Pin a map to Start

If there is a map that you regularly access, and you want to open the app directly to that map instead of first going to the Map Hub, pin the map to Start either from the context menu or from the map details. The map then appears as a tile on the Start screen of your device, and tapping that tile opens the app to the map of interest.

When you pin a map to Start, it is a snapshot in time of how the app was set up. It gets a copy of the settings for the app, including your account information, measurement units, and bookmarks. If you sign out of the account in the main app, your map tile is unaffected and still has the same account connected as when the tile was created. if you change the measurement settings or bookmarks in either the app or in the map tile, the other is unaffected.

Pin a map from the context menu

To pin a map to Start using the map's app bar's context menu, take the following steps:

  1. While viewing the map that you want to pin to Start, expand the app bar's context menu.
    Screen shot of expanded app bar on the map.
  2. Tap pin to start.
  3. If you are signed into the app, you are notified that your account information will be saved. Tap ok to continue creating a map tile, or cancel to stop creating the tile and return to the map.
    Message box about saving account information with the tile.

The map is pinned to the Start screen as a tile, and the Start screen displays, scrolled to the location of the map's tile. As part of the Windows Phone design, tiles flip occasionally, displaying content on both sides. For the map tiles, a thumbnail of the map is shown on the front of the tile. The back of the tile displays the title of the map and uses the phone's accent color as the background.

Front of the map tile.
Back of the map tile.

Pin a map from the map details

To pin a map to Start using the details page of the map's content, take the following steps:

  1. Go to the details of the open map. See View details of the current map.

    Screen shot of the map details panel.

  2. Tap pin pin icon.
  3. If you are signed into the app, you are notified that your account information will be saved. Tap ok to continue creating a map tile, or cancel to stop creating the tile and return to the map.
    Message box about saving account information with the tile.

The map is pinned to the Start screen as a tile, and the Start screen displays, scrolled to the location of the map's tile. As part of the Windows Phone design, tiles flip occasionally, displaying content on both sides. For the map tiles, a thumbnail of the map is shown on the front of the tile. The back of the tile displays the title of the map and uses the phone's accent color as the background.

Front of the map tile.
Back of the map tile.