Navigate Live Traffic with the Waze App
Waze is called a driver's best friend and for good reason. If you're on the road and you don't know the routes so well or how to navigate them, you should have Waze on your phone. Waze is an app created for any kind of driver. It is your perfect driving companion. It is exactly the app you want to launch when you start your car and want to move from place to place.
If you're walking or cycling, Waze may not be your best option as it was created specifically for those in a car, driving mostly long distance. Google officially owns Waze and has owned it since 2013 after which it made it a larger maps app. This is why Waze is mostly concerned with drivers as Google wanted an app that focuses exclusively on drivers.
You can find Waze app on both ios android devices. It even has a web version incase that's what you want. The icons found within Waze's maps are distinctive from those found in other maps because of how colorful they are. They stand in as realistic presentations for police, road closures, traffic jams, etc. If you look closer also, you can see tiny characters walking about in real time. Even you are included among those characters. The mood set by each person on their app determines what their moods are in the Waze app. This is beautiful customisation as you could greet a fellow Wazer by beeping them on the app.
There's not a lot going on within the Waze app. It is simply done and easy to use. You can easily use the few buttons to either re-enter the app or check your information within the app that details for example what type of car you drive and all other information you may have inputted earlier.
Some Great Navigation Features of the Waze app:
- It has GPS Navigation
- Ability to plan your route to an earlier inputted destination.
- Fastest route choice by default
- Speedometer functions.
- Gas station location feature
- Smooth animated interface
- Compatible with android and iOS devices
- Pop up notifications for traffic alerts
- Turn by turn guidance during a drive
- Real time visual instructions
Why use Waze app over Google / Apple Maps?
There are so many reasons to use Waze.
One of the major ones is it has all these features because they are responding to different specific pain points. For example They give a turn by turn guidance during a drive so you don't have to hold your phone in your hand before you get directions. Plus the app automatically picks the fastest road to go through which is awesome. You even get to know the easiest location for a gas station.
Advantages of using Waze:
- You’ll always have access to the best driving routes available.
- The community created by Waze makes navigation easy in addition to passing across information and even friendship because of the data they always collect.
- There are up to 140 million users who swear by Waze app. This makes the app authentic.
- Icons are bright and easy to see.
- The UI is too cluttered and may confuse users.
- It consumes a lot of battery and data.
- No genuine offline options.
Download and install Waze Navigation & Live Traffic on your Laptop or Desktop computer
Or follow the guide below to use on PC:
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Select your PC version:
- Windows 7-10
- Windows 11
If you want to install and use the Waze Navigation & Live Traffic app on your PC or Mac, you will need to download and install a Desktop App emulator for your computer. We have worked diligently to help you understand how to use this app for your computer in 4 simple steps below:
Step 1: Download an Android emulator for PC and Mac
Ok. First things first. If you want to use the application on your computer, first visit the Mac store or Windows AppStore and search for either the Bluestacks app or the Nox App >> . Most of the tutorials on the web recommends the Bluestacks app and I might be tempted to recommend it too, because you are more likely to easily find solutions online if you have trouble using the Bluestacks application on your computer. You can download the Bluestacks Pc or Mac software Here >> .
Step 2: Install the emulator on your PC or Mac
Now that you have downloaded the emulator of your choice, go to the Downloads folder on your computer to locate the emulator or Bluestacks application.
Once you have found it, click it to install the application or exe on your PC or Mac computer.
Now click Next to accept the license agreement.
Follow the on screen directives in order to install the application properly.
If you do the above correctly, the Emulator app will be successfully installed.
Step 3: for PC - Windows 7/8 / 8.1 / 10 / 11
Now, open the Emulator application you have installed and look for its search bar. Once you found it, type Waze Navigation & Live Traffic in the search bar and press Search. Click on Waze Navigation & Live Trafficapplication icon. A window of Waze Navigation & Live Traffic on the Play Store or the app store will open and it will display the Store in your emulator application. Now, press the Install button and like on an iPhone or Android device, your application will start downloading. Now we are all done.
You will see an icon called "All Apps".
Click on it and it will take you to a page containing all your installed applications.
You should see the icon. Click on it and start using the application.
Step 4: for Mac OS
Hi. Mac user!
The steps to use Waze Navigation & Live Traffic for Mac are exactly like the ones for Windows OS above. All you need to do is install the Nox Application Emulator or Bluestack on your Macintosh. The links are provided in step one
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How to download and install Waze Navigation & Live Traffic on Windows 11
To use mobile apps on your Windows 11, you need to install the Amazon Appstore. Once it's set up, you'll be able to browse and install mobile apps from a curated catalogue. If you want to run android apps on your Windows 11, this guide is for you.
Steps to setup your pc and download Waze Navigation & Live Traffic app on Windows 11:
- Check if your computer is compatible: Here are the minimum requirements:
Check if Waze Navigation & Live Traffic already has a native Windows version here ». If there is no native version, proceed to step 3.
Install the Amazon Appstore from the Microsoft Store here ». Selecting "Get" will begin the installation of the App and will automatically install Windows Subsystem for Android too.
After installation, the Amazon Appstore and the Windows Subsystem for Android Settings app will appear in the Start menu and your apps list. Open the Amazon Appstore and login with your Amazon account.
Go to the Amazon App store and search for "Waze Navigation & Live Traffic". Open the app page by clicking the app icon. Click "Install". After installation, Click "Open" to start using the Waze Navigation & Live Traffic app.
- RAM: 8GB (minimum), 16GB (recommended)
- Storage: SSD
- Intel Core i3 8th Gen (minimum or above)
- AMD Ryzen 3000 (minimum or above)
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 8c (minimum or above)
- Processor Architecture: x64 or ARM64
To find Waze Navigation & Live Traffic Android app on Windows 11 after you install it, Go to Start menu » Recommended section. If you can't find the Waze Navigation & Live Traffic app there, click on "All apps" next to the pinned section in the Start menu and scroll through the list.
Was the setup process hard? Is Amazon Appstore on Windows not available in your country or Is Waze Navigation & Live Traffic app not working on your Windows 11? Simply download the APK directly and install via emulator. Follow the best guide for this here ».
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Waze Navigation & Live Traffic Software Features and Description
Always know what’s happening on the road with Waze. Even if you know the way, Waze tells you instantly about traffic, construction, police, crashes, & more. If traffic is bad on your route, Waze will change it to save you time.
◦ See what’s happening - Alerts about traffic, police, hazards and more on your drive
◦ Get there faster - Instant routing changes to avoid traffic and save you time
◦ Easily listen to music - play your favorite apps for music, podcasts & more right from Waze
◦ Know when you’ll arrive - your Arrival Time is based on live traffic data
◦ Pay less for gas - find the cheapest gas along your route
◦ Drive with Apple CarPlay - use Waze on your car’s display
◦ Always find the way - choose from a variety of voices to guide you while you drive
Be prepared, drive with Waze.
Waze directions aren’t meant for emergency or oversized vehicles.
Top Pcmac Reviews
By Andrepimarlucatom (Pcmac user)
Waze updates have been good and the reporting process is improved and there are less steps to get to the actual reporting - yay!
When you fix the default address estimation from interstate (literally I get suggestions for MI addresses, and I live in Alexandria VA!).
I've recommended this app to dozens of friends and helped many download it to their smartphones and set it up for them. I can't say however that I'm very happy about the latest version of Waze. The GUI is not what it should be, the # of improvements is about equivalent to the # of detriments. It's hard to cancel an instruction once entered, the screen going from side to side is not user friendly. And reporting hazards is STILL a 2-3 step process!!!! There should be the option for active wazers to have a "visible police" button, "car on shoulder" button "construction" button and/or various traffic buttons of our choosing on the map page that we can report as we go. Also, PLEASE STOP SEARCHING THE ENTIRE MAP OF THE USA WHEN I'M OBVIOUSLY SEARCHING FOR AN ADDRESS IN MY LOCAL VICINITY. That was an obvious upgrade improvement you guys should have included. I would give you 5 stars or 10 or 20 because I love your app - but these improvements really need to happen ASAP. Keep up he awesomeness Waze!! Plus your Customer svc and responsiveness is great too!
Better than the old CB days.
By Depdoc (Pcmac user)
Waze is a user based traffic information app. It does rely upon users to report traffic conditions, construction, accidents and police. As a user passes by a reported problem, he can say Thank You, indicating the condition exists, or No longer There, indicating it has been cleared. There are two things I’d like to see changed: 1) allow the time to respond to the condition to last longer. Sometimes, the actual condition is at a slightly different place due to the time lag between where the incident is and when it was actually reported. and 2) when reporting police, it would be nice to know if the police is moving or stationary. If moving, the radius for notification should be extended and the time to clearing shortened, as a moving car will not remain in its position very long. If stationary, then notification can remain as it currently is. If police is moving, it would also be nice to know which direction and then adjust notifications accordingly. Note these are suggestions and not complaints. This is a great app and a must have for any driver. It also has a pretty good navigation system. But if you select another route than it gives you, it is slow to recalculate and sometimes requires stopping the navigation and then restarting it to get the alternate route.
Most useful but some issues
By Smiledaydream (Pcmac user)
It is the most useful of the navigation apps because it uses the most sources for information and does a great job helping me navigate. Directions are given in a way to help locate the turn or offramp. Other apps often change suddenly into step-by-step directions or some form that I do not want to see. Waze stays consistent in the format of the split. Waze has a number of notifications about things in the road. These are good but also have weaknesses. It is hard to report that something was not accurate. At the point it is supposed to be there the option to indicate it was incorrect goes away. This option should remain for 2 to 400 feet after the symbol location. Most hazard reports are inaccurate. Most police reports are incorrect. This is frustrating because it such a good idea but the tool doesn’t really allow for good reporting. Stopped vehicle reports do not indicate in lane or side of road so they are usually pointless viewings of vehicles stopped somewhere having no affect on traffic. There is a great feature to go later on the time this feature cannot be used for some reason I will choose directions to the airport. Half the time I can choose go later and half the time for the same trip I cannot. I know the data is there. But for some reason the feature just vanishes. Make it easier to report.
Don’t Leave Home Without It
By Als2130 (Pcmac user)
This app has saved me so many times. I absolutely love it. I use it constantly, mainly because it alerts me to traffic and cops, but also because it has shown me shorter ways to places I go to all the time (and thought I knew the best route there). I only have two complaints. The map change suggestion feature is totally useless. There’s a road near me that’s a private lane and ends at one curve of an s-curve. Waze always tells me to use this road for 100 feet, then get back on the main road. No, the private lane ENDS at the main road! I’ve tried changing this a dozen times, and it never gets changed (once it was actually, but a week later it was back). I’ve learned to ignore it, but I feel sorry for tourists because they get confused (I can tell they’re using Waze when I’m behind them because they’ll slow down and sometimes stop, which is really annoying). My other complaint is that I can’t tell it to remember certain routes. From my house, there are two ways to the county road. They’re both the same distance and about the same driving time. The difference is that the one Waze always tells me to use is single lane partway, very narrow the rest of the way, and has a lot of hidden entrances and blind hills and curves. I’d much rather take the safer way. If Waze finds a way to fix these two things, I’d give it 5 stars