MapsDirectionsTask.Show Method

[ This article is for Windows Phone 8 developers. If you’re developing for Windows 10, see the latest documentation. ]

Shows the Maps application with driving directions displayed for the specified starting and ending locations.

Namespace: Microsoft.Phone.Tasks
Assembly: Microsoft.Phone (in Microsoft.Phone.dll)


Public Sub Show
public void Show()


If the starting or ending location is not specified before calling Show()()(), the user’s current location is used. However, you must provide one or the other. If both the starting and ending locations are null, an exception will be thrown.

The Maps application will not be launched if the device is in a location where it is not supported. Instead, a dialog will be displayed to the user indicating that Maps is unavailable in their location.

This method may throw one of the following exceptions.


Start and End cannot both be invalid.

Version Information

Windows Phone OS

Supported in: 8.1, 8.0

See Also


MapsDirectionsTask Class

Microsoft.Phone.Tasks Namespace

Other Resources

Launchers and Choosers for Windows Phone 8

How to use the Maps directions task for Windows Phone 8