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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
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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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
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
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
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

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:


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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

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