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How to move offline map data to your SD card in Windows Phone

Offline Maps

Offline maps are one of the nicest features in Windows Phone. You can download maps for your region, so you don't eat into your data plan each time you want to use map data. Offline map data is saved by default to your phone storage. You might want to move the offline map data to your SD card if you have one, here's how.

We recently looked at how you can move apps and games from your phone storage to your SD card in Windows Phone 8.1. You can also move podcasts, music, photos and videos using this method. It just doesn't work with all that offline map data you have.

The size of your offline map data will depend on where you live. For example, the offline map data size for Vatican City comes in at just 51MB. You might as well keep that on your phone storage since it's not much. On the flip side, the state of California needs 342.7MB for its offline map data. You're probably going to want to put that on your SD card if you're hurting for space, so let's do it.

You're going to want to grab the Lumia Storage check beta app to do this. It's a free app from Microsoft Mobile in the Windows Phone Store. It originally launched in March 2013 as a way to help Windows Phone users visualize their data and control it. Storage sense in Windows Phone 8.1 more or less made the Lumia Storage check app irrelevant, except you still need it to control map data.

How to move offline map data to your SD card

Step one? Remove offline map data already on your phone. Sorry, you can't just 'move' the data from the phone to the SD card. At least not yet. We're going to have to remove the map data already on your phone before we can put it on the SD card. Failure to do this will result in you have the same map data on both your phone AND your SD card. Sort of making the whole point of this article moot.

Offline Maps Settings

Let's remove it, go to settings -> swipe over to applications -> maps -> download maps and then select and delete any already installed maps. Do that, and we can get the party started to put offline map data on your SD card.

  • Download and install Lumia Storage check beta [Download]
  • Launch Lumia Storage check
  • Swipe over to details and click on change beneath Maps
  • Select SD card for where your phone stores maps
  • Re-download offline map data

Lumia Storage Check

Do the following, and when you go back to download offline map data, it'll be saved on your SD card now. A little bit of work, but it's how you get that data to your SD card. You'll want to move it to your SD card if you're planning on doing a lot of travel and don't want to eat through your data plan when using maps.

Let us know if you move your offline map data to your SD card. Don't forget to list how much storage space you're using for offline map data!

Via: Windows Phone Central Forums

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How to move offline map data to your SD card in Windows Phone

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And is there any way not-Lumia users can do this? I really want the maps on my SD card, but I don't have a Nokia Lumia, so I'm not allowed to download the app.
Any further ideas???

However do remember this works in HERE Maps But not with the default Maps application. In the default Maps app it will use data to get you map data. If you want the default Maps app to view offline data you have to store it on the phone memory not the SD card.

Knew of this trick from a while back..great to see it turn up here...as for default map app...hardly use that....here does the tricks for me..

Weird that you have to install another app to do it. Any way to reach out to microsoft and let them know about this?

although they do apparently read these comments. hopefully they'll notice this now that it's bolded and look above.

THANK YOU FOR THIS TIMELY ARTICLE. Sorry for the all caps but I was that excited when I read this. Too bad I have to use a beta version of storage sense (check) to do it, it it will be worth it to save over 3 GB of phone memory. Wqell worth the effort.

Do remember this works in HERE Maps But not with the default Maps application. In the default Maps app it will use data to get you map data. If you want the default Maps app to view offline data you have to store it on the phone memory not the SD card.

Shoud still be there:

 

Excerpt from the Nokia Beta Labs:

Official version released as an update via Store, but Beta 3 stays around.

We have just released the official version as an update via the Store. It has all the beta 3 features, except the one to store Maps on SD card. The decision to omit this feature was made after a survey sent out to many of you. A small, but still volume-wise significant number of users would be having trouble with the feature and we want to work on the SD card interface reliability a bit more before considering the inclusion of this feature again.

As the official version lacks the Maps-on-SD-card feature, we are going to keep the Beta 3 around for you who want to use it or revert back to using phone memory instead.

Do we need to keep the beta app for the phone to look on the SD card? If not, then, once its on the SD, we are good.

Idiots, beta apps don't appear in store unless the publisher make it public. You need link of the app to download it, like the Facebook beta. Download sysapp pusher for downloading microsoft and nokia original apps.

Actually its like no need to delete the current maps from phone and to reinstall ... Js download storage check beta and you will get an option to move your maps to sd card ... :)

The option of MOVING the map from phone to SD Card is already not available(i have 8.1 update 1). I have just noticed it after i read this article. before, there is an option of moving. So sad that today, we just cant move, but to delete and download new one.

I bought a Sony instead of SanDisk for my 1520's. Wanted to try something different. Had some trouble with Transcend flash drives lately.

I have that problem often on my 520. I've had to move the apps I use the most to the phone but it means I often have to wait for the phone to sort it out before u can listen to music

But did you format the card first with your phone, or where you just plug it in and start using it?
I always let the device format the memory card first, even if it's a new card, and i never experienced problems with my cards due to this rutine I think. Lately I bought a new Panasonic HD camcorder with a 64 GB SD card. Even if the card was readable for the camera, I formatted the card first.
So therefore, you should always start with formatting the card from the device.

There were issues with the factory loaded firmware for some models which came with Lumia black loaded. Fix is simple. Use recovery tool and install latest version. Or go to Nokia store and let them do it. Still not fixing, then your card is bad. I hope you scanned your card already for issues.

I'm sorry but it's Nokia's fault this time.

I've got a Lumia 820 which came back from repair and they changed it with another one, so I actually I used 2 different 820s and still my SD doesn't work on my phone.

It works fine on a 520 and on every other device in the world but it still fails on my phone.

I was just downloading some maps to the SD and it got disconnected while the download was going, and now anything that works with the SD just crashed (Storage Sense for example).

Before 8.1 checking for updates forced the SD to remount, now it doesn't and I need to reboot.

I've spent countless hours dealing with the customer care and nobody came up with a working solution. This means that I can't install my apps on the SD because it just fails everytime and so the apps won't work. Same goes for music and pictures.

And I'm talking about a class 10 32GB SanDisk card, not some crap cheap model.

I had forgotten about LSCbeta. I'm using 370mb with Indiana and Florida installed on my SD card now. Going to Florida for a business/vacation trip in a few days. Thanks for the reminder/tip.

Lol thanks.. I did it way back an somehow deleted lumia storage check beta.. When I go to storage sense it shows maps to sd card. And when I open maps it doesn't affect the working. Is deleting the app after completion of moving maps a good thing to do ?

After you've moved the maps to the SD card, they're on the SD card. Said and done, regardless of the Storage Check app being there.

Favorites will be saved in your Nokia account if you login in your settings. You can sync it to any phone / pc when you login to Nokia account or open Here map.

It looks like the data sense that comes with WP8.1 will do the same thing. It doesn't say maps specifically but it does say new downloads to SD card. I haven't tried it yet but will have to.

Yep, I figured I needed the entire country on my phone ( never know were I might end up after a long, brutal night), it takes 3.2gb or so. Nice to have the room back.

Misleading headline. You can't move existing maps. You have to uninstall them first, change settings and then reinstall them to the SD card. But yeah, I can understand. These details would be too long for a simple headline.

Although, there is a slight twist, if you ask it store your maps on sd card, while looking for the downloaded apps in the phone, it wont shown from,anywhere be it from the app or from settings.

Ya, it took me in half an hour to find the maps on my phone and delete it..it stays hidden if you select the SD card option in storage check app..twisted ,unnecessary and ridiculous

793.47MB of United States maps. I have Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Ohio.

I'll probably add Georgia in the future.

Thank you for the tutorial on how to move the map data to my SD card. My Lumia 1520 and 64GB SD card both send their thanks.

I have a Lumia 1520 with WP 8.1 + Cyan + Update 1 and I can't find this app anywhere. How do I get the downloaded maps to my SD card? There were no instructions for anyone who can't get this app.

I did this so much long ago. After uninstalling storage beta app data ramains in SD card and also further data also gets saved in SD card. It is kind of lock.

I am using 1GB data on Lumia 720 as I downloaded full India map from past 7-9 months when this app come. I am still on wp8.0, waiting for official OTA wp8.1/Lumia Cyan update.

Wait, there are non-Lumia WP devices? I thought those were a myth? Oh yeah, that just because I read Lumia Phone Central where they forget that some of us don't have Lumias.

No, there is probably no way to do it on your HTC. The Storage Sense app thats built-in will not do it hence this article pointing out that you need the Microsoft Mobile published storage check app.

Another beta app from 2013. I like this.

Nokia 5230 was installing maps in 2009, now Microsoft Windows Phone has done it!

Depends on the class of sd card. I had class 4 card which was little slow but I upgraded to class 10 and there's no difference in performance if apps were in phone memory

I don't recommend moving maps to the micro SD card on a Lumia 521. It causes Here Drive to become FAR less stable and slow, even with a Class 10/UHS 1 32 or 64 gig card.

Great.  Now sort out HERE maps being available for Japan!!!  Still no maps for such a first-world country.  MS you should be ashamed!

Isn't it time we had some new features in here maps and drive. It must be a year since we had done new features. Symbian version was so much better..

Windows Phone 8 and Nokia Lumia family hype is over now. The HERE program suite was an "exclusive" (how I hate this word for consumer-grade junky quality products) offer for Nokia phones. Now, as the hype is over, its no longer a sales-generator new thing, so it is not considered to be critical anymore. So, they dont put that much money into it. So new features coming to the platform has slowed down.

Nothing unexpected actually, thats how the market works.

Well traffic rerouting is a necessity of they want to compete with Google maps. The only thing Here maps has is its offline capability, otherwise it is second rate.

If I remmember correctly, the main selling point in 2012 autumn for Lumias was the fact that the navigation system can work offline. As its not a selling point anymore, I am really curious whether they (Nokia) want to highlight any new advanced feature, so they clearly express their intention to keep the development active.
 

How exactly is this "moving offline map data to your SD card"?

You're uninstalling the already downloaded maps from phone, and downloading again in SD card. You're not actually moving anything. 

 

Off topic, HERE DRIVE really need to update itself with new features. This app is good but far from perfect and is rather old now. At least give me multiple routes for me to choose.

Don't forget this isn't Windows Phone Central, it's Lumia Central so they don't need to change the title ;-) :-/

I keep making comments about this and the writers and staff at LPC keep ignoring them. It's really getting irritating that what used to be the best site for Windows phone news is now the site to go to for Lumia news. I get that 95% (or something) of the Windows Phone market is Lumia devices, but that doesn't mean that something that is Lumia exclusive is also "Windows Phone" news.

At the risk of pissing Daniel off and getting myself banned, the writers here need to start paying more attention to their misleading headlines.

Not only the title, if I read correctly there is no mention but the "Lumia storage" app name in the article that this doesn't work for non Lumia devices. Not that big of a deal, but I should know if this works with the HTC devices of my family.

Hmm, the title is missing something. Ah, that's it "...on your Lumia" should be on the end of it!!!!

You can move the mapsdata folder from SD card to another SD card. This way multiple phones can have same downloaded maps. I have done this many times. Even to PC for backup.

Would you be able to use the maps for one model in another one - lets say the mapsdata folder of L820 in L1520? I remember this was not working some time three monts back.

Well this app dosn't work with Samsung Ative S and all the lumias are either without micro SD or without HD screen.

Microsoft should have tyis functionality in WP itself.

Having some trouble now saving edited pictures. The 1520 is telling me to delete something to make room however, I have 7gb on the phone and 13" on the SD card...hm.

Hey Sam, your article title is very misleading. This is not how to move maps on Windows Phone. This is how to do it when you use a Lumia. Thanks for getting my hopes up for nothing.

Another example of Windows Phone Central being Lumia Phone Central and forgetting there are those of us out there without a Lumia device.

I am printing these instructions, once I get my Nokia 521 upgraded to Windows 8.1 (pending T-MO) approval, I would definitely move my offline maps to the SD. Thanks guys.

yeah, this doesn't work any more after update 1 at least on DP OS...before Update 1 I could save the maps on SD card but now that option is missing and I don't see the way to move/save it on SD card...

After following these steps (from Apps and Games - I didn't see the move option when I tapped on Maps), I am still seeing maps - 439 bytes on the main storage screen for Phone, but not on the apps and games screen. The SD card shiws 0 bytes for maps.

However, for whatever reason, my Here Brive +, which was crashing everytime I launched (Lumia 635 T-Mobile running GDR 1) is now working, This being the case, I am leaving well enough alone - I have sufficient space in my phone to be able to handle the maps.