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I found new Google Maps slow, useless (routes with only two points) and wrong. Is there any way, I can turn it off completely and go back to favored old Google Maps? Or is this — as with everything in Google — one way trip?

I found Google Help text on this matter, but it seems useless. I have the feeling, that it discuss something completely different. It says about lite indicator in bottom-right corner. I don't have something like that. And provided links, that should switch new Google Maps engine between WebGL and canvas-based, simply doesn't work. All of them opens new window with annoying advertisment about new maps.

I even tried pasing part of URL, they're talking about (force=canvas) into any URL that my new Google Maps uses. Of course without any luck.

So... is there any way, I can get rid of new Google Maps, once and permanently?

UPDATE: In these days (April, 2015) Google has announced, that soon new Google Maps will be the only one available. To my extremely negative surprise, this question will become invalid soon! :(

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The "New" Google Maps is now the default for everyone. It is entirely possible that the "old" Google Maps will no longer be available in the future. –  Al E. Mar 11 '14 at 20:14
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Ah, conjecture. As a comparison, consider Google Images, which still supports the old UI (via query string sout=1, e.g.) many years later. –  reisio Mar 24 '14 at 17:15
    
@reisio I know perhaps you are making all of these comments tongue-in-cheek, but please be respectful at all times. –  jonsca Mar 25 '14 at 7:59
    
No, I'm serious. Respectful would be not wasting all our time by disallowing answers and deleting people's comments, but inexplicably (y'know, besides that you want your little badges and numbers to change :p) leaving irrelevant ones. –  reisio Mar 25 '14 at 16:21
    
And now is the day, r.i.p. old google maps ! (ps. for now it is still possible to access it using the ?output=classic method) –  Antonello Apr 23 at 11:41

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Google has made it clear that they will be completely phasing out the “Classic” Google Maps soon (Q2 2015). The vast majority of feedback has been negative towards the new Maps (I have yet to see a single positive comment), but per their history (and company policy?), they have no intention of listening to user feedback, so all methods of accessing the old Maps will soon stop working. Nonetheless, for the time being at least, you can still access it through the following URLs (the first one must leave the c off of the end):

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(This whole question will—eventually—be a candidate for deletion once Google deletes Classic Maps.) –  Synetech May 6 at 20:28
    
I recommend switching to Bing Maps because that is much closer to “Classic” Google Maps than the New (or even Lite) Google Maps are. –  Synetech May 6 at 20:31
    
Probably it will become obsolete at some time. You can then delete it (more details: here). But, right now, it is the only valid one, so I'm accepting it. –  trejder May 7 at 11:09
    
If the old maps is gone, people might still search how to access it. And "it's not possible anymore" is a useful answer for those people. I don't see why it should be deleted. –  Mark Jul 20 at 21:27

Update 2015-05-07: With Google finally removing "classic" Google Maps, they have introduced "Lite Mode" as the alternative. You can access it via the menu as described in the link, or by adding ?force=lite to the end of the URL, for example: https://www.google.com/maps/?force=lite


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According to this Google Help article:

  1. Go to http://maps.google.com.
  2. Click the Help button (white question mark in a blue circle) at the bottom.
  3. Click Return to classic Google Maps.
  4. Click Yes in the notification bar that appears.
  5. On the landing page that appears, follow the instructions to opt out permanently.

Any feedback you could provide as to why you wanted to opt out will be valuable in improving the product for you in the future.

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Thanks! I just found this myself. The only problem was, that I was to hurry, and I was closing browser before "Updating preferences" page was fully loaded. Turns out, that you have to be patient at that. –  trejder Jul 22 '13 at 12:01
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I expect that this will be only temporary. They're not going to want to support two codebases forever. –  Al E. Jul 22 '13 at 14:24
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I belive, you're right. Then, there'll be: "Google Maps, bye bye, OpenStreet Maps, welcome!". At least for me. –  trejder Jul 27 '13 at 8:18
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Here, on 2, the circle is black. And here 5 shows "You have switched back to classic Google Maps for this session. Do you want to make the switch permanent? Yes Dismiss" img9.imageshack.us/img9/4876/cxjd.png. –  user55569 Dec 22 '13 at 18:23
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@trejder thanks for the update. I've also updated this answer to add details for "Lite mode" which will be the alternative when classic is removed. –  John C May 7 at 13:01

If there is no option on google maps to revert to old version, you can use this webpage to opt out provided by google.com:

https://www.google.com/maps?output=classic&dg=opt

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Clicking on that link takes you to old maps, but it shows a message similar to "Do you want to make this change permanent?" and you have to agree to it or next time it'll put you back in new maps app. –  Gurjeet Singh May 1 '14 at 22:19
    
Thank you. This worked when Google's official method failed (because no elements on the new map page would respond). –  Michael Hampton Jul 20 '14 at 22:05
    
That has stopped working now. :-( –  Synetech May 6 at 20:27
    
Works for me right now, but It shows "new" maps with an additional information, that I'm using "light" version of "new" maps. Seems we have now three versions of Google Maps: old, new-light and new-full. Strange... –  trejder May 7 at 7:32

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