Want to learn how to use the Waze navigation app? You’ve come to the right place. Watch this video for our beginners guide to the Waze navigation app.
To begin, download the Waze app for free on your iOS or Android mobile device. Once the installation is complete, go ahead and launch the app.
Tap Allow to let Waze access your location. Now tap Get Started. Scroll down and tap Accept. Tap Allow. This is what the main Waze screen looks like. To set a destination you want to navigate to, tap the search icon in the bottom left corner. You’ll see a menu appear on the left side. Type in your desired destination in the “where to?” text box, or you can tap one of the category icons below the text box to find nearby parking, gas stations, restaurants, or coffee shops. If you search gas stations, you’ll see nearby gas stations as well as the current gas price. Tap the three dots on the right to access more business categories to search, like pharmacies, grocery stores, hospitals, and hotels. Tap the address you want to go to when it appears in the search results. Waze will automatically tell you about places to park near the place you’re going. To start navigation, tap Go at the bottom.
Waze will then start telling you directions to your destination. The text-to-voice system will read the directions to you out loud. To see alternate routes to your destination, tap Routes. Tap the route you’d like to take. To see more options, tap the arrow button in the bottom right corner. If you’re heading to meet a friend, tap Send ETA to share your estimated time of arrival. Tap Overview to see an overview of your route on a map. Tap Re-center to go back to the default view.
If you’d like to listen to music while you’re driving, tap the Music icon in the top right corner. Then select the audio app you want to use. You can link Waze with your favourite music streaming app and control your music without having to switch between apps.
To cancel navigation, tap the arrow in the bottom right corner, then tap Stop at the bottom.
To make it easier for you to navigate to places you drive to regularly, tap the Search icon. Then tap Home. Begin typing your home address, then tap your address when it appears in the search results. At the bottom, tap Set Home and Go to save your home address. Navigation will start automatically. Tap Stop if you’d like to exit navigation. You can do the same thing for your work address, and add other locations you visit frequently to your Favorites. Even if you know your way there, this can be helpful to warn you of traffic delays, construction in the area, etc.
Use the Planned Drives tool to have Waze recommend the best time to leave in order to get to your destination on time. This way you’re less likely to end up running late because of traffic and other delays.