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Local Scout

New to the area or just looking for something new to do? Local Scout can help you find nearby restaurants, shops, and things to do. You can then get relevant info about the different places to help you decide where to go.

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To use Local Scout

  • Press the Search Search button button, tap Scout Local Scout icon, and then do one or more of the following:

    • Under Eat+drink, tap a restaurant that interests you. You'll get info about the restaurant, such as the address, directions, phone number, hours, website, and other info. Press the Back Back button icon button to go back to your search results.
    • To find places to go to and things to do in the area, flick left to See+do, and then tap an event or attraction.
    • To find places to go shopping, flick left to Shop, and then tap a store to get more info about it.
    • To see highlighted places and any of your favorite places that are nearby, flick left to Highlights.


  • To pin Local Scout to Start, in Local Scout, tap MoreMore icon > Pin Pin icon.
  • Tap the map at the top of the screen in Local Scout to see the different places on a map.
  • To find certain kinds of restaurants in the area, under Eat+drink, tap Distance, tap the I care about list, and then tap Cuisine. Tap the kinds of restaurants you're interested in, and then press the Back Back button icon button to see restaurants that meet your criteria.

To use Local Scout for another area

You can use Local Scout for other areas, too. For example, if you're in Seattle, WA and taking a trip to Boston, MA, you could search in Maps for Boston, MA, and then use Local Scout to help you plan your trip ahead of time.

  1. On Start, flick left to the App list, then tap Maps Maps tile.

  2. In Maps, tap Search Search icon.

  3. In the Search box, type a city name and state.

  4. Tap Go Go key.

    Finding a landmark in the Maps app
  5. Tap Scout Local Scout icon.


  • Local Scout may not be available in your country or region. For more info, see Feature and service availability.
  • You won't be able to use Local Scout if your phone has only 256 MB of RAM. To find out how much RAM your phone has, go to Settings > About or contact your phone manufacturer for more info.

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