Windows 11 comes with the Maps app pre-installed and you can use it to get directions almost anywhere in the world. However, when you don’t have an internet connection, you will find that the app will not work as expected. It can be a disappointment if you find yourself in a place with no network coverage while traveling.
Fortunately, you can download offline maps and use them when your computer isn’t connected to the Internet. Here’s how.
How to Download Maps in Windows 11 for Offline Use
To download an offline map, tap Win + I to open the Settings app and go to Applications > Offline Maps. Then click on the Download maps button in the Maps heading at the top.
You will then see a list of continents, and you can expand them to see the countries they contain. For most countries, you will see the To download next to them, and you need to click on them to download their respective offline maps.
For other countries, such as the United States or Canada, you will see a Choose region button next to them instead.
When you click on the Choose region button, you will get a popup window with a list of regions or states. To download an offline map for a particular region, simply click on the down arrow next to that.
To see the progress of downloading an offline map, click the left arrow in the upper left corner of the Download maps window to return to Offline Maps the window. Any maps you have downloaded will appear under Mapsand you can expand or collapse the section by clicking on it or on the drop down arrow on the far right.
Once Windows has finished downloading, you will be able to use this map in the Maps app when you don’t have an internet connection.
How to Download Offline Maps Using Metered Connection
By default, you cannot download an offline map when you are on a metered connection. You can change this by pressing Win + I to open the Settings app and navigate to Applications > Offline Maps. Then enable the toggle in the Metered connection section.
You can now download offline maps even when using a metered connection.
How to Update an Offline Map in Windows 11
If you’re using an unlimited connection and you’ve plugged your PC into a power outlet (this mainly applies to laptops), Windows will automatically update offline maps for you. But if you’re using a metered connection or a laptop with its charger unplugged, you’ll have to do it manually.
To do this, press Win + I to open the Settings app and go to Applications > Offline Maps. Expand the Map updates section and click on the Check now button.
Windows will then check for available updates for your offline maps and install any it finds.
How to Delete Offline Maps in Windows 11
Some of the maps you download tend to be large and can consume available storage space on your computer. If you won’t be using the cards anytime soon or don’t need them anymore, you can easily delete them to free up space.
To delete an offline map, tap Win + I to open the Settings app and go to Applications > Offline Maps. Expand the Maps section and click on the trash can icon next to the offline map you want to delete.
You can also remove all cards by clicking on the Delete all button next to Delete all offline map data option.
Enjoy your maps offline in Windows 11
Thanks to Windows 11‘s offline maps feature, not having an internet connection doesn’t mean the Maps app has to be useless. Once you download an offline map for a particular area, you can get directions to various locations in it while offline. This feature will be very useful for you, especially if you travel to places without network coverage.