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How to adjust the voice volume level in Google Maps navigation (Android)

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How to adjust the voice volume level in Google Maps navigation (Android)
If you're relying on Google Maps' turn by turn navigation feature, you may, at times, want to lower or increase the volume of the voice that helps you navigate. Of course, you could simply use your Android device's volume buttons. However, by doing that, you can't adjusts the volume level of the navigation voice alone (for example, the buttons will also adjust the music volume, assuming your device is playing something). But what can you do if you want to fiddle with just the navigation voice volume level? Read on to find out.

Open the Google Maps app, and tap on the menu button that you can see in the upper left corner. Then, scroll down to the Settings tab, and tap on it. After that, you should see a Navigation settings tab - again, tap on it. Inside the Navigation settings sub-menu, there's a Voice level tab that will, of course, allow you to change the voice volume. Unfortunately, there's no slider to let you adjust the volume to your heart's will. But there are three voice level options that you can select: Normal (this is the default), Louder, and Softer. The differences between the three levels are considerable, so this is, undoubtedly, better than not having options at all.

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posted on 21 Jan 2016, 21:02 1

1. krakmh (Posts: 33; Member since: 21 Feb 2015)

Still I do not listen any voice over from google maps when using it, there are many other apps which have voice navigation but Google Maps remain silent in my case.
I prefer to use GPS Navigator on Android Phone.

posted on 22 Jan 2016, 10:30

8. Brewski (Posts: 425; Member since: 05 Jun 2012)


One of the first things I do when I get a new phone is mute the navigation voice. I use it often but I can't stand the annoying stock computer voice. I can see the turns coming up just fine, I don't need that whiney b!tch telling me what to do.

posted on 21 Jan 2016, 23:08

2. fiji.siv (Posts: 89; Member since: 25 Nov 2015)

Thank you, thank you!
Not sure when you'd use the 'Softer' setting since the 'Normal' setting is waaay too soft already.

posted on 22 Jan 2016, 04:56

3. techguyone (Posts: 208; Member since: 18 May 2013)

Shame you cant change the voice itself to one that you want. ARE YOU LISTENING GOOGLE, stop tying it to the fricking language setting of your phone, and tie it to the speech engine - HOW HARD CAN IT BE!!"!! you know like it USED to work.

posted on 22 Jan 2016, 06:03

5. joevsyou (Posts: 1037; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)

They could be banking off of microtranstions or sponsors. They could sell special celebrities voices for couple bucks and then sell icons for the arrow for 50 cent to a dollar.

posted on 22 Jan 2016, 06:00

4. joevsyou (Posts: 1037; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)

i feel like they need a number scale and just just low/normal/high.

coming over my car speakers, normal feels like it can be too high while low just seems tooo low. Needs a option in the middle

posted on 22 Jan 2016, 08:05

6. Hexa-core (banned) (Posts: 2131; Member since: 11 Aug 2015)

Right! But it might arrive as an update in the neear future...

posted on 22 Jan 2016, 09:05

7. Kary1 (Posts: 300; Member since: 26 Jun 2015)

I always just leave it on mute. That's the best volume setting. All GPS devices talk too much.

One change I noticed though is there's now a setting for having the instructions transmit via BT. I haven't tried it, but leaving that de-selected MIGHT mean that the voice instructions wouldn't interrupt your music if the music is transmitted over BT.

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