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.

See where you are on a map

If you need to get your bearings, check where you are on a map. You can also explore different cities and countries.

Select > Maps.

shows where you are. When searching for your location, blinks. If Maps can't find you, shows your last known location.

If accurate positioning is not possible, a red halo around the location icon shows the general area you might be in. In densely populated areas, the accuracy of the estimate is better, and the red halo is not as wide.

Browse the map

Drag the map with your finger. By default, the map is oriented north. If you want the map to rotate so that it shows the direction you're facing, select .

See your current or last known location

Select .

Zoom in or out

Select + or -.

Tip: Want to see your holiday photos on the map? Set your camera to save location info to your photos, and you can see your photos in Maps at the place they were taken. To switch the feature off, select , then clear the Your photos check box.

If you browse to an area not covered by the street maps that are stored on your phone, and you are connected to the internet, new street maps are automatically downloaded.

Prevent downloading new street maps automatically

  1. Select > Settings > General.

  2. Select Connection > Offline.

Map coverage varies by country and region.

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Map view

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

You can change the look of the map so that you can see just the info you need.

Select > Maps.

Show prominent buildings and attractions

Select > Landmarks.

Show public transport routes

Select > Transit lines.

The available features may vary by region.

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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.

Select > Maps and > Map Loader.

To download and update maps on your phone, you need an active Wi-Fi connection.

Download new maps

  1. Select Add new maps.

  2. Select a continent and a country, then select Download.

Update maps

Select Check for updates.

Remove a map

Select and hold a country, then confirm that you want to remove the map.

Tip: You can also use the Nokia Suite PC app to download the latest street maps and voice guidance files, and copy them to your phone. To download and install Nokia Suite, go to www.nokia.com/support.

When you install a newer version of the Maps app on your phone, the country or region maps are deleted. Before using Nokia Suite to download new maps, open and close the Maps app, and make sure you have the latest version of Nokia Suite installed on your computer.

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Use the compass

When the compass is activated and properly calibrated, the map rotates so that it shows the direction you are facing. The compass points to true north.

Select > Maps.

Activate the compass

Select .

Deactivate the compass

Select again. The map is oriented north.

The compass is active when it is green. If the compass needs calibration, the compass is red.

Calibrate the compass

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.

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About positioning methods

Maps shows your location on the map using GPS, A-GPS, Wi-Fi, or network (cell ID) based positioning.

A-GPS and other enhancements to GPS may require transferring small amounts of data over the cellular network.


The global positioning system (GPS) is a navigation system that uses satellites to work out where you are.


The Assisted GPS (A-GPS) network service retrieves location information using the cellular network, and assists GPS in calculating your current location.

Your phone is set up to use the Nokia A-GPS service, unless your network service provider has its own A-GPS settings. To get the assistance data to your phone, you need to be able to connect to the internet. Your phone gets the data from the service only when needed.


Wi-Fi positioning improves positioning accuracy when GPS signals are not available, especially when you are indoors or between tall buildings.

Cell ID

With network (cell ID) based positioning, Maps locates you through the cellular system your phone is currently connected to.

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 info provided by GPS and cellular networks.

Depending on the available positioning methods, the accuracy of positioning may vary from a few metres to several kilometres.

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