PSA – Check your offline maps on Windows Phone 8 for new updates (Updated)
If you use Windows Phone 8, there’s a really good chance you use Maps (or HERE Maps, if on a Lumia). Hopefully you have also taken advantage of the offline map ability, which allows you to download regional or state maps to your phone for faster access – and no data charges.
We had a tip from Antonio that his offline map data had an update, so we did a roll call on our team to check ourselves. From Alabama, to the UK, to New York, to the UAE, India, Spain and even Florida, we all had offline map data awaiting to be downloaded. (To clarify, this is not the app that has been updated, just map data).
We’re not entirely sure when those updated maps went out, as some of you may have had it for a few days already. Windows Phone should periodically check, specifically when you open Maps or HERE Maps. But if not, here are the steps to force-check it:
Maps (HTC, Samsung, Huawei)
- Tap '...' at the bottom of the Microsoft Maps app
- Check for Updates
HERE Maps (Lumias, anyone who uses HERE)
- Tap '...' at the bottom of the HERE Maps app
- Download maps
- Update current maps
You can also go into the Windows Phone settings:
- Applications (swipe right)
- Check for updates
The process should take only a few seconds, depending on how much offline data you have.
It’s not clear what changes are on board, but we’re pinging Pino Bonetti of the HERE Team for more details. If we get any info, look for an update in this article! In the meantime, sound off below on your location and any updates!
Update: We heard back from Pino on the HERE Team about what's happening in the updates. Here's shared with us some highlights on what's going on with the updates to HERE.
- Algeria, Benin, Georgia, Guinea, Mali, Nicaragua, Niger, Saint Helena and Togo have more detail
- House numbers introduced in seven European countries, Australia, and New Zealand
- Dramatically extended woodland coverage in Europe
- Hindi support for India's map
Those sound like some pretty baller updates. He also teased one more surprise, but one that he can't share until Monday. It'll be up on the HERE blog. We'll of course share the information once we all learn. Notice any of the changes in your updated maps? Sound off below. Thanks for again for the update Pino!
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Sam - Earth
Rich - Hoth
George - Tatooine
Sweden is probably one of the european countries with house numbers
Incremental updates are still a reality, as you might have experienced during last update. Fact is that this time the update was so big that there was basically no difference between 'increment' and 'new map'.
I hope you can understand that this might happen once in a while.
We do update our maps in an incremental way, however, not this time. The update was huge almost everywhere.
Let's see what we get :-) Edit says:
Germany got a load of new paths. Parks, greens, little ponds, new streetnames and horse trails. Maps look beautiful. Let's see what will be found when using it on a regular route.
I trried to uninstall all the maps, and the app
the issue is not fixed ...
maybe with black update ?!
on my Lumi920 this is not happening fffffffffffffffffffucccccck