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Why is Google Earth slow and glitchy on my PC?


Fixing these problems helps speed up the Google Earth program. In this article we have collected all known ways and methods of solving this technical error related to the incorrect operation of Google Earth.

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Why does Google Earth glitch on Windows PC?

The most common reasons for the slow operation of Google Earth are slow Internet, outdated OS, and weak hardware. All of these things can be summed up in one definition - the system requirements do not meet the minimum requirements.

Go to and check the minimum system requirements.

Why is Google Earth so slow on my iPad?

If you've downloaded and installed Google Earth or are using the web version of maps, chances are the app is slow. More often than not, the root of the problem is a lack of free space in iPad memory.

  1. You can check the free space on the iPad using these instructions:
  2. If there is not enough space, you need to clear it and reboot the iPad.
  3. Otherwise, try other ways to fix the lag.

Turn on hardware acceleration on your PC

Incorrect browser settings can cause Google Earth to crash and lag. To use 100% of your PC's power, follow these steps on your Windows or Mac OS PC:

  1. Open the Chrome browser.
  2. Type chrome://settings/ in the address bar.
  3. You will get to the browser settings. Then go to the Advanced section.
  4. In the System subsection activate the Use hardware acceleration option.
  5. Restart the browser and enter the web version of Google Earth.

This measure helps speed up Google Earth on your PC or Mac OS significantly, as the browser will use the resources of your video card and processor to draw maps.

Check your DirectX version

Installed DirectX software is necessary for your graphics card and its dependent applications to work properly. In particular, Google Earth, Maps, and similar services that work through your browser may have difficulty rendering if your DirectX version is out of date.

To fix the Google Earth freeze, update DirectX to the latest version.

  1. You can download the update at
  2. Choose a language and click Download.
  3. Then follow the instructions.

Secret way to speed up the web version of Google Earth

By changing the quality of the images to a worse quality and/or changing the map display mode, you will improve the performance of Google Earth. Here are instructions on how you can do it:

  1. Open the web version of Google Earth.
  2. Go to [Tools] -> [Options]. Find the Terrain Quality option.
  3. Move the slider to the left to change the quality of the map display.
  4. If necessary, reload the page in your browser.

Use Maps GO instead of Google Earth

If your PC is slow because of weak hardware, switch to a mobile platform. For example, there is a handy app called Google Maps GO. This navigator has a number of similar features to Google Earth, while being compatible with most versions of iPad / iOS / Android. Google Maps GO can also be used on relatively slow devices with little free memory.

Here is information to help you get familiar with the product and download it for your mobile device:

Ilia is a professional writer. He has expert knowledge in GPS and cartography with 15 years of experience. Additionally, Ilia has extensive experience in data recovery on PC and mobile. He started his career as a journalist by reviewing PC and mobile apps. His current responsibilities are to keep track of users' questions on MGT and answer them.