How to Change Storage Location of Offline Maps in Windows 10
InformationWindows 10 comes with the Maps app preinstalled. Maps is your guide to everywhere. Find your way with voice navigation and turn-by-turn driving, transit, and walking directions. Search for places to get directions, business info, and reviews. Download maps to use when you’re offline. Tour the world virtually with aerial imagery and 360 degree street-level views. Plus, you get the same experience across all your Windows 10 PCs and phones.
If you would like to search for places and get directions in the Maps app even when you are not connected to the Internet, you should download maps for offline use.
Since offline maps can use a large amount of storage space on your hard drive, you can change where you store offline maps at anytime. When you change the storage location of your offline maps, all existing downloaded offline maps will be moved to the drive location you select, and any new offline maps you download will be saved to the new location.
This tutorial will show you how to change where you store offline maps for the Maps app in Windows 10.
NoteWhen you change the storage location of offline maps, the offline maps will be saved to a hidden protected OS system folder named MapData at the root of the selected drive like below.
1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the System icon.
NoteStarting with Windows 10 Creators Update build 15002, you will need to click/tap on the Apps icon in Settings instead.
2. Click/tap on Offline maps on the left side, and select an available Storage location (ex: "Backup [D:]) on the right side where you want to store offline maps. (see screenshot below)
NoteThe default storage location is This PC [C:].
3. All your existing downloaded offline maps will now be moved to the new selected storage location. (see screenshot below)
4. You will now see the current storage location displayed with the new selected location (ex: "Backup [D:]). (see screenshot below)
5. When finished, you can close Settings if you like.