Waze Social GPS, Maps & Traffic Navigation App Review (iOS, Free)

  • Category: Navigation
  • Publisher: Waze Inc.
  • Updated: Aug, 01 2009
  • Version: 3.7.7
  • Size: 25.13 MB

Languages: English

Seller: waze

- Search faster with auto-complete favorites, contacts, history, and addresses (gradual release to users within the United States followed by other countries).
- Simplified main menu for quick & easy access.
- Add stop to existing route more smoothly.
- Bugs fixes.

Customer Ratings

Current Version:
9904 Ratings
All Versions:
149769 Ratings


Waze is a fun, community based mapping, traffic & navigation app, 70 million strong. Join forces with other drivers nearby to outsmart traffic, save time & gas money, and improve everyone's daily commute.

By simply driving around with Waze open, you're already contributing tons of 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 on your route too. Find the cheapest gas station along your route with community-shared fuel prices. Waze also makes it fun and simple to meet up and coordinate with friends on the road.

It's all about contributing to and benefiting from the 'common good' 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, road closures and more
- Complete voice guided navigation
- Automatic re-routing as conditions on the road change
- Learns your frequent destinations, commuting hours and preferred routes
- Finds the cheapest gas station along your route
- One tap navigation to Facebook events.
- See Facebook friends driving to the same place
- Notify someone you're on your way by sending a live ETA and a link showing you as you drive
- Earn points and move up the ranks in your community as you contribute road info
- Live maps, constantly edited and updated by Waze community map editors

Drive safely!

Note: Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life. Waze will automatically shut down if you run it in the background and haven't driven for a while.

Customer Reviews

  • Best map/navi

    by livest1

    Waze is amazing for navigating because it updates very quickly and changes your route in order to avoid traffic and save time. Another aspect I love is the warning if there is a red light camera or police ahead. Good stuff.

  • Love it

    by muck233

    Use this app daily for my long commute. Lets me know where the issues are but more importantly what these issues are.

  • Great app, but a power hog

    by Ms. Toodles

    Love the app, dislike the power drain, even after turning off the communications options

  • Good

    by Betty boob 44

    I like it is always let me know went there something happening at head

  • Great!! Saved my life many times.

    by COMODO JR


  • Awesome App

    by Craft saver

    I really find this app to be very helpful. I love it.

  • Exelente app

    by Cadereyta Queretaro

    Me gusta

  • Avoid traffic

    by Redsoxblues

    See new neighborhoods! Very cool.

  • Very useful!

    by PinheadTeacher

    Knew about traffic incidents and police before others in our caravan to a ball game.

  • Great app

    by Lyndieh

    This is a great app & has saved me from sitting in many traffic jams. It's not perfect but they're updating it regularly to make it better. I've yet to find a better app for instant traffic information.

  • So far so good.!

    by Jungle Rider 88

    Easy to use and so far so good.!! Hardly have any problem using it.!

  • Good app

    by Hap23

    Good GPS and very easy

  • Mistakes in the maps

    by Deniafauzi

    There are mistakes in the map and confuse on how to edit them. But overall it is a useful app.

  • Excelente

    by Niermague


  • Nice

    by jonalkuwait

    تطبيق ممتاز

  • Great

    by CrimsonBlue13

    A great app.


    by MegF

    This app is one of the greatest you'll ever download. The BEST driving & navigation app out there.

  • Outstanding

    by Abraholic

    Waze never ceases to amaze ... I absolutely like the concept and believe that it can change your commute substantially if you download this app. Cool things: you don't NEED a log in name (you can try it and see how you like it) / police locater, hazards, traffic is GREAT for informing fellow wazers Wack things: my points don't EVER add up immediately when I earn them Suggestions: would be tight if you can have more options for hazards e.g. a naked crack head in the street 100 pts, that guy getting sucky on the lane next to mine 1000 pts... Etc

  • Good app

    by Gerald Aiken

    It's a great app but I wish that the music would cut off completely and say the directions instead of the voice directions in the background of the music playing

  • Don't Leave Home Without It!

    by Shirley Bayon

    Best app for navigation. Real time traffic alerts. Get it now!

  • Good but frustrating

    by HSDfan

    It's okay for many circumstances, but can be very frustrating to navigate. That frustration often overwrites the good aspects.

  • It used to work

    by R6Rider

    I had given the app a great review but for some reason the last few weeks have been a nightmare with this app. It doesn't know where I am, the reports are incorrect and it keeps switching routes for no reason! I am removing this app! It also now tries to put you in traffic! Find another app! Deleting!

  • 1 way only

    by Ss.westcoast

    The directions are 1 route only. It can not update to provide a better route if you miss your exit. Makes you get back on the freeway and go back even though there is a better route....you can see the destination already...

  • No scrolling!!

    by K_LUB

    When connected to appradio 3, can not scroll through the options. Once and while it will move a bit, but not enough to do anything.

  • Gets me there faster!

    by Whateverlkjhggss

    Very helpful reporting of objects on road, traffic, cameras, etc.

  • Fun app.

    by Pash+Noel

    Still learning how to use it and hope it will continue to integrate kinda like with google maps to be more refined and batterie saving. Other than that haven't spotted any cops using radar. We all know this is why we use it ;)

  • Fun app.

    by Pash+Noel

    Still learning how to use it and hope it will continue to integrate kinda like with google maps to be more refined and batterie saving. Other than that haven't spotted any cops using radar. We all know this is why we use it ;)

  • Fun app.

    by Pash+Noel

    Still learning how to use it and hope it will continue to integrate kinda like with google maps to be more refined and batterie saving. Other than that haven't spotted any cops using radar. We all know this is why we use it ;)

  • Newbie

    by Heliotrope7

    I like the sense of community helping each other travel quickly and safely. Helps me choose my route in the morning.

  • Love this app!!

    by JokerA4

    This is my favorite GPS App!! Love it!!

  • Great app, still trying to figure some things out

    by david everyothenicknameistaken

    I've been using this app for a week or so. Appears to lag on giving points etc but that is no big deal. Wish I could figure out how to report anonymously when I see police. Don't want then to know it is me reporting their locations. What if they have this app too?!

  • New user

    by Shugrue

    I saw that Google Maps said that an accident it was showing was reported by a Waze user. Downloaded app right away and I love it. Good work guys. I dropped a star because I'm finding it a little difficult to figure out all the settings, but not very hard. For the most part it is very well designed. I really love the auto-detecting night/day map styles.

  • All-Around Great App

    by BUEng06

    Time saver and in-car entertainment.

  • Ha

    by DjinGin

    I've had this down loaded for sometime and am now going to give it a chance. Gave it a 5 star just from what I've heard. Hope Alls well. Right now it puts me on the water. I'm on land. Well...

  • Great app so far

    by STI2014

    It just save me about $500 on tickets . Just in the firs 3 days I been using it.

  • Great app !!!

    by Mango Ramiken

    I use this app every day. I drive about the hundred and 60 miles a day, this app comes in very handy and saves me a lot of time.

  • Love this Map App

    by Kollah

    Love this Map App!!

  • Great app!

    by Yummies1707

    Easy to use, gets you there! I love the icons and social aspect!

  • Too complicated to be used in a moving vehicle

    by MaddieMizzles

    This app suffers from too many options and too much crap in the UI. They need to make a simpler version, some way a user can press a button or two to register the two things anyone really cares about, cops and hazards in the roads. All the other stuff is too confusing to bother with while you are driving. The GPS part of the app is mediocre. Another feature to have is the ability to late post, meaning a way to post an incident, while being down the road. It takes too much effort to post while you are driving. I had higher hopes for this app.

  • Great

    by MzMantis

    Best map app yet

  • Quite Impressive.

    by daniilk

    When I was late to court and tired of being lied to by google maps I gave waze a shot. Not too shabby. It told me which lane is going the fastest and I made it to court on time. Amazing!!!

  • Awesom

    by Godtel

    Works great

  • Good App

    by christopherortega

    The app would be great, but it needlessly complicated in some areas. Still, this is a "must have" app for anyone who travels by car! This is truly a solid app with performance that is unparalleled by any other mapping apps.

  • Nice app

    by Headgamer324

    Nice app

  • Cool App

    by PerplexedIsMe

    Awesome way to get user updated road info!

  • Essential Navigation App!

    by Megmuffin06

    Waze is a step above everything else in its category (navigation & travel). It is the essential app for commuters and drivers who are frequently on the road. You get directions, routes, travel time, etc. But more importantly, you get a social, real time experience of what's going on around you. What's happening on the roads. WAZE users report accidents, traffic jams, speed traps, hidden police, construction, and hazards to eachother in order to help others on the road and enlighten nearby drivers. This is what makes it amazing. Its basically one big family on the road helping eachother out! You can avoid certain roads and save yourself hours of traffic time because someone posted an accident or construction hazard. You know to avoid that area or take a different route. This is invaluable. The reason I gave it four stars and not five, is because sometimes (rarely) messes up routes involving side streets or remote areas.

  • Waze app

    by Backwoodsbarbie2584

    I absolutely love this app!! It's so cool how it shows you where there is a wreck and it even speaks to u! I will never go back to regular navigation again!

  • Worked perfectly

    by Reebobb

    Got me where I wanted to be. No issues. I like it.

  • Some issues...

    by Martinxplus

    This navigation so is good but it has 3 very annoying issues: 1. GPS is not calibrated, it is off by about 30 feet! (Length of a car at least, too slow...) 2. The car, is way too high on the screen...(don't need to see what's behind me anymore...) 3. The side streets are shown so thin, you can't even see them...!

  • 1001 waze to drive

    by Pierce Carter

    This app rocks. The end. Ps. it's just great to know where cops are and be able to tell others.

  • Excellent app!

    by Kupperre

    Come join Waze and beat traffic together:)

  • Awesome app!

    by Makaveli10465

    Would be great to add a feature that allowed reporting of police who were moving (to warn users ahead of you). If this feature were added this would be a five-star app.

  • Wazep

    by Jack_Kendall

    Great app use it daily.

  • Excelente me ladille del Google

    by Estebantrivino

    Este es lo máximo en GPS

  • Bueno

    by Dinho12ffjay


  • Great Real Time Info straight from the users

    by Jim2100

    Interactive navigation with real time updates on traffic and other situations. Incorporating the true value of connectivity!

  • Pretty BA

    by rclmagic

    This app is greatness. Been using for a couple weeks and it's one of the best nav apps out there and the social component/reporting is awesome. It's the only app that works well in Puerto Rico too

  • Cool app

    by Bishop209

    Worth every penny ;-)

  • Love it

    by Boss Louie

    Works perfectly!

  • Awesome

    by Pinwipy


  • Fun and useful

    by Exercise Hound

    No more GPS for me! What a great tool for shortening the commute. So far it's been more the 90% accurate. GPS, traffic updates and social network all in one!

  • Fun!

    by chadillac55

    Makes driving somewhat entertaining!

  • AWESOME!!!

    by Hioverdrive

    One word sums up this app, AWESOME!! I just hope you have it for other phone systems, because I'm dumping my POS iPhone!!

  • Awesome

    by jay4j

    So fast and accurate I love it!

  • Sebas

    by Arabdel

    Great and awesome app ever.

  • I like it

    by CPT Conga

    It works very well!!

  • Awesome app

    by Ralphie30

    Everything about this app is amazing. I rarely use any other app. It's amazing to get my traffic reports from other people on the roads.

  • Good app

    by Skcirnx

    I have down loaded this app and used it a few times it is and is working great it's simple and easy.

  • Very useful

    by Bnshomes

    This app is great for everyone who drives. Very helpful in traffic

  • Great app, BUT...

    by hydra pathos

    Great app, but needs.. 1. Compass! why? Because I like to know what direction I'm going even when I depend on Waze. 2. Won't say what road you're currently on! Every other navigation app will tell you what road you're currently on, not Waze. Tell me what road I'm on! Because I don't just like knowing what road I'm heading too, I want to know what road I'm on. Allow edit intersections! Waze will not let edit some closed intersections to be updated. Until these are changed, one star.

  • Could be better

    by Monika626

    Waze is my favorite app to use while navigating but i found two major issues with it. First, it sometimes thinks that I am on a street and tries to make me turn right or left when I am actually on a freeway. Second, it routes me to conduct maneuvers that are hard to do such as making a left on a street full of traffic without a light to help me along. Other than that I like waze very much.

  • Waze is the truth

    by Sambosstic

    Not perfect but the best I've used by far I hope it only gets better

  • Great app

    by Rhonenback

    Very helpful when driving around and on trips.

  • Muito bom!

    by Diego Carrilho

    Muito bom!!! Não consigo mais dirigir sem utilizar. Valeu!!!!

  • One of the best apps

    by Iloreyix

    This is, all the way around, one of the best apps to have. Unbeatable for usability, and utility.

  • Mshighnoon

    by manoon sanghad

    The best app 5 star

  • Waze

    by Angie2828

    It's great to see live local conditions with driver input. It would be even better if more people joined.

  • Intrusive, spammy notifications

    by Jack Brannen

    They use notifications to send ads for the app.

  • Awesome nav app!

    by eyematey

    The best nav app avail! Just try it, you'll discover for yourself. Best part is the automated route around all the construction going on now at DFW

  • Fabulous app!

    by DBaker1972

    This is by far the best navigation app -- I have tried many, and none meet the standards of this one. Download it, use it, become a regular user, and help all of us to navigate better! The more users, the better it gets. So join in! You will not be sorry. Only caution: it uses significant battery life, so if you have a power source to plug it into, that would be advisable.

  • Excellent App

    by MLVIII

    Very informative. Route options are especially useful. I use this app every day.

  • Great App

    by briandg5

    Good to have the other drivers help me with my drive as well as me help theirs.

  • Great app

    by Emtmatt71

    I have been using for over a couple years and for what I need it to do its good. Sometime the directions can be confusing but for the most part it works and re routes you around traffic.

  • Wonderful app that keeps improving.

    by Dandolakes

    A great and useful app. The more people that use it the more effective it is. So please download it and becoming a member of the waze community!

  • Wonderful app...irritating new voice

    by 1withGREATjoy

    This app is completely solid in terms of getting you where you are going both swiftly and efficiently. It also helps to identify road hazards, traffic, and most importantly the position of police officers. However, with the latest update, the computerized female voice was replaced with an actual lady's voice...so now my favorite navigation app sounds like it is ordering me to do stuff rather than guiding me. Yes, this is a nick-pic, but when you are in a hurry to get somewhere and the idiot in front of has just cut you off for the second time the last thing you need is to have your nav app barking orders at you. My vote: change the voice back to what it was or change the voice to that of a Black or Hawaiian woman...

  • Getting better

    by DanPinarello

    I've used this app for a few years now and depend on it to give traffic information to and from work. With a greater number of users the reporting gets better and better - and more accurate. Keep Wazing!

  • Braga de Vasconcelos

    by Isauibv

    The best app ever made!

  • Nice

    by Mohd rizal


  • Great app

    by B Stiggs

    I love this app, I like that I have control of the map for my area

  • Awesome the best ever

    by Levon Baghdassarian

    Thank you

  • Awesome

    by iMegaphone

    This app is awesome

  • Cool

    by EricDeGen

    Very usefull

  • Use to love it until...

    by Kriscrisluv

    This app use to be awesome! But then I updated it and from there it went down hill. As I'm driving it stops working and iv gotten lost several times what a shame

  • Wont Learn Route

    by Pilotguy13

    STILL WONT LEARN ROUTE. Where in the F did the "reports" button go?!? Travel the same 165 mile route 2 ways, every week, and it has YET to learn my route or provide it as an option. Just a different highway, and its actually a shorter route. Police reports should be an alert for both directions, or at least a both button? Put 'Navigation' & Reports' buttond on top & center of page for easy thumb access. Most common used feature *FIXED* Good app but the ability to change which side of the road your report applies to would help. Ie. I see a speed trap on hwy southbound, (or overpass) divided by a median... I'm northbound & I report it.... People SB dont get the alert "along my route". The ability to select alerts to speak up based on distance from me. ie. police ahead one mile (regardless of direction traveled on route) or adjust lead time

  • Most intelligent traffic app yet

    by Petrolero

    If you live in even a modestly populated area, this app will be hyper-accurate. There are so many cool things this app does and so many things that it could do.

  • Great app

    by Gee urban

    Great app with good features

  • Great App!

    by mvaquero

    Cute and efficient!

  • Useful app, but some features wonky

    by Ana Ng

    Only criticism is when I type in an address and give it a name, it doesn't remember it.

  • Great traveling companion!

    by creativeghostwatcher

    This app made for a great resource on a long road trip.

  • Very useful app.

    by T0R13

    If only everyone knew about this app! Works awesome. Saved me from a few tickets and gives a shorter ETA because it goes off your speed. Always at least 15 shorter than the apple maps. Check it out!

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