Same Waze, Bigger Screen: Waze for Android Auto is Here

You asked, we heard you, and it's official: as of today, July, 26, 2017, Waze is available for Android Auto. 

That's right—you can now navigate with Waze via your vehicle's in-car display, touch screens, steering wheel buttons, and other console-mounted controls. All it takes is connecting your Android phone to the USB port in a car that supports Android Auto.

The power of the Waze Community—the world's largest driving community—will be right there in the car with you (or at least on your screen). So you'll not only find the fastest routes and most up-to-date road alerts, you'll also be able to:

  • Navigate to all your most frequented destinations as pre-programmed in your Waze app in one tap—we're talking home, work and your Waze favorites. 
  • Start any drive using voice command "OK, Google" to tell Waze your destination and get on the road even quicker. 
  • Receive visual and audio alerts to keep you informed of what's ahead and find the fastest routes. Bonus: you'll enjoy a larger map with bigger views of alerts, hazers and more. 
  • Access your personalized Waze experience from your phone on your car's bigger screen.
  • Easily view your ETA Panel, which organizes everything you need in one place so you can seamlessly check alternate routes and adjust your sound settings. 
  • Help other Wazers on the road through a visual reporting menu.


So, what do you need to do to become an official Android Auto Wazer? It's easy, we promise. Here's a breakdown:

Getting Started:

1. Make sure you have the most updated Waze version installed on your phone.

2. Connect your phone via wire to your car USB port. 

Connect your phone via wire to your car USB port.

3. Select "Navigation App" from the footer of your screen and Waze will start if it's the last used navigation app. (If Waze was not the most recently used navigation app, tap the navigation Menu at the bottom left and select "Waze.")

Select "Navigation App" from the footer of your screen & Waze will start if it's the last used navigation app.

4. To start a drive, go to "Menu" and select a "Favorite" location (i.e. "Home" or "Work") or search for an address via the keyboard. 

To start a drive, go to "Menu" and select a "Favorite" location or search for and address via the keyboard.


Using Voice Commands: 
  • Say "OK Google, drive to [address]," (or "Home" or "Work"). Waze will open and start navigation.
  • On your steering wheel, press and hold the microphone button for a few seconds to activate the Android Auto microphone, and say your destination out loud. 
  • *Or* select the microphone icon on your screen display and, when the mic is open, use your voice to name your destination or search for a place.

Our goal is to help Wazers avoid traffic while providing the best possible driving experience. Please share your feedback with us; we'd love to hear any ideas you have on how to make the Waze for Android Auto experience even better. Find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. And, if you want to learn more about the Waze for Android Auto updates to come, like the integration of Android Auto on your phone screen, sign up to receive the latest news on Waze for Android Auto.  


Happy Wazeing, 

Jens Baron
Product Lead, In-Car Applications 

Adapted from Google's The Keyword Blog. 

Waze for Android Auto is available in all countries where Android Auto is available. Integration of Android Auto on your phone screen is in the works.  

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