how to use navigation

You are currently viewing GMC.com (United States). Close this window to stay here or choose another country to see vehicles and services specific to your location.

gmc-support-how-to-left-justified-svg.svg

HOW TO USE NAVIGATION IN YOUR VEHICLE

Difficulty Level: Novice  |  Time Required: 5 minutes  |  Tools Required: None  |  Related Parts, Products, Services or Technology: Infotainment system must be equipped with navigation system or app

Your vehicle’s Navigation system can help you get directions to your destination.

Depending on your vehicle, you might see a NAV icon or a MAPS icon. Select which icon you have on your infotainment screen to learn how to use it. If you don’t see any of these icons, refer to your Owner’s Manual for instructions.


EMBEDDED NAVIGATION

If your infotainment system has a NAV icon that looks like a compass rose with an N in the middle, use these instructions to customize your preferences, route to a new destination or explore the route guidance screen.

CUSTOMIZING YOUR PREFERENCES

Here are instructions for customizing your Navigation system:

1. Tap the MENU icon (which looks like three dots) at the bottom of the map screen.

2. Select SETTINGS on the Options screen.

3. From here, you can customize the following things:

  • Routing preferences: When you enter a destination, choose if you want the system to route you based on the fastest (shortest drive time) or eco-friendly (most fuel-efficient) option. You can select road features that you want to avoid, such as toll roads and highways.
  • Map view preferences: Choose from 2D North Up View, 2D Heading Up View or 3D Heading Up View.
  • Navigation Voice Preferences: Turn the prompts on/off, adjust the volume of the voice prompts or turn prompts during phone calls on/off.
  • Day/Night Mode: Pick a lighter Day Mode, darker Night Mode or set it to automatically change based on lighting conditions.

SET UP FAVORITE DESTINATIONS

You can store your common destinations such as home and work. There are three ways to do it:

1. While Route Guidance is in progress, press and hold a Favorites space on the screen. The final destination will be saved.

2. If a route isn’t in progress, press and hold a Favorites space on the screen to save the vehicle’s current location.

3. Press and hold a Favorites space when you’re looking at your Contact Details list to save a contact’s address.

HOW TO ROUTE TO A DESTINATION

You can enter an address, intersection or point of interest, choose from a recent destination or choose a saved destination.

1. Touch the DESTINATION icon at the bottom of the screen. If the icon isn’t showing on your screen, it may have timed out. Tap anywhere on the screen to bring the icons back up.

2. From here, enter the address by typing it in, tap the VOICE COMMAND icon to enter the destination by voice, or tap a category icon (Address, Intersection, Recent, Contacts, Point of Interest).

  • You can enter a full address or even a partial address. If your exact search isn’t found, the system will suggest a different one.

3. Follow the prompts to route to the destination.

You can also start entering a destination by pressing and releasing the PUSH-TO-TALK button on your steering wheel. After the beep, say “Navigation” and follow the prompts to continue. If you have an eligible service plan, you can also press the blue or white OnStar® button in the vehicle and request directions from an Advisor.

HOW TO USE NAVIGATION ROUTE GUIDANCE SCREEN

After your route appears on screen, here are some of the features you can use:

  • To switch between your ETA and driving distance, touch the ETA information area.
  • Tap the NEXT TURN indicator arrow on the map to see a list of upcoming turns.
  • Tap OVERVIEW to look at the entire route to your destination; tap RESET to return to the regular Route Guidance view.
  • Swipe or pinch and spread the screen to adjust the view. You can also adjust the zoom using the “+” and “-” icons.
  • On highways, a special view appears on the right side of the screen to help you understand merging lanes.
  • To cancel your route, tap the MENU icon and then select “Cancel Route,” or simply press the “X” icon, depending on your model.
NEXT-GENERATION EMBEDDED NAVIGATION

If your infotainment system has a NAV icon that looks like an arrow pointing up, use these instructions to customize your preferences, route to a new destination or explore the route guidance screen.

If you have Connected Navigation services, you’ll get enhanced functionality, including real-time traffic, up-to-date location information, fuel prices, parking and more. These services require a paid service plan or trial.

CUSTOMIZING YOUR PREFERENCES

Here are instructions for customizing your Navigation system:

1. To make sure your preferences are saved, make sure you’re signed in to your Personal Profile on the infotainment system.

2. Then, tap the MENU icon (which looks like three dots) on the left side of the map screen.

3. From here, you can customize the following things:

  • Routing preferences: Choose from 3D Heading Up, 2D Heading Up or 2D North Up.
  • Settings: Adjust your map and route preferences, navigation voice control, traffic preferences, alert preferences and more.
  • Edit destinations: Add your most frequent or favorite destinations.
  • Show on map: Choose what types of businesses and locations you want to appear on the map.

HOW TO ROUTE TO A DESTINATION

1. On the map screen, tap the SEARCH icon (a magnifying glass) to reach the menu to enter a destination.

2. There are a few different ways to enter a destination, including:

  • Type a keyword, address or point of interest into the search bar
  • Tap on an icon to search by Recents, Favorites or various categories
  • Tap the VOICE RECOGNITION icon to search for a destination by voice

3. Choose your destination from the list of results on the screen, or change your search to find other locations.

4. Once your destination is selected, you can begin routing by tapping “Go.” Or you can view alternate routes, call the establishment or tap the STAR icon to add the destination to your list of favorites.

You can also start entering a destination by pressing and releasing the PUSH-TO-TALK button on your steering wheel. After the beep, say “Navigation” and follow the prompts to continue. If you have an eligible service plan, you can also press the blue or white OnStar® button in the vehicle and request directions from an Advisor.

SET UP FAVORITE DESTINATIONS

You can store your common destinations such as home and work. There are a few ways to do it:

1. STAR icon: On the destination entry screen, enter the address you wish to save. When the location appears, tap the STAR icon to save the destination.

2. Profile: On the map screen, tap your profile icon to enter your home or work address.

3. Navigation settings: You can also edit these in the Navigation Settings menu.

Next time you want to route to the saved address, tap “Favorites” on the destination entry screen.

HOW TO USE NAVIGATION ROUTE GUIDANCE SCREEN

After your route appears on screen, here are some of the features you can use:

1. Progress Bar: View your estimated time of arrival and distance remaining, or tap the bar for an overview of the whole route.

2. Arrival Details: Your remaining miles and estimated arrival time are displayed in the bottom right corner. Tap to view estimated remaining minutes.

3. Next Turn: Your next turn appears in the green bar at the top of the screen. Tap it for a list of all upcoming turns.

4. Zoom: Use the + or – icons to zoom in or out, or pinch and spread on the screen.

5. Mute: Tap this icon to mute or unmute voice prompts.

6. Cancel Route: Cancel the route in progress with one tap.

GOOGLE MAPS BUILT-IN

If your infotainment system is equipped with Google built-in capability and you see a multi-colored “maps” icon, use these instructions to explore its features. You’ll need an eligible service plan for your vehicle and a Google Account to use it.

HOW TO ROUTE TO A DESTINATION

You can enter a location by typing it in on the screen or using Google Assistant.

1. Tap the MICROPHONE icon to enter an address by voice using Google Assistant.

2. Or tap the SEARCH bar to type in a location, address, point of interest or destination category (e.g., restaurants, charging station).

3. Choose your destination from the list of options on the screen or change your search to find other locations.

4. After you select your destination, available routes will be displayed on the screen. If there are multiple options, choose the route you’d like to use to confirm. You can also tap Routing Options for additional choices.

5. Verify the location and route by tapping Start. Your route will begin.

SET UP FAVORITE DESTINATIONS IN GOOGLE MAPS

  • When you’re signed in to your Google Account, your saved addresses will automatically appear as suggested destinations in the vehicle. If you’ve programmed home and work addresses into the Google Maps app on your smartphone, they will also appear in the vehicle as long as you’re on the same account.
  • You can also go into the Settings menu in Google Maps and tap “Edit home or work” to save new addresses.

USING GOOGLE MAPS IN AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE

Google Maps offers additional routing features in electric vehicles. When you’re selecting your route, you can display available charging stations along your route and see your estimated charge state at arrival. If your battery state of charge gets low while you’re routing, Google Maps will prompt you to add a stop at a charging station along the way.

GMC MAPS+ APP

If your infotainment system has a Maps app icon, or if you see the Maps+ app available for download in APPS in your vehicle, use these instructions to customize your preferences, route to a new destination or monitor traffic on your route. You’ll need an eligible service plan for the vehicle to use this app.

CUSTOMIZING YOUR PREFERENCES

1. From the main map screen, tap the gear icon to enter the Settings menu.

2. From this menu, you can adjust the following options:

  • Turn-by-turn voice directions: When this option is enabled, you will have each step of navigation directions read out to you
  • Avoid tolls: When this option is enabled, navigation will not route you to toll roads when possible
  • Avoid ferries: When this option is enabled, navigation will not instruct you to board ferries when possible
  • Avoid highways: When this option is enabled, navigation will not route you to highways when possible

HOW TO ROUTE TO A DESTINATION

There are several ways to select a destination:

1. From the main screen, press the magnifying glass icon in the lower left corner to search for an address or a search term like “groceries.”

  • When you select a search result labeled “category,” you will see a list of multiple results from that category on the map.
  • Categories include Coffee, Groceries, Parking and more.

2. To navigate to a destination you can see on the Free Drive map screen, press the Points of Interest (POI) icon on the touch-screen. To select a destination that’s not a POI, press and hold the location for a few seconds.

  • After you select a destination, the app will display a destination card on the map. Tap the card and select “Navigate” to begin routing.
  • On the route preview screen, you may see an alternate route displayed that is a similar time or faster. Tap this route to select it if desired.

3. If you ask the available Alexa Built-In to search for an address or POI, Alexa will load the destination in Maps+.

  • For example, you can say, “Alexa, give me directions to 123 Main Street.”

HOW TO USE MAPS+ ROUTE GUIDANCE SCREEN

  • On the main map screen, you can interact with the map by swiping to move the map, pinching to zoom and using a two-finger swipe to tilt the map.
  • If you navigate the screen away from the vehicle, you’ll see a recenter button appear that you can use to return to your vehicle’s location.
  • You can also use the compass button to toggle between “North-is-up” and “Forwards-is-up” views.
  • When “North-is-up” view is on, the top of your map screen will always point north. “Forwards-is-up” view will make sure your vehicle is always pointing toward the top of the map screen when driving forward.

Note: Some features of the app are not available while the vehicle is in motion. When the vehicle is in motion, features should be used by the passengers only.


RELATED LINKS AND RESOURCES


Q&As


Why doesn't the navigation system show how many more miles I have to go on my trip?

On some models, the system will display either your estimated time of arrival or your remaining miles. You can toggle between these by tapping them on the screen.

Why aren’t any of the navigation control icons showing on my map?

Sometimes the map screen removes the control icons when you’re not using them. Tap the screen to bring the icons back up.

LOOKING FOR SOMETHING ELSE?



NEED MORE HELP?

Communicate with one of our specialists. 


Information on this page is specific to the GMC models below. If your vehicle is not on the list or these instructions don't apply, then please see your Owner's Manual.

  • Acadia 2011–2022
  • Acadia Limited 2017
  • Canyon 2011–2022
  • HUMMER EV Pickup 2022
  • Savana Cargo Van 2011–2021
  • Savana Commercial Cutaway 2011–2015
  • Savana Passenger 2011–2022
  • Sierra 1500/2500HD/3500HD 2011–2022
  • Sierra 1500 Hybrid 2011–2013
  • Terrain 2011–2022
  • Yukon and Yukon XL 2011–2022
  • Yukon Hybrid 2011–2013
  • Functionality varies by model. Full functionality requires compatible Bluetooth and smartphone, and USB connectivity for some devices. Map coverage available in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada.

  • Functionality varies by model. Full functionality requires compatible Bluetooth® and smartphone, and USB connectivity for some devices.

  • Connected vehicle services vary by vehicle model and require active service plan, working electrical system, cell reception and GPS signal. OnStar links to emergency services. See onstar.com for details and limitations.

  • Google built-in services are subject to limitations and availability may vary by vehicle, infotainment system and location. Select service plan required. Certain Google actions and functionality may require account linking. User terms and privacy statements apply. Google, Google Play, and Google Maps are trademarks of Google LLC.

  • U.S. only. Available on properly equipped 2018MY and newer GM vehicles. Requires select service plan. Functionality is subject to user terms and limitations and varies by vehicle model. See onstar.com for details and limitations.

  • Service availability, features and functionality are subject to limitations and vary by vehicle, device, location and active service plan. Device data connection is required. Skill requires account linking to use. Amazon, Alexa and all related logos are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. See onstar.com for details and limitations.

  • 7,700-lb rating requires a properly equipped 2WD Canyon Elevation Crew Cab short bed model with available Duramax 2.8L I4 Diesel engine and Trailering Package. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price excludes destination freight charge, tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment. See your GMC dealer for details. Click here to see all GMC destination freight charges.

  • Requires 4WD Crew Cab Short Bed with available 6.2L V8 engine and Max Trailering Package. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Requires Sierra 3500 HD Regular Cab Long Bed 2WD DRW with available Duramax 6.6L Turbo-Diesel V8, Max Trailering Package and gooseneck hitch. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the Trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Requires 4WD Double Cab with available 6.2L V8 and Max Trailering Package. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • SLE models only.

  • Requires properly equipped 3500 Regular Cab DRW Long Box 2WD model with available 6.6L Duramax Turbo Diesel engine and gooseneck hitch. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • 7,550-lb rating requires a properly equipped 4WD Canyon Denali model with available Duramax 2.8L I4 Diesel engine. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options oraccessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Requires 2WD Denali Short Box model with 5.3L V-8 engine. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • The 30,990 lbs. rating requires properly equipped Sierra 3500HD Crew Cab Long Box 4WD DRW with available Duramax 6.6L Turbo-Diesel V8 engine. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • 7,550-lb rating requires a properly equipped Canyon AT4 Crew Cab short bed model with cloth seating, available Duramax 2.8L I4 Diesel engine and Trailering Package. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Sierra’s 9,200-lb rating requires a properly equipped AT4 Crew Cab Short Bed 4WD model with 5.3L V8 engine. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Requires properly equipped 3500 Crew Cab SRW Standard Box 4WD model with 6.6L gas V8 engine. These maximum payload ratings are intended for comparison purposes only. Before you buy a vehicle or use it to haul people or cargo, carefully review the vehicle loading section of the Owner’s Manual and check the carrying capacity of your specific vehicle on the label on the inside of the driver’s door jamb.

  • Savana Passenger's 9,600-lb rating requires 2500 or 3500 Regular Wheelbase model, trailering equipment package and 6.6L V8 engine. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Savana Cargo’s 10,000-lb rating requires 2500 or 3500 Regular Wheelbase, trailering equipment package and 6.6L V8 engine. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Savana Cutaway’s 8,920-lb rating requires a 4500 Series 159" Wheelbase model with available 6.6L V8 engine. These maximum payload ratings are intended for comparison purposes only. Before you buy a vehicle or use it to haul people or cargo, carefully review the vehicle loading section of the Owner’s Manual and check the carrying capacity of your specific vehicle on the label on the inside of the driver’s door jamb.

  • Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR). When properly equipped; includes weight of vehicle and trailer combination, including the weight of driver, passengers, fuel, optional equipment and cargo in the vehicle and trailer.

  • Maximum Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR). When properly equipped; includes weight of vehicle, passengers, cargo and equipment.

  • Canyon’s 7000-lb rating requires available trailering package and 3.6L V-6 engine. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Sierra's 12,500-lb rating requires Sierra Double Cab or Crew Cab Short box 2wd with 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 engine and NHT Max Trailering Package. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Trailer weight ratings are calculated assuming properly equipped vehicle, plus driver and one passenger. The weight of other optional equipment, passengers and cargo will reduce the trailer weight your vehicle can tow. See dealer for details.

  • Sierra Denali's 9,300-lb rating requires 2wd. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Savana Passenger's 10,000-lb rating requires 2500 Wheel Base with 6.0L V8 engine. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Savana Cargo's 10,000-lb rating requires 6.0L V8 engine. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • These maximum payload ratings are intended for comparison purposes only. Before you buy a vehicle or use it to haul people or cargo, carefully review the vehicle loading section of the Owner’s Manual and check the carrying capacity of your specific vehicle on the label on the inside of the driver’s door jamb.

  • Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR). When properly equipped, includes weight of vehicle, passengers, cargo and equipment.

  • Canyon’s 7700-lb rating requires 2WD Crew Cab model with available Duramax 2.8L I-4 Diesel engine. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Requires 2WD Crew Cab DRW equipped with 6.6L Duramax Diesel and fifth-wheel or gooseneck hitch. Trailer weight ratings are calculated assuming properly equipped vehicle, plus driver and one passenger. The weight of other optional equipment, passengers and cargo will reduce the trailer weight your vehicle can tow. See dealer for details.

  • Starting at price for base Sierra HD. The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price excludes destination freight charge, tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment. See your GMC dealer for details. Click here to see all GMC destination freight charges.

  • Requires properly equipped 3500 Regular Cab DRW Long Box 2WD model with available 6.6L Duramax Turbo Diesel engine and gooseneck hitch. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price excludes destination freight charge, tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment. See your GMC dealer for details. Click here to see all GMC destination freight charges. Bed/Roof-Mounted Bicycle Carriers shown. Requires crossbars or Thule Rack Solution. Non-GM warranty. Warranty by Thule®. See dealer for more information.

  • These maximum payload ratings are intended for comparison purposes only. Before you buy a vehicle or use it to haul people or cargo, carefully review the vehicle loading section of the Owner’s Manual and check the carrying capacity of your specific vehicle on the label on the inside of the driver’s door jamb.

  • Available. Requires 2.0L Turbocharged gas engine.

  • Terrain's 3,500-lb rating requires available 2.0L Turbocharged gas engine and available trailering equipment. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Requires available 3.6L V6 engine. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Yukon’s 8,500-lb rating requires short wheelbase 2wd with 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 engine and HD Trailering Package. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Requires 2WD Denali Short Box model with 5.3L V-8 engine. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Savana Cutaway’s 9,006-lb rating requires a 4500 Series 159" Wheelbase model with available 6.0L V8 engine. These maximum payload ratings are intended for comparison purposes only. Before you buy a vehicle or use it to haul people or cargo, carefully review the vehicle loading section of the Owner’s Manual and check the carrying capacity of your specific vehicle on the label on the inside of the driver’s door jamb.

  • Savana Cargo’s 10,000-lb rating requires  the available 6.0L V8 engine and trailering equipment package.  Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual.  The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Savana Passenger's 9,600-lb rating requires a 2500 or 3500 Regular wheelbase model with available 6.0L V8 engine and trailering equipment package. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

|