1. Winton Vernon's Avatar
    I got it to work before once, but now it isn't working again. I went through settings > apps > all apps > Waze > Open by defaults > Clear Defaults > Open supported links > Open in this app. I even disabled and uninstalled Google Maps. It worked once, but then I had to reinstall Google Maps, and now it isn't working again. I did all the above steps again, uninstalled Google Maps, yet when I ask Google Assistant to get me directions to somewhere, it keeps trying to use Google Maps and it's pissing me off! It does open Waze, but with it trying to use Google it messes it all up and doesn't give me directions to where I asked, it just opens the Waze app. ... thought technology was supposed to be getting better, not more frustrating.

    Can anyone help?
    05-17-2018 09:22 PM
  2. Gus_Gutz's Avatar
    I always say OK Google start Waze then say OK Waze navigate to... Not exactly how you want it to work, but a little bit of a workaround.
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    05-17-2018 10:00 PM
  3. toiday's Avatar
    To be honest, Google Maps is much better than Waze. Google Maps is better in voice commands, better in directions. It not just telling you to turn left or right, it tells you which lane you should be in. It shows you alternate route and now much faster or slower. Waze has a couple of things better: showing speed and show where the cops are. Therefore, I use Waze for commuting and use Google Maps when I need navigate to a new place.
    05-17-2018 10:22 PM
  4. chanchan05's Avatar
    To be honest, Google Maps is much better than Waze. Google Maps is better in voice commands, better in directions. It not just telling you to turn left or right, it tells you which lane you should be in. It shows you alternate route and now much faster or slower. Waze has a couple of things better: showing speed and show where the cops are. Therefore, I use Waze for commuting and use Google Maps when I need navigate to a new place.
    My problem with Google Maps is that in my case it tells me turn right 100m away from the point where I should. I have to keep glancing at the phone to tell if I'm at the right place to turn because there could be like 3, 4, even 5 available turns for me in some places before I reach the point where I should turn right. Kind of dangerous. Waze tells me to keep to the right or left lane though, and has more accurate traffic data in my region compared to Google. I guess that would depend on locale.
    05-17-2018 10:52 PM
  5. Almeuit's Avatar
    My problem with Google Maps is that in my case it tells me turn right 100m away from the point where I should. I have to keep glancing at the phone to tell if I'm at the right place to turn because there could be like 3, 4, even 5 available turns for me in some places before I reach the point where I should turn right. Kind of dangerous. Waze tells me to keep to the right or left lane though, and has more accurate traffic data in my region compared to Google. I guess that would depend on locale.
    For me either works but I have Android Auto in my car so glancing at the screen isn't so bad.
    05-17-2018 11:01 PM
  6. GSDer's Avatar
    I got it to work before once, but now it isn't working again. I went through settings > apps > all apps > Waze > Open by defaults > Clear Defaults > Open supported links > Open in this app.
    Perhaps the way to attack the problem is by turning off any defaults for Google Maps rather than fiddling with the Waze settings?
    05-18-2018 12:24 AM
  7. Winton Vernon's Avatar
    I want to be able to just say "ok Google, take me home" and it will pull up Waze and start directions to my house without me having to touch it... Seems a little picky, but it's nice when I'm in the car and my phone isn't readily accessible.

    I didn't know there was an "Ok Waze" feature... That might work a little better
    05-18-2018 05:23 PM
  8. Winton Vernon's Avatar
    I always say OK Google start Waze then say OK Waze navigate to... Not exactly how you want it to work, but a little bit of a workaround.
    I want to be able to just say "ok Google, take me home" and it will pull up Waze and start directions to my house without me having to touch it... Seems a little picky, but it's nice when I'm in the car and my phone isn't readily accessible.

    I didn't know there was an "Ok Waze" feature... That might work a little better
    05-18-2018 05:25 PM
  9. Winton Vernon's Avatar
    Perhaps the way to attack the problem is by turning off any defaults for Google Maps rather than fiddling with the Waze settings?
    I've reset all defaults and even disabled and uninstalled Google Maps... It worked the first time I did it, but then I reinstalled it and now this second time it just isn't working.

    It almost works, but every time I ask Google Assistant to take me somewhere, it just opens Waze instead of getting the navigation started. It seems like a pretty small problem, but the only reason I use the voice assistant is when I'm driving and I can't take the time to pick up and fuss with my phone
    05-18-2018 05:33 PM
  10. hallux's Avatar
    This may be a Waze problem - it may not be able to interpret the command that Assistant is sending as Assistant is expecting Maps.
    05-18-2018 06:08 PM
  11. Morty2264's Avatar
    I always say OK Google start Waze then say OK Waze navigate to... Not exactly how you want it to work, but a little bit of a workaround.
    That's a very clever way to get Waze to work! Good for you!
    05-18-2018 06:10 PM
  12. N4Newbie's Avatar
    My problem with Google Maps is that in my case it tells me turn right 100m away from the point where I should. I have to keep glancing at the phone to tell if I'm at the right place to turn because there could be like 3, 4, even 5 available turns for me in some places before I reach the point where I should turn right. Kind of dangerous. Waze tells me to keep to the right or left lane though, and has more accurate traffic data in my region compared to Google. I guess that would depend on locale.
    Interesting. Google Maps always seems to start warning me "In one quarter mile, turn left..." and then "In one thousand feet, turn left on Main Street..." and, finally, "Turn left"
    05-19-2018 06:44 AM
  13. N4Newbie's Avatar
    A while back, someone said "I have just found a way of opening the waze navigation App just say "navigate to bristol using the W.A.Z.E app" SPELL OUT waze with each letter" https://forums.androidcentral.com/showthread.php?t=320869&p=5138914&viewfull=1#post5138914

    Another suggestion was to simply disable Google Maps entirely.

    And, perhaps the best of all -

    Did you know you can "OK Waze... Take me to..."?

    Open Waze, go to Settings -> Sound & voice -> Talk to Waze and turn on Listen for "OK Waze"
    05-19-2018 07:20 AM
  14. Itsa_Me_Mario's Avatar
    This can also probably be set up through routines or through IFTTT
    05-19-2018 07:39 AM
  15. LeoRex's Avatar
    I've always wondered why Google just doesn't merge the two apps. Maps is superior as a directions and information app, Waze is best at having changing traffic conditions and routes...

    But the silly thing is that Google owns both. Maps already uses data gathered by Waze, and vice versa...

    But Google does have a habit of developing redundant, overlapping apps that would be best served as one...
    Winton Vernon and Hypnotoadd like this.
    05-19-2018 07:44 AM
  16. Mike Dee's Avatar
    I've always wondered why Google just doesn't merge the two apps. Maps is superior as a directions and information app, Waze is best at having changing traffic conditions and routes...

    But the silly thing is that Google owns both. Maps already uses data gathered by Waze, and vice versa...

    But Google does have a habit of developing redundant, overlapping apps that would be best served as one...
    I think it was part of the agreement when they aquired Waze.
    05-19-2018 07:51 AM
  17. LeoRex's Avatar
    I think it was part of the agreement when they aquired Waze.
    If so, I hope that has an expiration date.
    05-19-2018 08:01 AM
  18. chanchan05's Avatar
    Interesting. Google Maps always seems to start warning me "In one quarter mile, turn left..." and then "In one thousand feet, turn left on Main Street..." and, finally, "Turn left"
    Tried it several times. Maps won't notify me again at below 100m. Waze notified me at 200, 100, 30, and then says turn left maybe 5-10m away from the turn itself.
    05-19-2018 09:38 AM
  19. N4Newbie's Avatar
    Tried it several times. Maps won't notify me again at below 100m. Waze notified me at 200, 100, 30, and then says turn left maybe 5-10m away from the turn itself.
    Just for the sake of curiosity, I wonder what would happen if you changed the Distance Units (it's in Maps Settings) to Miles.
    05-19-2018 11:05 AM
  20. chanchan05's Avatar
    Just for the sake of curiosity, I wonder what would happen if you changed the Distance Units (it's in Maps Settings) to Miles.
    I wouldn't know, haven't been driving around lately, but even if it works then I won't use miles because I'll just have to think about it more regarding estimating distances. Unlike with metric it's nearly instinctive for me.
    05-19-2018 11:12 AM
  21. N4Newbie's Avatar
    I wouldn't know, haven't been driving around lately, but even if it works then I won't use miles because I'll just have to think about it more regarding estimating distances. Unlike with metric it's nearly instinctive for me.
    I understand completely; I was just wondering if it is substantially different. If it is, You could always try lodging a complaint in the official Android support site.
    05-19-2018 11:49 AM
  22. chanchan05's Avatar
    I understand completely; I was just wondering if it is substantially different. If it is, You could always try lodging a complaint in the official Android support site.
    Nah. It really doesn't affect me much since Google Maps traffic data is not very accurate where I am, it's not a first world country and traffic is woefully mismanaged. Waze does a better job since the people are social media freaks and it's the primary app for navigation here. I've never every seen anybody use any other app at all. This makes the traffic update as close to real time as the Waze servers allow.
    05-19-2018 12:28 PM
  23. Gdraft#WN's Avatar
    Tried it several times. Maps won't notify me again at below 100m. Waze notified me at 200, 100, 30, and then says turn left maybe 5-10m away from the turn itself.
    I have an app like that, it's called "wife" app.

    The closer you get to the turn, the louder it gets. Then when you get right to it, the app starts screaming TURN GOD@@@ IT
    05-19-2018 12:36 PM

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