How to craft and use a map in Minecraft

The adventures offered by Minecraft are infinite and so is its world. So, for some players, it may be a little bit overwhelming to explore and move around the multiple biomes available in the game. So, if you are looking for a better way to guide you, then you have come to the right place. Here, we show you how to craft a map step by step, as well as the method to use it to guide you without problems.

How to craft a map in Minecraft

To create a map, you will need to have 8 units of paper (you know, placing three sugar canes in a horizontal row). Once you have created it, you will also have to craft a compass. The ingredients needed are 4 iron ingots and a unit of redstone. In the linked articles, we tell you how you can get each of these materials, so once you have them, go to a Crafting Table and place them as follows.

Craft a compass in MinecraftCraft a compass in Minecraft

Once you have done that, you will have the compass and the paper, so you can use the table again to make the map following the recipe shown in the following image.

Recipe to craft a map in MinecraftRecipe to craft a map in Minecraft

How to use the map in Minecraft

When you have created the map and have it in your inventory, a button will appear at the bottom of the screen indicating "Complete empty map". Pressing it will automatically generate the map with the surrounding area.

Fill in the map in MinecraftFill in the map in Minecraft

This way, we will have in our possession a complete map of our surroundings, and once we have it equipped, we can consult it if we look down, even while walking.

Check the map in MinecraftCheck the map in Minecraft

How to increase the size of the map in Minecraft

If the initial area marked on the map is too small, you can extend its range. To do this, you simply need more paper and the current map. Place it in the center of the table with all the paper around it and you will get a larger map.

Zoom into the map in MinecraftZoom into the map in Minecraft

It is used in the same way as the previous one, but this time, we will have to walk towards the edge in a neutral color to be able to explore this area and complete the map.

Explore the world to fill in the extended mapExplore the world to fill in the extended map

You can do this enlarging process up to 4 times, so the level of the map will increase and you will also have knowledge of a larger area when you check it.