How to Stop Navigation Using Google Assistant

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You can use Google Assistant within Google Maps to provide verbal directions when driving, walking, or biking to a destination. Once you've arrived, you'll most likely want to end verbal instructions. Here's how to start and end voice navigation with Google Assistant.

How to Initiate Voice Commands for Google Maps

Each Google Assistant task is activated with a voice command, such as “Send text message” or "Set a timer for 10 minutes." This hands-free control is useful when you're driving, cooking, or busy with some other task. You can use Google Assistant to stop the voice navigation function when using Google Maps.

Google Assistant

Before issuing a command, you must wake Google Assistant by saying, “OK Google.” Once the command is registered, the microphone icon in the upper-right corner of the navigation screen will light up in different colors. This means the device is “listening” for your command.

navigation listening in Google Maps

How to Mute Google Assistant but Keep Navigation On

If you want to silence verbal directions but continue to view the map instructions, say, “Mute voice guidance.” This command will mute the voice component of the navigation function, but you will still receive mapped guidance on your screen.

To bring back voice guidance, simply say, “Unmute voice guidance.”

navigation in Google Maps muted

How to Stop Navigation

If you want to stop receiving mapped instructions as well as verbal directions, say any of the following phrases: “Stop navigation,” “Cancel navigation, or “Exit navigation.”

You will be brought back to the Google Maps address screen but will be out of navigation mode.

Google Maps

How to Manually Stop Navigation

If your car is stopped and you can safely look at your phone, you can end the navigation function manually by selecting X in the lower left-hand corner of the screen. Note that you will still be using Google Maps.

You can also stop the navigation by closing out of the Google Maps app entirely.