How to Enable Waze Voice Commands

Waze's hands-free mode can make your drive safer and easier to manage

Waze voice commands app icon

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Many states have enacted laws against using your phone while driving; the specifics vary, but most states have banned texting and some have banned even holding a mobile device while you talk. So how can you use navigation apps like Waze or Google Maps as a driver? The best way is to enable voice commands.

There are three ways to use voice commands in Waze and we'll show you how to use all of them. Regardless of the method you use, you first need to grant Waze access to your microphone. Here's how:

  • On an iOS device, select Settings > Waze > and toggle Microphone on.
  • On an Android device, select Settings > App & notifications > App permissions > Microphone and grant permission.

You'll also need to grant microphone access in the Waze app through Settings > Sound & Voice > Talk to Waze. Here, the "Listen for OK Waze" toggle should be on.

You can quickly toggle on the "OK Waze" option by select the microphone icon on the map view of the Waze app.

Waze voice command map microphone icon

Now Waze is ready to accept voice commands and for you to keep your focus on the road. Here are your three options for using Waze voice commands:

  • Say "OK Waze!" When Waze is running on your device, you can get the app's attention with the phrase "OK Waze" and then give a voice command. This is the truly hands-free option, but requires the app to be open and running on your screen.
  • Tap the Waze Map With Three Fingers. Tapping on the Waze map with three fingers will alert the app to listen for a voice command.
  • Tap the Microphone. Waze has a red microphone icon to the right side of the "Where to?" search bar. This will allow you to speak a potential destination or give a voice command.

Waze Voice Command Phrases

Any of the above methods will alert Waze to listen for your instructions. However, the app will be expecting specific phrases to complete actions at different points in your trip. Most actions have a couple of ways to say them, so you don't have to memorize them all, but you should take note so you know what Waze is expecting. After you've initiated a voice command, here's what you can say to have Waze help you out:

At the Beginning of a Drive...

  • Navigate home: Say "Home," "Go home," or "Take me home."
  • Navigate to work: Say "Work" or "Drive to work."
  • Navigate to a specific address: Say "Take me to [full address]" or "Navigate to [full address]."
  • Navigate to a place: Say "Take me to [prominent destination]."
  • Navigate to a type of business or service: Say "Gas station" or "Find me a [gas station, rest stop, etc.]."

During a Drive

  • Ask Waze for your next turn: Say "What's my next turn?" or "Next turn."
  • Ask Waze for your estimated arrival time: Say "When will I get there?"
  • Ask Waze for alternate routes: Say "Show me alternate routes."

Reporting

  • General report: Say "Report" or "I want to report."
  • Report traffic: Say "Report traffic jam," "Report heavy traffic," or "Report moderate traffic"
  • Report Police: Say "Report police."
  • Report crash: Say "Report accident" or "Report major accident."
  • Report hazard: Say "Report [hazard/flood/construction/pothole/vehicle stopped/animal/missing sign/fog/hail/flood/ice/snow]."
  • Report camera: Say "Report camera."

Adjusting App Settings

  • Sound off/on: Say "Sound off," "Mute," or "Sound on."
  • Close app: Say "Close app."
  • Stop navigation: Say "Stop navigation."
  • Ask for help/support: Say "Help."

Knowing the right phrases will make Waze voice commands a breeze while helping you keep your eyes on the road.