PSA: Updates for offline maps on Windows Phone now available

Offline map data

Offline map data is a Windows Phone feature you don’t appreciate until you really need it. While you’re probably in data coverage most of the time, those few times you’re not really make you love having access to your maps. Today we’re looking at an update for offline map data on Windows Phone!

Want to update? Of course you do. Head to settings > applications > maps > check for updates to have your phone check for updates. We’ve got reports of regions like India, California and elsewhere picking up new maps. The update size will vary depending on what maps you’ve elected to download for offline use.

Why download maps? The offline map data allows you to search for places and get directions without using a data connection. It’ll also help you save money by not consuming precious data through your carrier.

Download maps on Windows Phone for offline use? Let us know where you are in the world and whether or not you’re seeing updates!

Thanks for the tips everyone! 


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PSA: Updates for offline maps on Windows Phone now available



The detail of mapping provided by HERE Maps outside the US is just amazing. HERE Drive+ has repeatedly saved by bacon on many long-distance trips to remote areas in the Philippines. No signal? No problem! A friend of mine who also sports a Windows Phone has had similar experiences.

Agree, Here Drive used offline in UK and Italy, awesome and free ❤

But, will download the Maps, could be useful. 190MB so need WiFi.

Yes. Even Province. :-)

Love Here Maps.

and so so for Here Drive. I use Lumia 720, no Here Drive+. :-)


Here Drive + will be available for us 720 and 520 users upon receiving 8.1 ryt?

Nokia HERE Maps never failed me at Torres del Paine, truly in the middle of nowhere. I looked through the glass of my Lumia and saw everything, but my trip fellows with Androids and iPhones couldn't say the same... BTW, there is no signal at Torres, and there can't be; it's a national park.

Offline HERE maps sold my friend on Windows Phone. I love it. My family with iPhones were trying to figure out how we were going to get around when we were in vacation and my dad suggested a physical map and i was all " why don't we just use HERE maps?" And they were all :O

Love offline maps, they're so convenient! And never have to worry about losing my way, just because I don't have a data connection. :)

For me too, offline navigation was the reason to go WP. I'm biking a lot (mountain bike & race bike) and data coverage is not always as good as you'd want it to be, 

I presume most of us would use Nokia Here maps, which already does offline maps, but this is awesome anyways!

Anyone else having issues with Here Drive+?
Freezes up a lot and the time between freezes is becoming shorter. My only solution is uninstalling Here Drive+ and reinstalling it again. Started happening again (Wondering if it's just me...)

I'm currently travelling in Russia with the Offline Maps. Without I would be lost or ruined by the roaming fees. Everything works fine and the self positioning feature works mostly very accurate.

Had the same issue too (I'm also from Argentina), I tried deleting the existing map and downloading it again. After that Here Maps is working fine once again! 

Hope that was useful!

I just wish my hometown (in germany) wasn't so full of errors in the map data. If there was only an option to report those errors!

@rahx There is a way to report errors on the Here map... Simply use the desktop internet version of Here. You will find a link to report errors for roads layout and PoI... I did it for my local map in the UK and a few months later it was corrected...

I used that like two years ago in my town where they invented a lot of roads.  But with this update the problems are still there, so sad.  Here in Costa Rica, there should be a way to fix it faster and get the fixes faster also.

Hi rahx, I'm Pino of the HERE team. We're constantly updating our maps, but if you still find mistakes, please report them on Twitter (@HERE)

Not only does it save data but battery. Pulling map data ota consumers a ton of battery because you're using your data connection

No, I'm not in data coverage most of the time so I really love the offline maps (55 MB update for México).

Still annoyed that Google stole the downloadable offline maps idea. Must have been a good idea. It was quite nice having that as a Windows phone only thing.

Seeing an update for California, downloading now.

Hi metallikunt, I'm Pino of the HERE team.

I just wanted to point out that our offline solution is far more advanced than the competition. With HERE you can search for addresses and POI, plan routes and navigate without connection. With others you just get a digital version of a paper map.

Thanks for the response. I plan on sticking with HERE maps for sure. Not a fan of Google either way. I always mention the HERE offline maps when people ask about my phone. Such a great service to have. Keep up the great work!!

Can i download offline maps on sd card on my L1320? I have Lumia Storage Check app and it allows to download it on sd card. But little question here, will it works after downloading on sd card??

Too bad the location accuracy is off with both Bing Maps AND Nokia HERE Mapping. No matter what I do, when I try to pinpoint my location, it always shows me at an address two or three houses down the street! (I live at 139 but it says I'm at 143)
Now how can we expect to find a location if the address is going to be off?

Is there any way to calibrate this?

Does it stayed fixed on that location that's a few houses away or does it bounce around a bit? I had it bouncing around on me on my old 822 and a hard reset fixed it.

It stays fixed to that address. No bouncing. Visually, my position is correct on the map... But the address displayed is all wrong. It's been this way before I upgraded to the 8.1DP and it's still the same now, even after a hard reset. -1020
It's sad, because Cortana doesn't even know my correct address. :(

i'm from PAKISTAN..i can't see any map option in settings(applications)...why i'm not able to see map option can anyone tell me about this???

You can also go to that settings from the HERE Maps or Drive. Also the pre installed Maps app also has it in its settings. No idea why its not showing up in your built in settings.

i reinstalled the app thousand times but problem still here's...also there is no map option in setting (applications) why i cannt see map option ay one have an idea about it??

Hi Zohaib ZJ, but we currently don't have maps for Pakistan, that's why you can't use HERE Maps at the moment. But no worries, this will be fixed with Windows Phone 8.1

It should behave like store update; auto updated if the option is set otherwise notify user for an update.

Perhaps they can make map data available as a separate app and let store manage its update. Not sure if WP Store allows dynamic on-the-fly packaging; so in this case user only get update for countries that are updated among those they downloaded previously.

Or perhaps they can simply publish map data for each country individually. This way it would be simple, cleaner and verbose.

Hi guys, thanks for your feedback.

We are currently rolling out a similar feature: when you start HERE Maps, you will get notified that new maps are available for download.

'HERE MAPS crashes when i open the app,it kick me off to home that's why i cannot use maps..other map apps shows maps are not avai;able on this phone what should i do ..what is this can you please tell me..i'm from pakistan..

i reinstalled the app thousand times..from where i delete stored map,there's no map option in settings (applications)..i cannt see any map option so what to do from where i delte maps etc or download new one's...HERE maps also not working..when i ope anyother map app it shows Maps are not available on this phone

Zohaib, I had correspondence with Microsoft Pakistan employee in 2012 and this very topic came up. The reply was:

Bing and Nokia maps are not available for Pakistan due the "situation in the country". I don't know what does that mean? I guess Pakistan is the only country with no map coverage from Microsoft? Even if you go to //maps.bing.com/, you won't get the maps (no labels whatsoever) within Pakistan area. There must be other reasons for singling out Pakistan like that but this is how it is. (Similarly, I met some Pakistani MVPs in SharePoint conference and found that MVP program is not offered for Pakistan! They had to apply from other countries to registered for MVP program).

Google, however, doesn't comply with "government strategies" so they offer updated maps for Pakistan down to the street level.

The project I was doing back then was about some demographic analysis. Eventually, I got maps from official 'gov.pk' resources.

hmm i agree with your coment but i recently checked this http://www.windowsphone.com/en-US/how-to/wp8/basics/feature-and-service-...

service and features availability PAKISTAN is in the list of MAPS...in past pakistan was not but now it is showing PAKISTAN in the MAPS country list...what is this??

another problem is that i cannot see any MAP option in SETTINGS >applications...why i'm not able to see this option..when i go to storage sense i tap on maps there i see the opton for manage maps but in settings it won't appear,you know about this???

I was with the same problem in my mother's Lumia 520. The problem was the low quality SD card. Format the SD card and everything come back to normal. I recommend to buy a class 10 card to prevent that. Kisses.

what SD card problem???i'm using SANDISK class 10 SD card 16 GB,i don't think so it is an SD card problem when there was no SD card in my phone problem was still there.

On a side note, why hasn't anything been done of the downloading maps screen. It's still required to be on that screen till the updates are completed. Background update support still lacks in 8.1 dev preview :/

(came here to say this, now heading back to resume download)

Yeah, that is pretty annoying have to turn off the lock screen timeout (mine is on 30 seconds) when downloading/updating maps..

Download works for me under the lock screen just fine as long as I don't navigate away from the download screen.

Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France,Germany, Gibraltar, Ireland, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and UK totalling about 800 Mb.

Wondering what they actually updated. Every time I updated for Malaysia and I didn't see any changes in the map itself. Some routes are still wrong even after a year and most important is that they not yet updated our new Penang second bridge into it.

California maps updated. It actually includes the new offramp configurations at the 405 and Wilshire in LA. Google Maps hasn't even gotten to that yet. It's evident by the amazingly awful offramp/onramp merging they used to have.

It is unfair for all Cambodian users. Nokia does not bring us the Cambodia maps at all so that we had to use other third party apps. I hope it will available soon in my country as it is the most must-have app

El Salvador updated too!! (42.3MB) (I wonder if there is anyone else here from El Salvador... or maybe Guatemala, Honduras, etc.)

Edited: No changes in the map. Here Maps sucks in my country. I use the map creator in my PC and I correct errors in the maps of my city, but I can only see them from the website.

UK maps updated, lumia 720 here drive + crashes after map update, going to try the uninstall - reinstall of map

Here in Zimbabwe we are stuck with old maps of the 90's. we have been updating them on HERE map creator since 2012 but the updates are not being implemanted. HERE drive doesn't work " area not yet covered" error. Google maps are upto date, only that they are not offline.

Malaysia map updated. But unfortunately no change for the state & city where I live. Oh well, an update is still an update.

I alerted WPCentral to this last month, and now Here we go again ;-)

US and Canada maps are updating. I have seen updates every month now since the fall. This seems to be the new normal.

I only can do this in the evening as I don't have access to a WLan right now. I hope after the update, my office building isn't a building site anymore;-)

Lumia 1520 on wp8.1 dev preview:

How do you transfer maps to SD card!?

Can you only do it using the lumia storage check beta?

It definitely is gone from the final release?

Any help please? :)

Sweden got the update. Gå till inställningar/kartor och tryck sök uppdateringar. 24 eller 22 mb.

Poland also. I use Nokia offline maps since the beginning (they were paid at the very beginning). Now screens are much bigger and map are much better. But yesterday I've found that some smaller streets in my city (one of the biggest in PL) are not marked as one way. It is a problem, I've to set midpoints to get proper route to the place I don't know (Google and polish local map service have proper information).

There is one thing I don't like - routes planned on PC and saved in favorites are different on my Lumia after sync. I've to correct it on my phone by hand. I think there are different algorithms for fastest, shortest and so on tracking between PC and mobile aps (to be strict they don't work at all). It's very annoying.

I'm in France and I have Holland, Belgium and France's maps, all of them have been updated.
I've also been to US twice, visiting NY, Washington, Miami by car, all the time using Here Maps and no data spent with my carrier.
And I have been using the Lumia 920. No problems at all. Great device.

Google also udated, introduced something to rival HERE city Lens, i wonder why HERE maps doesn't update the real maps data for our country, and also wonder why HERE Drive is disabled for our country, it shows an error message that " runs through an area not yet covered" but wonder as well why they just enable it to use the maps which are there. 

third part apps like GPS Voice Navigation have been denied to use HERE maps yet HERE Drive does not work here

No updates for Japan and the maps there are still useless. Both Apple and Google have them, but HERE is content with having no viable options in the region. Yay.

No love for Japan!  No off-line maps.  Nokia/MS Please what the heck????? You are 0.0% market share in Japan in terms of Windows Phone.

Is it only me or isn't anyone else wanting to know what side the destination is on? The one gripe of mine and my girlfriend and friends is this one simple thing I pray for every update and it never arrives. Any word on this ever coming to HERE maps?