PSA – Nokia updating HERE offline map data for Windows Phone

Update 4:15 PM ET: Users in comments are reporting updates globally, so make sure to check yours

Late Friday afternoon here and we can pass along that Nokia has updated some offline map data for their HERE services. No, that’s not an app update but rather the map data that you hopefully have downloaded for offline usage.

We were tipped by reader Corey S. and the Windows Phone Central staff were able to confirm updates for at least Florida, Alabama, California, Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts. In other words, it looks like a lot of the US has received some form of a minor update.

And we use the word “minor” here on purpose as this is not updating all of your maps but seemingly just parts of them, hence the relatively small file sizes (our three states were 52 MB).

So how to go about getting the updates? It will depend if you are using HERE Maps from Nokia or the native Windows Phone 8 Maps. We’ll give instructions below for both.

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

Are you outside the US and have an update? Let us know and we’ll change the headline!

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central. He is also the head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007, when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and watches. He has been reviewing laptops since 2015 and is particularly fond of 2-in-1 convertibles, ARM processors, new form factors, and thin-and-light PCs. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.