Offline maps update available for Windows Phone users

Offline maps update available for Windows Phone users
Offline maps can come in handy for Windows Phone users. Running one of the mapping programs that allow you to plot a route sans a mobile data connection, saves users the amount of data they would normally consume in figuring out how to get from point "A" to point "B". These off-line maps get updated every now and then, and right now parts of the Southern U.S. (Georgia, Florida and Alabama) and Europe, can be updated to the latest information.

Checking for these updates is as simple as going to Settings, swiping to Applications and clicking on the option for maps. Toward the bottom of the screen, you should find an box to click that will check for updates. Tap on that box, and your phone will search for updates covering any of the regions you have installed for your offline maps.

If you're lucky enough to own a Windows Phone model with a microSD slot, you can store some of the offline mapping data on your card to save the native memory on your phone. While you are updating your offline maps, you will be unable to access them, so obviously you need to pick a time to update when you do not expect to need the maps.


source: WPCentral

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30 Comments

1. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Kudos WP.

4. AJagtiani

Posts: 466; Member since: Apr 24, 2014

Sarcasm or serious ?

6. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Serious. It may not be what I want currently, but I still want to see it improve for it an its users sakes too. We mostly all do, keeps things interesting.

14. hurrycanger

Posts: 1759; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

it was hard to find any sarcasm in that.

2. mildorzalost

Posts: 143; Member since: Jun 03, 2014

Isn't Here maps a better option?

3. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

it is HERE maps

7. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Making this somewhat of an odd article, since the various Here maps are updated regularly...

9. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

I use maps every few weeks and I dont remember the last time it was updated until today

23. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

No, dude... This isn't an update to here maps, rather it's an update to the offline maps that are stored locally on the device. You can go into settings and manually update offline maps.. It's good to have these heads up articles because it can be awhile before you actually get a notification to update maps... Also, these maps take a minute to update,, not something you're going to be able to do while driving, because you have to be on WiFi, and stay on the update screen.. Not sure why they don't update in the background, like everything else, but they just don't... It's a good article so that you can be prepared if you want the latest maps while on the road..

24. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

well lets see i went to HERE maps ,download maps, update current maps and it updated with the same screen in the article sooooo seems like HERE to me

5. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

One of the best features of WP..

8. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

it's a here's map feature really !

11. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

You weren't really expecting WP fans to give the credit, were you? :)

17. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Microsoft and Nokia are tight like that. Here maps has been a staple of WP map experience for years now.

20. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

That makes no sense, if this was only available on android, android lovers would be like, oh how great android is, open, has all the apps, blah blah. But when wp has it, and for the moment is unique to wp, regardless of who's tech it is, now all of a sudden you have to give credit? That is like saying, give no android credit and give the devs all the credit.

27. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

some of them really are blind !

21. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

We know its a Here maps feature.... SMH.. Now, tell me what devices you can get it on???????????????????????? ......... As if I don't know what mapping app I have pinned to my start screen... Seriously?... Still SMH.

26. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

i can get it on my old symbian phones that existed before windowsphone even existed i can get it on my windowsphone and it will be soon on android phones and ios phones now that nokia isn't tied to windowsphone

29. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Hence Post #27 proved. There's a guy named Jere from HERE on disqus forums. He said its android app is coming soon in "near future" ^_^

12. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Thanks to Nokia.

22. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Exactly.. Thanks to Nokia. One of the best things to happen to WP.. Old news.. Or, do you have some other point that I'm missing???

10. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

I want Here maps on android :(

13. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

buy x2 or go to xda and download here apk though you will need to change certain things in your phone

25. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

After using it for a bit it is a very distant second to Google Maps. But to each his own.

28. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

did you use the android version or the wp version because the wp version is better then google maps but the android version is crappy compared to google maps but like you said each to his own :) !

15. SIGPRO

Posts: 2815; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Here maps, the best navigation app out there and yes fully offline!

16. timezone

Posts: 87; Member since: Jun 16, 2013

I use Navigon and sometimes Here Drive. They both use Here maps but can't use a common copy. I wish a common copy was allowed.

18. tasior

Posts: 265; Member since: Nov 04, 2012

I hope that now, when Nokia is no more MS dependent, it will bring Here maps to Android... I'm not sure whether it will happen, because it would be another nail to WP coffin.

19. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Not really. It is not like android doesnt have options. I mean cross platform is key for all devices, wp, android, ios.

30. tasior

Posts: 265; Member since: Nov 04, 2012

Here maps is one of few advantages of WP over other platforms. In most cases WP is rather chasing others, than leading...

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