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Issue opening up Waze from inside of a mobile app

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  • Issue opening up Waze from inside of a mobile app

    I'm hoping someone can help me here. I have a mobile app that displays a list of locations that is populated from a SQL table. The list only displays the location name, but there is also latitude and longitude coordinates in the data. When a selection is made from the list, I have the following Javascript running to open the Waze app for navigation to the selected location.

    var lat = {dialog.Object}.getValue('list::DestinationList::Latitude');
    var lon = {dialog.Object}.getValue('list::DestinationList::Longitude');
    var url = 'waze://?ll='+lat+','+lon+'&navigate=yes&zoom=10';
    var win =;
    In the documentation for Waze, it states you can use 'waze://' in place of '' if the device has Waze installed.

    I've tried it using both. In a desktop app, it works fine to use '' and it pulls up Waze and with the selected coordinates mapped and ready to navigate to it from your current position.

    However, in the mobile app, nothing happens when a selection is made from the list. I've also tried something similar with Google Maps as well and it doesn't seem to work in the app either. Anyone have an idea of what I'm doing wrong?

    Thanks in advance for any help!

  • #2
    I was finally able to get this to work. I had to change the url to start with 'geo://' and I had to enable the Geo Intent on the PhoneGap settings. Works great now.


    • #3
      Thank you for posting this! Looks like you could also make two buttons - allowing the user to select HOW they open the map. What happens when a user on a desktop app clicks a geo:// link? I assume you are using two different buttons based on the device used or they are separate applications
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      • #4
        This functionality was really only needed on the mobile app side in this case. I had just used the desktop to do some testing to see if it would work at all there, but yes if I did need it on the desktop side too, I would use two buttons so that the desktop side would work too.