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.
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.
- Open the settings app on your Android smartphone and go to ‘Apps and notifications’;
- Tap ‘View all apps’ and swipe down until you see Maps;
- Tap the icon and choose ‘Storage and cache’ in the menu that appears;
- With the buttons ‘Clear storage’ and ‘Clear cache’ you can clear the app data and start with a clean slate.
Also useful: Why and how to clear the cache of your Android phone
3. Use Google Maps Go
It could also be that Google Maps is slow because you have an older smartphone, which simply has slow hardware. Then it’s worth checking out Google Maps Go, a lightweight version of the popular navigation service. Google Maps Go takes up much less space than the normal app, is more energy efficient and specifically developed for devices with less good specifications.
Google Maps Go is basically a web app that contains most of the options of the regular application. You can simply navigate, search for restaurants and other businesses, save places you want to visit later and the app even has public transport information if you travel by public transport.
→ Download Google Maps Go from the Play Store (free)
More about Google Maps
Google Maps is the most popular navigation app and it regularly receives new features and improvements. For example, it has recently become possible to use Google Maps and Street View in split screen, so that you can see more images on one screen.
The navigation app is also an important part of Android Auto, the software for on the go. Android Auto takes center stage this month Android Planet. For example, discuss how you use Android Auto in your car, how the car platform is doing in 2021 and what we can expect from Android Automotive, the successor to Android Auto.