How to Download & Use Offline Maps on Windows 11

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  • Offline maps can be useful if you are navigating through remote areas or if you want to plan your route in advance.
  • Keep reading to know the steps to download and use them.
Download offline maps on Windows 11

If you are an adventurer, hiker, or person often traveling to remote places, you might want to download the offline maps of a specific region on your Windows 11 in advance.

In this guide, we will discuss step-by-step instructions to download and use them via the Windows 11 Maps app when the network fails you.

There are several benefits of using offline maps:

  • Saves data, useful for people with limited data plans.
  • Gives access to maps when you don’t have an active internet connection.
  • Helps you explore places in areas with no cell service.
  • Plan your route before starting the journey.

How do I download offline maps in Windows 11?

  1. Press Windows + I to open Settings.
  2. Go to Apps, then click Offline maps.Apps - Apps - Offline maps - Windows 11
  3. Locate Maps and click the Download maps button.Download Map
  4. Next, select a Continent from the list.Select the continent - offline maps Windows 11
  5. Select a country from the list of countries and click Download.
  6. Also, to get automatic updates for maps, go to Map updates, then select the Update automatically when plugged in and on Wi-Fi option.Update automatically when plugged in and on Wi-Fi’

To download the maps using a metered connection, on the Offline maps page, locate the Metered connection and toggle on the switch, then follow steps 3 to 5.

How do I use offline maps in Windows 11?

  1. Press the Windows key, type maps in the search box, and click Open to open the Windows Maps app.Open Maps to use offline maps Windows 11
  2. In the Windows Maps app, locate the search box in the left corner, and type in the name of the city or place on your downloaded map, then click Get Directions.Get directions
  3. You can also search for individual locations on the map to get step-by-step directions.

In case the Windows Maps app is not working for you, you can download Google Maps on your PC to get the directions.

Where does Windows save offline maps?

The downloaded maps are usually stored in your system drive, however, you can change the location to ensure there is enough space. To do that, open Settings>Apps>Offline maps>Storage location, and select the drive from the list.

With offline maps, you can explore the world without any limits even when your Google Maps is facing problems.

However, don’t forget to ensure the storage drive selected has enough space and delete the ones you no longer need.

To remove the downloaded maps you don’t need, go to Offline maps, locate the map, and click the Delete icon.

Which offline maps have you downloaded lately? Feel free to mention them in the comments section below. We would love to know!

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