Accessibility in Google Maps

You can use a screen reader, keyboard shortcuts, and other features to make your Google Maps experience more accessible.

Use a screen reader

You can use Google Maps with your Android's accessibility features, including the TalkBack screen reader.

Use TalkBack

Important: The precise steps may vary for your device. To find detailed instructions for your phone or tablet, visit TalkBack setup help.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Settings app .
  2. Tap Accessibility And then TalkBack.
  3. Turn on TalkBack.

Use detailed voice guidance

You can hear detailed audio announcements during walking navigation, such as the distance to your next turn.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app Maps.
  2. Tap your profile picture or initial Account Circle And then Settings Settings.
  3. Tap Navigation settings. Scroll to the bottom.
  4. Under "Walking options," turn on Detailed voice guidance.

Use screen reader with Live View

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app Maps.
  2. In the search bar, tap Lens .
  3. Tilt up your phone and point your camera at buildings, stores, or signs around you.
  4. To find places near you, browse around with your camera.
  5. To know more details about a place, double tap the place.
  6. Tap Category chips to search for places like “restaurants,” “cafe,” and more. 
 

Tips:

  • You can only use the screen reader with Live View if the TalkBack is on.
  • Lens in Maps feature doesn’t support tablet size devices.

Change text size

You can adjust the size of the labels on the map to see them more clearly.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Settings app .
  2. Tap Accessibility. From here, you can:
    • Change font size: To make words larger, tap Font size, and then set your preferred letter size.
    • Change display size: To make items on your screen larger, tap Display size, and then set your preferred icon size.

Zoom in the map

You can zoom in and out of the map with one hand.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app Maps.
  2. Double tap a spot on the map, and then:
    • Drag down to zoom in.
    • Drag up to zoom out.

Double tap and drag down to zoom in

Move the map

You can move around the map with one hand.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app Maps.
  2. Drag the map with your finger.

Drag finger to move around map

Find accessible transit

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app Maps.
  2. In the search bar, enter your destination.
  3. In the list of results, tap the location you want.
  4. Tap Directions and then Transit Transit.
  5. Tap Options.
  6. Under "Routes," tap Wheelchair accessible and then Done.
  7. Choose your route.

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