Use navigation in Google Maps built into your car

Important: This article is only for Google Maps built into your car. Feature availability or functionality may depend on your car manufacturer or region. Learn how to navigate on other platforms.

For easy and reliable navigation, use the Google Maps app in your car. Maps will guide you with real-time traffic information to find the best route to your destination.

Voice navigation updates you with traffic information, turn-by-turn instructions, which lanes to use, and route updates if a better route becomes available.

Start or stop navigation

You can search on Maps using voice commands or the car's center screen:

  1. On your car's home screen, open the Google Maps app Maps.
  2. You may find up to two suggested destinations. Tap on these to navigate to or search for your destination.
  3. Start or stop navigation:
    • Other routes will be shown as gray lines on the map. Tap the gray lines to change your route selection.
    • To start navigation, tap Start Start.
    • To stop navigation, tap Close Close.

Tip: Some cars have an activity toggle button on the steering wheel that can display Maps on your driver dashboard.

Customize your route

Add a stop along the route

  1. On your car's home screen, open the Google Maps app Maps.
  2. Search for your destination or tap it on the map.
  3. At the bottom, tap Explore Explore and then Add stop Add stop.
  4. Find your stop in either of these ways:
    • Select a category. Then tap the location you want to add to your route.
    • Tap Search by voice Voice search. Use voice to search for your stop.
  5. ​Tap Add stop Add stop and then Confirm Checkmark. The chosen stop will be added as your next stop.

Search by category along the route

  1. On your car's home screen, open the Google Maps app Maps.
  2. Search for your destination or tap it on the map.
  3. At the bottom, tap Search Search.
  4. Select a category, like a restaurant Restaurant or grocery store Grocery store. You'll find a list of nearby places and the estimated travel time to get there.
  5. Tap the location you want to add to your route.
  6. Tap Add stop Add stop and then Confirm Checkmark.

Avoid tolls, highways, or ferries

  1. On your car's home screen, open the Google Maps app Maps.
  2. Search for your destination or tap it on the map.
  3. Tap Route overview Route overview and then Route options Route options.
  4. Tap an option and then Back Back.

Turn traffic layers on and off

  1. On your car's home screen, open the Google Maps app Maps.
  2. At the bottom, tap Settings Settings.
  3. Turn Traffic on and off.

More navigation features

Mute, unmute, or hear traffic alerts only

  1. On your car's home screen, open the Google Maps app Maps.
  2. At the bottom, tap Settings Settings and then Mute settings.
  3. Choose one of the following:
    • Mute Mute: Mutes voice directions during navigation.
    • Sound Sound: Unmutes voice directions during navigation.
    • Traffic alerts only Alerts: Hear alerts from traffic, construction, and crashes.

Navigate to home or work

To navigate to your labeled home or work addresses:

  1. On your car's home screen, open the Google Maps app Maps.
  2. Tap the search bar and then Personal.
  3. Tap Home or Work.

You can label or edit your home and work addresses directly from your car:

  1. On your car's home screen, open the Google Maps app Maps.
  2. Tap Settings Settings and then Edit home or work.
  3. Tap Home or Work and then Edit Edit.

Use the compass or recenter the map

  • To switch the map between pointing in the direction you’re traveling and pointing North, tap Compass Compass.
  • To recenter the map to your current location, tap Your location Your location.

Find speed limits

Important: This feature is unavailable in some locations.

You may find speed limit information while using navigation in some areas.

Speed limits shown in Maps are for informational use only. Make sure to confirm speed limits with the posted traffic signs.

Navigate offline

If you have a poor internet connection, offline maps will be used to guide you to your destination.

Learn how to download offline maps.

Find battery on arrival and out of range alerts

When you search for a destination in an electric vehicle, Maps will show your estimated battery remaining on arrival Battery on arrival to your destination. If you need to charge your car to reach the destination, you can add a compatible charging station to your trip.

Learn more about using Google Maps in your electric vehicle.

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