How to turn off the voice in Apple Maps

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Wondering how to turn off the voice in Apple Maps? We don't blame you. While many people may need the vocal instructions, for those who don't they can be a pain, interrupting your favorite song, podcast or contemplative silence. If you have visual directions in front of you — when using CarPlay, for instance — spoken directions are a little redundant anyway.

Thankfully, it's easy to disable spoken instructions in Apple Maps, but it isn't exactly obvious how to do so, especially as the icon you need to tap regularly disappears. In this guide, we'll take you through it all.

Here's how to disable the voice in Apple Maps.

How to turn off the voice in Apple Maps

Note: we've demonstrated the steps below using the basic Apple Maps app on an iPhone 15 Pro. If you're using CarPlay, skip to step 3.

1. Start directions

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First up, enter a destination, select directions and hit Go.

2. Tap the arrow icon

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You may briefly see the icons in step 3 below flash on the screen and then disappear. To get them back (or if you don't see them at all), tap the arrow icon.

3. Tap the speaker icon and select mute

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Now tap the speaker icon and select mute. If you're using CarPlay, you should still see these icon on your screen, although the screen may be laid out a little differently versus the standard iPhone app.

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Peter Wolinski
Reviews Editor

Peter is Reviews Editor at Tom's Guide. As a writer, he covers topics including tech, photography, gaming, hardware, motoring and food & drink. Outside of work, he's an avid photographer, specialising in architectural and portrait photography. When he's not snapping away on his beloved Fujifilm camera, he can usually be found telling everyone about his greyhounds, riding his motorcycle, squeezing as many FPS as possible out of PC games, and perfecting his espresso shots.