In Power BI Desktop, and in the Power BI Service, Maps and Filled Map visuals might show up as follows:

Don’t worry, there’s nothing wrong with your report, it’s a new setting, announced in October last year.

Back in October, we announced that we were introducing a tenant-level setting to enable or disable Bing Maps visuals for all users signed in on that tenant. This setting was made available in the Admin Portal on the Service, and new tenants from then on were required to explicitly opt-in to the Bing Maps service before the Map and Filled Map visuals can be used.


The recent release of Power BI Desktop aligns the behaviors between Desktop and Service. When a user is signed in on Power BI Desktop, the Map and Filled Map visuals will be enabled or disabled based on their organization’s Admin settings.


If a user on Power BI Desktop attempts to view a Map visual when their tenant has not enabled the feature, they will be prompted to ask their admin to enable it:


To enable it, go to File -> Options and Settings -> Options -> Global -> Security and enable: “Use Map and Filled Map Visuals.

New Power BI users will need to explicitly opt in to using these visuals. Otherwise, attempting to create a map visual will prompt users to enable them in their settings:


More information is available here:

Power BI February 2022 Feature Summary | Microsoft Power BI Blog | Microsoft Power BI



17 Thoughts on “Quick Tip: How do I: Enable or disable Map and Filled Map visuals in PowerBI?

  1. Giorgio on May 15, 2022 at 12:09 said:

    It’s still not working even if I explicitly opted in to using these visuals.
    Any suggestion to fix the problem?

  2. Andre on July 8, 2022 at 13:19 said:

    I’ve recently updated Power Bi Desktop (I only use the Desktop version, no web version, so no Admin portal).
    Opened an earlier created Bi report with a Map visual (which was working before)
    Changed the suggested setting, but still no Map after Bi Desktop restart.
    Firewall should not be an issue, the Map in report was working before the update.
    Suggestions to resolve this?

  3. Basil on August 8, 2022 at 20:05 said:

    I use the free version of powerbi service and have no admin portal access to enable the azure map visual. I do have the use of the visual in the desktop version. How do I correct this issue?

  4. Jelga Biesheuvel on August 11, 2022 at 15:33 said:

    I have the same problem. The settings for visuals are checked, I can access the map through Bing. This morning I was able to see the maps, but when I opened another file the error was there again and now I can’t see the maps on the first report either.
    Any suggestions for fixing this?

  5. Peter on August 16, 2022 at 16:16 said:

    Ty, this works well on my PowerBI DeskTop, but not in the Web Service? How would i enable the map and map filling there?

  6. Adeola AIYEDERO on August 22, 2022 at 08:21 said:

    I have the map and filled map activated, I have used it and it came up , until when I had to continue with the work and it went went blank. I have tried all means to fix it

  7. Colm H on October 3, 2022 at 14:45 said:

    I have the same issues using PowerBI desktop i.e. I have all the settings/firewall set but map visual refuses to work. As I need to give my customers dashboards that simply work, I have to consider eliminating maps and/or looking for an alternative to PowerBI

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