How to Change the Google Maps Navigation Voice

Google Maps is one of the most popular navigation tools out there, but did you know that there are other voice options for your navigator? If you're gearing up for a long road trip, or just using Maps to avoid surprises on your daily commute, you might enjoy having a new voice along for the ride.

Here's how you can use your device settings to make that road trip with a driving companion in the accent or language of your choice.

These instructions work for the Google Maps app on iOS or Android.

Changing the Voice or Language on Google Maps

  1. In the Google Maps application tap the three horizontal lines icon on the top left.

  2. In the Google Maps menu, tap the gear icon at the top right to access Settings.

  3. In the Settings menu scroll down to the Using Maps heading, and tap Voice Search.

  4. In the Voice Search menu, scroll to select a language and region.

There are a dozen different English language options, designated by geographical areas such as Canada, India, or Great Britain. The Spanish language also has multiple geographical options, as do other widely used languages, such as French.

Google Maps Settings Navigation Voice Search

Google Maps vs. Google Assistant

Google Maps and Google Assistant are completely separate. While Google Assistant has garnered attention for updated voices and celebrity voice additions, Google Maps does not currently allow for voice options outside of those located in the process outlined here.

If you're looking for more unique voice options, check out Google-owned Waze, which has more voice options and occasional promotional voices such as Lightning McQueen or Morgan Freeman. In fact, Waze even lets you record your own voice!