How to Keep Tabs on Someone Using Waze

How to Keep Tabs on Someone Using Waze

Waze is a handy navigation app that lets you and your friends easily keep track of each other’s whereabouts. But what if you’re planning a fantastic weekend brunch and some of your friends don’t know how to get there? Is there a way to monitor their progress on Waze and make sure they’re on the right track?

In this article, I’ll share all the details you need to know to make sure you always meet up at the right time and place.

How to Keep an Eye on People

Waze allows you to share your location with your friends, so you’ll always know where they are and when they’ll arrive. To do this, Waze offers three options: Share drive, send ETA, or Send Location.

Share Drive

It’s pretty straightforward to keep tabs on your friend’s drive using Waze, but you’ll need access to their Waze route or location. Here’s how they can share it with you:

  1. Open the Waze app.
  2. Use the search bar to find you as a contact.
  3. Select the “Share drive” option.

This way, you can see your friends on a real-time map, track where they’re headed, and be aware of any traffic issues they might encounter along their route.

Send ETA

If your friend forgot to share their drive with you and they’re already stuck in traffic, they can quickly send you their ETA. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Open their route on the Waze app.
  2. Tap the “ETA” bar at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Locate your contact in the list.
  4. Tap “Share drive”.

Sharing Locations

If you want to share your friend’s location with others using Waze, follow these simple steps:

  1. Open the search box.
  2. Look for three dots next to the address from your history or one of your favorites.
  3. Tap Send Location.

Now you can easily keep track of your friend’s journey through the city’s traffic and even know when they’ll arrive.

Viewing a Shared Drive

When your contacts share their drive with you, Waze will notify you. Just tap View drive to see the details. By doing this, you’ll receive push notifications about the drive, and you’ll also be able to see your contact’s photo and name on the map.

If you close the shared drive map, you can easily find it again by clicking on a drive icon in the top-right corner of the screen. The icon will be there until the drive is over, and then it will disappear.

How to Know If Your Friends Are Watching You on Waze

Whenever we share our drive or location, our contacts receive a message with a link. When they click on it and tap View, I’ll get a notification in Waze letting me know that they now have access to my route.

It’s possible that your friends might not be able to find the link you shared. That’s why it’s better to agree on which app you’ll use to share locations, in case they don’t use Waze.

Communication with Friends on Waze

Sending messages to friends on Waze is easy if you don’t want to switch apps while driving. There’s also an option to poke them with “Beep Beep” to encourage them to drive slower.

  1. Tap on Menu and then tap on your name for My Waze.
  2. Tap on My friends.
  3. Scroll and find a friend you’d like to connect with.
  4. Tap on Message or Beep Beep.
  5. Write your message and Send.

What Else Waze Offers

Advanced Navigation

While Waze maps may seem ordinary, they actually have many unique features once you start using them.

Users can report traffic information, accidents, police speed traps, roadblocks, and every route is adjusted based on all this data. This allows drivers to plan their time efficiently, anticipate obstacles, and arrive on time.

Waze Carpool

Since many people commute to work alone, Waze created a platform for connecting people with empty seats in their cars with those who don’t have a car. By letting users choose who they want to share their drive with, Waze helps people reach their destinations faster.

Wazers can decide whether to join a carpool or drive one. After registering, the platform starts connecting them based on the routes they use every day.

Additionally, this helps take cars off the road, reducing gas consumption and saving money for commuters.

Waze Moods

Waze introduced Moods to express how drivers feel while driving, waiting, looking for parking, or facing difficulties. Users can choose a mood for all other drivers to see while they’re stuck in traffic.

Waze Music

If you enjoy listening to music as you navigate through the streets, Waze audio controls automatically connect you to supported audio apps like Deezer, YouTube Music, iHeart Radio, and Spotify. When those apps are activated, you’ll see a small red circle on your map. Just tap it, and you can choose any playlist or artist to make your commute easier.

A Waze Journey Is a Safe Journey

Now that you know how to track someone on Waze, you can rest assured that your friends and family will reach their destination safely. As a community-driven app, Waze brings people together and helps them share their driving experiences.

Have you been using Waze? What are your thoughts on the app so far? Let us know in the comments below!

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