- Touring the Windows Phone Store
- Getting apps from Windows Phone Store
- Deleting or reinstalling apps
- Downloading apps and games FAQ
- Games on your Windows Phone
- Where's the App list?
- Solutions to Store issues
- What suggestions will I see on my Windows Phone 8?
- Getting suggestions in the Store FAQ
- How can I tell if an app has requirements?
- Which apps can I use to sync with my computer?
- Tips for using the Windows Phone app
- Setting up My Family for Windows Phone
- My Family FAQ
- Setting up the Facebook app
- Setting up a Twitter or LinkedIn account
- Using Speech on your phone
- Using Internet Explorer
- Changing privacy and other browser settings
- Office Hub
- Synchronising documents using your computer
- Synchronising documents with OneDrive
- Using OneNote Mobile
- Wallet FAQ
- Scanning codes and text
- Using maps
- Getting directions
- Sharing apps with Apps Corner
- Location awareness and your phone
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 WiFi hotspots, or shops and restaurants you might be interested in and what other people are saying about them.
- You'll need a mobile data or WiFi connection to use maps.
- Certain features of maps may not be available in your country or region.
- This topic is about Windows Phone 8.1. If your phone is running Windows Phone 8, some options and icons may look a little different, and some features may not be available. Check to see which software version you have and find out if an update is available.
Moving around the map
In the App list, tap Maps .
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.
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 centre and zoom in on a spot. Double-tap again to get even closer.
- To see your current location on the map, tap Me .
To change the map's view
In the App list, tap Maps .
To change the direction the map is facing, twist your thumb and forefinger clockwise or anticlockwise on the map (as though you were screwing or unscrewing the cap on a bottle). A compass will appear.
Tap the Compass to return the map to its default orientation – with the red arrow pointing north.
Tap Perspective view , 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 again to return to the overhead view.
To tilt the perspective from anywhere on the map, tap and hold the screen with two fingers, then slide them down and up to change between perspective and overhead view.
To turn satellite view on or off, tap More > View options, tick the Aerial view checkbox, then tap Done.
Finding an address or place
In the App list, tap Maps , then tap Search .
In the Search box, type any of the following:
- An address (1 Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA)
- Postcode (98052)
- A city (Seattle, WA)
- A business name or type (coffee shop)
- A junction (1st & Main)
- A point of interest (Space Needle)
- To see all of the results for your search as a list, tap More > Search results.
- To learn how to get to or from the place you've found, see Getting directions.
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 WiFi hotspots – Tap twice on nearby WiFi hotspots to get directions and see a network's name and security info.
- Pin a location to Start – Tap a pushpin, then tap Pin.
- 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, then tap Share.
- 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 favourites or get more info.
- To remove all pushpins from the map, tap More > Clear map.
To add a location to favourites
Have places that you visit or look up often? You can add them to your favourites 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 favourite places, too.)
In Maps , do one of the following:
- Tap a pushpin, then tap Add .
- Tap More > Favourite places, swipe over to Recent, tap a place, then tap Add .
If you like, tap Nickname and type a name for the place.
Tap Save .
Once you've added favourites, you can do any of these things:
- To keep your favourite places in view so they always appear on the map, tap More > View options, tick the Show favourite places checkbox, then tap Done .
- To share a favourite location, tap More > Favourite places, tap a place, then tap Share.
- To remove or rename a favourite location, tap More > Favourite places, tap and hold the place, then tap the option you want.
If you're signed in with a Microsoft account, your favourite places are synchronised across your Microsoft devices. To change this, go to Maps > More > Settings and turn off Use my location.
To use a venue map
Some venues, like shopping centres and sporting stadiums, can be viewed in more detail, allowing you to navigate between floors and see individual rooms.
In Maps , tap any venue or building that appears purple on the map. (Only one venue can be viewed at a time.)
Tap the text that appears in the top-left corner of the map. From there you can switch between levels, or tap the venue’s directory for more info about it.
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 , tap Scout , then swipe over to see suggestions in Eat + drink, See + do or Shop.
Tap any suggestion in Scout , then tap Pin to pin it to Start, Share to send your idea to someone, or Add to create a pushpin for that location.