Waze Settings

Discussion in 'Passive Countermeasures' started by rj0, Jun 10, 2018.

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  1. rj0

    rj0 Learning to Drive General User

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    rj0's Settings Guide
    The purpose of this article is to help familiarize users with Advanced Settings for efficient use. This guide has been created and tested for use on Apple iOS Waze Release 4.39.2.0. To check what Release of Waze you are using, open Waze, Settings, Advanced Settings, About. I will do my best to keep up with this guide as new versions of Waze are released. I do not have an Android device so at this time there will not be an Android version of this guide. This guide prioritizes getting to point A to B as fast as possible as well LEO notification. Some settings are intentionally left blank.

    Quick Settings

    Display: Auto. Notes - 3D potentially gives you more range, i.e you will be able to see LEO markers sooner, trade off is some extra battery usage. Auto seems to work perfectly, seamlessly switching between 2D & 3D when needed.
    Sound: On. Notes - Alerts could be selected here as well, I just wouldn't choose Off for obvious reasons.
    Voice Directions: English (US) Jane. Notes - Any voice from Waze should work fine. If you decide to record your own voice make sure you are prompt when speaking.
    Avoid Toll Roads: Off. Notes - We want to get from point A to B as fast as possible.


    Advanced Settings
    General
    Language:
    Unit:

    Events Radius: 5 miles. Notes - Don't select On route only. You will not be notified if there is an LEO at an intersecting road that is technically not on your route.
    Prevent auto-lock: On. Notes - If you mount your phone to your dashboard or windshield, you'll want to have this setting enabled. This will prevent your screen from turning off while the Waze app is open.
    Personalize my ads: Off. Unknown if this actually slightly lessens the amount of data Waze collects about you. In the hopes it does, I leave this option disabled.
    Child Reminder: Notes - Never used this, don't know how well it works. I guess if you forget your kids in your car a lot this setting is for you.


    Display & map
    Mode: Auto. Notes - Personal preference, Auto seems to work properly.
    Color scheme: Default. Notes - Some people used to make their own color designs, I haven't found a reason to do this yet, default seems work work well.
    Details on map: Turn Road Goodies and maybe Wazers off. Leave rest on. Notes - Road Goodies is like playing Pokemon Go while driving.
    Car on map:
    Alerts on route: At least keep Police, Crash, & Speed cameras enabled. Notes - Roadside help. I don't know if I would ever use this. Potentially dangerous.

    Auto zoom: On. Notes - I tried experimenting with this setting, ultimately I felt that it was best left alone.
    Lock North-up mode: Off.
    Always show map controls: Off. Notes - Saves screen space.
    Search on map: Off. Notes - Saves screen space.
    Show friends on map controls:
    Show zoom in map controls: Off. Notes - Leave off if Auto zoom is On.


    Sound & voice
    App volume:
    Voice directions:
    Talk to Waze:
    Mute Waze during calls: Off.
    Pause spoken audio: On.
    Sound output:


    Navigation
    Avoid toll roads: Off.
    Avoid freeways: Off.
    Avoid ferries: Off. Notes - Don't really know what this means. If you have ferries in your area you should look into this.

    Vehicle type: Notes - If you are on a Motorcycle or Electric try experimenting with those options. I don't have either so I am not sure how that effects the route.
    Add toll/HOV passes: Notes - If you have some time of pass, add it.
    Reduce difficult intersections: Off. Notes - We want to get from point A to B as fast as possible.


    Speedometer
    Show speedometer: On. Notes - Useful for unfamiliar roads.
    Show speed limit: When exceeding. Notes - Personal preference.
    Play alert sound: On. Notes - See below.

    When to show alert: 20mph. Notes - Experiment with this, but if you set it too low you may be hearing a lot of annoying beeps while you drive.
     
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    I might not entirely agree with everything you said (or, maybe I do) but I appreciate reading your reasons for the choices and can evaluate my own choices accordingly. :)
     
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    You get a like for that post. Ive been trying to find a way to disable vehicle on side of road for months. Some trips is unbearable with all the reports.
     
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    Vehicle on side of the road is actually very helpful. It tells me that the car on the shoulder is not a cop ;)
     
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    I'm fine with seeing it on the screen but I don't want to hear about them. I've also turned those audio prompts off.
     
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    I disable other wazers from being shown on my screen. It's too much clutter at times when left on.
     
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    It also let's you know a waze user passed through that area recently. If they were marking cars on the side of the road you can bet they would be marking cops as well
     
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    On two separate occasions I can recall in the past 9 months I’ve used it, someone marked what was a police officer as just a vehicle on the side of the road. Even if I may not always slow down a lot, I do actually slow down enough to give myself some extra maneuver space on the freeway in anticipation of moving over when I can. I’ll take any warning as opposed to none at all.


    Written from my mobile device.
     
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    Excellent Post!

    Is this a good place to ask Waze questions or should I start a new thread? Mod's feel free to move this if it should be a new thread.

    Question: When reporting LEO sightings, is it possible to "Mark" the location of a LEO on the opposite side of the route I am following? When I mark location, it always appears on my side.
     
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    There are 3 choices when you mark Police. 1 Visible, 2 Hidden, 3 Other side.
     
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    I can't speak to iOS or other versions of Waze, but I'm running 4.40.0.4 on my Pixel 2 and I get three choices for LEO; visible, hidden, and other side. When I select other side the pins show up in the correct location. Hope that helps.

    Posted from my Pixel 2 using the RDF Mobile App!
     
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    Thanks Guys. Guess it might help if I checked for updates more often!
     
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    I got a question about running Waze. I use an iphone and I typically run Waze on my phone with the screen off and the phone in my pocket with audio to my ear via ear bud. I sometimes also listen to Pandora on occasion. If I want to make sure I get Waze alerts over my music, do I have to have Waze open in the foreground and Pandora running in the back ground or does it matter? Does the screen being off affect Waze alerts? Thanks in advance.
     
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    I run both Waze and Pandora over my Kenwood head unit via iPhone 6s every time I get in my car. Waze alerts over my head unit via bluetooth regardless of it is on the screen or in the background.
     
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    Thanks, I appreciate your input. I was concerned that I was missing alerts from Waze.
     
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    I think you need to be sure you’ve allowed background app refresh for Waze, or else I don’t believe it will be able to give alerts if it’s not the foreground app.
     
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    This is true
     
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    Thanks guys. All Waze refresh set on. I should be good.
     
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    Which Kenwood head unit are you running if you don't mind me asking?