How to use and manage offline maps on Windows

Maps, earlier called Windows Maps, is Microsoft’s answer to the popular Google Maps, and is just another way to  get directions from your Map. But you can’t always be online.

With this fact in mind, Microsoft has given you Offline Maps that lets you get to places without the need of a live internet connection. So let’s learn the best ways to use and manage offline maps on Windows.

How to use and manage offline maps on Windows

The first step, before you can make the most out of offline maps on Windows, is to download it for offline use. Here’s how you can get started with it.

Launch the Windows Settings. Do this by either pressing Windows key + I shortcut. Alternatively, head to the Start menu search bar, type in ‘settings,’ and select the best match.

On the Settings menu, go to search bar on the top, type in "offline maps," and select Offline maps. From there, click on Download maps to get the maps onto your system. Now click on Download maps. On the next screen, choose the region you want to get the map of; be it Asia, Africa, Europe, and so on. Then you’ll see the list with all the countries in your chosen continent; pick one and click on Download.

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You can follow the above steps to download maps for other regions similarly.

Using and managing the maps

Now that you’ve the maps on your system, you can finally begin to use them. To do that, first you’ll have to launch the Maps app. Head to the Start menu search bar, type in "offline maps," and select the best match.

Assuming you’re doing this while your PC is offline, you’ll get to pick from only the maps that you’ve downloaded before. The things you can check out in the app will be limited, but you’ll be able to get your way around your city easily.

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Using and managing offline maps on Windows

The Windows Maps app is a good alternative to Google Maps. If you’ll be using your Windows at places you can’t get any free network at, you should download the offline version of Windows Maps; it will surely come in handy later on.

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