Lite mode

To make Maps load faster, you can use a version of Google Maps called Lite mode. Some older browsers and operating systems might automatically switch to Lite mode if they don't support the full Google Maps.

See if you're in Lite mode

  1. Open Google Maps on your computer.
  2. In the top left, click the main menu .
  3. If you're in Lite mode, you’ll see a box in the bottom left with a lightning bolt  and "You're in Lite mode."

What being in Lite mode means

In Lite mode, some features are turned off so that Maps can run faster. You won't be able to use the following features while running Maps in Lite mode:

  • Seeing 3D imagery and Earth view
  • Showing your computer’s location on the map
  • Setting home and work
  • Searching nearby, measuring the distance between places, and getting coordinates
  • Draggable routes
  • Embedding a map
  • Sending a place to your car
  • Viewing My Maps in Google Maps
  • Reporting a map data problem in Google Maps

Switch to the full version of Google Maps

To use the full version of Google Maps, which includes 3D imagery and more, follow these steps:

  1. Make sure your computer meets these requirements.
  2. Open Google Maps on your computer.
  3. In the bottom right, click the Lite mode lightning bolt .
  4. Click Switch back to full Maps.

Troubleshoot your switch to the 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.

Get faster Maps using Lite mode

If you have the full version of the new Google Maps and it seems slow, try switching to Lite mode. Click the button below.

Use Maps in Lite mode

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

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