Slow Google Maps? 6 ways to make it go faster

There are few things worse than starting a journey and realizing that Google Maps does not work as it should, and not really knowing what the reason is. Despite being one of the best Google applications, sometimes can fail, and it is important to know how to troubleshoot to prevent errors from appearing in the middle of a route. One of the most common is to see how Google Maps works slow, although luckily it has a solution.

If for some reason you think that Google Maps has started to run slower than usualYou can try to solve it by carrying out some of the recommendations that we offer you in this guide.

Google Maps Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

Google Maps is still one of the most downloaded apps on the planet

Calibrate the compass of your mobile

Sometimes you may see how Google Maps has trouble finding your location, or it takes too long to identify the exact address your mobile is pointing to. If this problem appears, it is most likely that the compass of your mobile is not well calibrated, or that the GPS of the device has lost a signal. To solve this problem, simply follow Google’s recommendations, consisting of opening the Google Maps app and making a movement of eight As seen in the image, several times until the blue beam that comes out of the point that marks your location points in the right direction, and its range has narrowed noticeably.

Make sure you have good coverage

Google Maps also bases a good part of its operation on the Internet connection, so that it is usual for the app to work somewhat slower when crossing areas of poor coverage. If your mobile data doesn’t work, chances are that’s the reason why Google Maps isn’t working as it should, and it should be the first thing you should fix.

Improve GPS accuracy

Another option you can activate to speed up the operation of Google Maps when finding your position or searching routes is high precision location. On most Android devices, it is activated as follows:

  1. Open the system settings and go to “Location”

  2. Tap on “More settings”

  3. Activate the option called “Google location accuracy”

  4. It is also recommended to activate the option “Search by Wi-Fi and Bluetooth” to improve the precision of the search

Use the light version of Google Maps

Google Maps and Maps Go

Maps Go is the lightweight version of Google Maps for Android

Maybe Google Maps malfunction Because your mobile is not powerful enough or does not have the necessary resources to run Google Maps and everything the application needs. In that case, a good alternative is Google Maps Go, the light version of the app Aimed at underpowered devices, it offers some limited functionality for better performance.

The app can be downloaded from the Google Play Store, as well as its complement to be able to use the navigation mode, completely free of charge. However, you can also ** access the cropped version of Goole Maps by accessing the platform’s website from the browser.

Turn off satellite view

Satellite view is undoubtedly one of the best features of Google Maps. But it is also one of the most resource consuming. So it may be a good idea disable this feature at those times when Google Maps works slower than usual.

To do it, you just have to tap on it icon showing one square layer over another located in the upper right corner of the screen, and choose the *** Standard * view.

If none of that works: delete the app data or find an alternative

As usually happens with the vast majority of applications that, from one day to the next, start to work badly, one of the most effective solutions goes through delete data and cached information on the device. You just need to access the section Applications Within the system settings, search for Google Maps and touch the buttons delete data and clear cache.

And if that doesn’t work either, you might be interested find an alternative to Google Maps. One of the best you can try is Waze – especially if you use Maps to navigate, and not so much as a travel guide or to explore the world – although there are others like Sygic, HERE WeGo and more.

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