No Voice Guidance Instructions
There can be several causes for this:
- Make sure you have Scenic version 2.2.9 or later
There was a bug in previous versions, causing voice instructions to stop playing after a while. You can see the version number at the bottom of the settings tab.
- You muted the voice by accident
While navigating, if you go to the navigation menu (big button menu), a few buttons will appear. One of them is a mute voice button. It’s off by default, but perhaps you accidentally tapped it on a previous trip (the setting is remembered between trips).
- The (music) volume is set very low
iOS knows two volumes. The system volume (used for system sounds like the phone ringing) and the music volume (used for the voice instructions). When no music is playing the hardware volume buttons operate the system volume (so do not have effect on voice volume). Try using the volume buttons in the Navigation menu (big button menu).
- The first guidance instruction is far away
If the first guidance instruction is far away you will only hear a beep when starting a ride. The first instruction will play just before the turn. Depending on the type of road, this can be 2 miles up to half a mile before the actual turn.
- You are not premium
Voice is a premium feature. If you are not premium, when starting a ride, you will be asked what you’d like to do: Continue without voice or pay 1-credit for voice guidance for that ride. If you chose ‘continue without’ you won’t get any voice.
- Scenic is used in background / iphone locked / in pocket, but does not have ‘ALWAYS’ location access.
The ride could be paused and not auto-resumed in that case. If ride tracking is paused you won’t receive voice instructions. More info here.
- Check your sound settings and connected audio devices
For 99% of all cases your sound setting should be on ‘Device Default’. Only if you want to force playing over the iPhone Speakers or to a bluetooth device connected through handsfree phonecall protocol (HFP), choose the corresponding option.
- Select another voice/language
There was a bug in earlier versions of iOS13 where some text-to-speech voices were not recognised by iOS, thus no voice would play. To correct this, select another voice through Settings > Sound & Haptics > Voice & Language
- You restored your (new) phone from backup
Voices you downloaded previously through the iOS Settings App > Accessibility > Spoken Content > Voices are displayed in Scenic, but are actually not restored with a backup. So, basically Scenic tries to utilise this voice because iOS tells it it’s there, while it really is not. To solve this, after the restore, go back into the iOS Settings App > Accessibility > Spoken Content > Voices and download the voice once more.