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Use Maps

The Maps app in Windows Phone can show you where you are, where you you want to go, and provide directions to get you there. It can also show you nearby stores or restaurants you might be interested in and what other people are saying about them.

Maps with icons explained


To move around the map

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


    If this is your first time accessing Maps, when you see Allow maps to access and use your location? tap Allow.

  2. Do any of the following:

    • Flick your finger across the screen in any direction to move the map. The faster you flick, the faster the map scrolls.
    • To zoom in, spread your thumb and forefinger apart on the map. To zoom out, pinch your fingers together.
    • Double-tap the map to automatically center and zoom in on a spot. Double-tap again to get even closer.
  3. To go to your current location, tap Me Center Me icon.

To find an address or place

  1. In Maps, tap Search Search icon.

  2. In the Search box, type any of the following:

    • An address (1 Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA)
    • A ZIP Code (98052)
    • A city (Seattle, WA)
    • A business name or type (coffee shop)
    • An intersection (1st & Main)
    • A point of interest (Space Needle)
  3. Tap Go Go key.

    Finding a landmark in the Maps app
  4. To get more info about the place, tap the pushpin on the map.

    When you tap a pushpin for a store, restaurant, or other point of interest, the Place card opens and can include additional info, such as a street address, directions, phone number, hours, web address, and customer reviews. If you'd like, you can add the place to your list of favorite places.


  • Some places, such as shopping malls, may have an indoor map. You can view it either by zooming in on the map, or by going to the Place card, and tapping Indoor map to see inside and find out where stores are located.
  • To see the pushpins as a list, tap More More icon > Search results. To remove all pins from the map, tap More More icon > Clear map.

To add a pushpin to a map

Pushpins are handy for remembering a place you want to visit, sharing a meeting spot with friends, or getting directions to a place when you don't know the exact address but can estimate its location on a map.

  • In Maps, tap and hold your finger on the spot where you'd like to add a pushpin.


  • To move a pin, tap and hold, and then drag it to a different spot.
  • Pin a map location to Start for quicker access. Just tap a pushpin, and then tap Pin Pin icon.
  • You can tap a pushpin to get more info about the place, such as a street address and directions, in the Place card. If you'd like, you can add the place to your list of favorite places.

To share an address with someone

Need to show someone where to meet you? Send the address to their phone or PC, so they can see it on a map or get directions.

  1. In Maps, tap the pushpin of the location you want to share.

  2. Tap Share Share icon.

  3. Decide how you want to share the address:

    • Choose Messaging to send it in a text message (SMS).
    • Choose an email account that you've set up to send it in email.


For more info, see Send a message or Send or delete an email.

To turn on satellite view

  • In Maps, tap More More icon, then tap Aerial view on. To return to the standard map view, tap Aerial view off.


At maximum zoom, the map will automatically change to satellite view. To return to the standard map view, you might have to zoom out a bit first.

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