World Atlas App FAQs

Can I download maps for offline use?
How do I access the Search function?
How do I turn off the Daily Facts and Trivia notifications? 

I had pins saved in the previous versions of the Atlas. Can I import them here?
Why can't I zoom past National Geographic map content?
Can I email or share a map or a pin list from the Atlas?
How often are the maps updated?
Does this app contain all of National Geographic's maps?



Can I download maps for offline use?
Yes. You can save the classic, executive maps to your device, which allows you to easily access the complete Atlas while offline. Please follow this step-by-step guide.

How do I access the Search function?
You are still able to search by typing in a place name in the app.  You can access the search by tapping on the "magnifying glass" icon in the lower right corner of the main screen, and tapping the "Tap to Search" or "Enter Search Term" text in the black bar above the continent lists.  Please follow this step-by-step guide. 

How do I turn off the Daily Facts and Trivia notifications? 
We have attempted to enhance the user experience through additional content referred to as "On this Day" and "Trivia" that appear as either a daily notification, or accessed only within the app.  If you do not wish to receive these notifications, please follow this guide to turn them off for the Atlas app. 

I had pins saved in the previous versions of the Atlas. Can I import them here?
Yes. Provided you are using the same Apple ID and password and enabled iCloud on your device while using previous versions of the World Atlas app, you can sync your pins by going to Settings > Sync Pins.  Once toggled, your pins will appear in the in the Imported list from the Main Menu > Saved Pins section. 

Why can't I zoom past National Geographic map content?
National Geographic's association with Microsoft® Bing™ Maps ended at the end of 2014.  Instead of including a different map vendor, we decided it made more sense for the product to initially allow only National Geographic maps and associated content.

Can I email or share a map or a pin list from the Atlas?
At this time, you cannot email or share a map or pins—but stay tuned! We will be adding that ability soon.

How often are the maps updated?
The maps and location detail information in the World Atlas are updated quarterly (four times a year).

Does this app contain all of National Geographic's maps?
This app contains maps and map information inspired by the print 10th Edition Atlas of the World and is derived from the same database that is used to create all National Geographic small-scale reference maps. This new platform will allow us to provide you with more National Geographic maps and geographic information in future versions, much more easily.
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