How do I adjust the volume on Google Maps Android?

Google Maps is a popular mapping application developed by Google for Android and iOS mobile devices. It provides turn-by-turn navigation, real-time traffic updates, transit schedules, and other location-based services. On Android devices, Google Maps comes pre-installed on most phones and tablets.

The Google Maps app for Android allows users to search for destinations, get directions, explore local businesses and attractions, save locations, share locations with others, and more. Key features include turn-by-turn voice guided navigation, Street View, satellite imagery, indoor maps for some public venues, live traffic updates, and public transit schedules and routing.

Google Maps makes navigating unfamiliar areas easy on an Android device. With real-time GPS tracking and navigation, the app can guide users to any destination. Offline maps, voice commands, and easy list making also make Google Maps a versatile tool for travel and daily commutes. This guide will focus on how to adjust the audio volume in the Google Maps app for Android.

Checking Current Volume Setting

When using Google Maps for navigation on your Android device, it’s important to make sure the volume is turned up loud enough to clearly hear directions and voice prompts. To check your current volume setting in the Google Maps app:

1. Open the Google Maps app on your Android phone or tablet.

2. Tap on your profile icon in the top right corner.

3. Scroll down and tap “Settings.”

4. Tap on “Navigation settings.”

5. Under “Voice and sounds,” you will see the current volume level set for voice navigation prompts in Google Maps. This will be displayed as a percentage.

Make sure this volume percent is high enough for you to clearly hear directions during navigation. If it’s low, you can adjust it from this screen.

If you don’t see a volume percentage, it means your device’s media volume is controlling the Google Maps volume. In that case, you can adjust volume from your device’s volume buttons during navigation.

Adjusting Volume Through App

You can adjust the volume directly within the Google Maps app on your Android device. Here are the steps:

1. Open the Google Maps app.

2. Tap on your profile icon in the top right corner.

3. Select “Settings” from the menu.

4. Scroll down and tap on “Navigation settings.”

5. Under “Voice preview,” move the slider left or right to lower or raise the volume.

6. You can tap “Play” next to the slider to preview the voice guidance at the set volume level.

7. Once you are happy with the volume, tap the back arrow to return to the map.

Now when you start navigation, the voice guidance will play at the newly adjusted volume level within the Google Maps app. You can repeat these steps at any time to change the volume as needed.

Adjusting Device Media Volume

The easiest way to adjust the volume on Google Maps for Android is by using your device’s media volume controls. This will adjust the overall volume for Google Maps, including navigation voice prompts, notifications, and any media played through the app like podcasts or music.

To adjust volume using the device controls:

  • While Google Maps is open, press the Volume Up or Volume Down buttons on your Android device. These are typically located on the side of the phone.
  • The media volume slider will appear on screen, allowing you to visually increase or decrease the volume level.
  • You can press the buttons repeatedly to gradually adjust the volume to your preferred level.

The volume controls are an efficient way to quickly turn the volume up or down in Google Maps without digging into app-specific settings. Note that this adjusts the overall media volume, so it will also affect any media or audio from other apps on your device. But for most users, this is the fastest way to control volume in Google Maps.

Muting Google Maps

If you want to mute Google Maps at any time and stop it from providing spoken directions, alerts, and other audio, you can easily mute the app. This can be helpful if you don’t want the audio distraction but still want to see the map and navigation. Here’s how to mute Google Maps on Android:

1. Tap the mute button in the top right corner of the screen while using Google Maps. The button looks like a speaker with a line through it.

2. The mute button will turn red, indicating Google Maps is now muted.

3. To unmute the app and turn audio back on, simply tap the mute button again. The red mute icon will disappear.

You can also adjust the volume level instead of fully muting. See the Google Maps support page for instructions.

Troubleshooting Low Volume

If you notice the volume for Google Maps voice navigation is too low, there are a few things you can try to fix it:

  • Make sure your device’s media volume is turned up. You can adjust this in your device’s Settings app outside of Google Maps. The app volume follows your device’s main volume level.
  • Check Google Maps settings to make sure voice navigation volume is not set to the minimum level. Open the Google Maps app, go to Settings > Navigation and adjust the volume slider.
  • Try force closing and reopening the Google Maps app if volume is suddenly low or cutting out. This will restart the app which may resolve temporary audio issues.
  • Update the Google Maps app and Android OS to the latest versions. Low volume bugs may have been addressed in newer app updates. You can update the app via the Play Store.
  • Try a different text-to-speech voice in Google Maps settings. Some voices may be harder to hear. Go to Navigation settings and select a different voice.
  • Check audio balance settings on your Android device. An off-center balance can make Google Maps audio seem faint. Adjust balance in your device’s Accessibility Settings.
  • Clean out the phone or tablet’s audio port and speakers to remove any dust or debris which could be blocking sound.
  • If the issue persists, contact Google Maps customer support for troubleshooting help.

Checking external device and app settings first can help narrow down the cause of low navigation volume in Google Maps. Adjusting voice and audio configurations may also provide a quick fix. For ongoing issues, customer support can provide personalized troubleshooting to restore full voice navigation audio.

Using Volume for Navigation

One of the most common uses for adjusting volume in Google Maps is to control the audio guidance for turn-by-turn navigation. Google Maps can provide spoken directions and notifications to help guide you along a route. Being able to properly hear these audio cues is important for safely navigating to your destination.

By default, Google Maps will use the media volume set on your Android device for navigation instructions. However, you may want the navigation volume to be set independently from your device’s overall media volume. For example, you could have music playing in the background that you want at a different volume level than the navigation audio.

To adjust the volume specifically for navigation in Google Maps on Android:

  1. Open Google Maps and begin navigating to a destination.
  2. Tap the speaker icon in the bottom left corner.
  3. Use the volume slider to adjust the navigation volume up or down as desired.

This will allow you to customize the volume for just the Google Maps voice guidance, separate from your device’s main volume. You can turn it up to clearly hear instructions over music or other audio, or turn it down if it’s too loud.

Using this feature helps optimize the navigation experience in Google Maps. You’ll no longer have to strain to hear directions or continually fiddle with your device’s main volume settings while navigating.

Adjusting Volume for Voice Assistant

When using Google Assistant’s voice navigation and guidance within Maps, you can control the volume separately from your device’s media volume. This allows you to turn up or turn down just the Assistant’s voice, without affecting music or other audio playing.

To adjust the Google Assistant volume in Maps on Android:

  • Open the Google Maps app.
  • Tap on your profile icon in the top right corner.
  • Go to Settings > Navigation settings.
  • Under “Guidance volume”, drag the slider left to decrease or right to increase the volume.

You can set Google Assistant’s voice to softer, normal, or louder volume levels. This provides more control over the navigation instructions compared to just using your device’s main volume buttons.

If you are having trouble getting voice guidance in Maps to work at all, check that you have voice navigation enabled and that your device volume is turned up. Re-starting the Maps app can also fix voice issues in some cases. But for precise control over the Assistant’s volume, using the “Guidance volume” setting is ideal.

Alternative Volume Options

Beyond the Google Maps app volume and device media volume, there are some other volume settings on Android devices that can impact the Google Maps voice:

The call volume can change how loud the voice sounds during turn-by-turn navigation in Google Maps. To adjust this, go to your device’s Settings app and find the Call settings. There should be a slider to control the call volume specifically. Turning this up may help if Google Maps voice seems quiet. [1]

Similarly, the ring volume often affects notification sounds and other audio outside of media playback. Increasing the ring volume in your device Settings may also help boost Google Maps voice audio. Just go to Sound settings and adjust the Ring volume slider.

Checking these other volume controls can help troubleshoot cases where just the Maps app volume or device media volume are not loud enough for navigation instructions.


In summary, adjusting the volume in Google Maps for Android is easy once you know where to look. The volume can be controlled both within the Google Maps app itself through the navigation volume slider, as well as through your device’s system media volume controls.

Some final tips for managing volume in Google Maps on Android:

  • Check the in-app navigation volume slider first if volume seems low or muted.
  • Use your device’s volume buttons to control overall media volume levels.
  • Tap the microphone icon to quickly mute/unmute navigation voice guidance.
  • Adjust volume levels before starting navigation to avoid distraction.
  • Consider using Bluetooth or a headset for privacy and improved volume.
  • Check OS and app settings if volume issues persist across media.

With these handy tips, you can easily control the volume in Google Maps for a smooth and comfortable navigation experience on your Android device.

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