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10 Ways to fix Google Maps not working if it does not show route or the app crashes

Google Map is a versatile application that is used by many to navigate and help them locate places remotely. It might have happened sometimes that you are in need of Google Maps, but the app is either crashing or not working properly. Well, you are not alone, there are a few bugs and issues that do not let the application work in the way it is supposed to. 

No application is perfect and the same goes for Google Maps as well. Most of the time it will work absolutely flawlessly, but if you are stuck in such a rare case that your Maps application is not working properly, here are some fixes for your Google maps that you can consider trying.

In most electronics a simple restart creates wonders. Restarting your device will give it a fresh start and allow the application to start again which will clear some basic bugs if any case they might have triggered while using Google Maps.

  • Location permission

Google Maps ask for permission for location, if by chance you have not given all the location permission the application will create a problem. Here is how to check and rectify.

Step 1 – Hold the application for two seconds and tap on app info.

App info

Step 2 – Select Permission.

Location permission

Step 3 – Tap on the location

Step 4 – Now select Allow all the time.

Allow all time location

Open Google apps and try again if it solves the problem.

  • Try updating application

Updating the application fixes some features and adds features to the application. There might be some update pending on Google maps so it’s better to check and get it updated.

Step 1 – One Google Playstore.

Step 2 – Tap on the profile picture.

Click on profile photo in play store

Step 3 – Select My apps & games

Step 4 – Click update all.

If you do not want to update all apps, update Google Maps selectively. After that check, if the solution worked for you.

  • Uninstall updates

Doing so will convert the applications back to factory settings so by any chance if you update Maps with a buggy version, it will solve the problem. Here is how to do it.

Step 1 – Hold the application for two seconds to find the app info setting.

App info

Step 2 – Tap on the 3 dot burger sign and select uninstall updates.

Following these steps, the app will go back to the factory setting, see if this method works for you.

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  • Force Stop

Force stop

If you are making changes to the application data and it is open in the background, there are chances that these changes won’t affect it. To make it work you need to force stop the application completely. Hold the application and go to app info and press force stop.

  • Clear data and cache

Clear Cache in Android

Buggy data or bad cache can be a major problem why your application is not functioning properly. You can clear the data and cache files by long-pressing the application. Heading to app info and then storage and cache. First try to clear cache and see if it works for you, if not try removing the app data as well.

  • Unrestricted data

Due to Android’s smart management, it restricts data of applications that have not been used and still takes memory in the background. There is a good chance that this thing might have been interfering with the proper functioning of Google maps. Here is how to fix it.

Step 1 – Hold the Google Maps app to discover more setting

Step 2 – Tap on the App info.

App info

Step 3 – In the application setting tap on Mobile Data and Wi-Fi.

Step 4 – Make sure both the Background data and Unrestricted data usage options are turned on.

Unrestricted usage

  • Reset Google play services

Google play services keep all the google applications working together and run constantly in the background. So in a nutshell, if the Google play services are not working fine it will create problems with maps and other applications as well. To solve it try the below method.

Step 1 – In the settings of the phone and open Apps and notification.

Step 2 – in the list of applications search Google Play Services.

Step 3 – Head to storage and then clear all data.

This process will take a while, wait for the process to complete and try using Google Maps now.

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  • Location accuracy

By enabling high accuracy mode, Google maps will be able to know your location more accurately. Though these options consume more data and battery it is required by the application to work properly.

Step 1 – Open Settings

Step 2 – Look for location.

Step 3 – Head to advance.

Step 4 – Here, select Google Location Accuracy.

Step 5 – Toggle on Improve Location Accuracy.

Fire up the application and see if it works

  • Calibration

Google Maps shows you your precise location.  To achieve that calibration is very important. If the compass is not properly calibrated the Google map will not work properly and give incorrect locations. It’s easy to manually calibrate your Google maps.

Step 1 – Open Google maps and tap on the blue circle(your current location).

Step 2 – An option list will open with calibration as an option on it.

Step 3 – Calibrate your phone following the instructions on the screen.

This should most probably fix the problem and your google maps should be working fine again.

Bonus Tip

If none of these work the last option left for you is to reset your device, it will also free up the clutter making your phone smoother. If still there is a problem, then surely there is a hardware issue with your device. In such a case, we advise you to contact the nearest service centre and get it fixed.

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