What is WRONG with Google Maps lately…?

Sure, Google Maps is almost as old as the internet itself.

It has its fair share of problems – for example this post about a common error code on Google Maps is one of our most popular.

But that said, it’s still the easiest way to navigate from one location to another – when it works, the blue dot is a useful feature. Google Maps in “app” form also helps in exploring several other things such as nearby petrol pumps, hospitals, restaurants, etc in a particular area. But to get the most accurate results, it is necessary for the app to get the most precise location (the Blue dot on the map).

Also, sometimes the app finds it hard to locate the current position and hence fails to deliver the proper results. Having said that, there could be several reasons behind this, like weak GPS signal or compass not being properly calibrated. So, in case, you are facing a similar issue then in this how-to guide, we are going to tell you three ways which can help you improve the location accuracy in Google Maps.

But, before moving forward, it is essential to know how Google Maps tracks the location.
– GPS: aka satnav, this uses satellites to get the location up to 20 metres.
– Wi-Fi: The nearby Wi-Fi helps the app to know the location
– Mobile networks: This provides the most accurate location

In case any of these signals are weak, Google Maps can struggle to get a precise location. Now, let’s have a look at the methods to fix them.

How to manually calibrate the GPS
This is helpful when the Blue dot beam is wide or pointing in the wrong direction.

  1. Open Google Maps app on your Android smartphone
  2. Start making a figure 8 until the compass is calibrated.
  3. Turn on High-accuracy mode
  4. Head to ‘Settings’ on your Android smartphone
  5. Go to the ‘Location’ option

Turn of the Location services using the toggle at the top

Now, head to the Mode and choose ‘High-accuracy’ option

Internet search giant Google is rolling out a new feature in Google Maps that will let its users know if a place they are looking up on the platform is accessible via a wheelchair.

CEO Sundar Pichai announced the rollout of the new feature on Twitter:

We’re introducing new accessibility tools including more prominent wheelchair accessibility info in @GoogleMaps, on… https://t.co/Mv2Iq5ocBy— Sundar Pichai (@sundarpichai) 1590082595000

The new feature is being rolled out to both Android and iOS users for Google Maps users in Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States, the company announced in a blog post with a promise of support for additional countries on the way.

The company asks its users to update its Google Maps apps to the latest version to get this feature.

In order to turn it on, users will be required to go to Settings by tapping on the picture on the top right corner and scroll down to ‘Accessibility settings’ on turn on ‘Accessible Places.’

Once this feature is enabled, Google Maps users will be able to see a wheelchair icon that indicates whether or not the place is accessible via a wheelchair. Not only that, the app will also segregate that the accessibility is in terms of entrance, seating, restrooms and parking by providing an individual check mark for each of them. This can be seen by tapping on a particular location and scrolling down to find all the details of that place such as contact number, rating, website, etc. “If it’s confirmed that a place does not have an accessible entrance, we’ll show that information on Maps as well,” said Google.

The company has also said that for iPhone users, it is making it easier to contribute accessibility information.

Google also says that during this time of Covid-19, it is especially important for its users to know before they go to a place so that they won’t be stranded outside.

How I Fixed “This Page Can’t Load Google Maps Correctly”

Many people have been seeing this “can’t load Google Maps” error since late 2018 – it’s related to the pricing which Google has introduced for their Google Maps service. Yes, that’s right, it’s not (quite) free any more.

Whereas most users were previously able to use Maps for free, Google now insist that you add your credit card – even if you plan to spend $0 (which will the case for some). You’ll then also need to replace the key, change or re-generate the Maps code, and so on. A nightmare!

If you don’t want to add your credit card to Google and just want to use maps right away then you can use our FREE API KEY here. It’s fully customizable and – importantly – free for life.

It is a real pain that Google decided to do this without much warning. Read on to see how to fix this error instantly.

How to fix “This page can’t load Google Maps” error:

The most common solution is that you need to:

  1. Login to Google Cloud
  2. Update/Add your Credit Card details
  3. Then your old Google Map will work after a few minutes.

How to debug the error manually (ADVANCED)

If you want to debug the issue yourself and don’t mind re-generating the keys from Google then read on. The first step is to debug the issue – as there may be many reasons why this is occurring.

You can open the JavaScript console in your browser with a few keystrokes. There is an excellent answer on StackOverflow that tells you plainly how to view the JavaScript console in your browser – Chrome, Firefox or others.

There are the errors that can exist after doing the above steps to view the error in the console:

  • MissingKeyMapError – API key (valid or not) is not added to your code
  • ApiNotActivatedMapError – API is not enabled
  • InvalidKeyMapError – The API key used is incorrect

The most likely one you will see is the last – InvaludKeyMapError – this means that you need to update your credit card details with Google here: https://cloud.google.com/billing/docs/how-to/payment-methods

Confusingly, this is within Google Cloud – not Google Maps. They don’t make it easy to understand – if you are not an advanced user then we seriously recommend to use the free API key listed for everyone here. It only takes a few seconds to customize.

Armed with this information, let’s delve in some more:

  • Go to the Google Maps Platform welcome page then click Get Started.
  • Choose “Maps, Routes and Places” (all three) then click Continue
  • Fill out the form as below:.
Embedding a Google map – select the Platform first

I’m still having problems!?

Here are a few things to check if you are still seeing the “This page didn’t load Google Maps correctly” error.

  1. Wait ten minutes. Caching in browsers today can be aggressive – wait 5-10 minutes and check again.
  2. Check the console again. Return to the segment above on recognizing the reason for the blunder. It is conceivable that you had two mistakes in the first place yet just unraveled one or that the one blunder remains since you didn’t change the settings effectively. one error remains because you did not tweak the settings correctly.
  3. Clear your browser cache. In case you’re utilizing a storing module, cleanse it’s reserve. Something else, your key probably won’t be utilized immediately. It doesn’t hurt to clear your program store either.


How to fix “For Development Only” error on Google Maps

Google Maps is no longer free to use, sadly. Yes – you read that right.

If you want to use our quick, free API key then get started here.

If however you prefer to do it yourself and use your own API key (advanced) then read on. You have to associate a credit card so that you can get billed if your site has requests that exceed the $200 credit they give you monthly for free. That is why you get the watermarked maps error appearing. Sadly, Google has not handled this very well and left a lot of users confused.

For more information, see: https://cloud.google.com/maps-platform/pricing/

A common problem with the new billing system is that you now have to activate each API separately. They all have different pricing (some are even free), so Google makes a point of having you enable them individually for your domain.

So if you’re still getting a restricted usage message after you’ve enabled billing, find out what API you need exactly for the features you want to offer, and check if it’s enabled.

The API settings are annoyingly hard to find. Here’s how:

  1. Go to this link: https://console.developers.google.com/apis/dashboard.
  2. Then you select your project in the dropdown.
  3. Go to library on the left pane.
  4. Browse the available APIs and enable the one you need.

How to Add Google Maps to PowerPoint

In this tutorial I’ll teach you about adding Google Maps to PowerPoint. Adding a Google Map to PowerPoint gives your presentation a polished, professional finish. More importantly, because the map is live and interactive, you can take your audience on a journey without ever leaving PowerPoint. Whether you are adding the final touches to a company presentation or demonstrating the route of a cycle race, an interactive Google Map allows you to point out the precise area or region you need.

PowerPoint doesn’t offer the ability to embed web pages. To add a Google Map to PowerPoint, you need to use an add-in that provides embed functionality. We use the LiveSlides add-In for PowerPoint.

Google Maps offers a very rich environment – far, far more than a simple static map. The end result of this tutorial is a functional Google Map embedded in a PowerPoint slide. The embedded browser gives you the same functionality as you have on the Google Maps site. No coding or advanced technical expertise are required.


How to add Google Maps to PowerPoint 1

Installing LiveSlides PowerPoint add-in 1

Creating a map on Google Maps 2

Embedding the Google Map in PowerPoint 3

Enjoy Google Maps in your presentations 5

How to add Google Maps to PowerPoint

Adding Google Maps to PowerPoint involves three steps:

  1. Install the LiveSlides add-in for PowerPoint.
  2. Create a map on Google Maps.
  3. Embed the map in PowerPoint.

Installing LiveSlides PowerPoint add-in

PowerPoint does not support live web pages. You need to install an add-in to add this functionality. We use the LiveSlides PowerPoint add-in that is free and simple to use. It allows you to embed any web page in a PowerPoint slide.

To install the LiveSlides add-in:

  1. Close PowerPoint, if it is open.
  2. Go the LiveSlides and download the add-in.
  3. Double-click the downloaded file (liveslides.exe) to launch the installer.
  4. Click Install.
  5. Click Finish when the wizard is done.
  6. Open PowerPoint and note the new LiveSlides tab on the ribbon.

Creating a map on Google Maps

The next step is to create a map on Google Maps.

  1. Open Google Maps at www.maps.google.co.uk (or your country equivalent).
  2. Find the location you want.
  3. Copy the URL of the Google Map.
  4. Paste the URL to Notepad or similar application for now. We will use it in the next section.

Embedding the Google Map in PowerPoint

The final step is to embed the Google Map in PowerPoint.

  1. Open PowerPoint.
  2. Go to the LiveSlides tab and click Live slide.
  3. Use Ctrl+V to paste the URL you copied from Google Maps into the dialog.
  4. Click Insert.
  5. In normal view the slide will look like this.
  6. Switch to reading view <reading-view-icon.png> to view the live Google Map.

You may have to switch from Lite mode to full Google Maps for all features to be available. Click the lightning icon < lightning-icon.png> to switch modes
  1. You can now enjoy the full functionality of Google Maps directly in your presentation.
    • Search.
    • Zoom and pan.
    • Switch to satellite view.
    • Get directions.
    • Use Street view.
    • Much more.

Enjoy Google Maps in your presentations

We hope you have enjoyed this tutorial on adding Google Maps to PowerPoint. May your next presentation delight your audience with a fully functional Google Map.

New API key

It turns out that our old API key was not using the newer system that Google prefers. So they disabled it – thanks a lot! Well we have a new API key, so if your old embedded map stops working then please accept our apologies and use the new key, by re-generating your map on the homepage. This will give you the new key to use.

We really wish Google would give us some advanced notice of this in future, it’s frustrating to come onto the website and see the map isn’t working – it’s the whole point of the website after all!

Anyway that bug is now fixed, thanks to those who reported it. If you find any more please contact us.

Has Google Maps and Street View Proved that Aliens Exist?

In the 12 years that Google Maps has been available, many strange things have been noted. Some of these things have been adequately explained while others have remained a mystery. However, could the sheer number of findings that haven’t yet been given a rational explanation possible be something to do with beings from another world?

Many people believe that aliens are real, and a large proportion of believers also think that aliens have already made contact with out planet. The following things which can be seen on Google Maps and Google Street View are some of the things that have yet to be explained by the more sceptical people out there. Are they natural phenomena, technical glitches or proof that aliens exist? You decide…

This strange floating island known as ‘El Ojo de Otamendi’ in Argentina is a perfectly circular-shaped piece of land that floats in a body of water and is even known to rotate on an axis, just like Earth does. While it certainly is amazing to look at – even on Google Maps – it’s the shape that has got people thinking that this is something from another world. Some people believe that this is the entrance to an alien base, as the circle is large enough to allow a 100 metre UFO through.

This image was captured by a satellite and is currently on Google Maps in Arizona, USA. People believe that this could be a crashed flying saucer, and the fact that it happens to be in a restricted area only makes people even more curious about it. While there has been no official explanation as to what it could be, some people think it could simply be a yurt hut.

This mysterious shape which appeared in a field in Australia has sparked many questions. Depicted as a large triangle with bright lights evenly placed around it, this peculiar object is considered by many to be definitive proof that aliens are among us. First discovered over 10 years ago, this image has baffled UFO enthusiasts. The official explanation is that this could be a remote-controlled wind farm, but what do you think?

It’s not just the habitable continents that have had UFO sightings via Google Maps. This picture was taken above Antarctica and is believed to be a crash site for an alien craft of some description. There certainly is some sort of unexplained dent in the snow here, but what could have caused it? Could it be something extra-terrestrial, or just a natural phenomena that occurs in this kind of climate?

For such a sparsely populated place, Antarctica has had more than its fair share of UFIO sightings on Google maps. Perhaps the fact that there are very few people there makes it a place for aliens to visit. One thing for sure is that the south pole definitely appears to be a hive of extra-terrestrial activity. The circle in the above picture is widely believed to be a flying saucer, and as yet there has been no logical explanation for what is shown in the image.