Installing and using Google Maps for Mobile on the Nokia N95

Considering how the N95 has a built-in GPS and the current version of Google Maps for Mobile supports it, I decided to give it a try. I’m sure we’re all familiar with the main Google Maps site. Google Maps for Mobile is an application written specifically to run on smartphones.

  1. Visit http://m.google.com/maps using the browser on your phone and select the Install Now link. I have included a Mobile Code below for your convenience.
  2. Apparently the download is supposed to start automatically, but it didn’t for me. Instead I had to click on the direct link.
  3. Choose OK to download.
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  5. Then choose Yes to install.
  6. Choose Continue at the details screen.
  7. Decide whether you would like to install Google Maps for Mobile to your Phone Memory or the Mass Memory.
  8. At the Application Access screen select Continue.
  9. You will have to accept the Terms and Conditions for Google Maps for Mobile.
  10. Select OK when you see the disclaimer about not using Google Maps for Mobile while you are driving.
  11. Seeing how Google Maps for Mobile is a network based applications, you will need to choose which network access point to use. I chose my local WiFi access point. If you decide to use your mobile phone providers 3G access point, make sure you have a decent data plan, otherwise you could end up with a pretty hefty bill at the end of your billing cycle.
  12. Now you are at the main map. The map shows your current approximate location based on how many GPS satellies are visible. Location information will get better as your device sees more satellites. The initial GPS fix will likely take a while. Make sure you are outside and have an unobstructed view of the sky for better results.
  13. The Map View is the default. Choose Options -> Satellite View to switch to an aerial photo of the area. Choose Options -> Map View to go back. You can toggle between the two views with 2 key. You can also pan around the map with the up, down, left, and right toggle buttons.
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  15. One neat feature of the current Google Maps for Mobile is My Location. At any time, press 0 to be shown exactly where you are on the map. The size of the blue shaded circle corresponds to the accuracy of the current GPS fix.
  16. Now let’s navigate somewhere. Choose Options -> Directions
  17. The default starting point is your current location. Select Choose End Point to select your destination.
  18. I chose Enter An Address, then entered 919 Douglas.
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  20. Next, select Show Directions. Google Maps found a few locations matching the address I entered. It appears to be pretty smart though as the default option I was given was the location closest to me, which I selected.
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  22. The Driving Directions Summary appeared next. You can scroll up and down to read the text based directions.
  23. Press # to see a map with the driving directions superimposed. Press 6 to step forward along the route, press 4 to step backwards. You can also press 3 to zoom in and 1 to zoom back out. Here are the steps.
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  25. Now let’s try searching for a place by name. Select Options -> Search. I chose to search for Christie’s Pub.
  26. Another hit for Google Maps. It found the location I was looking for immediately. Choose Directions to here.
  27. Now select Show Directions.
  28. You are presented with a similar summary as above. Press # to see the directions superimposed on the map. Step through the directions by pressing 6 to move forward and 4 to move back.
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  30. Now that you’ve made it to Christie’s, feel free to wander in and offer to buy me a cold beverage if I happen to be around :)
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  • Tonio December 13, 2008, 4:14 am

    Ciao

    bella guida!

    Non ho ben capito se per usare il GPS dell’n95 con le google maps occorre essere sempre collegati ad internet. Mi sembra strano dovermi collegare con Wifi mentre sono in movimento ad esempio in macchina.

    Potresti darmi indicazioni piùdettagliate riguardo ciò?

    Grazie

  • serfui January 19, 2009, 4:12 pm

    el programa esta muy bueno y de rapida instalacion gracias por la guia

  • raul romero February 22, 2009, 8:28 am

    hola no tengo manera de instalar el google maps en mi nokia 5800 me dice antes de empezar que ha caducado mi licencia me podeis ayudar

  • claudio April 5, 2009, 7:23 pm

    Gracias quisiera saber si yo puedo ubicar el telefono , sin conexion a internet del telefono ejemplo , telefono esta en españa y yo estoy en londres y quiero localizarlo via internet desde mi casa , no desde el telefono.

  • Fernando Villa May 3, 2009, 2:33 pm

    Hola bueno todo esto está muy interesante pero he intentado muchas maneras de descargar google maps para nokiaN95 y todavía no logro nada que tal si me envían una página para descargar google maps en mi compu para luego instalarlo en mi celu con Pc suite estare eternemente agradecido.

  • roger suarez June 6, 2009, 7:01 pm

    yo tengo un n95 y cuando trato de instalar me dice archivo dañado… A que se debera esto?

  • djleomixxx July 4, 2009, 4:38 pm

    gracias viejo por tu aporte tan bueno….
    por que no encontraba esta aplicacion…

  • silmara de oliveira almeida September 16, 2009, 3:11 pm

    que cria um mapa

  • Mohamed Tarek Elhamy November 23, 2009, 4:33 pm

    lots of thanx its very helpful

  • fernando garcia dos santos May 9, 2010, 1:31 pm

    quero maps completo para o n95

  • betiel December 5, 2011, 10:49 am

    Excellent. i love that you added the Mobile code. That made the installation quite easy!!

  • eno April 23, 2012, 3:46 pm

    thanks

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