One of the coolest things about using the Waze app for navigation is listening to all those wacky celebrity voices giving you driving instructions. Morgan Freeman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Stephen Colbert, T-Pain, Kevin Hart, Neil Patrick Harris… Waze’s list of celebrity navigators is quite long.
But one recommendation that would frequently pop up in the official Waze Suggestion Box was users asking for the ability to record their own voice. And the app developers have conceded! A new feature called the Waze voice recorder now lets you record your own turn-by-turn voice directions to guide you on the road.
And if you, like most people, hate the way your voice sounds in a recording, you can always get a loved one to assist you. Not only is this feature the ultimate step in personalization, it could be pretty useful in regions where locally customized voice commands are not available. And who knows, you might even enjoy it!
To access the feature, go to Waze settings, tap ‘Sound & Voice’ to access Voice recorder, and start recording basic phrases like: ‘Turn left’, ‘Turn right’, ‘All set. Let’s go!’ etc. We recommend being extra careful if you get your kid to record these; you don’t want to end up going right when you want to turn left. The street name prompts will come with the default built-in voice only.
Right now, the feature is available only to Android users, and the recordings cannot be shared (you’ll probably need to go for a drive to show off your crackerjack navigation skills). iOS users, meanwhile, can make do with navigation guidance from Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) or Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer) who have lent their voice to Waze to promote the upcoming movie, Cars 3.
We’d love to hear about your experience with the feature in the comments below!