As an app owned by Google, Waze is available not only on mobile devices (iPhone and Android), but also in the car on CarPlay and Android Auto, and this makes perfect sense, as drivers can therefore benefit from all its sound. arsenal of features on the largest screens inside the cabin.
When it comes to CarPlay, Waze works exactly as you might expect, especially if you’ve used the app on a mobile device before.
It shows you reports along your route, while also letting you report what you find on the road, and of course, it also offers voice guidance so you can interact with the app without having to leave the lane. eye screen.
But it turns out that it is this implementation of voice guidance that is currently causing problems on CarPlay, as more and more users come across an issue that the Google company has already fixed before but has come back to haunt everyone an once again. .
So what’s going on right now is as simple as it could be: After installing the latest Waze update, the app takes over all audio in the car, thus preventing users to adjust the volume of anything else including music playback.
Indeed, when you press the volume controls on the steering wheel or on the main unit, you end up adjusting the volume of the voice navigation and not that of the tuned application.
In other words, even if you exit Waze and return to Spotify or even the Home screen, your volume buttons still adjust the guidance level of the navigation app.
What’s even stranger is that the issue originally appeared in 2020 when it caused roughly the same issues on CarPlay, with Waze eventually fixing it with a new update around two weeks ago. later.
Needless to say, the problem isn’t new, pretty much the same old workarounds seem to do the trick, although it’s interesting to know that the solutions that fix the audio for some don’t do anything for them. ‘others, and vice versa.
In other words, there is no one-size-fits-all solution, and that makes dealing with this widespread problem a real headache, especially since Waze works in many cars.
The first thing to try, and which seems effective enough for quite a few users, takes no more than a second. Just press the voice command button on your steering wheel, as if you wanted to send a request to Siri. Press the button again to close the voice interaction interface, then you should be able to adjust the volume properly despite the Waze bug.
You should try this trick without Waze in focus, so just head to the home screen on CarPlay before hitting the voice command button.
Another solution that seems to work for some is to force quit Waze on the iPhone, as this usually triggers a restart on CarPlay as well. However, it doesn’t always seem to work magic on the first try, so you may have to do the same thing a few times before you can properly adjust the volume in your car.
And finally, the least likely fix to solve the audio nightmare is to sign out of your Waze account on the iPhone and sign back in. For some people, this seems to help eliminate the problem, at least temporarily, although it made no difference in my case.
Ultimately, the only way for everyone to fix this is for Waze to come up with another fix ASAP. It shouldn’t take too long as the Google-owned company already knows exactly what it is, but on the other hand, just hopefully the dev team can find a way to fix it all without ever bringing it back. later time.