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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 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, taxi, 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:
    • Transit:
    • Walking:
    • Rides:
    • 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 . 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 Cancel X.

Tips:

  • To see a step-by-step list of directions, tap the white bar at the bottom.
  • To see the map from your point of view, tap the compass.
  • You can add a shortcut to easily get directions to a place you travel to often, like work or home.
  • To switch between miles and kilometers, open the Google Maps app maps and then Menu Menu and then Settings and then Distance units and then Miles or 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 maps and then Menu Menu and then Settings and then Navigation settings and then Voice level.
  2. Choose Louder, Normal, or Softer.

Mute, unmute, or hear alerts

  1. Open the Google Maps app maps.
  2. Start navigation.
  3. In the top right, tap Sound . Then, choose one of the following:
    • Mute: Tap Mute .
    • Hear alerts: Tap Alerts . You’ll hear alerts like traffic, construction, and accidents. You won’t hear turn-by-turn directions.
    • Unmute: Tap Mute and then Sound .

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

Hear voice navigation from your car speakers

  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 maps and then Menu Menu and then Settings and then Navigation settings.
  5. Next to "Play voice over Bluetooth," turn the switch on.

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 maps and then Menu Menu and then Settings and then Navigation settings.
  3. Next to "Play voice over Bluetooth," turn the switch off.

Notes:

  • 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 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."
  • If you want to charge your phone or tablet, use a charging-only USB cable or a power adapter that’s connected to an outlet or cigarette lighter.
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. Open the Google Maps app maps.
  2. Tap Menu Menu and then Settings and then Navigation settings.
  • Turn off voice directions during phone calls: Uncheck the box next to "Play voice during phone calls."
  • Turn on voice directions during phone calls: Check the box next to "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. Close the Google Maps app 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, 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

Phone or tablet requirements

To use navigation, you need to:

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

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