Search for your destination

Navigate to an address, business, or contact.

  1. Open Waze
  2. Tap the search bar
  3. Start typing an address or name of a place. A list of results will appear.
  4. Tap your destination
  5. Tap View routes
  6. Tap Go now to start your navigation, or tap Leave later to plan a drive

You can search in a local language or in English.

Other ways to find your destination

Search by category

  1. Tap the search bar
  2. Tap one of the category icons under the search bar. Some popular categories include Saved, Gas, Food, Parking, and Groceries. You can also tap More to see the categories as a list.
  3. Select the relevant result
  4. Tap View routes
  5. Tap Go now to start your navigation, or tap Leave later to plan a drive

Note: On Android devices, you can change the area Waze includes in your search.

  1. Pan in or out or drag until you find the area you want
  2. Tap Search this area

Use voice search

Search for a destination in Waze with voice commands. You can also search with Google Assistant or use Siri shortcuts.

  1. Tap 
  2. Say the name or address of the destination
  3. Tap the address
  4. Tap View routes
  5. Tap Go now to start your navigation, or tap Leave later to plan a drive

Tip: Make sure you've enabled microphone access in your phone settings.

Navigate to a contact

To navigate to a contact, you need to share your phone contacts with Waze and have their address saved on your phone.

  1. Tap the search bar
  2. Type your contact's name and tap when you see it. Waze searches for the address associated with the contact, and will show a list of addresses like a regular search. 
  3. Tap the address you want to navigate to
  4. Tap View routes
  5. Tap Go now to start your navigation, or tap Leave later to plan a drive
Look for your destination using coordinate points

Search for a destination using latitude and longitude coordinates.

  1. Tap the search bar
  2. Enter numerical coordinates for latitude and longitude. Separate them with a comma.  
    1. Latitude: North is positive, South is negative
    2. Longitude: East is positive, West is negative 
  3. On your device's keyboard, tap the search icon or return button

Example: In the United States, Disney's Epcot Center in Orlando, Florida is located at coordinates 28.375144,-81.549033.

Got questions?

I see a "No route" or "Routing server" error. How do I fix this?

If you see one of the above errors, here are a few things you can try:

Check your internet connection

You could be seeing a routing error message if your device isn’t connected to the internet. Make sure you’re connected and have a strong signal.


Try closing and reopening the app

Routing errors sometimes happen when you move from Wi-Fi to a mobile data connection.

  • Try closing and re-opening Waze
  • Check your internet connection and make sure you have a strong signal


Check your GPS connection

If the above doesn’t work, learn how to connect Waze to your GPS.

Need more help? Check out our Waze Community forum for more questions and answers about Direction and navigation

 

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