Waze Navigation & Live Traffic

Last modified
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Description of App

Waze is a fun, community-based traffic & navigation app, 30 million strong. Join forces with other drivers nearby to outsmart traffic, save time & gas money, and improve everyone's daily commute. With community-generated real-time traffic, you'll always get the best route to your destination. By simply driving around with Waze open, you're already contributing tons real-time traffic & road info to your local driving community. You can also actively report accidents, hazards, police and other events you see on the road, and get road alerts coming up on your route too. Find the cheapest gas station along your route with community-shared gas prices. Now Waze makes it fun and simple to meet up and coordinate with friends on the road. Easily meet up, pick up friends, share your drive and ETA, and see who's headed to your destination too! It's all about contributing to, and benefiting from, the 'common good' out there on the road, so hop on board, and get involved in your local driving community today! ✓ Live routing based on community-generated real-time traffic and road info ✓ Community-contributed road alerts including accidents, hazards, police traps, and more. ✓ Complete voice-guided navigation. ✓ Automatic re-routing as conditions on the road change. ✓ Learns your frequent destinations, commuting hours and preferred routes. ✓ Find the cheapest gas station on your route. ✓ Meet-up! Pick up friends, share your drive on a live map, see friends also on the way to your destination. ✓ Join or create groups to share info about your commute. ✓ Earn points and move up the ranks in your community as you contribute road info. ✓ Live maps, constantly updated by Waze community map editors. Drive safe! Waze is hands-free and voice-operated. Note: Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life. Waze automatically shuts down if it's in the background and you haven't driven for a while.



Free or Paid


Apple Watch Support

Not Known

Device(s) App Was Tested On


Accessibility Comments

AppleVis Editor Note: this app was submitted before Usability Ratings were introduced, so one has been chosen on the basis of the accessibility comments made by the original poster. If you have used this app, please post a comment to let us know if you agree with the Rating.

Original Comments: This app takes some getting used too. When you create an account and click Next, it appears that the app is just sitting there. But your account has actually been created and you need to go back and log in with your new info. There are sounds for when things happen during the game. Also, if you want turn-by-turn, you need to turn VO off until the game starts, then turn it back on again. You'll know the game has started when you either hear instructions or one of the sound effects. Reporting things is totally accessible; I reported a traffic jam last Friday night. The map is, of course, not accessible. You have to do a lot of dragging to get statistics and your first few times, they may be overwhelming. But overall, despite its flaws, I absolutely love playing this game. If you follow me on Twitter, you have no doubt seen my Waze stuff. I like to see what drivers do to get me points. I'll be happy to help anyone who needs it get used to the app if you want to play too.

VoiceOver Performance

VoiceOver reads most page elements.

Button Labeling

Few buttons are clearly labeled.


There are some accessibility issues with this app, but it can still be used if you are willing to tolerate these issues and learn how to work around them.


1 people have recommended this app



Submitted by Ernie Segura on Saturday, January 28, 2012

Version 3.0.1 is more accessible with voice over. The app now has voice guided turn by turn directions. I have conducted tests with this app a few days ago, and the directions are very accurate in my area. Plus if you find that it is giving incorrect directions, you can report it. I would recommend this app for anybody who wants a better GPS than the built in maps or those who use navigon. Note: This app really drains your battery, but that is expected with any GPS app. Try it for yourselves! You have nothing to lose!

Submitted by AnonyMouse on Saturday, January 28, 2012

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

In reply to by Ernie Segura

I will certainly give this another try. Thanks for the heads up. Will make changes to the review based on our observation. Thanks again!

Submitted by AnonyMouse on Thursday, November 1, 2012

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

Now incorporates the IOS 6 and the new iPhone 5. Plus a numerious of cool new features.


What's New in Version 3.5


Meeting up, picking up,  and driving together wherever you're headed - that's what the new version is all about!

✓ See friends driving to your destination & everyone's ETA
✓ Send a pick up request to grab anyone's location & navigate to them
✓ Share your drive by sending a live map of your route & ETA to anyone
✓ New design and UI throughout
✓ Sign in with Facebook
✓ Nearing destination bar
✓ Toll road usage indication
✓ Private messages
✓ Parking location pin
✓ Support for iOS6 and iPhone 5

Submitted by sockhopsinger on Friday, December 26, 2014

What's New in Version 3.9.2

- Sending "I'm on my way" message is simpler than ever! With a new design and layout, you can easily keep your friends & family posted on the progress of your drive.
- New Waze Today Widget for iOS 8! Quickly view your ETA for Home or Work, navigate with one tap, and easily send your current drive & ETA (when navigating). Pull down your Notification Center and tap Edit to add the extension.
- Updated look and function for sending a location.
- ETA & route changes now include richer traffic information.
- New map display setting automatically switches between 2D and 3D view.
- Bug fixes and performance enhancements.

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