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 My position.

position-gps.jpg marks your current position, if available. If your position is not available, maps-position-grey.jpg indicates your last known position.

If only cell ID based positioning is 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.

Move on the map

Use the scroll key. By default, the map is oriented north.

View your current or last known location

Press 0.

Zoom in or out.

Press * or #.

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

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

Change the look of the map

View the map in different modes, to easily identify where you are.

Select Menu > Maps and My position.

Press 1, and select from the following:

Map - In the standard map view, details such as location names or highway numbers, are easy to read.

Satellite - For a detailed view, use satellite images.

Terrain - View at a glance the ground type, for example, when you are traveling off-road.

Change between 2D and 3D views

Press 3.

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Download and update maps

To avoid cellular data transfer costs, download the latest maps and voice guidance files to your computer, and then transfer and save them to your device.

Use the Nokia Ovi Suite application to download the latest maps and voice guidance files to your compatible computer. To download and install Nokia Ovi Suite on your compatible computer, go to

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

To make sure your device does not use an internet connection, in the main menu, select Options > Settings > Internet > Connection > Offline.

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Use the compass

If your device has a compass, when 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 My position.

Activate the compass

Press 5.

Deactivate the compass

Press 5 again. The map is oriented north.

The compass is active when there is a green outline. If the compass needs calibration, the outline of the compass is red or yellow.

Calibrate the compass

Rotate the device around all axes in a continuous movement until the outline of 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 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 positioning improves position accuracy when GPS signals are not available, especially when you are indoors or between tall buildings.

With cell ID based positioning, the position is determined through the antenna tower your cellular phone is currently connected to.

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

When you use Maps for the first time, you are prompted to define the internet access point to use to download map information, use A-GPS, or connect to a Wi-Fi.

The Global Positioning System (GPS) is operated by the government of the United States, which is solely responsible for its accuracy and maintenance. The accuracy of location data can be affected by adjustments to GPS satellites made by the United States government and is subject to change with the United States Department of Defense civil GPS policy and the Federal Radionavigation Plan. Accuracy can also be affected by poor satellite geometry. Availability and quality of GPS signals may be affected by your location, buildings, natural obstacles, and weather conditions. GPS signals may not be available inside buildings or underground and may be impaired by materials such as concrete and metal.

GPS should not be used for precise location measurement, and you should never rely solely on location data from the GPS receiver and cellular radio networks for positioning or navigation.

The trip meter has limited accuracy, and rounding errors may occur. Accuracy can also be affected by availability and quality of GPS signals.

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.

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