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How to turn off that annoying Google Maps popup navigation


Google Maps is great. For most folks — especially those with Android devices — it’s their go-to when navigating to new destinations. With the recent introduction of Android 8.0 Oreo, the new firmware update is off to slow start but about to hit a lot more devices. With that, I wanted to highlight an Oreo feature that could potentially drive you crazy: Picture-in-picture.

This feature display a tiny floating window for specific apps whenever you leave them. It works great with Netflix or YouTube so you can continue watching a video while checking your email, or shooting off a quick message. The problem is that picture-in-picture isn’t always ideal for every app, Google Maps arguably being the worst.

For whatever reason, you wont find a setting inside of the Google Maps app to turn this feature off — and since PiP is enabled by default — you’re going to need to know how to turn it off if you find it getting in the way. And it does. A lot. Don’t worry, the feature is just buried deep inside the Settings app. Here’s where you’ll find it:

How to turn off Google Maps popup mini map

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Tap on Apps & notifications
  3. Tap on Advanced
  4. Tap on Picture-in-picture
  5. Tap on Maps
  6. Turn OFF “Allow picture-in-picture”


  1. Long press the Google Maps icon (on your home screen or inside app drawer)
  2. Tap the “i” icon
  3. Scroll down to Advanced and select Picture-in-picture
  4. Switch “Allow picture-in-picture” to the OFF position
Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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