Google Maps Navigation - no voice over Bluetooth hands free

If you navigate with your Android Smartphone and Google Maps in your car, then you certainly want, that the voice output of the navigation is transmitted via the Bluetooth hands free of the car. If this is not the case in your vehicle, then you should definitely check if the following setting is set to active on your Android Smartphone in the Google Maps app:

• Play voice over Bluetooth

We will show you now where you will find this option and how to activate it, if it is set to "inactive".

Open on the Android smartphone the Google Maps app and then the settings by tapping at the top right on the symbol with the three bars and then on "Settings". Continue to "Navigation Settings.
In this sub-menu of the Google Maps app you can now see the "Play voice over Bluetooth" option. Check if the checkbox is ticked. If not, then set the tick now. Then the voice of Google Maps should work on your car and the Bluetooth hands-free.


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This doesn't work. Have several cars and just flipping the switch doesn't work in any of them to get Google Maps to play over the speakers. iPhone does Bluetooth so much better that Android should be ashamed. This should be a #1 priority...

This doesn't work. Have several cars and just flipping the switch doesn't work in any of them to get Google Maps to play over the speakers. iPhone does Bluetooth so much better that Android should be ashamed. This should be a #1 priority simply because everything is bluetooth and hands free in cars these days, and no one seems to care enough to fix it, so I will fix it myself by buying an iPhone and dumping my Galaxy S8. Good job Android. *sarcasm*

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Never thought I'd have to consider buying an iphone but the google maps voice navigation flaw is a big problem for me.

 
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Fred you had me laughing for a solid minute, no truer words have been spoken.

 
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Years later and this still doesn't work. Reminds me of Alexander Graham Bell who thought if a light bulb were at the opposite end of his connection, it would glow. By the time smart phones do what we want them to, we won't need them anymore.

 
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I agree with ValerieH's last comment Why can't navigation work like Bluetooth phone calls? It does in IOS. Another reason to consider changing to an iPhone!

 
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Yes, this works, BUT I have to switch my car mode to Media in order to hear the navigation commands (also, they are much too soft). That means, I can't listen to XM radio. Why can't navigation work like Bluetooth phone calls?

 
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