Waze alert distances change & previous App release install for Android Phones

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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 3.7.8.0. 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 3.7.8.0 (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 3.7.8.0. 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 3.7.8.0” 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 3.7.8.0 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

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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!
 
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Worked like a charm. Just a heads up for a less intrusive file manager; might want to try Total Commander.

Thanks for the tutorial!
 

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Incognito,

You're welcome and thanks for suggesting an alternative file manager option! ;-)

xyd,

Thanks for the sticky approval! :)
 

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Thanks for the great post! Have you played with killing audio alerts for hazards? Any idea if setting them to 0 would kill them? I run Waze on my car stereo, and I want the Police Reports to be announced over my music, but I'll take my chances with the hazards. I'll try playing with the settings, and report back if successful. Just wondering if you have played with that aspect.
 

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Do we know why you can't change these items on the latest version?
 

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They locked it down. It overwrites your settings file from the server every time you start the app regardless of the ignore server config flag.
Ah... I see. Too bad you couldn't block access to only that server so it wouldn't overwrite your changed file... I wonder if it's the same server you get the actual alerts / maps from? Oh well.
 

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Ah... I see. Too bad you couldn't block access to only that server so it wouldn't overwrite your changed file... I wonder if it's the same server you get the actual alerts / maps from? Oh well.
Could be, and that server name is in the preferences as well. Maybe try changing Download.Config: to http://127.0.0.1/

If your phone is rooted and you have a little know-how, you could put an entry in /etc/hosts.
 

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Could be, and that server name is in the preferences as well. Maybe try changing Download.Config: to http://127.0.0.1/

If your phone is rooted and you have a little know-how, you could put an entry in /etc/hosts.
I was thinking that... but if it's the same server the alerts come from, that could be bad... :eek:
 

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Filibuster,

You're welcome! I honestly keep forgetting to try to edit the audio alerts for "vehicle stopped on shoulder ahead." I remember to try and edit them while driving, then forget/get too busy after I arrive to my destinations. I prefer to leave them on so I don't have to keep hitting the brakes if I am going faster than PSL so that doesn't help my memory either lol. I'll edit it right now and let you know this afternoon if it does work.
 

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Sounds good man. I keep forgetting to try it, same as you. If I beat you to remembering, I'll try tweaking a few things and report back.

Filibuster,

You're welcome! I honestly keep forgetting to try to edit the audio alerts for "vehicle stopped on shoulder ahead." I remember to try and edit them while driving, then forget/get too busy after I arrive to my destinations. I prefer to leave them on so I don't have to keep hitting the brakes if I am going faster than PSL so that doesn't help my memory either lol. I'll edit it right now and let you know this afternoon if it does work.
 

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But in the meantime, WATCH OUT! VEHICLE STOPPED ON SHOULDER AHEAD! Waze seems to be losing it mojo in my area, at least as far as LEO reporting. 95% of them turn out to be stale. If we could alter how long a LEO report remains after it is reported, that would be helpful.
 

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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.
Thank You 2quick4u! Version 3.7.8.0 installed and, distances modified. Can't thank you enough. This is the kind of support for other members that makes this place so great. Good work!
 

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itwasntme,

You're welcome! That's what we're here for!
 

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Android 4.0 and got to the Waze folder but could not find preference folder. Settings folder?
 

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Android 4.0 and got to the Waze folder but could not find preference folder. Settings folder?
You rooted? [MENTION=500]Normsky[/MENTION]
 

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You running the old version of Waze? Using the links in the first post. It doesn't work with the new version.
 

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Android 4.0 and got to the Waze folder but could not find preference folder. Settings folder?
Preferences is a file, not a folder/directory
 

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