If you're eager to test out Google's shiny new Maps interface on the web, but aren't so eager to wait for Google to invite you into their tender fullscreen embrace, then Android Police reader William Pickering has a trick to show you. All you need is Chrome (or another browser with the ability to manually set cookies), a free extension, and about a minute of time.

Step one: install a web cookie editor extension (like this one) from the Chrome Web Store.

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Step two: head to maps.google.com. Ignore the "get the new Google Maps" message, and click the button for your new extension instead.


Step three: find the cookie labeled "NID". Select the contents and replace it with the following text:


Then click "submit cookie changes" or similar.


Step four: Refresh the page and enjoy the new interface.


We've tried this trick on multiple computers with multiple Google accounts, and our tipster has done the same. We've seen no ill effects so far (it even works in Incognito Mode), but remember that you can always clear your cookies in Chrome if you want to revert.

Update: It looks like having a few thousand of you use the same cookie has thrown Google for a loop - some users are reporting errors or verified login requests for other Google products, including Google+. If you've got a tech-savvy friend, you could ask for their cookie (using the same technique) or just ask for access to the beta program in the normal way. There doesn't seem to be that much of a line for access in the first place.

Thanks, William!

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Steve

    Props for Kzoo

  • Merri Mogridge

    Working on Chromium v25 on Ubuntu 13.04!

  • Israel Lai

    Cheaters lol!

  • Sarah Puls

    Duuuuuuude yes. Yes!!! Thank you!

  • Vallhalen

    Great :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/georgealexiouvalentey George Av


  • Michael Sheils

    For some reason it has only given me lite mode of the new interface even though I'm running chrome with everything up to date.

  • illninofan

    I got the invite early this morning, and i'm really loving the interface overhaul and the various subtle tweaks

  • MasterMuffin

    Or just ask for the invite, I got it in 2 days

    • William Pickering

      So did I. My brother, who submitted his invite request well before me, has yet to receive one though; as have plenty of other people.

    • gilly

      Haha same here.

  • Troy Wilson

    I got hit for "unusual traffic coming from this address" and had to enter a "Captica" type security word to get back into Google+.

    • Max Barlow

      Same here

  • Leo Kanellopoulos

    great :D

  • Paul_Werner

    I tried the interface through an invite but had to revert back. Unless someone knows how to do this or if they add it later I don't think I'll like the new interface

    When I got on the first thing I noticed that was missing was my personal maps I've saved (for Ingress routes and bike trails - sometimes both). I really hope this isn't lost when this is the only option we have for the web version of Google Maps

    • Elchinator

      It says that you need Chrome for the full interface. I have the same problem with Firefox. No controls, no way to force it to switch from "lite" to "full". The screenshot above shows the same thing, The "lite" interface, without even the simplest controls (move, street view, layers and so on).

      • Paul_Werner

        Oh mine was on Chrome Full interface

  • Joe Hernandez

    i love the new maps but it broke my google+, so i reverted back and sent for the actual invite from google.

    • Noah Erickson

      Changing that cookie broke Google search for me - it said there was too much traffic from my computer and gave me a never-ending captcha loop.

      • Shame-on-OP

        That's because you are all using the same cookie. The OP is NOT very Bright. Googles Spam filters believe that each of you trying to USE the OP's cookie are all the same computer accessing many times from many locations.

        To googles servers, you all look like an attack.

        Try to beat the system and have fun with the unending captchas, OR wait for an invite like a normal respectable person...

        OP you should have known better.

        • Noah Erickson

          That was my suspicion.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          We'll update the post and clarify a few things that became more obvious as more people started using the cookie.

          It wasn't apparent whether this cookie is a generic encrypted "new maps should be on value" or a personal ID, but it's looking like the latter now.

          If you want to use this trick, you should probably get a cookie value from a friend with Maps enabled that's not shared with everyone and their mother.

          • Shame-on-OP

            The NAME of the cookie is NID.... It's pretty clear that it is some type of IDentification :P

  • Metallinatus

    I got my invite two days ago, the new Maps is really great, but it's lack of support of 3D view on Linux systems take away the coolest feature of the new Maps =(
    Google could try to support Ubuntu/Linux Mint at least...

  • http://www.facebook.com/thomas.gladdines Thomas Gladdines

    I got my invite a few days ago :P

  • http://twitter.com/shamus_carter james kendall

    I got my invite but the new maps are not workign with firefox on my winxp sp3 system not sure if noscript is blocking it or not as i have google witelisted.

  • lusky3

    *** Warning: This is a BAD idea. Google will think everyone who uses this method is the same person. Do not use it unless you want lots of captchas and potentially worse consequences. ***

    • Darren Henderson

      That definitely seems to be the case. As soon as I tried this, I was only able to navigate the map, turn layers on and off, etc. But a search for something extremely simple just sat and spun for minutes.

  • Sean Donovan

    would be nice if someone does something similar to get the new facebook news feed.. ive been waiting since day 1!

  • kuzmaa

    Before I wanted to do this I checked my mail and got the invite lol :D

  • Miroslav Gajan

    Now my Google + stream is broken !!! How to fix it ?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Log out and log back in.

      • Miroslav Gajan

        doesnt work

  • http://www.twitter.com/RaptorHawk Hawk

    Works fine. Thanks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/davidtb Dt Bell


  • SHeadius

    I got an invite several days ago. Had to ditch it right away because I could not build a route as I could in regular maps using "Add Destination". As it is now, directions are only good to one destination. Fine for most people, not fine for my daily activities around town.

  • Lewis Denyer

    someone please help me i followed the instructions and now i just see a white screen

  • http://twitter.com/sianhulo Simon Hurtado

    works with cookies manager+ on firefox

  • Guest

    Can someone explain how this is related to Android?

  • pobautista

    Can somebody explain how this is related to Android?

  • http://twitter.com/n3xas Mantas Marma

    or just go to google.com/maps instead of maps.google.com

    • Michael Parker

      No. Does not work. Don't make stuff up.

  • Rob

    requested my invite several days ago, thusfar nothings happenening here :(
    tried the hack / trick with the cookie, it worked, i do see the new interface, however.. when i look for something.. it doesn't do anything .. other than search for the place i entered..

    ahwell.. i'll keep waiting for my invite

  • Sam
  • Pingolingo

    asked for the inv 2 weeks ago but didnt got it. so simple to set the new maps. haha apple, you are nowhere near this. Google is AWSOME. new maps RULZ