July 4, 2022

Waze is one of the most popular navigation apps across the globe, and it’s easier (not to mention safer) to use when you have a bigger screen to look at in your vehicle. Setting it up to work on Android Auto is easy, and doesn’t take many steps to get rolling.

Getting things started

Waze runs natively on Android Auto, but to get things started, you do need to download and install the app on your phone first. Set up or log in to your account and you’re already halfway there.

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Before you connect your phone to your car, make sure to set up your preferences beforehand. Waze restricts its functions within Android Auto to mainly focus on navigation, limiting access to search, voice commands, and reporting incidents you come across on the road.

You can also integrate Waze with certain audio apps, like Spotify, Audible, Amazon Music, and Tidal, among others. 

Saved locations on Waze running on Android Auto.

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You won’t be able to share your location with anyone en route, or even change the voice for the turn-by-turn directions. When you want to save destinations or addresses among your Favorites, you would have to do so on the phone first. With Android Auto, Waze only shows you saved locations, so you can’t add others, even when you’ve searched or requested one while in the car.