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Use maps

Use maps on your Windows Phone to see where you are, find where you want to go, and get directions there. Maps can also show you nearby Wi-Fi hotspots, or stores and restaurants you might be interested in and what other people are saying about them.


If you have Cortana on your phone, she can help you with maps and directions, location info, and more.

Maps on Windows Phone


To move around the map

  1. In the App list, tap Maps Maps icon.

    If this is your first time opening maps, you'll see the Allow maps to access and use your location? message. If you agree, tap Allow.

  2. Do any of the following:

    • Swipe your finger across the screen in any direction to move the map.
    • 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.
    • To see your current location on the map, tap Me Location icon.

To change the map's view

  1. In the App list, tap Maps Maps icon.

  2. To change the direction the map is facing, twist your thumb and forefinger clockwise or counterclockwise on the map (as though you were screwing or unscrewing the cap on a bottle). A compass will appear.

    Tap the Compass Compass icon to return the map to its default orientation—with the red arrow pointing north.

  3. Tap Perspective view Perspective view off icon, and the map will jump to your current location and orient to the direction your phone is facing. (You'll need to calibrate your phone the first time around.) Tap Perspective view Perspective view on icon again to return to the overhead view.

  4. To tilt the perspective from anywhere on the map, tap and hold the screen with two fingers, and then slide them down and up to change between perspective and overhead view.


To turn satellite view on or off, tap More More icon > View options, select the Aerial view check box, and then tap Done Done icon.

To find an address or place

  1. In the App list, tap Maps Maps icon, and then tap Search Search icon.

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

    • An address (1 Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA)
    • 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 icon.


  • To see all of the results for your search as a list, tap More More icon > Search results.
  • To learn how to get to or from the place you've found, see Get directions.

About pushpins

Pushpins are the little markers that point to places on the map. Here are some of the things you can do with them:

  • Learn more about a place – Tap a pushpin to get info about a place, including street address, directions, reviews, and more.
  • Find Wi-Fi hotspots – Tap twice on nearby Wi-Fi hotspots to get directions and see a network's name and security info.
  • Pin a location to Start – Tap a pushpin, and then tap Pin Pin icon.
  • Share an address – Send your location to someone's phone or computer, so they can see it on a map or get directions. Tap a pushpin, and then tap Share Share icon.
  • Add a new pushpin – Remember a place you want to visit, or get directions when you don't know the exact address. Just tap and hold your finger on the spot where you'd like to add one.


  • You may have to tap a pushpin twice—once to expand the title of the pushpin, and again to pin the location, share it, add it to favorites, or get more info.
  • To remove all pushpins from the map, tap More More icon > Clear map.
Map options in Windows Phone 8.1
Tap More to change your map options

To add a location to favorites

Have places that you visit or look up often? You can add them to your favorites so you don't have to type the address each time. (If Cortana is on, she may add your work and home locations to your favorite places, too.)

  1. In Maps Maps icon, do one of the following:

    • Tap a pushpin, and then tap Add Add to favorites icon.
    • Tap More More icon > Favorite places, swipe over to Recent, tap a place, and then tap Add Add to favorites icon.
  2. If you like, tap Nickname and type a name for the place.

  3. Tap Save Save icon.

    Once you've added favorites, you can do any of these things:

    • To keep your favorite places in view so they always appear on the map, tap More More icon > View options, select the Show favorite places check box, and then tap Done Done icon.
    • To share a favorite location, tap More More icon > Favorite places, tap a place, and then tap Share Share icon.
    • To remove or rename a favorite location, tap More More icon > Favorite places, tap and hold the place, then tap the option you want.


    If you're signed in with a Microsoft account, your favorites places are synced across your Microsoft devices. To change this, go to Maps Maps icon > More More icon > Settings and turn off Use my location Toggle off icon.

To use a venue map

Some venues, like malls and sports arenas, can be viewed in more detail, allowing you to navigate between floors and see individual rooms.

  1. In Maps Maps icon , tap any venue or building that appears purple on the map. (Only one venue can be viewed at a time.)

  2. Tap the text that appears in the upper left corner of the map. From there you can switch between levels, or tap the venue’s directory for more info about the venue.

To find places to eat, shop, or visit

Local Scout can suggest nearby restaurants, museums, and other places you may want to visit. It also gives you relevant info about the different places to help you decide where to go. In Maps Maps icon, tap Scout Scout icon, and then swipe over to see suggestions in Eat + drink, See + do, or Shop.


Tap any suggestion in Scout Scout icon, and then tap Pin Pin icon to pin it to Start, Share Share icon to send your idea to someone, or Add Add to favorites icon to create a pushpin for that location.

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