How to Change the Google Maps Navigation Voice

There are many voice options available

What to Know

  • Open Google Maps and go to Settings > Navigation settings > Voice selection. Pick a voice.
  • If you're looking for more unique voices, check out the Google-owned app, Waze.

This article explains how to change the voice and language of your directions in the Google Maps app. These instructions work for the Google Maps app on iOS or Android.

Changing the Language on Google Maps

Whether you're changing the language to match your preferred language or switching things up to learn a new one, you can change the language in Google Maps in a few quick steps.

  1. In the Google Maps app, tap your avatar to the right of the search bar at the top of the app.

  2. Scroll down and select Settings.

  3. Scroll down and go to Navigation settings.

    Changing the voice language on Google Maps.
  4. Choose Voice selection.

  5. Select a voice from the list.

    Google Maps offers several languages and dialects. The iOS app has a dozen 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. Android has more than 50 languages and dialects like English (UK), Deutsch, Filipino, and English (Nigeria).

    Changing the voice language on Google Maps.

Can You Use Google Assistant Voices on Google Maps?

Google Maps and Google Assistant are separate entities. 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. Plus, Waze lets you record your voice.

  • How do you drop a pin in Google Maps?

    To drop a pin in Google Maps on a PC or Mac, right-click where you want the pin dropped. Then select Directions to here. Mobile users should tap and hold the location on the map.

  • How do you download maps on Google Maps?

    To download a map to be used offline, perform tap and hold on the map, then swipe left. Tap Download > tap Download again.

  • How do you measure distance on Google Maps?

    To measure distance on Google Maps, tap and hold to pin the first location on the map. Swipe up on the location's name and select Measure distance. Next, move the map until the circle is on the second location. The distance between the two spots will appear at the bottom of the screen.

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