Google Maps is one of the applications that users in Spain use the most on their Android phones. The application has been incorporating a multitude of new functions over time, which allow good use of it on the phone. Although, as with any other application on Android, you may experience problems in its operation.
There are times when Google Maps runs slow on Android
This is especially annoying, especially when using the app to navigate, such as when you’re driving. In this situation, there are a number of possible solutions that may be useful to solve the problem.
Are you using the latest version of Google Maps?
Something quite obvious, but in some cases the origin of the Google Maps malfunction could be that an old version of the app is being used, which is slower than normal. Checking if there is a new version of the application available, and updating to it later, usually fixes this failure.
On the other hand, it is also convenient to check if the slow operation of the application has started after updating. If this is the case, going back to a previous version of it could be the best option, so that it works again as before. This is usually something that works well.
Improve GPS accuracy
GPS is essential for the functioning of Google Maps and could be precisely the reason why the application works slow or shows our position slowly, something that is especially noticeable when navigating. The problems that the GPS can suffer are varied, something that we have already talked about in the past. Typically, it will need to be re-calibrated to improve overall accuracy and performance.
The trick of the eight: A simple but effective trick to calibrate the compass of the phone is to make a gesture of a number eight in the air, holding the mobile as in the GIF above. It is a method that usually works well when it comes to having to calibrate again, improving its precision.
Calibration apps: Calibrating the sensors in Android is something that contributes to the good functioning of the phone in general, especially in an app like Google Maps that depends on GPS to work well. In the Play Store, there are applications to calibrate the sensors and make them work well again.
Clear app cache
Another fairly common situation is that too much cache has accumulated, which at one point becomes corrupted, causing a malfunction in the application. Google Maps can also suffer from this type of problem, which then forces us to clear the application’s cache so that it will work correctly again. In these cases, it is important to clear the cache and not the app data. This is a solution that usually works quite well. It is achieved in the following way:
- Open your phone’s Settings.
- Go to Applications.
- Look for Google Maps on the list.
- Click on it.
- Go into Storage.
- Click on the Clear cache button.
Do you use a low-end mobile?
Google Maps is an application that consumes a lot of resources on the phone, especially if it is used for navigation. Therefore, for those users who have a low-end model, which has a less powerful processor and little RAM, the use of this application can be somewhat problematic, which would be precisely what causes it to work slowly.
So that this does not happen to you, you can install Maps Go, the version of the app for phones with Android Go, and within the range of input on Android. This version of the application is lighter, removing some functions, but the main functions can be used. Also, if you want to use only navigation, Navigation for Google Maps Go is available, where you can use this function as well.
Another simple solution, but it works with all kinds of Android app problems, even when they run slow. The reasons why an app like Google Maps works slow can be many, but there are times when restarting the phone will make it work normally, without slowness, again. So it is worth a try.