How to Show a Speed Limit on Google Maps

We’ve all found ourselves in the uncertain position where we don’t quite know what the rules are for a local road. No, we’re not talking about knowing which side of the road to drive on – that should be a given (we hope) – but things like speed limits.

Google Maps didn’t always have speed limit information available, but as of May 2019, it’s added a feature that lets you see speed limits in over forty countries worldwide.

The full list of countries that now has speed limit information on Google Maps includes Australia, Brazil, U.S., Canada, U.K., India, Mexico, Russia, Japan, Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Morocco, Namibia, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Tunisia, and Zimbabwe

So for those of you in one of the above countries, here’s how to bring up the speed limit when you’re using Google Maps navigation.

1. Open Google Maps on your device, press the menu icon at the top left and go to Settings.

get Speed Limit Google Maps Settings

2. Go to Navigation settings, then scroll down to “Driving options.”

get Speed Limit Google Maps Driving Options

3. Make sure that the “Speed limits” switch is blue, which means it’s “On.”

For extra guidance you can also switch on the Speedometer option underneath that which will show right next to the speed limit the speed you’re currently traveling. It saves you having to look between your dashboard and your phone screen all the time.


Google Maps is steadily becoming more Waze-like since acquiring the nifty sat-nav company, and along with the speed limits option, your navigation will also tell you when you’re approaching those pesky speed traps.

We recommend using all these features in conjunction to give you maximum awareness of your speed and the limits around you.

Robert Zak Robert Zak

Content Manager at Make Tech Easier. Enjoys Android, Windows, and tinkering with retro console emulation to breaking point.


  1. There are no Driving option on iOS, hence no speeding options as well. Checked in Hungary.

  2. “things like speed limits”
    In the US, there are these white signs with black writing every quarter mile or so that declare the allowed speed until you see the next sign.

    Speed limits for a given piece of road may change from day to day, or even hour to hour, depending road crew maintenance activity, accidents, police activity, etc. Mapping services, such as Google or Waze, cannot keep up with the rapid changes. Your Google Maps may be telling you that the speed limit ahead is 65 mph, while in actuality, it just has been lowered to 45 mph or less. Try explaining to the nice police officer that you were speeding because Google told you you can.

  3. no such option, there are navigation settings and seepedometer is there, anyway speedlimits are visible although not present in options, location is bosnia

  4. Google bought Waze? Great….I guess we have no option but to hand over every bit of our personal information for Google to auction off to the highest advertisement bidder. Let’s just hope China doesn’t start buying them off.

  5. I don’t see the “show speed limit” toggle in Google Maps on iOS 13. According to the App Store I have the latest version.
    I’m in Canada so it should be working no?

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