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Play sound to phone speaker

Postby boodahbellie » Thu Jun 13, 2013 2:16 pm

What is the purpose of the "Play sound to phone speaker" check box (Settings>Sound)? I mean, doesn't it already go through the phone speaker?
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Re: Play sound to phone speaker

Postby Mofofunk » Thu Jun 13, 2013 2:58 pm

Is this option for when you are playing audio via the headphone jack (i.e. line into your car radio) and the prompts will still come out of the phone, not down the headphone output?
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Re: Play sound to phone speaker

Postby holmes4 » Thu Jun 13, 2013 3:13 pm

Turning this on also turns off "Prefer Bluetooth". I am a "Waze Baby" but was surprised that the voice prompts on my iPhone 4S came out the regular phone speaker (the one that goes by the ear) rather than the much louder speakerphone speaker. I could barely hear the prompts. Perhaps I missed a setting somewhere.... If I enable Bluetooth, then I get the prompts that way.
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Re: Play sound to phone speaker

Postby sketch » Thu Jun 13, 2013 4:14 pm

AshBrad84 wrote:Is this option for when you are playing audio via the headphone jack (i.e. line into your car radio) and the prompts will still come out of the phone, not down the headphone output?

That's the idea.

When the option is selected and your phone is connected through the headphone jack, Waze should fade out and pause your music if it's playing, say the prompt through the phone speaker, and then play and fade in your music over the headphone connection.

holmes4 wrote:Turning this on also turns off "Prefer Bluetooth". I am a "Waze Baby" but was surprised that the voice prompts on my iPhone 4S came out the regular phone speaker (the one that goes by the ear) rather than the much louder speakerphone speaker. I could barely hear the prompts. Perhaps I missed a setting somewhere.... If I enable Bluetooth, then I get the prompts that way.

This shouldn't be happening. Are you sure your speaker volume isn't just turned down? Waze uses the media volume setting for prompts, which is separate from the ringer/alert volume setting. Unless you've changed your iPhone settings, the volume buttons on the side won't adjust Waze's volume unless Waze is giving a prompt. Try adjusting the volume while Waze is actually speaking.

Normally, adjusting the phone's music volume setting would also affect Waze's output volume, but since the iPhone saves Headphone and Speaker volumes separately for media, I don't think adjusting the Headphone media volume setting would affect the Speaker media volume.

As for "Prefer Bluetooth", well, your phone can't play sounds over both Bluetooth and the phone speaker at once, although I suppose it would be useful to keep both enabled in the case that you wish to use your phone speaker only when the phone doesn't find a Bluetooth connection.
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Re: Play sound to phone speaker

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Thu Jun 13, 2013 4:22 pm

sketch wrote:This shouldn't be happening. Are you sure your speaker volume isn't just turned down? Waze uses the media volume setting for prompts, which is separate from the ringer/alert volume setting. Unless you've changed your iPhone settings, the volume buttons on the side won't adjust Waze's volume unless Waze is giving a prompt. Try adjusting the volume while Waze is actually speaking.

Alternately, and oftentimes easier to increase volume: activate voice commands with two waves or a 3-finger tap, whichever you have set in settings. While Waze is waiting for your voice input, use the hardware buttons on the phone to increase the sound volume.
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Re: Play sound to phone speaker

Postby vickyrao » Fri Dec 20, 2013 1:44 am

Seems like turning on the option for "settings>sound>Play sound to phone speaker" either does not work, or the sound gets choppy. depending on my luck. Most of the time, no sound.

I have to set this option because im always on bluetooth and my phone connects to my car audio system. But i use this for phone calls purpose only and my car audio player is always on Radio function. Therefore without this option, i wont be able to hear any navigation sound.

I am now on Adroid 3.7.7.0 version. It use to work before this.

I am using Xperia Z1 C6903 with official Sony firmware on stock 4.3 JellyBean Android.

Any idea on this issue? I even checked with another user who is using Nexus 5, and same issue when Play sound to phone speaker is selected.
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Re: Play sound to phone speaker

Postby sketch » Sat Dec 21, 2013 2:58 am

Different car stereos act differently. In my car, with Ford SYNC, even if I have my phone connected to the stereo via Bluetooth, as long as I don't have and haven't had it selected, Waze will announce over the phone speaker (once you select Bluetooth Audio and then switch to something else, Waze doesn't make a sound until the car is next turned off and on). In the rental I have this week, Chevrolet MyLink will not allow any sound over the phone if it's connected via Bluetooth to the audio system, even if it isn't and hasn't been selected as an audio source.

Now, I don't have "play sound to phone speaker" on, and I don't have an Android device. I'm just trying to offer some insight as to why others may or may not have the same experience as you.


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Re: Play sound to phone speaker

Postby vickyrao » Sun Dec 22, 2013 2:42 am

sketch wrote:Different car stereos act differently. In my car, with Ford SYNC, even if I have my phone connected to the stereo via Bluetooth, as long as I don't have and haven't had it selected, Waze will announce over the phone speaker (once you select Bluetooth Audio and then switch to something else, Waze doesn't make a sound until the car is next turned off and on). In the rental I have this week, Chevrolet MyLink will not allow any sound over the phone if it's connected via Bluetooth to the audio system, even if it isn't and hasn't been selected as an audio source.

Now, I don't have "play sound to phone speaker" on, and I don't have an Android device. I'm just trying to offer some insight as to why others may or may not have the same experience as you.


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Actually there seems to be alot of them suffering with this issue in the other Waze threads. It seems like the issue was there since like October. But mostly affecting devices with 4.3 and above. So i guess that is the issue. Hope Waze fixes this.
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Re: Play sound to phone speaker

Postby eaglejm7 » Tue Jun 30, 2015 2:15 am

I was wondering about that. There is actually *Supposed** to be a blue tooth connection to the car! I don't have one, it is not offered (grumble). Android Lollipop on a Galaxy 5s
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Re: Play sound to phone speaker

Postby sandygors » Sat Sep 19, 2015 7:22 pm

So here is the story as verified on MY galaxy S5 :
The setting in Waze settings named 'play sound to phone speaker serves one purpose. To enable sound to be routed to the ear phone jack while simultaneously disabling the phone's speaker. This only pertains to the app Waze.
When you want to play Waze sound though the phone's speaker you re-enable play sound thru the phone's speaker.
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