How to Download and Manage Offline Maps in Windows 10

Windows 10 has some new apps, and one of them is Maps. That is an app based on Bing Maps. It isn’t as comprehensive as the Google Maps app, but it still includes a wide variety of locations all around the world.

If you’re taking a holiday, Maps will certainly come in handy.

Of course, if you’re taking a vacation, it’s best to have offline maps. With the Windows 10 Maps app, you can save maps so that you can open them offline. This option isn’t limited to just small map sections, as you can keep extensive maps.

How to Download and Manage Offline Maps in Windows 10?


If you’re looking for a guide that will take you through the steps needed to download and manage offline maps in Windows 10 powered computers and laptops, below is all the steps you need to follow.

  1. First, you’ll need to open the Windows 10 settings window. Click the taskbar search button, and then enter settings in the search box to open the Settings window. Select System in the Settings window.
  2. You’ll find Maps listed under system settings. Select Maps to open further options.
  3. Then you should be able to press the Download a map button under Offline maps. That will open a list of six continents for Europe, Africa, North and Central America, etc.
  4. Select a continent from there, and you can then choose a national map to save offline. Once you’ve downloaded a map, you can then open it offline.

Note that offline maps aren’t going to get updates. Hence you should take a chance to update them from the Maps settings now and then.

Downloaded maps are included under the Download Maps button, and you can delete them from there to free up some more storage if required. Choose a map to remove and click Delete.

How to Download Offline Maps on Mobile?

Saving offline maps on mobile devices makes more sense, as you’ll generally be carrying around mobile devices than your computers or laptops.

If you’re looking for the steps to download and manage offline Windows maps on mobile, here are the steps to follow:

  1. Saving maps are much the same in Windows 10 Mobile. Swipe down the phone and select All Settings.
  2. Then select System and Offline maps. Press the Download a map button and choose a region to save.
  3. These offline maps should certainly come in handy for trips. Note that Google Maps only enables you to save smaller parts of maps, so Windows 10 Maps is better in that respect.

So, all in all, using Microsoft Maps, aka Bing Maps on mobile devices makes more sense, if you don’t prefer Google Maps for mobile that much.

Final Words

Even though Google Maps is the most popular and commonly used application for maps on Windows computers and mobile devices, Microsoft maps aren’t bad either.

If you aren’t a fan of the currently popular applications for viewing maps, such as Google Maps or Waze, Microsoft Maps is a great choice.

We hope you found this article informative and helpful.

If you’re already using Microsoft Bing Maps, do mention your experience of the application in the comments below.

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