But unfortunately, Waze isn’t always working exactly as it should, and most recently, a number of Android Auto users came across a GPS glitch that causes the app to think they’re heading in another direction. Of course, this makes the navigation instructions provided by Waze pretty much useless, simply because the app no longer knows where you’re going.
The good news is the whole thing is just a glitch, and the team at Waze has already prepared a fix for the whole thing, with a future update likely to resolve it rather sooner than later.
In the meantime, however, there’s something that you can easily do to restore Waze in your car. Just turn off location permissions for Android Auto but allow Waze to access your location.
To do this on a Samsung phone, go to Settings > Apps, look for Android Auto in the list, tap it and then expand the Permissions section. Click on Location permission and then choose the option that reads Deny. Follow the same steps for Waze, but make sure the app is set to Always allow.
By the looks of things, Ford cars with SYNC are most often affected, though there’s a chance others might hit similar problems on their head units as well.
For the time being, however, keep in mind this is just a temporary workaround, with an official fix already on its way and expected to land in one of the next few updates.