Nokia rolls out offline update for Maps on Windows Phone for some regions


Nokia has rolled out an update for offline mapping on Windows Phone. There are two types of updates for the mapping solution on Windows Phone, the HERE Maps app itself and offline data installed on a smartphone. Today, we're once again looking at the latter, with reports coming in that an update for offline map data is available for some users (it may depend on your region).

Your Windows Phone should check for said updates periodically, but there are a few ways to check manually:

Maps (HTC, Samsung, Huawei)

  • Tap '...' at the bottom of the Microsoft Maps app
  • Settings
  • Check for Updates
  • Install

HERE Maps (Lumias, anyone who uses HERE)

  • Tap '...' at the bottom of the HERE Maps app
  • Download maps
  • Update current maps
  • Install

You can also go into the Windows Phone settings:

  • Settings
  • Applications (swipe right)
  • Maps
  • Check for updates

The process should take only a few seconds, depending on how much offline data you have downloaded. We'll reach out to the HERE team at Nokia and see about what's in this latest update. If the update back in January is anything to go by, we should be looking at some interesting additions being implemented.

Let us know in the comments if you've noticed anything new. We'll update this article accordingly once we hear back from Nokia so be sure to check back.

Thanks, Ashish, for the tip!


Reader comments

Nokia rolls out offline update for Maps on Windows Phone for some regions


Pekne ! Nevedel som že je nás tu viac slovákov :D

Nice! Didn't know that there are a lot more Slovaks than I thought :)

Not for every country.. I am from Malaysia, the bus system here need a lot improvement. The routes are not fix.
Moreover, the bus route can be change easily..

oh, okay :) i haven't checked for an update for about a month, and i just checked when i saw this article. my bad!

The update for Sweden rolled out over a week ago...

And the update was up-to-date! A road crossing which was rebuilt during the winter was finished in April. The changes are already incorporated into the map data. So the maps feels really fresh!

Wow, that's amazing that it's actually up to date. In my experience here in the USA it's about a nine month gap before things show up.

It depends on when Here are noticed about the update, they launch 4 updates every year, and it takes a while for them to check the updates, when the corrections are confirmed and they add the in the next release. I'm a "tester/special user" of Map Creator (Here's editing tool) in Sweden, and I can tell that they started to implement updates from the users this spring so more updates will come. They added my first corrections in this release and many new corrections, new roads and so on will be added in the next update.

No Update to Brazil Map.

Well, early this month I've updated my maps (Brazil, Argentina and Chile) around 150MB.

Man, I really wish map updates could be done over cellular. Super annoying when I've got an unlimited plan. Grr

Still NO Japan maps. Nokia's maps are terrible for Japan. They are just wrong. I want my Bing Maps back!

no more update for Indonesia :) , and yes WPcentral did make the article for the last week's update.

i can't even open the app. it's loading then resuming and then goes back. same thing happens in the settings-> system.... is it because i changes my region?


I'm in South Florida. Getting updates for Bahamas (40.9MB), Cayman Islands (36.6MB), and USA (3824.1MB). Very slow downloading...

And still cant install maps on sd card on my htc 8s even though 8.1 \ets me install the here drive app on my sd card!!!!

No update for my region, emailed customer support at Here four times, not once I got a response. Am in Zimbabwe, southern Africa.

its a shame voice navigation is not available even though there is the full map of my country(dominican rep) including street names and all, it used to work flawlessly on my N97, and even more ridiculous is seeing that crap waze is miles ahead of here maps/drive with every detail up to date including voice nav, im very disappointed at nokia

Yea same on my here drive all street names are on my map but cannot set driving routes, my country is Zimbabwe. its really disappointing for sure. I left iPhone for this!!. Would help if we can get feed back on this.

I just checked and I had 80-some MB of updates.

The maps I have installed are Ohio and Pennsylvania.