Google has updated Google Maps with a new feature for walking directions that makes the app much more helpful for those getting around on foot. Google Maps’ new Detailed Voice Guidance, as it’s called, is primarily designed for users with sight impairments, though it can easily benefit anyone.
If you’re anything like me, you obsessively double- and triple-check your Google Maps directions, especially when you’re walking to a new destination in an unfamiliar place. The new detailed walking directions mean you can keep your phone in your pocket and listen to the audio directions, rather than continually having to check your phone to see where you are.
Google Maps’ new walking directions will now:
- Clearly define estimated walk times and distances at the start of navigation.
- Alert you when you’re nearing busy streets, intersections, and more.
- Tell you how long until your next turn, as well as which cardinal direction you’re currently headed in.
How to enable Detailed Voice Guidance in Google Maps
- Open the Google Maps app.
- Tap the three stacked lines next to the search bar to open the side menu.
- Scroll down and tap “Settings” then scroll down once again and tap “Navigation Settings.”
- Find “Walking Directions” at the bottom of the menu and turn on “Detailed Voice Guidance.”
Source: Life Hacker