Best 10 Fix­es for Google Maps Voice Nav­i­ga­tion Not Work­ing on Android and iPhone

Olanrewaju Sodiq

Ever been on the road to an unknown location, relying solely on your phone's Google Maps as your road guide, but the app refuses to give voice instructions? You'd want to get the issue fixed ASAP because taking your eyes off the road to get directions from your screen is dangerous. You don't want to get lost either. In this post, we guide you through ten different ways to get your Google Maps voice navigation working again.

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There are a lot of factors that could cause Google Maps voice navigation not to work, and a lot of ways to get the issue fixed. If you use an Android device or an iPhone, one of the troubleshooting tips should help get your Google Maps back to normal. Let's get right into it.

1. Check Volume and Sound Profile

If you notice your Google Maps app isn't giving voice directions as it typically should, you should check and confirm that your phone's volume isn't muted.

For Android

Tap the volume up button at the side of your device to increase the volume (preferably to the highest level) and check if the Google Maps voice navigation now works. Alternatively, you can navigate to Settings > Sound. Then check that Media volume isn't on the lowest level (or zero). If your phone is on Silent mode, try disabling it or switch to another sound profile.

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For iPhone

If your iPhone's volume is at the lowest level, you could have issues using Google Maps voice navigation. Tap the volume-up button to raise your iPhone's volume, and you should now hear Google Maps guide you via voice during navigation. Alternatively, open the iPhone Control center by swiping down from the top-right corner of your screen and raise the volume bar.

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If raising your phone's volume doesn't work, try to increase the volume (using the volume buttons) as soon as the Google Maps voice navigation comes on. That is because some iPhone users have reported that Google Maps voice navigation has its volume control, which is independent of the general iPhone ringer volume.

May be your iPhone is set to output 80% volume, but the Google Maps voice navigation is on 0% volume. Again, tap your device's volume up button immediately to increase the navigation volume when Google Maps begins navigation.

2. Unmute Voice Navigation

Although voice navigation is always enabled by default on the Google Maps app, you may have disabled it by accident. Here's how to check and unmute voice navigation on Google Maps.

For Android

Step 1: On the map navigation page, tap the speaker icon.

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Step 2: Tap the third speaker icon (as seen in the image below) to unmute voice navigation.

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For iPhone

You can do the same thing for iPhone. Tap the speaker icon and ensure voice navigation is set to Unmuted.

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Alternatively, you can unmute voice navigation for iPhones' Google Maps in the app settings menu. Simply follow the steps below.

Step 1: On the Google Maps homepage/dashboard, tap the account picture at the top-right corner.

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Step 2: Select Settings.

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Step 3: Tap Navigation.

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Step 4: Under the Mute state section, tap Unmuted.

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Now your Maps voice navigation should work.

3. Adjust Guidance Volume

Some Google Maps users experiencing the same issue were able to get the app's voice navigation working again by adjusting the guidance volume settings from Normal to Louder. Here's how to go about it.

For Android

Launch the Google Maps app, tap the menu icon and navigate to Settings > Navigation settings > Change Guidance volume to Louder.

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For iPhone

Launch Google Maps, tap the account picture and navigate to Settings > Navigation. Under the Guidance volume section, tap Louder to change the volume settings. Now go back to the Maps navigation and see if voice works.

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4. Enable Play Voice Over Bluetooth

Connecting your phone to a Bluetooth device (say a wireless headphone or Bluetooth car receiver/stereo system) could cause interference in the functionality of the Google Maps' voice navigation. If Google Maps isn't configured to play voice when connected to a Bluetooth accessory, voice navigation won't work on your phone.

Here's how to check (and enable) the Google Maps 'Play voice over Bluetooth' feature.

For Android

Step 1: Launch Google Maps and tap the hamburger menu icon.

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Step 2: Select Settings.

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Step 3: Select Navigation settings.

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Step 4: If disabled, toggle on the 'Play voice over Bluetooth' option.

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Additionally, you can also toggle on the 'Play voice during phone calls' to voice navigations simultaneously playing when you're making a phone call.

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For iPhone

Step 1: On the Google Maps homepage/dashboard, tap the account picture at the top-right corner.

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Step 2: Select Settings.

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Step 3: Tap Navigation.

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Step 4: Ensure the 'Play voice over Bluetooth' option is toggled and active.

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If your car entertainment system can only make and receive phone calls over Bluetooth, you can also enable the 'Play as Bluetooth phone call' option.

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The Google Maps voice navigation would guise as a phone call so you can hear direction instructions through your Bluetooth car's speaker.

5. Disable Device Bluetooth

In the case where your phone is unable to establish a proper connection with your Bluetooth device or car stereo, the Google Maps voice navigation feature will not work. Disabling your device Bluetooth and re-establishing the connection could help. If voice navigation still doesn't work via Bluetooth, the Bluetooth device(s) is most likely faulty.

Turn off your phone's Bluetooth and use your phone's speaker or a wired headset to listen to the Google Maps voice navigation.

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Toggle off Bluetooth (Android)
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Toggle off Bluetooth (iPhone)

6. (Force) Close Google Maps

If the Google Maps voice navigation still doesn't work after making all the above changes and configurations, you should close the app and reopen it. That will refresh the app and should get voice navigation working again.

For iPhone

If you are using an iPhone with a physical home button (iPhone 8 Plus and older), double-tap the home button and swipe up Google Maps to close it. For iPhone X and newer iPhone models, simply swipe the home button up from the bottom of the screen and swipe up the Google Maps app to close it.

Launch the app again and check if voice navigation now work.

For Android

For Android users, you can refresh Google Maps by simply closing or force-stopping the app.

Here's how to force-stop the Google Maps app on Android.

Step 1: Launch the Settings menu.

Step 2: Select 'Apps & notifications'.

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Step 3: Tap App info.

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Step 4: Locate Maps and tap it.

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Step 5: On the app info page, tap the Force Stop icon.

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Step 6: On the pop-up card, tap OK to continue.

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Now tap Open to launch the Maps app and see if voice navigation now works as it should.

7. Clear App Cache

Clearing the Google Maps cache could help fix whatever issue is causing the voice navigation not to work. Here's how to clear the Google Maps app cache on Android.

Launch your phone's Settings menu and navigate to Apps & notifications > App info > Maps > Storage & cache. Now tap the Clear cache option to clear the Google Maps cache. Relax, that will not delete the Google Maps data.

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Relaunch the app and see if voice navigation works.

8. Update Google Maps

You want to make sure you are running the latest version of the Google Maps app on your device. Open your device's app store and head to the Google Maps app page. If there's an Update button on the page, that means you are running an old (or outdated, maybe) version of Google Maps. Tap the update button to get the latest version installed on your device.

9. Upgrade Device OS

The Google Maps voice navigation isn't working on your device? It's possible that your phone's running an outdated operating system that no longer supports some Google Maps features (like voice navigation).

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Upgrade your phone to the latest operating system available and see if the issue with the Google Maps voice navigation not working would be fixed.

For Android

To check for a system update on Android, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Launch the Android Settings menu.

Step 2: Scroll to the bottom and select System.

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Step 3: Tap Advanced.

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Step 4: Select System update.

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Step 5: Tap 'Check for update' and follow the prompt to upgrade your phone's OS (if any).

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For iPhone

Step 1: Launch the Settings menu.

Step 2: Select General.

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Step 3: Select Software Update.

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Your iPhone will check for available updates, and you will be prompted to download and install any available updates. Otherwise, a 'Your software is up to date' message is displayed on the screen.

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If your software is up to date and the Google Maps voice navigation still doesn't work, proceed to the next (and final) troubleshooting option below.

10. Uninstall Google Maps

A handful of Android and iPhone users who have encountered this same issue in the past were able to fix it by uninstalling the Google Maps app from their device and reinstalling it.

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If you have tried all the tips mentioned above and nothing worked, you should uninstall the app from your device and reinstall it.

Navigate Safely

The Google Maps voice navigation feature lets you navigate safely. If the app suddenly stopped giving voice navigation instructions, at least one of the troubleshooting tips listed above would help you get it fixed.

Next up: Did you know you can enable speed limit on Google Maps and avoid getting pulled over? Check out how to get it done in the article linked below.

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