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Windows Phone 7 Maps and Missing Directions

January 4th, 2011 by Patrick S

Pro Tip… ­čśŤ

Recently I purchased a shiny new HTC Trophy Windows Phone 7 Device… I have been fairly happy with the operating system overall├é┬á(Even if it is the first release) however recently I├é┬ámanaged to stumble across a missing feature of the Bing Maps application, Directions.
The feature isn’t missing per say it’s just hidden to people from particular locales (e.g. New Zealand for me)

To enable the feature (and actually make the application useful) do the following:

  1. Open the Settings menu on your phone
  2. Select Region & Language
  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and select “Browser & Search Language”
  4. Set value to English (United States) or English (United Kingdom)
  5. Exit out of Settings and open your Maps application – you’ll see a new icon in the bar at the bottom (Looks like an arrow) – Select this and enter your Start and End points
  6. You’re good to go

I Don’t know why Microsoft decided to exclude some countries – especially since navigation works fine in those countries if you use a different locale. Either way – it fixes the problem without any real headaches.


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