How to Change Voices on Waze

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What to Know

  • To choose one of the available voices: In the Waze app, select Waze > Settings (gear) > Voice & sound > Waze voice. Then, choose a voice.
  • To use your own voice: Go to Voice & sound > Waze voice > Record new voice. When Waze reminds you to speak clearly, select Got It.
  • Then, name your voice. In the list of phrases, tap each phrase to record yourself speaking. Select Save when you're finished.

This article explains how to change the Waze voice that speaks to you when giving directions and notifying you of possible road hazards. Instructions cover the Waze app for iOS or Android.

How to Select New Waze Voices

If you would like a new voice to deliver driving directions, there's a quick way to change things up. The list of available voices continually changes so that you can drive along to celebrity voices or quirky characters.

  1. Open the Waze app and select Waze in the lower-left corner of the screen.

  2. In the upper-left corner, select Settings indicated by a gear icon.

  3. Select Voice & sound > Waze voice.

  4. You're presented with a list of available Waze voices. Tap one to choose it. Some voices include street names in the turn-by-turn directions, while others don't.

    The Waze and Settings menus in Waze

    Check out the available Waze voices from time to time as the company always makes different options available. Past celebrity voices for Waze included Liam Neeson and Mr. T.

  5. Select the X icon in the upper-right corner to return to the map.

How to Create Your Own Waze Voices

You can record your voice to hear yourself give directions while driving. The process is simple and can be fun. You can create custom creations and share your voices with your friends.

  1. Open the Waze app and select Waze in the lower-left corner of the screen.

  2. In the upper-left corner, select the Settings icon indicated by a gear.

  3. Select Voice & sound > Waze voice.

  4. At the top of the screen, select Record new voice.

    The "Record New Voice" option in Waze
  5. Waze reminds you to record your voice in a clear manner so you can understand yourself when driving. Select Got it to continue.

    Waze may ask permission to use your device's microphone. Select OK or Allow to proceed.

  6. Select Name your voice at the top of the screen. Enter your name or a phrase to save the new digital creation, then select Done.

  7. A list of phrases is shown. Select each phrase for which you'd like to record a custom voice command. To begin recording, select the red dot. When the window appears, select the red dot again.

    For the best experience, record all phrases. Otherwise, the default voice will play for any unrecorded phrases.

  8. Speak the corresponding phrase. Once you have finished, select the gray square. Select Save once you're satisfied with the recording.

    If you want to hear your recording played back, select the blue play icon.

  9. When you finish recording all the voices, select Save in the upper-right corner of the screen.

    Creating a new voice in Waze
  10. Select the X in the upper-right corner to return to the map.

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