Waze: Tired of that robot, AI voice that gives you directions? Why not let Morgan Freeman hold the microphone?
Part of the fun of Waze Roaming is that a host of celebrities and iconic characters can guide you on your way. The driving app often incorporates limited-time promotions for specialized words, such as Morgan Freeman, C3PO, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, to provide you with multilingual directions. You can also use your voice to get custom audio commands. Here’s how to put one together for use with it.
How to change the word in Waze
Like Google Maps, you can change voice and language with Waze, and you may find words you have never heard elsewhere.
The first thing you need to do is make sure the sound is allowed to hear voice directions as you use the app. Tap My Waze, then tap the settings wheel in the upper left corner.
Select Voice and Audio.
You will see three audio options: Off, Notifications only, and On. Select On to enable voice navigation guidance.
Now, tap the Waze voice just below to change the voice. You will see a list of currently available words. At the time of writing, Waze was giving away roaming instructions from singer Christina Aguilera, Headspace teacher Eve Lewis Prieto, and the main character in the Xbox Halo video game series, Master Chief.
Tap the voice you prefer to hear next time you set directions.
Use your voice on Waze
If you do not have a current celebrity or the words of a character you are interested in, you can change the Waze voice to your own with personal recording.
Follow the directions above to navigate the Waze voice. To repeat, press My Waze–> Settings–> Voice & Sound–> Waze Voice. At the top of the page, press Add voice under Voice Recorder.
While the idea of making your friend magic by wandering with a custom voice telling him to go left when he has to go right may sound funny, always remember safety when recording. Incorrect or vague directions on a busy road can cause problems for the driver.
You will find a list of different directions, each with a time limit. Tap the one you’d like to record and press the microphone button when you’re ready to record it. Note that you do not need to specify specific words. For example, Star Trek fans might say “Wake me up!” instead of “Take me home.”
When you have finished speaking, tap the square icon in the middle to stop recording, then press Save. You can listen to your song by tapping the Play button or by tapping the trash icon to remove it and try again if you do not like how it sounds.
That’s all there is to changing the voice in Waze. Enjoy your delightful ears with more variety.