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How to Enable or Disable Automatic Updates for Offline Maps in Windows 10


Windows 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.

Users can turn on or off automatic updates for maps. When turned on, maps will only be automatically updated when your device is plugged in (AC power) and you're not on a metered connection by default.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the automatic download and update of map data for all users in Windows 10.

You must be signed in as an administrator to enable or disable the automatic download and update of map data.


 CONTENTS:

  • Option One: Enable or Disable Automatic Updates for Offline Maps in Local Group Policy Editor
  • Option Two: Enable or Disable Automatic Updates for Offline Maps using a REG file


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Enable or Disable Automatic Updates for Offline Maps in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Enable or Disable Automatic Updates for Offline Maps in Windows 10
Enable or Disable Automatic Updates for Offline Maps in Local Group Policy Editor

1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

2. Navigate to the location below in the left pane of the Local Group Policy Editor. (see screenshot below)

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Maps

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3. In the right pane of Maps in Local Group Policy Editor, double click/tap on the Turn off Automatic Download and Update of Map Data policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

4. Do step 5 (enable), step 6 (disable), step 7 (default) below for what you would like to do.


 5. To Enable (always on) Automatic Updates for Offline Maps

A) Select (dot) Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below)


 6. To Disable (always off) Automatic Updates for Offline Maps

A) Select (dot) Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below)


 7. Default Automatic Updates for Offline Maps

A) Select (dot) Not Configured, click/tap on OK, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below)

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8. Close the Local Group Policy Editor.






Enable or Disable Automatic Updates for Offline Maps in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Enable or Disable Automatic Updates for Offline Maps in Windows 10
Enable or Disable Automatic Updates for Offline Maps using a REG file


The downloadable .reg files below will add and modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Maps

AutoDownloadAndUpdateMapData DWORD

(delete) = Default
0 = Disable (always off)
1 = Enable (always on)

1. Do step 2 (enable), step 3 (disable), step 4 (default) below for what you would like to do.


 2. To Enable (always on) Automatic Updates for Offline Maps

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

Always_enable_automatic_download_and_update_of_map_data.reg

download


 3. To Disable (always off) Automatic Updates for Offline Maps

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

Always_disable_automatic_download_and_update_of_map_data.reg

download


 4. Default Automatic Updates for Offline Maps

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

Default_automatic_download_and_update_of_map_data.reg

download

5. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

6. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

7. When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

8. If you like, you can now delete the downloaded .reg file.


That's it,
Shawn