Learn how to view your position and other locations on the map, and how to change the look of the map to suit your needs.
View your location and the map
See your current location on the map, and browse maps of different cities and countries.
Select Menu > Maps and Map.
indicates your current position, if available. When searching for your position, blinks. If your position is not available, indicates your last known position.
If accurate positioning is not available, a red halo around the positioning icon indicates the general area you might be in. In densely populated areas, the accuracy of the estimate increases, and the red halo is smaller than in lightly populated areas.
Drag the map with your finger. By default, the map is oriented north.
If you search for or browse to a location, and view details about the location using a service, such as Weather, the information for the location you are currently viewing is displayed. To return to viewing your current location, or to view information for your current location, select .
Select + or -.
To zoom, you can also place two fingers on the map, and slide your fingers apart to zoom in or together to zoom out. Not all phones support this feature.
If you browse to an area not covered by the street maps that are stored on your phone, and you have an active data connection, new street maps are automatically downloaded.
In the main menu, select > Internet > Connection > Offline .
New street maps are also downloaded if you upgrade to the latest Maps application version. When you use Maps the first time after an upgrade, select Use Ovi Maps online. You need an active data connection.
Map coverage varies by country and region.
1 — Selected location
2 — Indicator area
3 — Point of interest (for example, a railway station or a museum)
4 — Information area
5 — Compass
Change the look of the map
View the map in different modes, to easily identify where you are.
Select Menu > Maps and Map.
Select and from the following:
Map view — In the standard map view, details such as location names or motorway numbers are easy to read.
Satellite view — For a detailed view, use satellite images.
Terrain view — View at a glance the ground type, for example, when you are travelling off-road.
3D view — For a more realistic view, change the perspective of the map.
Landmarks — Display prominent buildings and attractions on the map.
Night mode — Dim the colours of the map. When travelling at night, the map is easier to read in this mode.
Transit lines — View selected public transport services, such as metro and tram routes.
The available options and features may vary by region. The unavailable options are dimmed.
Download and update maps
Save new street maps to your phone before a journey, so you can browse the maps without an internet connection when travelling.
To download and update maps on your phone, you need an active WLAN connection.
Select Update > Add new maps .
Select a continent and a country, and select Download.
To complete the download later, select Pause or Exit download.
You can also use the Nokia Ovi Suite PC application to download the latest street maps and voice guidance files, and copy them to your phone. To download and install Nokia Ovi Suite, go to www.ovi.com .
When you install a newer version of the Maps application on your phone, the country or region maps are deleted. Before using Nokia Ovi Suite to download new country or region maps, open and close the Maps application, and make sure you have the latest version of Nokia Ovi Suite installed on your computer.
Select Update > Check for updates .
Use the compass
When the compass is activated, both the arrow of the compass and the map rotate automatically in the direction to which the top of your phone is pointing.
Select Menu > Maps and Map.
Select again. The map is oriented north.
The compass is active when it is green. If the compass needs calibration, the compass is red.
Turn the phone around until it beeps or vibrates.
The compass has limited accuracy. Electromagnetic fields, metal objects, or other external circumstances may also affect the accuracy of the compass. The compass should always be properly calibrated.
About positioning methods
Maps displays your location on the map using GPS, A-GPS, SA-GPS, WLAN, or network (cell ID) based positioning.
The global positioning system (GPS) is a satellite-based navigation system used for calculating your location. Assisted GPS (A-GPS) is a network service that sends you GPS data, improving the speed and accuracy of the positioning. Self-assisted GPS (SA-GPS) provides the fastest positioning without using a network connection.
WLAN positioning improves position accuracy when GPS signals are not available, especially when you are indoors or between tall buildings.
With network (cell ID) based positioning, the position is determined through the antenna system your phone is currently connected to.
To save on data costs, you can deactivate A-GPS, WLAN, and network (cell ID) based positioning in your phone positioning settings, but calculating your location may take much longer.
The availability and quality of GPS signals may be affected by your location, satellite positions, buildings, natural obstacles, weather conditions, and adjustments to GPS satellites made by the United States government. GPS signals may not be available inside buildings or underground.
Do not use GPS for precise location measurement, and never rely solely on the location information provided by GPS and cellular networks.
The GPS of this device is not for professional positioning. GPS connection time might also be affected by weather, use environment, and other condition of use. GPS should only be used as a navigation aid and should not be used for emergency or task which requires more precise positioning.
The trip meter may not be accurate, depending on the availability and quality of your GPS connection.
Depending on the available positioning methods, the accuracy of positioning may vary from a few metres to several kilometres.