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Fix: Google Earth not Loading on Android

Google Earth not loading

Google Earth never fails to amaze as it offers a complete virtual exploration of various places. It’s available on a web-based platform, Earth Pro for desktop, or Android and iOS apps. Now, although the Android app is a true pocket version of this amazing app, it does have some issues. Users report that Google Earth is not loading at all after they run the app.

No worries, though, as we have a way to solve this without too much hassle.

How do I fix Google Earth not Working on Android?

Even though it usually works just fine, there are instances when Google Earth is not loading on Android for no apparent reason. The most common culprits for that are connectivity issues and corrupted local cache.

If you are experiencing similar issues with Google Earth, we have 4 solutions for you.

Solution 1 – Clear the app’s cache and data

The first thing you can do is clear persistent cache and data from the Google Earth app. Cached files can get corrupted which will ultimately lead to issues with the app itself. After you completely clear them, the Earth will reload everything and probably work as intended afterwards.

Follow these instructions to clear cache and data from Google Earth on Android:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Choose Apps and then tap App Manager or All Apps.
  3. Locate Google Earth and open it.
  4. Select Storage.
  5. Clear the cache and then tap Clear data, too.
  6. Reboot your device and run Google Earth again.

Solution 2 – Check the network connection

Moving on, the most common and rather obvious reason why Google Earth won’t load on Android (or anywhere else for that matter) is a failed network connection. Google Earth requires a stable connection in order to load and render everything.

So, if you are unsure whether or not your connection is working as intended, make sure to check these tips to improve it or fix possible issues:

  • Disconnect and connect again to your wireless network.
  • Restart your phone/tablet and router or modem.
  • Disable VPN or proxy temporarily.
  • Make sure that no other devices are straining the network.
  • Disable Bluetooth or NFC temporarily.
  • Reset Network settings to factory values.

Solution 3 – Turn off flight animations and reduce Rendering quality

If you are running Google Earth on an older Android handset with lower specs, chances are you’ll run into slow loading. The suboptimal RAM and an outdated chipset might cause this. Now, don’t worry, there’s still something you can do.

There are two options you can tweak to optimize Google Earth a bit and make the experience a bit more fluid. The first one is Flight Animations which should be disabled. The second is Rendering Quality which should be set to Fastest. You can experiment and see what works best.

Here’s how to turn off Flight Animation and lower the Rendering Quality on Google Earth:

  1. Open Google Earth.
  2. Tap on the hamburger menu and open Settings.
  3. Toggle off the Turn on flight animations.
  4. Scroll down and open Rendering quality.
  5. Choose the “Fastest” option and exit Settings.

Solution 4 – Reinstall Google Earth

Finally, if none of the previous steps worked for you, we recommend reinstalling the app. Even though this step is, by all means, similar to the first one, it still might help.

Follow these instructions to reinstall Google Earth from the Play Store:

  1. Open the Play Store and look for Google Earth.
  2. Uninstall the app but don’t leave the Google Play Store.
  3. Install Google Earth again and reboot your device.

With that said, we can conclude this article. Thanks for reading and make sure to tell us if these steps helped you. You can post your questions or suggestions in the comments section below.

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Aleksandar Ognjanovic

Managing editor at Mobile Internist. @lemmingspain My fascination with mobile technology, particularly Android and iOS, began years ago and continues today. I'm captivated by the constant evolution in the smartphone industry and its impact on our daily lives, always anticipating the next big innovation. That’s the main reason why I found myself writing instructive content on the subject for users who are not as familiar with all the bells and whistles.
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