Hide the tooltip bubble thing in a Google Maps embed

In case I’m not the only one who doesn’t like Google Maps popup tooltip info speech bubble thing, I thought I’d share how to not show it.

Here’s the regular Google Maps embed code:

<iframe width="300" height="300" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" src="http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=manchester&aq=&sll=53.41654,-2.236788&sspn=0.033864,0.090294&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Manchester&t=h&z=12&ll=53.480712,-2.234376&output=embed"></iframe>

Which looks like this:


Gotta love that speech bubble thing. It’s like the location pointer is talking to you! I’d rather it didn’t look like that though, so to remove it just add the magic &iwloc=near to the end of the source URL, like so:

<iframe width="300" height="300" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" src="http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=manchester&aq=&sll=53.41654,-2.236788&sspn=0.033864,0.090294&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Manchester&t=h&z=12&ll=53.480712,-2.234376&output=embed&iwloc=near"></iframe>

Now you’re tooltip bubble free…


3 much appreciated responses...

  1. Cory Church says:

    thanks! didn’t know if this still worked but it does for the older classic google maps.

  2. Filip Burm says:


    The embedd code for a Google Map looks different now:

    Adding the &iwloc=near doesn’t seem to work any more.

    Anny other suggestions on how to get rid of that address bubble?

    Filip Burm

    • Jen says:

      I can’t get it to work either. Copying it exactly the same but still get those annoying bubbles. Did you find a solution??

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