Waze was already a popular, powerful crowdsourced map app before it was acquired by Google, but navigation software is now better than ever. Waze has so many features that even long-term users will not know everything you can do with the app.
We’ve rounded up some of Waze’s top tricks and tips so you can get the most out of the app.
Adjust the map icon to your liking
Go there Adjustment Through the magnifying glass, then go Display and map, And choose Description on the map. This will give you a list of icons that you can add or remove from the Waze Map. Use this list to customize what you want to see and save Maps from being overcrowded with icons. You can choose icons for other Wazers, Police, Crashes, Traffic Jams, Construction and more. Remember, some of these icons depend on crowdsourced information, so they are not always accurate: it may be worth experimenting with some icons to see how reliable they are in your area.
Select routes to check all available route options
Based on what one knows about the region, the wedge is automatically determined to choose the route that takes the shortest time. However, sometimes Waze does not correct it, or does not include other travel information that may affect the roads you would otherwise take. So it’s good to open it The routes In the Waze app, which allows you to cycle through many possible routes to your destination. You can then choose the route that avoids known trouble spots or includes a stop that you need.
Find the best driving time
With him Arrive at or Drive later Option (which you may be able to find Find the best time to leave Depending on the version of your app), you will be able to choose multiple times to arrive at your destination. The wedge compares it to traffic at that time, and gives you a fixed time period to leave. It is easy if you do not want to be late. You can also access this facility Planned drive.
Share your eta
When Waze is giving you directions, you will see a central button that says Send eta In your route information. This will open your contacts and allow you to instantly message a updated ETA to a friend or family member. This is especially useful if you wait for a traffic jam or unexpected and want to make sure that no one gets out when you arrive late.
Edit your waze map with useful information
There are some other ways you can edit Waze Maps to include more information. Currently, you can add a location to the Waze Map, submit a report, or edit the roads on the map to make it more accurate. To add a place, just select Orange speech bubble In the lower corner of your map directions. From here, choose Places. The wedge will then encourage you to take a picture of the location, and may choose whether it is a residential location or a commercial location. Finish labeling, then select done, And the location will be saved on the map.
On the other hand, general reports are used to update the map of ongoing events, such as changes in gas prices, road closures, road hazards, and the like. If you look beyond the other report options Places, You will see such options Map issues, gas prices, And so on. Use them for more temporary road conditions.
Finally, if you are really serious about editing to make maps more accurate, go to the Waze Map Editor. Sign in here, and Waze will walk you through the tutorials you need to adjust the roads and locations to better match the real world.
Arrange a quick carpool
Waze recently added features to make its carpooling option particularly easy to use. You can enable auto approval, which will allow drivers to go into the app and automatically accept carpooling requests without being manually approved. You can also choose instant book carpooling, which is the same feature on behalf of the rider, allowing riders to confirm their request for carpooling without the need to return to the app for follow-up steps. You can also enable real-time rides, which will alert drivers to start their journey in advance, if there is someone on the way who needs a pick-up.
Get notifications for contactless payments
In 2020, Waze began offering contactless payments for people who wanted to stay safe and away (or users who simply wanted to save a bit). The facility continues to develop, but is primarily available at gas stations. Waze currently has partnerships with Exxon / Mobil and Shell, meaning that if you pull up to one of these gas stations, the Waze app will ask if you want to arrange contactless payments – aka, you No need to go to the gas station or have someone else to pay. Link to the respective payment app, and your information will be saved next time, whether you are using Android or iOS. Hopefully, Waze will extend this feature to more services over time.
Get time to get notifications
In Waze’s settings, you can select Planned drive, And then choose Connect calendar To connect your phone’s calendar to a wedge. For calendar events that were included in the trip, always set an exact address for your destination in the location area. The wedge will then analyze the traffic pattern and alert you when it is a good time to leave depending on when the event is happening. This is an excellent feature for those who like to be precise when scheduling their events.
Listen to audiobook while driving
Waze allows you to listen to a variety of apps through Waze, so you still get all your navigation information while still enjoying platforms like Spotify or Pandora. However, the most unique partnership Waze has made is with Audible, which means that you can listen to any audible audiobook you have while driving, with intuitive alerts for your drive. To enable it, to head Adjustment And go to audio player Section. You can log into Audible and connect here.
Set waze for motorcycle
The Waze has a motorcycle setting. To find it, go to Adjustment, Then select Navigation. Scroll through the options until you meet for one Vehicle type. You can choose Private, the cab And Motorcycle. If you set the app to Motorcycle, Then Waze will start looking for more motorcycle friendly options while creating directions for you.
Change or record voice instructions
If you use the voice directions setting, then you should really check out the plethora of voz options you can play with. go towards Adjustment, Select Voice and voice, And then pick Voice direction. Waze offers a ton of different voices from around the world, including many dialects and accents – and even some celebrities to choose from. You can also record your own voice or the voice of a loved one if you want to take the time to record all the instructions.
Add a halt to plan longer trips with breaks
While Waze is instructing you, you can swipe up from the bottom of the screen to reveal your root command center. There will be an option Add a halt, Usually gas, food, parking and so on with many icons next to it. If you have one stored, or you can search for nearby places to add to your route, you can either choose a stop from your favorites. This is a great feature for holidays and road trips, where programming in a few stops is beneficial depending on everyone’s needs.
Download map for areas with poor connection quality
If there is a chance that Waze will lose a connection to where you are driving, you can download maps and instructions for offline use – as long as you are using an Android device (sorry, iOS users). Start by Adjustment And choose Display and map. Scroll down until you find data transfer And select it. Inside this window, you should see Download traffic information the option. Make sure it is enabled. With this feature, Waze will download all your routes when they are created so that you will have access to directions even without a data connection.