Tired of new, slow Google Maps? This is how you can switch to the old version!


After using new Google Maps for a few months and after reading a lot of comments under my post “4 things I hate about new Google Maps”  I’ve realized that I’m not the only one who miss the old Google’s mapping service. Maybe not the most beautiful map on the planet, but detailed, fast and reliable.

Many people don’t realise that Google made it possible to easily switch between two versions of maps. I like the new design of Google Maps but it very often works extremely slowly. Every time it happens I switch to the previous version. I must say that I though the performance problems are just temporal but it seems that it won’t get better any time soon, so unfortunately it seems I will be using to option much more often than I’d like to.

Ok. So this is how to switch to old Google Maps:

Click on the ‘Help’ sign on the bottom right corner of the map.

Step 1 Geoawesomeness

Choose option ‘Rerutn to

Step 2 GeoawesomenessAnd here you are:

Step 3 Geoawesomeness

It won’t be difficult to go back to the new version of  the map, as Google will constantly ask you to do that;).

Have fun!


Aleks Buczkowski
I'm a professional always thinking outside the box and a self-confessed gadget addict. As a son of a professor of cartography I was surrounded by maps all my life and as a result spatial way of thinking and seeing reality is naturally embedded in who I am.
  • Yao-Hong Kok

    One more thing that you can try is to use Chrome to view Google Map. You can read more about other techniques here:


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  • Jim

    The new google maps is so slow, thanks for the tip!

  • Margarita Morris

    Fantastic – wish I’d discovered this sooner. Thank you!

  • Bolondok

    Yeah, finally I can go back to normal. Many thanks pal!

  • Sergio Torassa

    Another way to do so is to go to http://www.google.com/maps?output=classic

  • *#_£

    Can this be applied to android?

  • Gaz


  • Thank you so much! I don’t know why it has to still be SO SLOW!

  • The1Metallian

    Thank you!!!! The new Maps is the slowest thing in the world!

    Now if we can only fix the slowness in Android I’m the happiest guy in the world.

  • Jeff Spies

    unfortunately, Google is eliminating the “classic” maps option. The new Google maps is so unbearably slow that I just cannot use it. Looks like it is time to find a new option. Maybe Bing maps?

  • Ed

    I’ve used Google Maps since years ago when it first came out – ground breaking at that time. I had tried Yahoo maps then as well, but nowhere near as fast as Google Maps. But like everyone says, the new Google map is unbearably slow.

    So, I just played around with Yahoo Maps again, without much expectation. Well, surprise, surprise, now Yahoo Maps works like the old Google Maps, fast, clean, simple!! In short, try Yahoo Maps, and see what you think.

  • Zilpa

    If only I could understand the rationale behind Googles changes to Google Maps, so much of it does not seem logical to me. Clickable buttons spread all over, slow in responding, illogical commands and menus. Why? And, since Google never answers anything, this seem to be a case of a vendor becoming so big and powerful, voices from the market / users can easily be ignored. How can we possibly make them wake up to reality?

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