Google Maps slow on your Android phone? You can try these 3 things


Is the Google Maps app slow on your Android smartphone? That is annoying, especially if you often navigate with the application. Fortunately, there are a number of things you can try to make Google Maps faster again.

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Google Maps slow: you can do this

Google Maps is the most popular and one of the best navigation apps for Android. The app is simple to use, contains clear maps and is also very easy to use offline. The latter is very useful if you are abroad or have a small data bundle. You simply download a map and then you don’t have a 4G / 5G or WiFi connection to navigate from A to B.

Also read: Navigate offline with Google Maps in 5 steps

If you’ve been using Maps for a long time, the navigation app may become a bit sluggish or feel slower. Below we give a number of tips that you can use to make Google Maps a bit smoother on your Android phone.

1. Use the latest version

It sounds obvious, but it is very important that you are using the latest version of the Google Maps app. Google is constantly improving the navigation app and the latest version contains the most recent improvements. These ensure that the app performs optimally on your Android device.

Google Maps

Therefore, check regularly whether updates for Google Maps are available in the Play Store. You do this by opening the app store, tapping the hamburger menu at the top left and then selecting ‘My apps and games’. Here you can see if you can download an update for Google Maps.

→ Check for Google Maps updates in the Play Store (free)

2. Delete the app data from Google Maps

Google Maps may slow down over time due to the cache being full. All kinds of information is stored in this memory, such as your search history, the directions you have looked up and used and, for example, cookies.

If Google Maps is slow on your phone, clearing this app data can help. In that case, keep in mind that you will have lost your search history and will not be able to retrieve it.

  1. Open the settings app on your Android smartphone and go to ‘Apps and notifications’;
  2. Tap ‘View all apps’ and swipe down until you see Maps;
  3. Tap the icon and choose ‘Storage and cache’ in the menu that appears;
  4. With the buttons ‘Clear storage’ and ‘Clear cache’ you can clear the app data and start with a clean slate.

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