Maps take a long time to load

jwolf6589

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In the map app if I click on my location the map takes forever to load. I do not know why as maps load instantly on my phone.
 

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In the map app if I click on my location the map takes forever to load. I do not know why as maps load instantly on my phone.

Maps has always been slow to load on the Apple Watch, especially the first generation Watch. It has improved with the loading times somewhat with the S2 processor on the Series 1/Series 2 Apple Watch. Although, It doesn't have nearly the processing power the iPhone does. Signal strength could be a factor as well.
 
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TallGuyGT

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It's very inconsistent with me. Sometimes its very quick, other times I give up. Same as you, it will load instantly on my phone, so I'm not sure what the issue is. If there was a problem with GPS or Signal Strength, I assume that would impact my phone as well.
 

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It's very inconsistent with me. Sometimes its very quick, other times I give up. Same as you, it will load instantly on my phone, so I'm not sure what the issue is. If there was a problem with GPS or Signal Strength, I assume that would impact my phone as well.

Bugs to fix I guess.
 
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The upload time expends on the tiny battery saving processor that control your Watch,the garmin fenix 3 is much slower than my Apple Watch when uploading maps from the internet.
 
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You are the only person I know of that maps loads slow for.
 
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jwolf6589

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You are the only person I know of that maps loads slow for.

Actually I just spoke with apple support and even the tech rep had problems getting his to load and he said its a common problem which will be fixed in the next update.
 

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Actually I just spoke with apple support and even the tech rep had problems getting his to load and he said its a common problem which will be fixed in the next update.

How would the representative know or disclose what would be remedied in the next Watch OS update?
 
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SDColorado

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Actually I just spoke with apple support and even the tech rep had problems getting his to load and he said its a common problem which will be fixed in the next update.

I am not saying it isn't a known problem, I have no way of knowing that, but common? It is the first I have heard of it. How common is it?
 

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You are the only person I know of that maps loads slow for.

I am not saying it isn't a known problem, I have no way of knowing that, but common? It is the first I have heard of it. How common is it?

Maps load very slow on my 1st Generation Apple Watch ("Series 0"). They also loaded slow when I had one back in 2015. What generation watches do you have? That may be the reason.
 

SDColorado

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Maps load very slow on my 1st Generation Apple Watch ("Series 0"). They also loaded slow when I had one back in 2015. What generation watches do you have? That may be the reason.

That is a good question. I have both a Gen 1 and a Series 2. The Series 2 of course loads faster than the Gen 1 and both are slower to load than maps on the iPhone. But in all cases, it is a matter of seconds, nothing that I would quantify as "forever."

But allow me to backtrack a bit. More specifically I meant that I have not noticed any change in behavior or load time that would be indicative of a glitch or a problem. It loads as fast or as slowly, depending on your point of view, as it had prior to 3.2.

I did have to re-pair and set up my Gen 1 as a new watch, due to an SOS issue I was having. I wonder if that could remedy the issue?
 

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Actually I just spoke with apple support and even the tech rep had problems getting his to load and he said its a common problem which will be fixed in the next update.
It's important to note that I'm an idiot and didn't read the Apple Watch category. :)
 

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Maps load very slow on my 1st Generation Apple Watch ("Series 0"). They also loaded slow when I had one back in 2015. What generation watches do you have? That may be the reason.

Bought it a few weeks ago at the apple store.
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That is a good question. I have both a Gen 1 and a Series 2. The Series 2 of course loads faster than the Gen 1 and both are slower to load than maps on the iPhone. But in all cases, it is a matter of seconds, nothing that I would quantify as "forever."

But allow me to backtrack a bit. More specifically I meant that I have not noticed any change in behavior or load time that would be indicative of a glitch or a problem. It loads as fast or as slowly, depending on your point of view, as it had prior to 3.2.

I did have to re-pair and set up my Gen 1 as a new watch, due to an SOS issue I was having. I wonder if that could remedy the issue?

I bought my watch a few weeks ago and I am having this problem.
 

SDColorado

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Bought it a few weeks ago at the apple store.
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I bought my watch a few weeks ago and I am having this problem.

So it is a series 2? Mine only takes a few seconds from hitting My Location to loading the maps.

I am not sure what Apple Support had you try, but if you don't want to wait until the next update and want to experiment a little further, there are a few things you can try (and may have already tried):

- On your iPhone, check that Location Services is enabled. Settings -> Privacy -> Location Services. Turn them on, check that maps is set to "while using."

- Close all apps and restart both your watch and your phone.

- Unpair and re-pair your watch. The watch app will make a backup of your watch automatically when unpairing, but you may have to setup a couple of things such as Apple Pay credit cards, passcodes etc.

I have heard of that more commonly back in '15/'16 when the watch was first released, but not recently, which is why I asked how "common" it was, since the Apple Support rep seemed to indicate it was. Interesting.
 

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So it is a series 2? Mine only takes a few seconds from hitting My Location to loading the maps.

I am not sure what Apple Support had you try, but if you don't want to wait until the next update and want to experiment a little further, there are a few things you can try (and may have already tried):

- On your iPhone, check that Location Services is enabled. Settings -> Privacy -> Location Services. Turn them on, check that maps is set to "while using."

- Close all apps and restart both your watch and your phone.

- Unpair and re-pair your watch. The watch app will make a backup of your watch automatically when unpairing, but you may have to setup a couple of things such as Apple Pay credit cards, passcodes etc.

I have heard of that more commonly back in '15/'16 when the watch was first released, but not recently, which is why I asked how "common" it was, since the Apple Support rep seemed to indicate it was. Interesting.

I tried everything but unpairing which I am not sure how to do. You must have a rare watch as even others in this thread have had this problem. The watch support guy had the exact same problem.

The only map I can see is the overall map of the USA. Are you sure you can see detailed maps in seconds?
 

SDColorado

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I tried everything but unpairing which I am not sure how to do. You must have a rare watch as even others in this thread have had this problem. The watch support guy had the exact same problem.

The only map I can see is the overall map of the USA. Are you sure you can see detailed maps in seconds?

Right down to a blinking blue dot where my house is :)
 

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I tried everything but unpairing which I am not sure how to do. You must have a rare watch as even others in this thread have had this problem. The watch support guy had the exact same problem.

The only map I can see is the overall map of the USA. Are you sure you can see detailed maps in seconds?

No one in this thread said they had "Problems" with the Maps loading. They just said it's inconsistent and slow. There is a difference. You're saying you're having issues with Maps loading in general.

As SDColorado Indicated, attempt an unpair and repair the Apple Watch.

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204568
 

SDColorado

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Yes, and it is definitely slower on my Gen 1 as myrtlebee suggested. TallGuyGT indicated his was inconsistent, sometimes fast, sometimes slow. The maps load from your phone if I understand correctly, so the inconsistency may be due to poor wifi/LTE strength, depending on your location when you try to access the maps?

But if maps are taking "forever" to load, something isn't right.
 

Relentless Power

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Yes, and it is definitely slower on my Gen 1 as myrtlebee suggested. TallGuyGT indicated his was inconsistent, sometimes fast, sometimes slow. The maps load from your phone if I understand correctly, so the inconsistency may be due to poor wifi/LTE strength, depending on your location when you try to access the maps?

But if maps are taking "forever" to load, something isn't right.

I'm willing to wager it's a connectivity/reception issue. That said, I would still attempt an unpair of the Apple Watch as you indicated. Also, I don't believe the OP even indicated which model Apple Watch he has? Which, the first generation Apple Watch is slow to load as obviously noted.
 

SDColorado

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I'm willing to wager it's a connectivity/reception issue. That said, I would still attempt an unpair of the Apple Watch as you indicated. Also, I don't believe the OP even indicated which model Apple Watch he has? Which, the first generation Apple Watch is slow to load as obviously noted.

No, he only indicated that he bought it last week. I asked if it was a series 2, but that was never clarified. I am not sure if the built-in GPS of the series 2 aids in the maps loading any faster.

The other thing that *I* would probably try if it were me, would be to reset Network Settings on the phone and also go into bluetooth settings and remove the watch and re-add it. Not sure it would help, but it may resolve a connectivity/reception issue.
 

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All good suggestions here. Just one more thing I'll add is I find after every time you restart your watch, open each app individually and let it load before closing out and opening the next. You'll find things load much faster the next time you open the apps after that.

You can go a little further with that by opening your maps app and selecting "my location" - let that map load - then press your Digital Crown to exit the app. The next time you open the maps app, whenever that may be, you will see that the maps load faster for some reason that way.
 
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jwolf6589

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No, he only indicated that he bought it last week. I asked if it was a series 2, but that was never clarified. I am not sure if the built-in GPS of the series 2 aids in the maps loading any faster.

The other thing that *I* would probably try if it were me, would be to reset Network Settings on the phone and also go into bluetooth settings and remove the watch and re-add it. Not sure it would help, but it may resolve a connectivity/reception issue.

Reset network settings on my phone? Then I lose all my stored wifi passwords? If I were to delete the bluetooth connection on the phone, how can I add it again on the watch? Also I have a series 2 watch.
 

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Reset network settings on my phone? Then I lose all my stored wifi passwords? If I were to delete the bluetooth connection on the phone, how can I add it again on the watch? Also I have a series 2 watch.

Correct. Resetting network settings will cause you to lose all stored wifi passwords, but can be a useful tool in solving connectivity issues and glitches. I just re-do the ones that are important. In a sense, it is a bit of a purge to get rid of old settings no longer needed and start fresh. Do I *really* need a wifi password stored for a coffee shop in Seattle that I visited 5 years ago, for example?

The Bluetooth connection will be re-established by pairing the watch again, which you have done.

Glad to hear that it appears to be working as expected now :)
 
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