For all of those wanting to change their Waze alert distances without having to search all over for all of the steps to do so, look no further. You will also find out how to revert back to final release of Waze that allows you to edit the alert distances. PLEASE NOTE: These steps are for Android phones, but many of these steps will apply for iOS (Apple) users as well. I have verified these steps will work on non-rooted Android phones testing them numerous times on my 2 HTC One X's running Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean and 2 Samsung Galaxy S5 Active’s running Android 4.4.2 Kit Kat. Step 1. Currently, the latest release of Waze that allows you to reliably make alert distance changes is Waze release 220.127.116.11. If you have a newer release of Waze, I strongly suggest to just uninstall it at this point. You will not loose any of your saved navigation data, points, and etc. If you choose to not uninstall a newer Waze release, installing this older version should overwrite the newer app release. You can find out which Waze release you have by tapping on the bottom left menu bubble, tap on the settings icon (gear wheel), scroll down and tap on “About & Notices”, and just above the copyright symbol line, you will see “Release 18.104.22.168 (or whatever release you’re running). If you have this release, skip down to step 5. Step 2. You can SAFELY download the Waze App release 22.214.171.124. The first link is my personal link and the 2[SUP]nd[/SUP] and 3[SUP]rd[/SUP] links are back-up safe links to download the correct app version. I cannot guarantee how long the 2[SUP]nd[/SUP] and 3[SUP]rd[/SUP] links will be working, but I will leave mine (1[SUP]st[/SUP]) up indefinitely. 1[SUP]st[/SUP] link (MINE) http://www.4shared.com/mobile/_5M4r5Jkce/Waze_3780.html Back-up download locations 2[SUP]nd[/SUP] link: http://foo.or8.net/files/com.waze.apk 3[SUP]rd[/SUP] link: http://www.apkcraft.com/download/waze-social-gps-maps-traffic/ Step 3. There are 2 methods to get this app on your phone. I suggest the 1[SUP]st[/SUP] (easier) method. 1[SUP]st[/SUP] method: Open up the web browser on your phone, come to this thread, and click on the above link(s) to download the correct Waze release App. The Waze App should end up in your “downloads” folder on your phone. 2[SUP]nd[/SUP] method: Download this app onto your computer, attach your phone to your computer, and then move the downloaded Waze App onto your phone to the location of your choice. Either method works just fine but the 1[SUP]st[/SUP] is faster, easier, and the good old lazy way lol. Step 4. Once you have the app on your phone, there are 2 methods you can use to find it to install it. 1[SUP]st[/SUP] method: All Android phones have a standard installer app called “AppInstaller”. If you don’t have it for some reason, you can download it at the Google Play store for free. Search for “AppInstaller” and it should be the first one to pop up with the Android logo in a cardboard box. Open this app and it should be defaulted on the “Install App” tab. Scroll down and tap on the “Download” folder. You will see the Waze app named “com.wave.apk” with the Waze icon and it will say “Version 126.96.36.199” below it. Tap on this app, and follow your phone’s install procedures. 2[SUP]nd[/SUP] method: If you don’t already have it on your phone, go to the Google Play store and install “ASTRO File Manager” for free. The icon will look like a capital letter A on a file folder. Once installed and set up, tap on “sdcard0”, find the “Download” folder and tap on it, then you will see the downloaded Waze app named “com.waze.apk”. Tap on it and follow your phone’s install procedures. Step 5. Once you have Waze release 188.8.131.52 installed and set up, you will need to edit the alert distances. Open up (or go back into) the Astro File Manager app. Tap on sdcard0, and scroll down to the “waze” folder. Tap on this folder and scroll down until you see a file near the bottom called “preferences”. I would suggest copying this file and pasting it somewhere outside of the Waze folder just in case. Just hold your finger down on the file, and choose copy when the options pop up. Paste it to your location preference. You will then want to hold your finger on the “preferences” file again, and this time choose “Open As”. Select “Text” (the first option). These are my setting numbers below, but feel free to change to your liking. I have pictures included with the lines to edit circled in red. Once inside the “preferences” file, you will need to scroll down until you find the line(s) saying: - GeoConfig.Ignore server config: no. Change no to yes. - Alerts.Police Alert Distace: (whatever number) Change to at least 2000 = 1.1 miles - Alerts.Enforcement Alerts Distance Freeways: Change to 2000 - Alerts.Enforcement Alerts Distance Highways: Change to 2000 - Alerts.Enforcement Alerts Distance Streets: Change to 1000 - Alerts.Hazard Alert Distance: Change to 900 Step 6. Once done editing, tap on the save (floppy disk icon on the top right corner) and once saved, enjoy your distance changes. There are some other features you can customize and tweak to your liking, but everyone has different tastes, needs, and desires, so play around until you get it just right and ask us questions if you need help along the way. Enjoy!