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Which countries does the Waze app work in? - 2022

From the UK to Australia, find out exactly where Waze can show you the way.


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What is Waze?

Change the Waze you drive and get to places faster by downloading one of the best route planner apps available. If you drive a car, taxi or motorbike, the Waze app will help get you to your destination as quickly and as efficiently as possible. Waze provides accurate directions based on live traffic data and aims to avoid unnecessary hazards along the way.


Is Waze available in the UK?

Yes, Waze is a very popular navigation app in the UK, with millions of 'Wazers' using the app to simplify their travel. Great for everyday use, Waze helps maximise your free-time by allowing you to spend less time on the road stuck in traffic. Due to the fact this is a community-based app, the more contributors the better, which is why the app is extremely reliable in the UK.

Is Waze available in Europe?

Yes, Waze is available throughout Europe including France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK.

Is Waze available Worldwide?

Yes, not only is Waze available throughout Europe but it is available to use throughout many countries around the globe. If you're in a country with marked roads it's pretty likely you'll be able to use Waze.

Is Waze available in Dubai?

Yes, Waze has been rated one of the most useful traffic alert apps to use in Dubai because the navigational tool utilises user-generated data in real-time from road users. Carpooling is a feature also available for commuters in Dubai which is a great way of saving money by sharing regular trips with other Waze members.


What countries can use Waze?

Waze is available in over 180 countries worldwide! Waze aims to be as accessible as possible to users globally, this includes a translation feature within the app where you can select your chosen language, depending on the country you're in. Bear in mind that the capacity of the maps is based on user participation. The more users who contribute, the more informative the navigation will be.

The countries in which you can use Waze include the following:

Albania Columbia India Malaysia
Argentina Costa Rica Indonesia México
Australia Cyprus Ireland Namibia
Austria Denmark Israel Netherlands
Belgium Finland Italy New Zealand
Bosnia France Japan Nicaragua
Brazil Germany Korea Norway
Bulgaria Greece Kosovo Perú
Canada Hungary Latvia Poland
Chile Iceland Lithuania Portugal
China India Luxembourg Romania

Which country owns Waze?

Waze was originally founded in Israel in 2008 by Uri Levine, software engineer Ehud Shabtai and Amir Shinar. Google bought Waze in 2013, and Google's headquarters are in the United States.

Which country uses Waze the most?

The United States has the most overall Waze users and contributors in comparison to other countries.


How do I change the language on Waze?

Follow these 5 simple steps to update the language on your Waze app:

  1. Tap 'My Waze'
  2. Click 'Settings', then 'General'
  3. Tap 'Language' (at the top)
  4. Select your preferred language
  5. Restart the app and you're ready to go!

How do I change the country on Waze?

There isn't a way of updating the country on the Waze app. You actually don't need to do anything. Instead, Waze will recognise you're using the app in a new location and will start presenting new information within the different country.


What are the pros and cons of using Waze abroad?

Waze is a fantastic navigational tool which is improving road travel throughout the world, helping drivers gain access to the best routes for their journey. Updating with real-time traffic data, like other GPS software, it learns from users' driving times and provides routing and real-time traffic updates.

It's important to bear in mind that Waze is reliant on other active users on the road. The quality and details of Waze maps differs depending on the size of the user community at your location. If, for example, you're using Waze in a country where there are less users in a specific area, then the map will not be as detailed as a country with millions of 'Wazers' close-by. You can check the map coverage of your destination using the live web-based map linked below.

Waze Live Map

How much does it cost to use Waze abroad?

Waze is free to download anywhere in the world but requires a data connection to work at optimum capacity. The costs and charges that occur depend on your phone and data carrier rates for the country you're travelling to.

The amount of data used may differ depending on your device, as well as the routes you take. The time of day, traffic, number of reports and active drivers can also affect your data usage. It's worthwhile checking the rates of the country you're travelling to in advance, to avoid any unexpected costs.


How do I download the Waze app?

You can download Waze on Android and iPhone from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. Once you've downloaded the app, you can sign up with your Google account or an email address to start using it. Simply open the app on your phone or tablet and let the road trips begin!


Is Waze a better app than Google Maps?

Both apps are owned by Google and share many similarities as well as crucial differences. For a detailed breakdown of which app is best for you, please visit our Google Maps vs Waze page.


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