9 Ways to Fix Google Earth Won’t Load in Chrome

google earth won't load in chrome

You can use Google Earth to explore the world without leaving your home.However, imagine a scenario when Google Earth fails to load in Chrome.  I'll help you fix it.

At times, when trying to access Google Earth, it may refuse to load. Here are some nice methods that you can use to load Google Earth in your Chrome browser. You can easily explore the whole world using Google Earth in the comfort of your home.

It is the world’s largest accessible repository of geographic imagery. Don’t be left out; try out these troubleshooting methods to ensure you explore the world fully.

1. Stealth mode

If Google Earth doesn’t load in Google Chrome, you can decide to run the browser in stealth mode. For this method, you will need to run Google Chrome in incognito mode.

Step 1: Open your Google Chrome browser

Step 2: Click on the Menu icon Menu icon in the top right corner.

Step 3: On the Menu bar, click on New Incognito Window or simply use the shortcut, Ctrl + Shift + N.

Menu bar

Step 4: A new window will appear with the incognito icon on the top right corner. Also, you will see the incognito icon in all the new tabs that you open.

new window

Step 5: Now, try accessing Google Earth while in incognito mode. You can then close the incognito mode and use the regular browsing tabs.

2. Turn on hardware acceleration

You can also turn on hardware acceleration to see whether Google Earth will work on your Chrome browser.

Step 1: First, open your Google Chrome browser.

Step 2: On the search bar, enter Chrome://flags. You will be redirected to a new window.

chrome flags

Step 3: Search for “Override software rendering list” set it to Enable.

Override software rendering list

Step 4: Now, try accessing Google Earth and see whether it will work. If it doesn’t, set back the setting to “Disabled”.

3. Clear cache, cookies, and browser data

The other method you can use to see whether Google Earth will load is through clearing cache, cookies, and browser data. However, you need to specifically clear the gsScrollPos cookies. It is a special cookie that Google places in the browser that easily breaks features.

Step 1: Open your Google Chrome Browser, click on the Menu icon Menu iconon the top right corner.

Step 2: On the menu that appears, click on Settings > Advanced.

Step 3: Scroll down on the page till you get the “Privacy and Security” settings.

Privacy and Security

Step 4: Select Cookies and other site data. Then click, “See all cookies and site data.”

Select Cookies

Step 5: Type www.google.com in the search bar to see all the cookies linked to your account.

in the searchbar

Step 6: Locate the gsScrollPos cookies and delete all of them. After that, you can also decide to delete all the other cookies.

delete all

Step 7: Go back to the settings page and click on “Clear Browsing Data”

Clear Browsing Data

Step 8: Restart your browser and check whether Google Earth will work.

4. OpenGL instead of DirectX

DirectX and OpenGL are graphic APIs that help Google Earth to generate high-quality 2D and 3D images. Direct X is ideal for devices running on Windows OS. It is a graphics rendering specification.

On the other hand, OpenGL is a platform-neutral open API for rendering graphic images. In some cases, Google Earth can launch when you choose the OpenGL option.

Step 1: Launch Google Earth, click the Tools option on the top menu bar.

google earth Tools option

Step 2: In the popup menu, select Options > 3D view.

google earth 3D VIEW

Step 3: On the upper right menu, remember to check the OpenGL option.

Google Earth OpenGL option

Step 4: Try to see whether Google Earth will work with the change.

5. Update the graphics driver

You can also try to update the graphics card driver to see whether Google Earth will work. An outdated or corrupted graphics card can be a reason why Google Earth is not loading. To solve this, you would rather update your graphics card.

Step 1: Click on the Start button and search for Device Manager.

Device Manager

Step 2: When the device manager window opens, double click on the “Display adapters” to expand it. Select your graphics card and select Update driver.

graphics card

Step 3: When a pop-up window appears, select “Search automatically for updated driver software

Step 4: Follow all the on-screen instructions to finish the operation. Try accessing Google Earth to see whether it will work.

6. Detection of WebGL

Google Earth's 3D maps require WebGL support in the browser. To check whether your Google Chrome browser supports it, access this link: https://get.webgl.org/. If your Google Chrome browser supports it, you will see this page.

Detection of WebGL

7. Switching Accounts

You can also try to use another Google account from your default one to see whether Google Earth will work on your browser.

Step 1: Go to https://accounts.google.com/ and login in using a different account.

Switching Accounts

Step 2: Use another Google account to sign in.

Step 3: Alternatively, change the default Google account profile to see whether it will change the outcome. Simply click on your Google account icon on the top right corner and right-click. Choose another user profile.

Step 4: Try to access Google Earth and see whether it will work. If it doesn’t, you can return to your default account.

8. Disable display scaling

If you downloaded the Google Earth desktop version, it needs to have a resolution of at least 1024 x 768 to be viewed well.

Step 1: Find the Google Earth shortcut on your desktop.

Step 2: Right-click it, then select properties.

select properties

Step 3: Click on the compatibility tab.

compatibility tab

Step 4: Click on Change high DPI settings.

Change high DPI

Step 5: Find the display scaling on the high DPI option and disable it.

9. Improve the Internet speed

Improve the Internet speed

When Google Earth loads a satellite map, it takes in a lot of data. If you're using WiFi, it might load slowly.

You can consider using your Ethernet cable to see whether it will load well.  If you are using WiFi, you can disable all other connected devices and just use it to access Google Earth.


All these solutions can help you to load Google Earth in Chrome and on your PC. However, use one method at a time and try to use Google Earth. If one method doesn’t work, you can reset to the default settings then try another method. Also, try to check your PC to see whether there are any malicious viruses on your computer.

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