Open your HERE app because we’ve just released the latest updates for our offline maps. They’re available now on Android, iOS and Windows Phone.
The beauty of a digital map is that it can be updated regularly to reflect the constant changes taking place around the world. In fact, we make millions of changes to our maps every day. There are so many that we couldn’t possibly list them all in one article so we’re going to highlight the most significant ones, from Belarus to Barcelona to Brazil.
We significantly improved our coverage in Belarus, especially in cities and the roads connecting them. This has mostly been achieved by the passionate local mapping community, who have mapped 22,000 kilometres and added 11,000 POIs with HERE Map Creator.
Also, maps for Barcelona and the surrounding area have just received a sweet update for the summer time. When you activate the transit view you can see commuter train lines (Rodalies de Barcelona) in addition to the previous coverage of Metro and FGC lines.
In Brazil, we made it possible to download more granular maps, requiring less space on your phone, to aid both locals and tourists alike. Previously the country had been split into 5 territories but now you can download 32 smaller packages corresponding to local regions and states. So if you want to go to the state of Acre in northern Brazil, you no longer need to waste valuable phone space with the whole north region of the country.
Speaking of countries you can download, you can now find the British Indian Ocean Territory in the package for India and the Pitcairn islands in the Australia/Oceania one. If you’re heading to Antarctica you may want to know that South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands are now listed under South America.
How to update
On Android and iOS, you'll get a notification from us when it's time to go in and update it, simply follow the instructions given to update your downloadable maps.
Please note that you need to restart the app in order to see the new changes on the map.
Windows Phone users are probably familiar with the process. Open the settings app on your phone, then tap the applications tab > maps > check for updates. Click on the maps to update and a minute later you’re done. On some devices, the map updates are performed through the app itself, so check there if you don't see the settings we’ve described.
Check your apps for updates now. If you don’t find them straight away it’s because they are propagating their way around the world so you should try again in a day or two.