Configure app

Map interface settings

You can configure the interface and map functionality by choosing (enabling) the following:

Map type

To select a map type (appearance):

Tap Menu , and then tap one of the options (Map/Satellite/Hybrid).


  1. Tap Menu .

  2. Tap Settings → Map → Map type.

  3. Select a map type:

    • Map is a diagram of map objects: roads, buildings, etc.

    • Satellite is an image of a particular area taken from space.

    • Hybrid is a satellite image with additional information added to it (street names, addresses, etc.)


This setting lets you specify what you want to display on the traffic, parking, panorama and real time transport map.

To set a value:

  1. Tap Menu.

  2. Tap Layers.

  3. Enable the options you require, and the corresponding buttons will be displayed in the main window of the app:

    • Traffic includes thetraffic jam layer

    • Parking includes the parking layer

    • Panoramas includes the panoramas layer

    • Moving transport ─ in the list that opens, select which modes of public transport that you want to see:

      • — Buses
      • — Trolleybuses
      • — Trams
      • — Minibuses
    If one of these options is enabled, the main app window will show a button that includes the selected layer (Parking or Moving transport ).

    If two or more options are enabled, a panel with the selected layers will be visible under the Layers button in the main app window .

    For example, Parking and Moving transport:

Night mode

Night mode is a color scheme intended for use in the dark: the screen turns darker so that it doesn't blind the driver.

To turn night mode on or off:

  1. Tap Menu .

  2. Go to Settings → General.

  3. Select Night mode.

    You can turn on Night mode manually or it can go on automatically:

    • Car mode activates as the sun is setting (this time is calculated based on your location)

    • Enable or Disable — turn the mode on/off manually.

Unit of measurement

To select a unit for measurement of distances and speeds:

  1. Tap Menu .

  2. Go to Settings → General.

  3. Select Unit of measurement.

  4. Select a unit of measurement: kilometers or miles.

Voice entry language

To select a voice entry language:

  1. Tap Menu.

  2. Go to Settings → General.

  3. Select Voice entry language.

  4. Choose your voice input language: Russian, English, Ukrainian, or Turkish.

Caller ID

Turn this option on and, when getting a call from an unknown number, Yandex.Maps will show you which company this number belongs to (if it belongs to a company that Yandex.Maps has information on.)

Road events

See Road events.

Zoom buttons

To display or hide the zoom buttons on the map:

  1. Tap Menu .

  2. Tap Settings → Map.

  3. Turn the Zoom buttons option on or off.

Scale ruler

To display or hide the scale ruler on the map:

  1. Tap Menu .

  2. Tap Settings → Map.

    Enable or disable the Scale ruler option.

Map rotation

To enable or disable the function that lets you use two fingers to rotate the map:

  1. Tap Menu.

  2. Tap Settings → Map.

  3. Turn the Map rotation option on or off.

If you disable the map rotation option and then turn the map, a Compass button will display with an arrow that points north (for more information, read the Change the map orientation section).

Volume keys

This setting is only available on Android devices. Enable this option to change the map scale using the volume buttons.

Settings for en-route interface appearance.

Speed cameras

To display or hide notifications regarding speed cameras located along the route:

  1. Tap Menu.

  2. Go to Settings → Routes → Cameras.

  3. Turn the Show notifications options on or off.

  4. If the Show notifications option is on, enable the option to display the appropriate type of camera:

    • speed cameras

    • lane-monitoring cameras

    • accident-monitoring cameras


To enable or disable voice navigation (notifications) when you're traveling along your route:

  1. Tap Menu.

  2. Go to Settings → Routes → Sound.

  3. Turn the Play notifications options on or off.

  4. If the Play notifications option is enabled, playback for notifications is turned on:

    • Annotations language ─ select your language.

    • Voice ─ select a male or female voice.

    • Turn on the types of notifications you want to get:

      • Road events (and select the types ─ speed cameras, accidents, road work)

      • Upcoming maneuvers

      • Speed limits on route.

        If the Speed limit option is enabled, move the slider to set the number of km/hr (between 0 and 40) that you can exceed the limit. The app will alert you of speed limits and cameras out loud.

Background navigation

To enable or disable background route navigation, such as when the app is minimized or when the device screen is switched off:

  1. Tap Menu.

  2. Go to Settings → Routes.

  3. Turn Background navigation on or off.


To enable or disable automatic en-route map scaling:

  1. Tap Menu.

  2. Go to Settings → Routes.

  3. Turn the Auto-scaling option on or off.

Routes in Yandex.Navigator

You can track your journey along a given route in Yandex.Navigator (as long as the Yandex.Navigator app is installed on your device):

  1. Tap Menu.

  2. Go to Settings → Routes and enable the Routes in Yandex.Navigator option.

Avoid toll roads

To automatically avoid toll roads when setting routes:

  1. Tap Menu.

  2. Go to Settings → Routes

  3. Turn the Avoid toll roads option on or off.