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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!

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208 Comments
  • Got an update yesterday here in Canada.
  • 15mb philippines
  • 512 MB in Thailand.
  • Texas updated❕❕❕
  • 7.5 Mb update for Manitoba, Canada
  • Quebec and California updated!
  • There's an update for Croatia as well, it's 12,5 MB in size.
  • Just downloading update for Croatia and it's 112 MB O.o
  • I have no idea what happened there :/ Was it up to date before today? I mean, I remember there was an update roughly 100 MB in size before, can you check for additional updates once this one installs? Because when I restored my phone to factory settings before and went to download maps for Croatia it first downloaded xxx MB and then offered me an update. One would hope Nokia would bundle the updates together... :)
  • They need give us the ....... I'll let someone else say it lol Not seeing the update yet.. Texas.
  • Check again
  • I got it now! Thanks!
  • 9.3 MB update for Alberta, Canada
  • Hey! Got an update for Romanian map.. Guess it includes Europe :)
  • 64,5MB in Germany.
  • California. Yeah boy. 
  • In India also got an update it is 144.2 mb
  • What is the changelog?
  • 12.5 in india guess nokia updated earth
  • I have the full US map (2,712.4MB)  and Canada (514.7MB) installed and my update is 3,104.9MB.  When I clicked on download, its redownloading the full US and Canada maps so I suspect Canada was also updated as well.  When the maps are finished downloading, I will post what the new map sizes are.
  • How big is the full US map after the update, now? It's 2774,1 mb? Thank you.
  • Thanks for the heads up! 200+MB update for me. Probably for both Ohio and Michigan
  • You can also go to Settings > swipe right > maps > check for updates
    Works for any device. Just saying ;)
  • 428.8mb update... live in Portland, OR
  • Germany too
  • Mine too at yesterday night, gujarat, India
  • updating now, Ontario Canada
  • Map update for Denmark confirmed.
  • 13.5MB that was.
  • I want Microsoft maps on my Lumia :(
  • Just go to the store and download the app called "Maps" by the publisher "Live Tiles" and you will be able to use the Microsoft (Bing) maps that are on all non-Lumia doing devices
  • Regrettably it still uses the painfully out of date Nokia map data and almost non existent satellite data.
  • Hey, I got an update too!  I live on that newly descovered island off the coast of Pakistan.
  • That explains all the flammable gasses...
  • Well, guess it was a more widespread update than what I originally thought when I sent the email, just happen to check and most of the southeast US was updated, as that's basically the region I have downloaded.
  • 8.1 Mb in New Zealand
  • 25 MB in Argentina maps too...
  • Argentina too...
  • turkey too :)
  • Well I have china and Taiwan downloaded in addition to Cali and Massachusetts. 132mb download so it seems Asia maps are being updated too.
  • Add Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC to the list of updated maps.
  • Updated in the UK too. Frustraitingly the satellite images are still rubbish, even though that's now been fixed on the HERE website.
  • Wonderful. That's one of my big pet hates with Here maps, the terrible satellite images. Oh well, I will still update though because they must have improved something
  • 453MB update for California and Texas maps here...
  • Yay Nokia! Boo AT&T!
  • I have an update too (Guatemala) I used to have a Lumia 710 and I was able to use Nokia Drive here in my country, it worked fine. When I upgraded to a Lumia 820 Here Maps isn't available in my country, I don't get why this happens, I mean they support it in WP 7.8.
  • Hello! I'm from Guatemala and the same thing happened to me. Guatemala is not within countries with full navigation (navigation license). still do not understand why it has the navigation in WP 7.8 and not in WP 8. 
     
     
     
     
  • I had guandong area china , and Brazil maps, both had updated.
    The Chinese map I had downloaded three days ago....
  • connecticut, mass, new hampshire, vermont all got updated. total=144mb. thats alot of new info. hope its better now!
  • 42.8mb update for Dominican Republic :)
  • Also in Austria an Update is available :)!
  • Worth noting that GDR2 devices will only download the updated parts of the map so probably why files sizes could be smaller. Anyone with a GDR1 device has to download everything again....wonder which carriers those are.....:)
  • Looks like it's my carrier!
  • That would explain why my download size is the equivalent of all of the US and all of Canada.  ::shakes fist::: Damn you AT&T!
  • Exactly, actually, it's a new feature of gdr2. U don't need to download full map. After update, the content would be the same with a full download.
  • No I have gdr1 and it downloaded only the parts that needed
  • UK updated around 50/60MB :)
  • 16mb update for Bulgaria
  • 21.1MB for Portugal/Europe :)
  • Brasil southeastern maps update runs around 32 MB
  • Maps updating for:
    - Belgium
    - Germany
    - France
    - Luxembourg
    - The Netherlands 
  • Got updates for Finland, Norway and Sweden too.
  • Czech Republic,Slovakia and Austria updated as well.
  • Oh thank you Nokia for being the savory lord of updates, the devil I meant ATT wireless is leading us the wrong way, praises you Nokia.....
  • 18 MB in Egypt too 
  • 13 MB here, Crazy world.
  • Jordan as well don't know much though
  • Got updates for France, Sweden, Denmark. Not Monaco :P
  • I can confirm updates for : Austira, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Hungary, Slovenia
  • I just got my update in Liverpool UK
  • Texas! The original size for Texas is a whopping 243.8 MB, and the update is only 37.8 MB
  • Washington State too.
  • 4.4 mb for Puerto Rico: I guess they build a road somewhere in the island lol...
  • sorry, post above tells my story!
  • Updating Mexico maps...
  • Got an update for Sweden.
  • Here in Italy I've just got a 57 mb update (I have only the 350 mb Italy map on my phone)
  • Thanx
  • Ohhh am in Uganda and got the update tooo
  • 203.42mb in Indonesia.
  • Only 38.5 mb on mine
  • Updates all over. I have Nigeria, UAE, Italy and USA maps totaling up to 480.9 MB
  • 40.05 mb for Brazil southeast
  • Updating Colombia Maps
  • 14.8MB update in New Zealand
  • Greece, Madrid and Iceland + Norway already noted.
  • 24.2 Mb split between British Columbia and Washington!
  • Just checked in UK update available here too, only had the phone a week so this is a very recent update.
  • Hungary, Slovakia, Croatia, Austria updated. After 5-10 seconds use of Here Drive or Here Maps and then quits. Several reboot -> no changes in behaviour.
    Lumia 520, Amber, Vodafone, Hungary.
    (preparing myself for a hr.)
  • Removed all the maps then re-downloaded them. Now works fine.
  • For Poland is 47,8 MB to download.
  • Here in Poland we have got 40 MB of update. Indoor maps work now.
  • Got an update for AZ...and I got a problem. Here maps shows my home address about four home east of where it should be...and I can't tell it otherwise. Also the satellite photos of downtown Phoenix are ancient. For instance there's a new tower for the superior court and the sat photo still shows a parking garage at that location that was torn down YEARS ago. In fact there's still a park pictured but its been gone even longer...its a mall now! This is very sad.
  • Send feedback from the app, could help.
  • Maps for Ecuador updated too!
  • 23MB inIsrael :)
  • Greece-Europe 17,8mb update
  • Sri Lanka 47 mb
  • Just updated Egypt map (15 MB)
  • Downloaded a 80mb update for 300mb existing, Russian central region. Nokia really gives others hell, there is only local maps provider Yandex here which is said to be more actual, google maps and apple's homemade crap won't stand a chance against HERE here :)
  • UK and Portugal updated! Nokia and Microsoft rules. Nokia maps are the best for Europe.
    And, I was thinking, Apple brought design to consumer devices, Microsoft brought it to the UX.
  • SPAIN Catalunya + Aragón 23MB updated
  • Still doesn't have maps as new as the ones directly on here.com
  • 26MB Update available in South Africa
  • Australia, 31mb
  • I just used the swipe up/down feature of livesight for the first time. Its awesome. And...just updated my New England maps.
  • Indonesia gets an update 35 mb
  • Romania is updated (115 MB)
  • I got only 15.2 Mb...
  • Updates everywhere, but still no maps for Pakistan. Everyone uses Google maps in Pakistan because of no Here/Nokia support.
  • Yes, that sucks. If there was a Pakistan map, I would've downloaded it just for fun. Good Wishes, Salams...
  • 74,4 MB - Brazil.
  • England,UK map updates. 52.6 MB.
  • Mexico too.... 
  • Got a 31.2MB update in Australia.
  • 25.9 MB for Malaysia
  • My update was over 500MB for 6 states.
  • Mine was around 650 MB (Canada and USA)
  • Cyprus and UK updated
  • Yes! I got updates for the Dominican Republic too! Just 7.5 MB, though. :(
  • Yes in melbourne Australia got update this Saturday morning
  • Over 1GB for CA, NV, Great Britain and France. Free offiline Nokia maps are the best!
  • Anyone got maps update for Lumia 800 with WP7.8? It should use the same maps, shouldn't it? And how do u get notified about map updates in the Nokia Drive? there is no Check for Updates menu option.. Thru the Store?
  • Nokia wp7 instructions: http://www.nokia.com/us-en/support/faq/?action=singleTopic&topic=FA137072
  • I got this update her in Saudi Arabia , 19.2 MB
  • 20.9MB for Saudi Arabia on my phone. Good Wishes, Salams...
  • There is about 22.5 MB in Saudi Arabia, is it going to fix the satellite map view ? any Idea ?
  • What do you mean? The Satellite View on my phone for Hofuf, Saudi Arabia works completely alright. Good Wishes, Salams...
  • Satellite view works good, but the images themselves are still old, here in Buraydah city in Qassim for example there many streets still 5 years old.
  • I have an update for my maps of Guatemala
  • Just downloaded Australia
  • Ukraine 61.2 mb
  • Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia - 63,3 mb total
  • 281 Mb for both nm & TX
  • ...we also got an update here in the Philippines.
  • Got update for Jamaica 27Mb
  • 40 Mb for Ontario, Canada
  • 7.3 MB for Uruguay
  • Vietnam gets update, too.
     
  • Map updates for Vatican City, England, and the Philippines
  • 39Mb of data and I am from India
  • 11MB update for Singapore, and given Singapore's size, it's effectively 20% of the whole Singapore map. o_o
  • Updating mine for: Virginia, West Virginia, Washington DC, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York State, Ontario.
    That's all of my North American maps so I kinda suspect they are changing something to do with the file structure or mapping data structure rather than just the geographic information.
  • Just updated for England. Well that's all I use!
  • I got mine here in Nepal :D
  • Yup. I live in California and I got updates for California and Colorado (total 86mb).
  • 125 MB in Argentina...
  • sorry 152 MB in Argentina...
  • Che, como sabremos que habra cambiado al mapa anterior? Tenia algunas calles mal señaladas, pero pocas... Saludos!
  • It would be easier to tell everyone to go to settings , maps, update than have separate instructions.
  • Would be better for it to flag up.as updates available
  • Malaysia is being updated...
  • Got an update to my offline UK map.
  • Yeah! Map update available in Malaysia & Singapore :-)
  • 71,4 mb on Brazil maps.
  • Update for Trinidad and Tobago: 4.7Mb
  • updated Wisconsin and Illinois
  • 9.6MB for Maharashtra and Goa states in India.
  • 145 mb India.Strangely GPS not working after update. Please help.
  • Try rebooting the phone and see if it helps or not.
  • 22.5 mb in mp& cg state
     
  • Mine is updating 94.3 mb MH/Goa India strange but I read some comments and some guys here have reported less size for their updates.
  • COLOMBIA map update 71mb
  • 11.5MB in NZ
  • Yes, I've got my update for Slovenian maps too, 14.4MB.
  • I just got the update for Bosnia and Herzegovina, around 8 MB in size.
  • Got an update for UK maps!!!
  • egypt map updated 13.9 mb
  • Norway and Sweden 34,3 MB
  • Uk & Turkey updated
  • 110 mb in France. 
  • Andalucia/Spain, Canary Islands, Finland 50 MB = minor update
  • Updated 161mb from Malaysia
  • About 51 Megs in Poland =]
  • Ukraine, United Kingdom and Florida all updated.
  • 25.6 Indiana