My position

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.

position-gps.jpg indicates your current position, if available. When searching for your position, blinking-myposition.jpg blinks. If your position is not available, maps-position-grey.jpg 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.

Browse the map

Drag the map with your finger. By default, the map is oriented north.

View your current or last known location

Select maps-myposition-icon.jpg.

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 blinking-myposition.jpg.

Zoom in or out.

Select + or -.

Tip: 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 devices support this feature.

If you browse to an area not covered by the street maps that are stored on your device, and you have an active data connection, new street maps are automatically downloaded.

Prevent downloading new street maps automatically

In the main menu, select maps-tool-icon.jpg > Internet > Connection > Offline.

New street maps are also downloaded if you upgrade to the latest Maps application version, select Use Ovi Maps online, and have an active data connection.

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 railroad 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 maps-wheel-icon.jpg and from the following:

Map view - In the standard map view, details such as location names or highway 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 traveling 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 colors of the map. When traveling at night, the map is easier to read in this mode.

Transit lines - View selected public transportation services, such as metro and trolley routes.

The available options and features may vary by region. The unavailable options are dimmed.

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Download and update maps

Save new street maps to your device before a journey, so you can browse the maps without an internet connection when traveling.

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

Download maps

  1. Select Update > Add new maps.

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

    To complete the download later, select Pause or Exit download.

Tip: 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 device. To download and install Nokia Ovi Suite, go to

When you install a newer version of the Maps application on your device, 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.

Update maps

Select Update > Check for updates.

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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 device is pointing.

Select Menu > Maps and Map.

Activate the compass

Select maps-compass.jpg.

Deactivate the compass

Select maps-compass.jpg 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

Rotate the device around all axes in a continuous movement until the compass turns green.


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 displays your location on the map using GPS, A-GPS, Wi-Fi, 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.

Wi-Fi network 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 cellular phone is currently connected to.

To avoid network service costs, you can disable A-GPS, Wi-Fi, and network (cell ID) based positioning in your device positioning settings, but calculating your location may take much longer. For more information about positioning settings, see the user guide of your device.

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 trip meter may not be accurate, depending on the availability and quality of your GPS connection.

Note: Using Wi-Fi may be restricted in some countries. For example, in France, you are only allowed to use Wi-Fi indoors. For more information, contact your local authorities.

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

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