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How to manage offline maps on Windows 11

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On Windows 11, you can use the built-in Maps app to get directions and search places from virtually anywhere in the world. However, the maps only work with an internet connection unless you use the offline maps feature.

If you are usually on the road, in places without an internet connection, or want to save mobile data usage, Windows 11 lets you download maps from different regions on your computer for offline use to search for places or get directions quickly.

In this Windows 11 guide, we will walk you through the steps to manage offline maps for the Maps app.

How to download maps on Windows 11

To download maps to have them available offline on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Apps.
  3. Click the Offline maps page on the right side.

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  1. Click the Download maps button.

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  1. Select the continent that includes the map of the county you want.
  2. Click the Download button.Quick note: Some countries will have multiple regions. If that's the case, you will see the Choose region button instead of the Download button.

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Once you complete the steps, you will be able to use the Maps app even when you don't have an internet connection.

How to delete offline maps on Windows 11

To delete offline maps on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Apps.
  3. Click the Offline maps page on the right side.

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  1. Click the Download maps button.
  2. Click the Maps setting.
  3. Click the Delete button for the map you want to remove.

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  1. (Optional) Click the Delete all button to remove all maps.

After you complete the steps, the map data will be erased, freeing up space on your computer.

How to change storage location for maps on Windows 11

To change the location to store offline maps, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Apps.
  3. Click the Offline maps page on the right side.

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  1. Select the new drive location using the "Storage location" drop-down menu.

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Once you complete the steps, the maps will move automatically to the new location, and future downloads will store in the new drive location.

How to manage map downloads over metered connection on Windows 11

To enable or disable offline map downloads over a metered connection, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Apps.
  3. Click the Offline maps page on the right side.

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  1. Turn off the Metered connection toggle switch to prevent new maps from downloading over capped internet connections.

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  1. Turn on the Metered connection toggle switch to allow download over limited internet connections.

After you complete the steps, you will prevent maps from downloading over limited internet connections, depending on your configuration.

How to control map updates on Windows 11

To control offline map updates, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Apps.
  3. Click the Offline maps page on the right side.

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  1. Click the Map updates setting.
  2. Check the Update automatically when plugged in and on Wi-Fi option to allow automatic updates.
  3. Clear the Update automatically when plugged in and on Wi-Fi option to disable automatic updates.

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  1. (Optional) Click the Check now button to download updates manually.

Once you complete the steps, updates from maps will download depending on your configuration.

More Windows resources

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Mauro Huculak is technical writer for WindowsCentral.com. His primary focus is to write comprehensive how-tos to help users get the most out of Windows 10 and its many related technologies. He has an IT background with professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA, and he's a recognized member of the Microsoft MVP community.

4 Comments
  • Yeah, i been planning to go on trip with my desktop
  • The Windows Maps app is incredible. I used it extensively when I had Windows 10 Mobile Phone. It can do guided navigation, including real time traffic re-routing. It's model of downloading maps by state makes much more sense than how Google Maps does it by user defined rectangle regions (which is cumbersome). You could use a Surface Go LTE and Windows Maps for mapping, routing, and guided navigation. You could also use a Surface Go without LTE and hook up a USB external GPS receiver.
  • This is such a neat underrated feature. Useful for tablets or even laptops during trips when you were out with poor networking connectivity and still need some map to reference with. Though mostly ignored due to being Bing Maps and not Google Maps. Especially on some countries where Bing is poor which makes it mostly a no go map provider.
  • I've stopped using this app for several years now, useless really