Using Maps to find a location

Having troubles trying to search an address with the Maps application on the Windows Phone?

The documentation on the website is very good and clean, but searching a location doesn’t work if you only have two buttons: “show your location” and “search”. The “search” button just redirects you to Bing search instead of the location search of the Maps application.

In order to get the “get directions” working, make it visible and activate the map search (instead of Bing search) you have to check your Location.

First check your settings:

  1. From Start, flick left to the Applications list, then press Settings.
  2. Go to region & language.
  3. Scroll down to Browser & search language.
  4. Make sure the language is set to English (United States).

Now if you open the Maps application you will see three buttons instead of two and the search button will now not redirect to the regular Bing search.

I hope @JoeBelfiore and @Bing read this. Some people do actually live outside the US, Belgium for example.