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How to create, upgrade and use Minecraft Map

Read this guide, and you will find out how to create, upgrade and use Minecraft Map

How to create, upgrade and use Minecraft Map
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It's no secret Minecraft boasts one of the biggest open worlds in the video games industry. In fact, the sheer size of it is one of Minecraft's main features. It is present not only in Bedrock but also in Pocket and all other versions of Minecraft PE.

When playing Minecraft, you can come across over 50 unique biomes, which keeps things varied and exciting. However, since the game world is so big, it becomes pretty challenging to navigate through the Minecraft world, especially if you are a beginner. To help you out, the Minecraft Map is one of the best things you can craft. 


In Minecraft, there are two ways to get a map. The first is to use a custom map modification. The advantages of this way are that maps from mods are better quality and provide more options than classic Minecraft maps. However, finding a proper map mod that supports the newest Minecraft version is challenging. Moreover, there is a risk of installing some viruses.


Therefore, in this guide, we will focus on the second method, getting the map in the game without mods. Even though it is a little bit more challenging, an ordinary Minecraft map requires a lot less external effort. Also, classic Minecraft maps can easily be combined with various modifications if you wish.


Like for every item in Minecraft, you must combine a few materials to get a Map. Simply put eight pieces of paper and 1 compass on the workbench. Et voila, you will get a map.

So, when it is obvious how to prepare a map, it is the right time to find out how to get a compass and paper. These resources can be easily obtained from raw materials.


But first, you'll need a compass, which isn't too challenging. You need to combine four iron ingots and a piece of Redstone dust to get this item. Iron is one of the most accessible resources in the game. Simply start digging straight down, and you will get iron within a few minutes. After that, you need to craft an iron pickaxe.

The Iron Pickaxe will be used to get a Redstone. However, there might be some problems with finding one. This resource will only spawn inside caves, specifically around lava. Therefore, you should be pretty careful while getting a Redstone. And when you get it, follow the recipe below to craft a compass:

Creating a compass in Minecraft


Now that we've cleard up how to make a compass, let's move on to crafting paper, the second piece of the puzzle for crafting a Map in Minecraft. Fortunately, crafting paper is much simpler than making a compass.

You need to head to the desert and get three sugar canes to craft a paper. Most sugar cane can be found near water. You shouldn't encounter too many problems tracking them down. And when you have sugar canes, put three of them in a straight line to get 3 pieces of paper.

You might have realised that's not enough to craft a map. As mentioned, you need to have eight paper, meaning you need to get at least nine sugar canes. And if you are struggling to get such a high amount of sugar cane, you can plant one cane and wait until it grows tall enough. It works the same way as other crops in Minecraft.


And when you finally have all ingredients, you need to open the workbench and put the compass in the middle of the 3x3 area. After that, place the other eight pieces of paper around the compass, as shown in the screenshot below. As a result, you will get a map.

Crafting Minecraft map

However, if you play Minecraft on PC using the Bedrock Edition, you can easily make the map without a compass. To do it, just place eight papers like in the original recipe. However, using this recipe will get a demo version of the map. And this map has one disadvantage - it does not show your current position. So, it's definitely worth the extra effort to get the latest version of the map.

Moreover, if you craft a complete version of the map, you will be able to improve it and make an expanded version. You need eight more pieces of paper and the classic map to do it. However, there is a limit. The map can only be expanded four times.

Also, if you do not want to craft the map, there is another option. You can also get this item quickly by trading with a cartographer. The cartographer's version of the Minecraft map does not differ from the normal map. You can easily update it, set marks, and use it like an ordinary Minecraft map.


When you have a map in your inventory, you need to learn how to use it. Just take the item in your hands and right-click. After that, the map will automatically open, and you will notice a white indicator that tells you your current position on the map.

Also, while playing on the PC, by pressing “F,” you can equip the map with your empty hand. It is one of the best things you can do with a map in Minecraft. By doing it, the map will cover only a tiny part of your screen. So, you will be able to explore the world and see your position at the same time, which is convenient.


Using a Minecraft map, you can not only navigate the world but set marker points as well. Even though extensive constructions will be shown on the map on their own, you can use this function to mark caves, houses, farms, and other essential places in Minecraft.

So, to mark locations on the Minecraft map, you need to use banners. And to craft a flag, you need to use six pieces of wool and a stick. And when you have a banner, you need to take it into your hands and right-click. Moreover, you can set a name for a banner, and this name will be shown on the map as well.

Crafting a banner in Minecraft


In conclusion, the map is one of the central items in Minecraft. It might come in handy not only for beginners but for advanced players as well. Using a map, you can estimate your position and set mark points to never get lost playing Minecraft. And crafting such a valuable item is not as expensive as it might seem. So, you have to do it as soon as possible. And while you are here, make sure to read our guide on the best Minecraft house designs.