8 Voice Tricks for Google Navigation That You Never Knew About

Joel Lee 07-12-2015

The next time you’re on the road, think about how dangerous it is to fiddle with your phone while moving at 40+ MPH. One mistake and you could end up in a serious accident. The risk just isn’t worth it.


Fortunately, there’s a better way: voice commands!

On Android, while Google Maps is active Google Maps on Android: Everything You Need to Know Does Google Maps on your Android device feel a bit daunting? We've got you covered. Here's everything you need to know about using Google Maps on Android. Read More in navigation mode, you can issue several different “OK Google” voice commands that work at any time, no button presses necessary. These voice commands are:

  • “OK Google, navigate to [location].”
  • “OK Google, what’s my next turn?”
  • “OK Google, when will I get there?”
  • “OK Google, find gas stations.”
  • “OK Google, mute.”
  • “OK Google, unmute.”
  • “OK Google, exit navigation.”
  • “OK Google, resume navigation.”

For example, if you have the Home location in Google Maps set to your home adress, you can just say “OK Google, navigate to home” and it will instantly route you there. No fumbling, no typing, no inconveniences.


The “find gas stations” command is useful when you’re low on gas How to Find Gas Prices Along Your Maps Route on Android Google Maps just keeps getting better. Here's how to check for gas prices along your route as you drive. Read More , but the “what’s my next turn” command is the real prize. Tired of missing your next turn because Maps is too slow? Now you can move to the next step manually without even touching your device.


There are a few caveats, though: It only works in the U.S., only if you speak English, only if you’re signed into both the Google and Google Maps apps, and “OK Google” must be enabled on your device.

What do you think? Will you be using “OK Google” with Maps now? Or is it not worth the hassle? Tell us in the comments below!

Image Credits: Google Maps in Hand by Twin Design via Shutterstock, Google Maps on Dashboard by Dedi Grigoroiu via Shutterstock

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  1. Andreas Andrews
    January 19, 2017 at 11:41 pm

    I'd like that it may work in your country if you live outside of the U.S. and some additional commands that work for me here in the UK along with all of the above you have mentioned:

    "OK Google...
    ...take me to work" (if you have set your work/home location & prefer this phrase)
    ...find petrol stations" (if you're in the UK and don't call it gas, but indeed petrol)
    ...traffic" (you don't have to say anything more than just this single word for an update)

    I really love that I can ask for gas/petrol stations and be shown the ones that are on your route, along with closing times and an option to add them as an additional stop to your journey. There are some additional voice commands I didn't know about here, so thanks for sharing and I hope my additions are helpful.

    I just thought I'd look for a definitive list from Google for during navigation, and here it is:

    Directions and travel
    "Mute." or "Mute voice guidance."
    "Unmute." or "Unmute voice guidance."
    "Show traffic." or "Hide traffic."
    "Show satellite." or "Hide satellite."
    "Navigate home." or "Navigate to Starbucks."
    "Show route overview." or "Show alternate routes."
    "What road is this?"
    "What’s my next turn?"
    "What's my ETA?"
    "How's traffic ahead?" or "How's traffic to home?"
    "Avoid tolls." or "Enable tolls."
    "Avoid highways." or "Enable highways."
    "Avoid ferries." or "Enable ferries."
    "Exit navigation."

    More commands you can say
    "Call Mom."
    "Find gas stations." or "Find restaurants."
    "Send a text to Larry." or "Send an SMS to Sergey, I'm feeling lucky."
    "What's the weather like?" or "How's the weather in Seattle?"
    "Play some jazz." or "Play happy birthday on Google Play Music."
    "What's the closest hotel?"
    "When's my next meeting?"

  2. Jason T Fleishman
    December 3, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    Useful. Flawless. Finally.

  3. Karolline
    August 1, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    I'd love to use it but it's useless to me in Australia!! Will it be expanded to cover countries other than the US? We are out there you know ?

    • Joel Lee
      August 19, 2016 at 7:25 pm

      Sorry Karolline, I don't know. That's too bad. :(

    July 31, 2016 at 1:21 am

    I don't, but only because I use my car's navigation AND have waze running on the phone. I guess I COULD bring a tablet along if I need to be REALLY sure where I'm going.
    I do use Google Now all the rest of the time when I'm not in the car though... I'm hooked.

  5. rk
    December 11, 2015 at 2:17 am

    So why is this not available on iphones??

    • Joel Lee
      December 20, 2015 at 1:31 pm

      I believe it's because it needs OK Google to work. I've never used an iPhone so I can't say I know for certain, though.

    • Jack
      August 1, 2016 at 10:07 pm

      Because it's an iphone

  6. Roni Cohen
    December 10, 2015 at 3:03 pm


    • Joel Lee
      December 20, 2015 at 1:31 pm

      I'm glad you found it useful, Roni!

  7. Ed
    December 9, 2015 at 12:13 am

    Not worth the hassle,
    I don't like to be logged on to google AND google maps to use any feature.

    • Joel Lee
      December 9, 2015 at 4:15 am

      It's absolutely worth it, but we will just have to agree to disagree. :)

  8. bob
    December 7, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    I don't understand why users are required to be signed in to both Google maps and Google itself. That seems to take the vaunted convenience out, not to mention privacy concerns involved there.

    • Joel Lee
      December 9, 2015 at 4:14 am

      Google's voice commands adapt and adjust to your voice over time. Logging in will always be required, unfortunately.

  9. Ferd
    December 7, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    Apparently this feature is only available on Androids. Odd that all of your pictures are iPhone's.....

  10. Anonymous
    December 7, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    I so want to change "OK Google" to "Hey Google." Wish there was a feature or app for that. Seems sort of silly to me that you can't train it to respond to custom hails.

    • Anonymous
      December 8, 2015 at 12:24 pm

      There is - utter!

      • Anonymous
        December 8, 2015 at 7:56 pm


    • Joel Lee
      December 9, 2015 at 4:12 am

      I feel like there's probably a way to do that, but I personally don't know it. If you do find a way, please let us know!

      • Anonymous
        December 9, 2015 at 4:50 am

        Joel, turns out there isn't one. Google Now is conspicuously missing that. I've looked at various front ends for voice recognition on Android that might could invoke it in listen mode but found nothing so far.

  11. wpeckham
    December 7, 2015 at 11:18 am

    I plan to use that "next turn" feature, that alone is gold. The others MAY be nice, we will see.

    • Joel Lee
      December 9, 2015 at 4:13 am

      Yeah, the "next turn" command inspired this post. It's really, really useful. Glad you could benefit! :)