How to get Google Maps to talk by enabling talk navigation on your mobile device

Getty ImagesYou can enable talk navigation in the Google Maps app on your smartphone or tablet.


Google Maps’ navigation features can come in handy during a trip to an unfamiliar area. For example, audio cues can be used to help you prepare for a turn by telling you the appropriate street signs to look for before you reach them.

Enabling Google Maps to talk while you drive only takes a few steps. Here’s how to do it on your iPhone, Android, or iPad.

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How to get Google Maps to talk by enabling talk navigation

1. Open the Google Maps app on your iPhone, Android, or iPad and search for the location that you want to go to by typing it in the top search bar.

How to get Google Maps to talkIsabella Paoletto/Business InsiderEnter in your location.

2. Tap the blue “DIRECTIONS” button at the bottom of the screen. Optional: Tap a transportation mode from the top of the map. Driving by car is the default selection.

How to get Google Maps to talkMichelle Greenlee/Business InsiderTap the blue ‘DIRECTIONS’ button.

3. Tap the blue “Start” button in the lower-right of the screen to turn on navigation. Google maps will begin giving verbal turn-by-turn directions.

How to get Google Maps to talkMichelle Greenlee/Business InsiderTap the blue ‘Start’ button.

How to adjust Google Maps talk navigation sound options and volume

If you don’t hear anything after beginning your journey, ensure your phone’s volume is turned up.

1. Adjust the navigation voice volume by tapping the three-lines at the top-left of your screen.

How to get Google Maps to talkIsabella Paoletto/Business InsiderTap the menu icon.

2. Go to “Settings,” then tap “Navigation.” Select the volume level that you prefer. Use the “Play test sound” button to test the navigation volume.

How to get Google Maps to talkIsabella Paoletto/Business InsiderSelect your volume settings.

3. To adjust the traffic alerts volume level, once you’ve started directions to a location, tap the volume icon on the right side of the screen.

How to get Google Maps to talkMichelle Greenlee/Business InsiderTap the volume icon.

You’ll see three options: “Muted,” “Alerts only,” and “Unmuted.”

  • The alerts option allows Google Maps to verbally warn of any upcoming traffic issues, such as crashes or construction, and looks like a speaker with an exclamation point.
  • However, it’s important to note that turning on traffic alerts disables talk navigation for turn-by-turn directions.
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