If I point my browser (Chrome browser) to http://maps.google.com it automatically opens the Google Maps app.

Is there a way to avoid this and keep using the site through the browser?

If it matters, I'm on Android Lollipop on Samsung tablet.

I couldnt find the settings corollary in Chrome described in this post re same concern in Dolphin how to keep using Google Maps in browser and avoid launching the app?. Is it in flags?

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    Go to your phone's Settings app -> Apps -> All apps -> Maps -> Open by default -> Open supported links-> Don't open in this app. See if you can do this and works out for you.
    – Firelord
    Dec 16, 2017 at 20:55
  • You could use the "request desktop site" option and try loading Google Maps. Mar 29, 2018 at 6:29
  • Thx, Firelord. That did it.
    – mabnyc
    Jul 14, 2019 at 12:18

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The trick mentioned here works for me on Chrome 61.0.3163.98, the latest on Play Store

open chrome and go to chrome://flags/#tab-management-experiment-type

Click the drop down under Switch preferred flavor of Herb

Change it to disabled

Click the blue restart button that appears at the bottom of the screen

Alternatively, you can use Chromer , which is a light weight version of Chrome. It has the advantage of launching browser from apps and quickly reverting to the app without losing place from where you clicked


Press and hold on the link and press "open in new tab" in the drop down menu 😊

Tested on Samsung S8 and galaxy tab on google chrome and Samsung internet.

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