Why Is My Google Maps Not Talking

Android Apps

I recently encountered an issue with my Google Maps where the voice navigation suddenly stopped working, leaving me feeling frustrated and lost. If you’re like me, relying on Google Maps for turn-by-turn spoken directions is essential, especially when driving in unfamiliar areas. After some troubleshooting and research, I learned a few possibilities for why Google Maps may not be talking and how to resolve the issue.

Possible Causes and Solutions

First, I made sure that the volume on my phone was turned up and not muted. Often, the simplest solutions are the most effective. However, if the volume settings were not the issue, I moved on to checking the Google Maps app settings.

Within the Google Maps app, I navigated to the “Sound & voice” settings and ensured that the voice navigation feature was enabled. Sometimes, updates to the app or changes in settings can inadvertently disable this feature. By confirming that voice navigation was turned on, I was able to eliminate this as a potential cause.

If the app settings appeared to be in order, I considered the possibility of a software glitch. Restarting the Google Maps app or even rebooting my phone can sometimes clear up any temporary issues. After trying these basic troubleshooting steps, I attempted to use the voice navigation feature again to see if the problem had been resolved.

Checking Device Compatibility and Permissions

Another factor to consider is the compatibility and permissions of the device that Google Maps is running on. For instance, if using an iPhone, it’s important to ensure that the location services are enabled for the Google Maps app. Without proper location permissions, the app may not provide voice navigation.

Additionally, if using an Android device, checking the app permissions settings is crucial. Ensuring that the app has permission to access the device’s microphone and speaker is vital for the voice navigation feature to function properly.

Update the App and Operating System

It’s also worth considering whether the Google Maps app or the device’s operating system is due for an update. Developers frequently release updates to address bugs and improve overall functionality. By keeping both the app and the operating system up to date, any underlying issues that may be causing the voice navigation problem could potentially be resolved.


In my case, after checking and adjusting the settings, ensuring proper permissions, and updating the app and my phone’s operating system, I was able to successfully restore the voice navigation feature on Google Maps. If you’re experiencing a similar issue, I hope the troubleshooting steps I’ve shared here can help you regain the convenience and reliability of spoken directions on your Google Maps app.