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Use Maps in Lite mode

If you notice the map screen does not scroll or pan smoothly, you can try using a version of Google Maps called Lite mode. Sometimes, Lite mode will automatically open up if you’re using Google Maps: 

  • In a mobile browser on your phone or tablet
  • In an older web browser on your computer
  • In an older operating system on your computer

Things you can’t do in Lite mode

In Lite mode, some features are turned off. You won't be able to do the following things while using Lite mode:

  • See 3D imagery and Earth view
  • Show your computer’s location on the map
  • Set home and work addresses
  • Search nearby
  • Measure the distance between places
  • Get coordinates
  • Drag routes
  • Embed a map
  • Send a place to your car
  • View My Maps in Google Maps
  • Suggest an edit
  • Add private labels to places

Start using Lite mode

If Maps isn’t loading properly on your computer, try switching to Lite mode. This might fix the performance issues.

Tip: If the link above isn't working, make sure you're using your country's Google Maps domain, like maps.google.es for Spain.

Check if you’re already in Lite mode

  1. On your computer, open Google Maps .
  2. Look at the bottom right of the page. If you’re in Lite mode, you’ll see a lighting bolt.

Switch to the full version of Maps

  1. Check that your computer meets these requirements.
  2. On your computer, open Google Maps .
  3. In the bottom right, click Lite mode .
  4. Click Switch back to full Maps.

If you still don't see the full version, try these steps:

  • Restart your browser, like Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer.
  • Make sure you've updated your operating system, especially any video card driver updates.
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