If you are using a Windows Phone 8.1 device and use the offline maps option, you may want to check for an update. Users are reporting to us, and we have confirmed that multiple states in the U.S. – and likely elsewhere – are flagged for some map refreshes.
We can confirm that at least New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and California all have fresh maps to install. To clarify, this is not an update to the HERE Maps app, but rather the downloaded maps data for offline usage.
Offline maps are used for the HERE services and help reduce your dependency on a data connection while traveling. You can choose maps by State, Country or Region. The process is simple to check for offline map updates and is as follows.
Update offline Map data
- Go to your Windows Phone Settings
- Swipe over to the Applications Page
- Scroll Down to Maps
- Tap the "Check for Updates" button
Alternatively, opening up HERE Maps directly often alerts you of the pending updates, or you can in the app's settings and check for updates directly.
Should updates be available, you will be given the option to install the updates now or wait until a better time to do so.
At this time, there is no word on what is new with these maps, but they likely contain fixes, new routes, updated street names, and the usual things associated with atlases.
Thanks, Marcus S., and others for the tips!
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