute Mute.
    • Alerts Alerts. You’ll hear updates about traffic, construction, and crashes. You won’t hear turn-by-turn directions.
    • Sound Sound. You'll hear updates and turn-by-turn directions.

Fix voice navigation problems

Step 1: 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 2: Make sure voice is turned on in the Maps app
  1. Open the Google Maps app Google Maps.
  2. Start navigation.
  3. In the top right, you should see Sound Sound. If you don’t see this, tap Mute Mute and then Sound Sound. Google Maps should start talking.
Step 3: Turn up the volume in the Maps app
  1. Open the Google Maps app Google Maps and then Menu Menu and then Settings and then Navigation settings.
  2. Choose Louder.
Step 4: Choose which speakers to use

Hear voice navigation from 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 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. Open the Google Maps app Google Maps and then Menu Menu and then Settings and then Navigation settings.
  5. Turn on "Play voice over Bluetooth."

Use a USB cable

  1. Set the source for your car’s audio system to USB.
  2. Open the Google Maps app Google Maps and then Menu Menu and then Settings and then Navigation settings.
  3. Turn off "Play voice over Bluetooth."

Note: Use a charging-only USB cable or a power adapter that’s connected to an outlet or cigarette lighter.

Hear voice navigation from your phone or tablet’s speaker

  1. Turn off Bluetooth on your phone or tablet.
  2. Open the Google Maps app Google Maps and then Menu Menu and then Settings and then Navigation settings.
  3. Turn off "Play voice over Bluetooth."
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

Change the language
  1. Go to your phone or tablet settings.
  2. Tap General and then Language & region.
  3. 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.
Tip 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, touch the power button on your phone or tablet to turn it off. You'll still hear voice directions.

What you need to use navigation

On your phone or tablet:

  • Turn on GPS
  • Let Google Maps access your current location and audio speakers
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