I’ve been known to tell people that Google Maps is better than Waze because Google Maps gives me much more detail when the voice gives me turn-by-turn directions.
When Waze would tell us “In 1/4 mile turn right,” Google Maps would say “In 1/4 mile, use the right 2 lanes to turn right onto West Lake Rd.” I so prefer the latter – the one in the blue bubble above. We are usually in areas where we’ve never been and we need all the detail we can get to be sure we’re taking the right roads.
Change the voice
What I’ve learned is that both Google and Waze can navigate with or without street names. It just depends on which voice you choose.
In Google Maps:
- 3-line menu, Settings, Navigation
- Voice selection – choose Default (English), speak street names
- Search then tap Gear in upper left
- Voice and Sound – choose English (US) – Jane, Including street names
No more wrong turns!
Chris Guld is President and Teacher-in-Chief at GeeksOnTour.com. She and her husband, Jim, produce a free weekly YouTube show called What Does This Button Do? They have been Fulltime RVers, popular seminar presenters at RV Rallies, and regular contributors to RVtravel.com for many years.