I use Google aerial photos when using QGIS (2.10.1) using the openlayers plugin.

I find that it is very slow, and often hangs when I refresh or move around the map.

Is there a way of improving its performance - I am certain it is not my internet connection, which is fibre optic.

  • In Settings > Options > Rendering, there are options to enable render caching, utilising maximum CPU cores and you can set the map update interval. Perhaps play with these options? – Joseph Nov 5 '15 at 12:05
  • Thank you. I've just given it a go. Render caching was already set, but I've ticked the multiple cores option. It hasn't made an obvious improvement. – Jo Pedder Nov 5 '15 at 14:48

You could try to add the layer as a raster as described here:

Alternative to OpenLayers plugin for QGIS?

Or use the quick mapservices plugin: https://plugins.qgis.org/plugins/quick_map_services/

Perhaps loading the layer this way can speed things up.


The projection can make a difference to rendering time. Try setting the map projection to the map tiles' native projection, generally Psuedo Mercator (EPSG:3857).

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