Friday, July 2, 2010

Software for Nokia devices

Software for Nokia devices

  • Audio themes

    Audio themes feature allows you to personalize the user interface sounds of your phone.

  • Device software update

    Better battery life. Free features. Improvements and bug fixes.

  • Mail for Exchange

    Mail for Exchange synchronises your Microsoft Exchange inbox, calendar and contacts with your Nokia device. Optimized for a wide range of Nokia devices.

  • Mobile dictionary

    Mobile dictionary is a dictionary application for translating words from one language to another.

  • Maps

    The Maps application is always with you. Explore free maps worldwide, discover places you need nearby, and let Maps show you the way.

  • Ovi store

    Discover and download mobile applications, games, videos, music, themes and more.

  • Nokia Podcasting

    Find, subscribe to, download, play and share podcasts over the air with Nokia Podcasting.

  • Nokia Search

    Take the direct route to discovery

  • Windows live

    Connect and share your life through the world's most popular network. With Windows Live you can stay connected with Messenger and Hotmail.

  • Share Online

    Capture and share the moments in your life on the go.

  • Text-to-speech

    Let your phone read your messages out loud with Text-to-speech, a tool which allows you to listen to text messages, multimedia messages, and emails.

  • Messaging - Email

    Access your personal email accounts on your phone with Nokia Messaging.

  • Messaging - Chat

    Instant Message on your phone, see who's online and chat in real time using your favourite IM accounts.

  • Social Networks

    Stay connected to friends. View, post, and comment on status from your Nokia phone. Social networks supports Facebook (other social networks coming soon).

PC software

  • Cable drivers

    Use cable drivers to establish a cable connection between your compatible Nokia phone and compatible Windows-based PC.

  • Nokia Map Manager

    With Nokia Map Manager, you can make sure you don't stray on your way. Transfer map files between your device and the PC, and always find the right path.

  • Ovi Music

    Play, transfer, rip, burn and enjoy new music on your PC and mobile device.

  • Nokia Photos

    Manage your photos and videos on your PC by using Nokia Photos.

  • Nokia Ovi Suite

    Nokia Ovi Suite give you an easy access to the contents of your Nokia device.


  • Nokia for Mac

    Are you using Mac? Find how you can connect your device to your MAC and synchronise your contacts and calendar, transfer and share pictures and download maps and voice guidance.

  • iSync

    Never miss a birthday or lose a phone number again. Synchronise your contacts, meetings and important dates between your Nokia device and your Mac.

  • Nokia Multimedia Transfer

    Play your music from your Nokia device and see your photos on your Mac. Move photos, videos and music between them.

  • Phone as a modem

    Out with your Mac and need to get online? Let Your device come to rescue.

  • Nokia Map Loader

    Know where you are and where you're going. Transfer maps from your Mac to your Nokia device.

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Online at

Online at

Visit Maps at

Register to to plan your trips online and copy your favourite places and routes to Ovi Maps on your mobile.

  • Sync with Maps on your mobile
  • Find places
  • Favourites
  • Plan routes
  • Traffic information
  • Lonely Planet & Michelin guides

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Download new Ovi Maps with free navigation

What's new?

Download new Ovi Maps with free navigation

Ovi Maps with free Drive & Walk navigation is available for a wide range of Nokia phones. Check to see if your phone is compatible with the latest Ovi Maps and download it now. Ovi Maps is improved regularly, so remember to check for the latest version with the latest features. It's easy to do this using the Software Update application in your phone.

Ovi Maps takes you where you want to be and shows you what you want see, with navigable maps for over 70 countries worldwide. Map updates are available free with Nokia Ovi Suite (PC) and Map Loader (Mac).

Download free Ovi Maps

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Up-to-date country maps

Free maps and map updates

Up-to-date country maps

Add and update free country maps and navigator voices to your mobile with Nokia Ovi Suite (PC) or Map Loader (Mac). These free applications help you save time and mobile data download charges by adding the maps you need to your mobile. With navigable maps for over 70 countries worldwide and regular updates.

Free country maps

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Free navigation forever on Nokia smartphones

Free in-car holder and free navigation included with new  navigation optimised Nokia phones

Free in-car holder and free navigation now included

Nokia's new navigation optimised phones include Ovi Maps with free voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation, and an in-car holder for an even better and easier navigation experience. We have even added an in-car charger for selected models so that your phone is fully charged when you get to your destination. All this comes without extra cost. Act now; this offer is only valid for a limited period of time. Happy navigating.

Free navigation, free in-car holder and in-car charger are included with:
  • Nokia N97 mini
Free navigation and free in-car holder are included with:
  • Nokia 5800 XpressMusic
  • Nokia 5230
  • Nokia E72

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GPS, OVI Maps and Mobile GMaps Tutorials

Nokia Maps 1.2 and 2.0 beta comparison
Nokia have relaunched Nokia Maps as OVI Maps and the beta version of Maps 2.0 has now become OVI maps 2.0. If you still have the Maps 1.0 on your phone and are unsure whether to upgrade to Maps 2.0, this guide and may help you.

Below are screenshots of Maps 2.0 beta and 1.2.

Nokia Maps 2.0 beta Screenshots

Nokia Maps 1.2 Screenshots

Maps 2.0 beta Features
One of the main developments is Walk - pedestrian navigation, as well as the Drive navigation. An obvious visual change is the Black colour and Search bar on the main screen. The GPS indicators are slightly different and there is a useful feature to "Turn off GPS" which should help memory use. I found the "GPS current location" worked well better than previously but it really depends on your location.
The Selection Key has different features to the Left selection key. The Selection key open the Navigation Options, While the left selection key give the usual options for Search/Favourites etc.
The main Keys work the same like */# keys (zoom in or out) and Nokia highlight the fact that they have 15 million points of interest available on the maps from the 48 categories.
The maps tutorial didn't work on my phone and
I found the 2.0 Routing navigation confusing. I had got used to the Maps 1.2 Walk navigation and i really liked the free non assisted routing feature.

I am not a heavy user of Nokia maps but i really like having Maps and "Points of Interest" are really useful. I have always found Maps1.2 worked well for me and the additional options on the Maps 2.0 didn't add a great value. Maps 2.0 is still a beta version and i am sure they will improve its features making 2.0 well worth getting when the full version is released in the coming months.

Find out more about OVI Maps and get help on Routing, City Guides and much more.
Click Below

Download and Details below

If you hate the new version, i have hosted a couple of old Maps v1.0 Click below

How good are Nokia Maps?

I wrote this piece back in 2007 using Nokia maps1.0, since then OVI Maps 2.0 has been released, but i have kept the article for the example it gives.

How well can you trust a navigation system on a N95? Can you trust them to have The Force and get you where you want to go?

A few things to note all the navigation tips i used are free to use on the N95, You can buy Licensed voice activation which would have cost me a bit but i didn't need to use it. So you can disable network connection (Internet GPRS) for the Maps (Not GPS) as there is no need to use an internet signal unless you going to use the voice activation feature. The GPS connection is free.

Well i put Nokia Maps to the test in the USA, First they were very useful in finding where all the shops were in areas that i didn't know, as you can see below, It made it simple to find the main shopping street once i had selected the Shops Category in the Maps settings.

Using On Foot Navigation for free on N95

I used the By Foot navigation setting rather than By Car.

1. Open the Nokia maps application and then create a route by using the Find Place or Use This Place feature.

2. Then you can create a Route from or Route to and select the locations.

3. Now from the Options Show route, you will now see the route but for me it's much simpler to use the Show on Map feature from the options. Once you have worked out which way round you are! You can use the Navigation Key Up to move through the marked points, as shown below.

In the images above, the Process Bar shows you how far you have walked (in this case) which is really helpful, if you don't know exactly where you are going!

Can Nokia Maps to find a location over 5 Kms away through trees and hills?

I set off on a 5km walk to a ferry port, and trusted that, Nokia maps could get me there, It took me through main roads, small streets and over hills, which would have been quite complicated to plot not to mention needing a details local map.
I was amazed how accurate the information was on individual shops, odd hairdresser's and Garden Centres.
After two hours or so of walking i arrived at the ferry port, extremely please with myself and Nokia maps for getting me there.
Obi-Wan would have been very proud of Nokia Maps for having THE FORCE and getting me easily to my destination.

A view from the top a a hill, showing how complicated it was to navigate without Nokia maps

Above a complication of 3 images taken on my N95, never mind about the joints, its not ART!

GPS, Nokia Maps and Mobile GMaps Tutorials

I have created 3 tutorials for:

1) GPS activation on N95

2) Nokia Maps installation and use on N95

3) MgMaps using internal GPS and GoogleMaps

1) GPS Data

The N95 has of course an internal GPS Global Positioning System. This means you can locate where ever you are in the world (in theory).
This Gps position is shown in latitude /longitude coordinates and does not shown your position in a maps image.
You will therefore need to install some maps or software to view an image of your position.
Many people have experienced problems acquiring a satellite signal , so this tutorial will show you how to check your global position.

Nokia's tips on getting satellite signal can be found here.
A) First Open the GPS data application in your phone menu. It may be in Application folder. A dialog box will appear saying "Searching for GPS satellites".

To view the connection status Select Position/ Open/ Options/ Satellite status.

You will see white bars appear, it
should take from around 2 minutes to 5 minutes for the gps to lock onto your signal. remember to follow nokia's tips , keep the slider open, do not cover the #key and you need to be outside.
when connection is established your bars will start going black (At least 3 bars needed)

You can now select "Back" and your position coordinates will appear on the screen.

Now you will need to decide how to view your position using a Map or satellite image (Google satellite)

2) Nokia Maps (formerly Smart2go)
Nokia Maps is a pre-installed application in your phone, But the actual Maps of the world need to be download usually via PC for you to see your location (street names etc).


The Nokia maps contain information like Street Names, Airports, Hotels, Parking and therefore can be quite large in size, England is 90mb and Spain is over 192mb. The data is transferred to your Memory Card, so the bigger your card the better!
Once you have downloaded the the maps to your phone you can use the Nokia Maps and integrated GPS to find your location and plan a route to another destination as well as view points of interest, shops ATM machines etc all for free, without a need for Internet connection. BUT you will have to pay if you want to use it as a SatNav application.

Nokia MapLoader 3.0.28
Nokia provide free software called Nokia MapLoader to install to maps to your phone. The latest version 3.0.28 works much faster than the earlier versions. I would recommend updating your MapLoader if you haven't done already as many people have experienced problems especially v1.1 with error messages saying "Connection to Storage Medium interrupted...". So i have left an earlier version 1.0 and a stable v.1.3.5 incase anyone has any compatibility issues.



A) First download the Maploader from the link above and install on your PC/Mac.

B) You will need to connect your phone to your PC either by USB cable or by removing the memory card from the phone and connecting it to the PC.

C) Run the Maploader program and select the Region and location you want ie. England, PRESS the + button, then select "Download". If you have not connected your memory card it will prompt you otherwise it will install it directly on to the Card. As shown in the image below .Click to enlarge

Now the maps are loaded return the card to the phone or disconnect the usb cable.

D) Open the Maps application located in your Menu. The application will open to the last saved location you can skip the intro and go straight to the maps.

To view you GPS location Select Option/ View/ Satellite Info. This will launch the gps data app. as seen in the earlier tutorial. It will take a few minutes to locate the signal when its done it should show your location on the screen.

You can change the colour of the Map, angle of View, Add or remove Categories ( Hotels, Hospitals etc.) to suite your preference.

You can "Plan Route" from one location to another and change the transport mode from "By Car" to "On foot".

3) Mobile GMaps

This is an excellent freeware application that allows you to use Google maps, Yahoo maps and other maps with your internal GPS to locate your position anywhere in the world (just about)
I don't blame Google for stopping MGMaps using their images because it much better than their own product GoogleMobile!! The latest version v1.36 doesn't use Google Maps but earlier version do still work with Google, Available here

MGMaps uses an Internet connection to source the Google/Yahoo images which means you can access images where ever you are without having to have downloaded them earlier. It does though cost you for the Internet connection depending on your contract.

MGMaps can use saved maps which means you don't need an Internet connection. The downloading of the maps are quite complicated and (i have had problems getting the images to work) a good tutorial on how to setup MgMaps is available here

I will concentrate on setting Mobile GMaps for Internet connection and leave the Offline Maps to Reef Reid!!

A) Download the MGMaps Jad/Jar files for N95 here. I have used ver1.35.02. in this example. If you are never going to use offline stored images you only need to download the jar file
B) Install the file(s) to your N95 either via Pc suite application manager or by transfer through memory card reader.
C) Open MGMaps from you phone menu. A dialog box will appear asking for access to Internet.
Select the correct type, usually Provider's Internet or WLAN

D) The internal GPS needs to be activated. Go to options (left or right top keys) 7.Settings/ GPS / Select Device/ Internal and remember to SAVE (Top left)

E) When you restart the application you will get a request to use GPS data. I find its better to get a GPS signal before you start MGMaps by using the GPS data application as shown earlier Tutorial.
Now you can find your location quickly by Selecting Option 6. GPS/ where Am i?

F) There are a lot of settings you can adjust,
You can find other locations by using postcodes etc.
You can use Key * Zoom in, Key# to Zoom out,
Key0 to switch between favourite map types Googlehybrid, Yahoo Maps etc.
Key7 to switch rotation
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Best Tips and Tricks for Nokia N95

I started this blog back in 2007 since then Nokia have released many new phone like the N96, N97. The N95 however still remains an excellent phone with many similar features to the new phones. I really enjoyed creating this blog and hope you find all the tips and tricks useful for customizing your N95 or N95 8GB. I now have a new blog 5800 BEST TIPS & TRICKS

2010 News & Updates
Well i haven't posted on this blog for quite a while, but i do keep my eye on your comments. You may have noticed that i periodically update the site correcting broken links.

In 2009 Nokia launched Ovi Suite which effectively replaces the Nokia PC Suite. It can install applications, music and transfer data for different Nokia Phones, just about everything you need for your phone. It also can update your software and is an alternative to the Nokia Software Updater. The Ovi Updater feature also will Update your Ovi Maps and automatically removes old map data before replacing in with new info. I have found it very useful and simple to use and importantly it is Windows7 compatible something that the current NSU is not.

Firmware Update for N95 & N95 8GB
To my amazement Nokia released Firmware updates for both N95 & N95 8GB late last year 2009. The New Firmware for N95 is v35.0.02 and N95 8GB is v.35.0.01. I have not been able to find an official Changelog but many people have found improvement in performance and previous faults with Cameras and Alarms.
I recently found an interesting Website shows Firmware Update Timelines for nearly all Nokia Phones. More Details at

N95 & N95 8GB Resources

OVI Suite PC Suite OVI Store N.S.U

N95 Handbooks
If you have lost your Handbook or just cant be bothered to find it! no problem, you can view and download a PDF version from the Nokia website. Just click on correct image N95 (N95-1) and N95 8GB (N95-2) to link to the Pdf.

Desktop Icons

I have created two N95 icons for your computer,
A Silver and Black version. They are both in 3 formats XP/Vista/Mac.

download Silver download Black

Additional Pages and TutorialsI have created Additional pages with tutorials with Freeware etc. as well and links to other tutorials. Click on the image below to view other Pages.

There are currently four versions of the N95, The N95 Classic (N95-1), the N95 8GB (N95-2) the U.S version of N95-NAM Classic (N95-3) and the U.S N95 8GB NAM (N95-4)

Do you know, What are their differences?

Click on either each image to see their specifications.

The Main differences are :
Internal Memory - The main difference is of course that the N95 8GB has an 8GB internal memory compared to the N95 Classic & N95-NAM that have 148MB. This means you can store a lot more videos, music etc on the Internal memory.
RAM Memory - The N95 has 48MB RAM whilst the N958GB and N95-NAM /NAM 8GB all have 128MB RAM which gives its a lot more power for running applications.
Screen Size - The N95 and N95-NAM both have 2.6" QVGA screen (240x320 px) while both N95 8GB have a slightly larger 2.8" screens but with the same screen resolution (240x320)
Battery Size - The N95 has the 950mAH BL-5F whilst the other N95 8GB's and N95-NAM all have the larger 1200mAH BL-6F
Camera Shutter - Due to the increased size of the Battery Nokia removed the Camera shutter on the N95 8GB and both NAM versions.
Firmware - All 4 models have different Firmware versions, the N95 and N95 8GB both have "On Demand Paging" whilst the US version at present dont have this feature.
External SD Memory Cards - Nokia only recommend External micro SD cards up to 4GB on the N95 classic and 2Gb on the N95-NAM. I have been running a 4GB SD card on my N95 since the start when they only recommended 2GB. The current Maximum SD card available is 8GB.
Both the N95 8GB's do not have a external memory card slot.
Network - The U.S version supports Quadband GSM, 3G 850/1900 for North America whilst the other 2 versions support Quadband GSM, 3G 2100 for Europe and the rest etc.

For a Further analysis of all 4 versions see The NokiaBlog and Howard Forums

N95 Top Tips & Tricks

1. Speed up your N95
Here are my Top 10 tips improving the performance of your N95

1. Update your Firmware!
If you have just got an N95 "Updating the firmware" is the main tip i can give. Every firmware release made improvements and fixed bugs in the previous software. Version 20 added "On Demand Paging" and version 30 added Auto-Rotation to the N95. To quickly check which firmware version you have press *#0000# on your keypad.
The Nokia N95 firmware v.20 introduced have "On Demand Paging". Demand Paging is a more efficient way of loading data into RAM; Code that does need to be executed is not loaded into RAM" which means its faster and uses less Ram Memory which leaves more free Ram making applications open quicker. For more details in updating your firmware see section 2.Below is a chart showing the gain in free Ram after updating to the v.20 firmware based on results from my own N95 phone.

2. Remove unwanted Applications.

You can remove applications from your phone by using the Application Manager located Menu/ Tools/ App. Mgr. The N95 comes with a few pre-installed applications that can easily be removed, as well as any other applications you may have installed and stopped using. You can remove "Welcome" app., SRE demo game, Demo games, also i personally never use the "Search" app, which used to be removable but is not removable on later firmware.

3. Install applications onto the Internal Phone Memory.
This is important especially for Themes as the internal memory is faster than the SD external memory card. My Internal memory is 147.3MB and most applications range from 2MB down to only 20kb so there should be plenty of room.

Close Unwanted Open Applications
Don't leave applications running by accident, check by holding down
Menu key, select the unwanted application then from the Options select Remove. My N95 has 48mb Ram and uses around 70% (with the old v.12 firmware) of that on N95 background processes all the time. Which leaves only 16mb free. The "Global Race" game running in the background (Not Playing) will use 7.6kb of The "MusicPlayer" running in the background (Not Playing) will around use 1.4kb of RAM. So close what you don't need.

5. Close applications that appear stopped and save 2-3Mb.
Well this may appear similar to the section above but it takes the principal further. There are a few system applications like 'Menu' that once opened stay open and wont appear in your phone Task Manager.
I have noticed that with firmware v.20 even the Gallery stays open. The screenshots below show that i only have two applications Standby and Screenshot (just to take this image).
But when we look at the tasks list using Active File, we can see Menu, Contacts, Log and Gallery all still open, although this is useful if you want to reopen them quickly (as they are still running) you can save around 2-3Mb by manually closing them. If you use the on-screen memory monitor you will see the increase in ram memory as you close each application.

6. Reboot to remove Memory leaks

My N95 has a 48Mb ram (memory power) and uses around 60-70% on background tasks (less with v20 firmware), but when using various applications (often 3rd party freeware) some ram is lost by applications not fully releasing back the ram when they are closed, this is known as "Memory leaks". The two screenshots below show a "before and after" rebooted phone with the same tasks running.

The first image shows 12.7Mb of free ram which means 76% of my Ram is in use. The second image shows 20.2Mb free ram which means only 58% is being used!
The second image was taken after i rebooted my phone and shows i gained back 7.5Mb (around 18%) from memory leaks.
Considering the camera application uses 8.4Mb of ram,(See section 21 for more details) it would almost be like leaving your camera on all the time! (Not exactly but i'm sure you can see the point).
Therefore its well worth rebooting your phone from time to time, when is up to you but be sure, you will gain back valuable Ram which will speed up opening of applications and general internal processes.

There are a couple of good freeware Memory analysis programs around that can show you how much Ram you are using and how much specific programs are using (by testing). If you like technical stuff these programs are will help you waist countless hours.
ActiveFile v1.23 without_allfiles_screencapture.SISx.
I used this application a lot . You can run an On-screen Memory Monitor by selecting Options/ Tools/ Start memory monitor. This screenshot show background tasks running (except the top two) on my N95.

There are 8 application in this set but you ony really need Y-Tasks, Memory Status and Trace to analyse your memory.

7. Defrag your External SD Memory Card
Although it is quicker to access data from the internal memory it is obviously not possible to store everything on it especially if like me you use your phone as a MP3 Musicplayer. I store all my music over 2gb on my external card. So i recommend periodically defragment your external card by putting your card into your computer and Defraging it as an external drive.
Defragmenting your Drive re allocates the file chunks in a sequential order which improves read performance, even if you can't actually notice the difference. My defrag analysis showed it could achieve a 48% improvement on "Time to read fragmented files".
It depends on how much and how often your remove data but once every 3months should be adequate for defrag periods.

8. Turn off active standby,
I like a clean screen so i always turn off active standby, internal
n95 functions dont use as much Ram as larger power hungry games etc. but turning off Active standby will gain you around 400kb of Ram, its not a lot but unless you use it a lot, i would get rid. To turn off Active Standby go to Tools/ Settings/ General/ standby Mode/ Active standby and select Off

9.Turn off the Media Background Video/ Animation that plays when you use the Media applications, press the Multi Media key once and select Options/ background images/ and select graphics and select theme. Also you can set Image effects, Menu sounds, Start-up animation all to OFF

10. Set the Phone Log to 10 days.This is a simple way to reduce the number of call details the phone access. You will of course loose and caller details (dialled numbers/ missed calls/recieved calls) over the 10 day period. To change the Log go to Menu/ Applications/ Log/ Options/ Settings/ Log duration set to 10 days (default 30 days).

Turn up your screen brightness to Max.
It does use more battery but
for such a short time that you won't notice and it doesn't use more ram (not noticeably) and its improves really improves screen. To change settings Go to 'Tools/ Settings/ General/ Personalisation/ Display. Adjust to highest setting

2. Firmware Updates & How to Change Product codes to get Latest Firmware
Nokia latest firmware for the N95 classic is version 35
Nokia released around 5 firmware updates for the N95 & N95 8G with each release they made improvements and fixed bugs. To check which firmware version press *#0000# on your keypad. With firmware v.20 nokia added a feature called "On Demand Paging" and version 30 added Auto-Rotation to the N95. Demand Paging is a more efficient way of loading data into RAM; Code that does need to be executed is not loaded into RAM" which means its faster and uses less Ram Memory!!
If you have never bothered with updating your firmware because its a hassle, or a bit worrying loosing
some data or can't be bothered reinstalling application well this is the time to do it!!

Now there are a few basic things you need to understand before you should undertake a Firmware update!

1. You may need to "Debrand" your N95 to get the very latest Firmware. Debranding does theoretically invalidate your phone warranty.
2. You may loose some data Calendar entries, although you can back them all up using the PC Suite, i have found that the PC Suite doesn't always return all the data !!
3. You will have to reinstall all your applications and phone settings as the phone memory will be completely wiped .

How to Debrand your N95
This is a lot simpler that it first might seem and although it invalidates your warranty you could always reset the code before taking it to a dealer.
Debranding changes your phones product number to a generic area code ie Europe and removes some Network provider detailing ie My "Web n Walk" became "Web" loosing any reference to T-Mobile.
A full list of product codes is available here

A very good Debranding tutorial is available at: NOKIA DEBRANDING

Nokia Software Updater
It is possible to upgrade your firmware without changing your product code, But it may not be the very latest version depending on your product code. The
Nokia software updater will check what firmware you can receive. Click on the NSU logo (left) to the to download the application. The Nokia software updater (NSU) does however come within the Nokia PC suite package now.

Back up your Data

Nokia PC Suite
You will also need to back up you data, Contacts, Calendar entries, Notes anything that is stored on the Phone's Memory card, but anything on your External memory card will not be effected (although some applications that have user data located on phone memory do often have problems and will need to be reinstalled), for safety its best to remove the external card just for peace of mind!!
Your Sim card data is safe also, so i usually back up my contacts to my Sim card and retrieve them to contacts later. The Software updater will ask that your sim card is inserted during firmware updates so you will have to leave it in your phone.

Updating your Firmware Tutorial
Nokia Software UpdaterOnce you have debranded your phone, then backed up your data, crossed your fingers it all goes back !! Now you can start the Updating your firmware,

1. Use the Nokia software updater shown above and connect to your phone to your PC via your usb data cable, Make sure your battery isn't low or plug it in during update.

2. Start the application on your PC, the software will first assess your phone type and any updates that are available, if it says version.11 or version.12 are only available you will need to change your code as i mentioned above.
The updater will then remind you to backup your data and then start downloading the updates as shown below:

3. It will automatically install the update to your phone, so that's it!! You phone should now be faster than its ever been!!, i just upgraded mine and it does appear quicker, more details to follow

4. Oh yeah now the boring bit of reinstalling your old data, settings and applications!

3. How to Sign "Unsigned" Freeware Applications
Unsigned Freeware ApplicationsThere are 2 basic ways to sign applications:1) Sign yourself via OPDA certificate
2) Online Signing via Symbian Foundation

As you may well have noticed some applications (freeware) are Unsigned? Like Rotate Me, NeoReboot and RockNScroll. This means you have to sign them yourself and the signed certificate is specific to your phone.
The previously slow process of submitting applications to Symbian Signed has lead some developers to release Unsigned versions of their applications to the general public, rather than waiting for the verification by Symbian Signed.

1. Sign Applications yourself via OPDA Certificate
Thanks to the OPDA developer website you can now sign applications yourself in the same way as before the current system was introduced.
Firstly i have to give the credit to The Nokia Blog who highlighted the fact that OPDA are issuing Signing certificates and Keys as Symbian once used to before they changed the system. These Certs/Keys are specific to your Phone so you will need your IMEI/Serial number number (*#06#). OPDA is a Chinese Developer website so understanding the website isn't easy but The guy's at The Nokia Blog have given good instructions.
I know a lot of people will be very happy to avoid the online signing process. I tested the whole process and it really works, i can now sign applications for my N95 and 5800.

2.Sign applications with Symbian Foundation:

1. Download the freeware you want like RotateMe and save it on your PC (the desktop is always a useful location).

2. Go to Symbian signed
3. Fill in the details on the page: Click on the Image to see the full details in RedIMEI number can be found on your phone by pressing *#06#
Email address can not be a Hotmail ,Yahoo or Gmail account.
Application should be on your PC where ever you saved it.
Capability Info: You can tick all boxes.
Security code are letter A-F letters numbers 0-9, so it is a zero not a "O" and its a one not "I" :)
legal agreement : Dont forget to tick it. then SEND!!

4. You should now see a new page with "SUCCESS"
that states you will get a conformation email, which you will need to accept before the application is processed.

5. Once the email has arrived, Follow the link and confirm the email.

6. Now just wait for the application to be sent to your email address. When the email arrives usually within 24 hours follow the link and Save it to your pc. Then later you can install it to your phone via USB cable/PC suite
NB: Originally i had problems uploading the application using Vista OS. Although this may be sorted out by now if you dont see a "Success" page i recommend using a XP or 2000 OS to send the email.

4. Remove your N95 operator logo

This tweak allows you to change your operator logo with a blank image but you could place another image of your choice, there are some free design logos in the zip "logo" folder.
I have adapted this tutorial as the guides given (zip folder) & other people do not work effectively on N95.

The main changes are:
• If you use the memory Card as your Default message folder you cannot connect your phone via "Data transfer mode". Therefore it is better to temporarily select default memory card to save the logo then switch back to phone memory for default message folder. no need to understand just follow the tutorial
• You will need to find you specific Operator code from the lists. You may need to use the format XXXX-XX rather than XXXXXX. I have provided 2 list of GSM operator code in case you find some dont work.

Change your operator logo tutorial

1. Download the NokiaLogo v.071220 Zip folder by Jarod. He has also provided Chinese, Italian and Russian installation guides but they are not specific for N95. Unzip the folder.

2. Connect your Phone to PC via "Data transfer mode". The open the NokiaLogo.exe. You should now see as small application box.

3. To load the 'Blank logo' double click on the JAROD image and navigate to the Nokialogov.071220 folder/ logo and select the blank.bmp. (for other logos select alternative logo from the folder)

4. Now select your Operator code. There are a few pre-sets in the drop down box otherwise look in the Nokialogov.071220/GSM operatorcode1 or 2 for your code. You may need to use the format XXXX-XX rather than XXXXXX.

5. Now select your SDcard from the Options (left of the Export button)

6. Now select the Export and the logo will be sent to your Memory card. Disconnect your phone from the PC.

7. Now you just need to Open and SAVE the New logo The easiest way is to temporarily make your Message default folder the Memory Card. To do this select Messaging/ Options/Settings/Other/ Memory in use and select Memory card
. Copy messages across if it asks and back again later (just for safety)

8. Now go to your Inbox and you should see your Blank Logo as a message. Open and SAVE the logo (it will automatically save the location).

9. You can now Reset your Message default folder to Phone Memory (otherwise you cannot use the "data transfer mode" with the usb cable in the future)

10. That should be it you should now see your operator logo gone!!
Logo still visible? if you still have the operator logo 2 things may be wrong :

1. The operator code is wrong, you will need to try another or use fromat XXXX-XX

2. You need to check Menu/Tools/Settings/General/Personalisation/Standby Mode/Operator logo select ON

5. Nokia N95 codes Here is a short list of useful codes. They are very simple to use, just type in the code and the details will show on your screen.*#0000# To view Firmware version.

*#06# (*#0M#) To view Serial number, IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity).

*#2820# (*#BTA0#) To view Bluetooth device address.

*#62209526# (*#MAC0WLAN) To view the MAC address of the WLAN adapter. This is maybe necessary for wlan encrypted setup.

*#92702689# (*#WAR0ANTY#) To view the life timer information. This is the total time of phone calls in minutes.

Warning : All old data will be lost when hard reset is used. Ive not tested tthe codes below take no responsibility for any problems arrising from using them.

Soft reset (*#7780#) : Restores ini files from rom but preserves user data (photos, 3rd party apps etc).The phone will ask you a confirmation, enter a security code (12345 by default)

Hard Reset (*#7370#) : This reformats completely the C: drive. All applications and files stored on this drive will be lost and clean default files will be rewritten. The phone will ask you a confirmation and enter a security code (12345 by default)

There is another key combination which is used to hard reset the phone (similar to #*7370#). It is useful in some cases, for example when the phone cannot reboot. The trick is by switching off the phone then press and hold Call key (Green key) + * key + 3 key + power button for a couple of seconds.
*0# If you want to know when someone has received your text message on their phone use this code start your message with *0# This is similar to "Delivery Reports" feature available on most phones but you will receive a details text rather than a confirmation note on screen.It will not show up on their message and a text will be sent to your phone when it has arrived in theirs. Best to leave a space before you start your first word in the message. You wont know when they read the message but you will know when they received it!
NOTE : This feature has only been tested on UK phones Networks.

N95 product codes for updating firmware if you have a problem getting the correct firmware version here

6. N95 Mobile website & Menu Icon

I launched my Mobile version of N95 Best Tips and Tricks back in April 2009. I have called it N95 Best TT for short. I am also excited to announce the N95 Best TT Visual Bookmark which is a Menu icon that directly links you to the Mobile webpage. I have now added links at the top of every page, so you can View Classic, Mobile and Download the Bookmark. If you want to view Classic webpage from the Mobile version you need to use the html link at the bottom of the RSS feed to go back to full classic website version.

I have used Mofuse for the Mobile hosting as i am able to change Page colours and Headers to match the classic webpage, they do add a couple of adds but prefer it to the basic RSS feed. I have noticed a few images not rendering completely but overall the loading and resized images work really well on a mobile device. You can learn more about creating mobile websites at

The Visual Bookmark was created for free by and i will be releasing a 5800 version very soon. They have created a .sis and .jar versions, you can download it here or on use the "Download Bookmark" link at the top of the page. I would use the N95 .sis version for the 5800 (ignore compatibility warning) as the icon is larger than in the .jar version. If you want to create V.Bookmark for your website, you can learn how to do it from WapReview . Over 2500 have already downloaded the Menu VB via Getjar that's is the reason why i exceeded my Fileden bandwidth last week.
I hope you all enjoy the new additions, i enjoyed creating them!

7. Themes
The N95 and N95 8GB use themes to show content on the phone interface. There are around 4 default themes pre installed in the phone. If you use a photo image as the theme wallpaper you will end up with an image like the one on the Far left, which may stretch the photo to fit the window as well as leaving large top and bottom area of theme background. To avoid this and get a full screen image (left) you will need to create or download a theme.There are three basic ways to get themes for your N95.

1) You can download free themes from websites like

Zedge Symbian themes Rannat BabiNokia Mmc Forums

2) You can create your own Themes free online with
Its completely free and makes creating themes pretty easy, you can upload your picture, change the colours of the text and battery bars etc. under the advanced options. It creates a .sis file which you can send to your phone via cable etc. You can also share your theme with other users. Its an easy way to make themes, and well worth trying, though i do find it a bit basic

3) I have made a tutorial for creating themes with the Nokia carbide theme program, which deals with creating transparent navi panes, and handle key pair certificates.
To view the tutorial click here.
Well the best way make your own themes is with Nokia's free software. Its not the easiest program to use but once you have mastered it its pretty simple, my advise is start with the default theme and just alter the active /inactive background. Use the Nokia PC suite to transfer the .sis file to your phone.
Nokia Forum For Carbide Theme Studio 3.4
This link above has more details on the Theme Studio. I recommend reading and downloading the free tutorial Getting Started is the basic starter guide

Here are some themes i have created, Now with WideScreen improved image and music player changes for Firmware v.20,you can download the Themes from my Tutorial page or click the images.

8. Symbian 60 3rd Edition Freeware

There are a few feature missing in symbian phones as far as i am concerned. There is no stopwatch and the calculator is disgusting and no torch! so download some freeware for your phone. I really don't like "shareware" so i have concentrated on freeware.
I have created a separate freeware page with more applications, Click on the image to the left the view the new page.
Below are a few of the applications featured on the page.

Active Notes
This freeware application is basically 'Notes' on Steroids. Its a really good app. that allows you to save a text notes and add an Image, Sound clips and also add any note to a contact. It can even do more. . . Read Here

Timebar is a very useful freeware application that can show the time on all screens whether you are in the menu, music player etc. It can also play a tone or voice alert every hour on the hour (You can turn off particular hours in the settings) .
There are only English and Chinese voice tags. The original English Voice Tags were missing 11am,12am,11pm and12pm, so i have edited them and also created new cleaner English Alerts.
You will need to place the 'Timebar' Folder in your Phone Memory/ Data/ Sounds/ Timebar (Folder) to get the hourly alert to work. You can change the location and colour of the clock in the settings. If you want to make Voice tags in other languages you can get Text to speech here

I have created new sets of Timebar Voice Alerts:
They both use a Robotic voices and actual sounds from the movie and game. You will need to replace the existing timebar folder to use the new sounds and adjust the volume level as they are reasonably loud. There is also a new 24 hour timebar set by Trek. click the images to download

9. Keypad Shortcuts

Here are some Keypad & Shortcut Basics you should know for your N95 and N95 8GB

Hold down Right navigation key to launch Voice commands (Contacts name or Application name)
Press the MultiMedia Key to open MultiMedia Menu
Hold down the MultiMedia
key to start Music player
Press the Menu key to open Main Menu
Hold down the Menu
key to start Task Manager
Hold down 0 to launch Web Browser
Hold down # to Switch between General and Silent Profiles
Hold down "little pencil" key to activate Copy or Paste (Text) mode
Press the "c" key to Delete or Backspace details
Hold down key 1 to activate Voicemail retrieval (most networks)

Some useful side action keys are:

Press Gallery Key once to open Gallery (Fullscreen)
Press Gallery Key twice to open Gallery Images & Video (Small)

Press the Camera Capture Key Half down to focus the Camera
Press the Camera Capture key down full to take shot or Start Video Camera

10. Change your N95 & N95 8GB Font Easily

I have found a way to easily change your N95 font. In the past it was possible to change your font, but it was a rather complicated process of changing files, making copies, renaming other files and after that i could never get it to work properly!!
Now using FontRouter the process is simple,quick and free to do. I have created a tutorial because although it is quite simple it can get a bit complicated the first time you do it.

One good thing is you can use any .ttf font from your PC but avoid wide or thick fonts as they cannot be fully viewed on the phone in most cases.

Here are some fonts i tried out on my N95, Click on the image to see full size

I have provided these fonts for you to download and use.Download Font Sample Zip

I am currently using the Eurostile font without any problems on my N95.
Please take care when carrying out any tutorial, If you are unsure and concerned about any possible damage to your phone, DONT do it.

Change font on N95 tutorial
1. You need to download FontRouter20071109 .sis here. This applications need to be signed you can do this via the symbian signed website details in Section 3.

2. Install the application into the PHONE memory. You will not find any application icon in your Menu but there will now be a folder in C:/data/Fonts (As shown below).

Now to choose a font: Go to your PC and in Control Panel you will see the Fonts folder you can use any .ttf font, so rightclick on one you like (or use one i provided) and copy the file to the desktop.

3. Now connect your phone to your PC via usb cable and move the .ttf file to your phone directory C:/data/Fonts, ONLY move one file in to the fonts folder. As shown in the second image above.

4.Disconnect your Phone from the PC and Restart your phone , the New font should be working straight away

Removing or Changing New font

You will probably want to try a few fonts and some are quite bad in small text size, or decide that you want to go back to the default nokia font.It is possible to edit the .ini file to disable the new font but it is simpler to copy/move then delete the .ini file, then there is no need to editing tools.

1. All you need to do is copy the FontRouter.ini file in the fonts into another folder and delete the original .ini file. You cannot delete the font .ttf file as it is still in use.

RESTART your phone and the default font will be back, then delete the font.ttf file that was previously put in the fonts folder

3. If you want to try another font, put the Fontrouter.ini file BACK (that you just copied) in the Fonts folder with the new .ttf file and RESTART your phone again

4. I recommend putting the Font Samples folder i provided in C:/data/ so that you can copy the new fonts into the Fonts folder as you try them, it saves having to connect to you PC to get new fonts each time.

Changing your N95 8GB Font
The main problem here is i don't have a N95 8GB to test the process on, so i have to rely on information written by other people. Guides for installing this application mention installing onto the mass memory (no memory card) but i dont think this is correct and i recommend using the PHONE memory. Follow the tutorial for the N95 classic but if you have problems you could follow the details below.

If you install to the mass memory you will need to make a folder in C:/data called "Fonts" and place the Fontrouter.ini file in the fonts folder. Then put any .tff file into the fonts folder and RESTART to see the changes.

You can follow another Installation guide for N95 8GB by barbioxdogg his instructions are :

I had problems when installing .ttf fonts on my N95 8GB but now i have finally found the solution.

1) Install FontRouter in your mass storage in N95 8Gb
2) using the x-plore app, make a folder in PHONE (C:/) named fonts
3) move the fontrouter.ini and paste in c:\data\fonts
4) edit the fontrouter.ini file with x-plore like this
5) search at:
;Extra font files to be loaded
and change to
;Extra font files to be loaded
exit and save the file
6) Copy your *.ttf font to c:\data\fonts

11. Multi-Media, Album Art, AudioBooks and Mp3 Editing

You can turn your N95 into a Mobile Radio by simply inserting your Headphones and Pressing CANCEL instead of selecting any of the other options. This will leave the sound playing from the stereo speakers in the N95.
There are FM aerials available on Ebay for around £6 but any headphones work as the aerial, it makes a very handy Radio which you can use where ever you are, as long as you have a signal!

The N95 has a really good MP3 player with an 8 band graphic equaliser, loudness function, stereo speakers and of course the 3.5mm headphone socket that means you can use your normal headphones. The phone also can hold memory card to a least 4GB which makes for a very useful MP3 player, so take advantage of this feature and get yourself a good memory card.

Album Art
There are two ways to show Album Art on MP3 files.

1) You can embed your MP3 tracks with an image tag, This works fine if you are transferring an Cd or downloaded Album. You will a program to embed your MP3, i recommend
You can download it from Pcsos Freeware page.
You can also use WMP11 to embed Album art into MP3 files transfer.

To learn how to easily import image tags to Mp3 files click here.

2) You can manually add Album Art to albums within your N95, but you can only add Artwork to individual tracks or Albums not playlists or Artists. The advantage of using this manual system is that you can create or edit your own image rather than the original Album cover artwork. First create album art images 160px X 160px (smaller images are degraded when viewed, around 20Kb size).Transfer to phone.
Select: MusicPlayer/MusicMenu/Albums/(ie)TheStrokes/Options/AlbumArt/Options/Change/ Select Image/Yes(for all songs in the Album)

Nokia AudioBooksNokia AudioBooks is an application that allows you to listen to audiobooks on your N95. On of the advantages of is that Audiobooks are around 10 times smaller in size than a low quality Mp3 of the same length.You can Download Nokia Audiobook Player for S60 3rd Edition FeaturePack 1
You will also need to get the Nokia Audiobooks Manager which can convert .Wav files into Audiobook format.

Full Tutorial for AudioBooks here

Converting .Wav files into AudioBooks for N95
1. First download the Nokia AudioBook Manager from here
2. The unzipped folder can be placed in C:\Program Files or and place of your choice,
3. Run the NokiaAudiobookManager.exe and you will see the interface as below
4. Give your book a Name in the top blank box then click on the 'Select files' tab to add your files
5. You can also add a jpeg image of your choice usually the book cover by clicking 'Select picture' this is optional.
6. Now press 'Process' and the manager will convert your files into a folder with all the necessary info.
7. The application will if you want to transfer the folder to your phone, but you can manually transfer.

Mp3 Ringtones and Message tones editing
If you want to make music clips from MP3's the best freeware program is
I have created a Tutorial on making Mp3 Music Ringtones/ Message tones here.

You can download it from the PCSOS freeware page . It's a brilliant tool to cut up any music or sound clip, so u can make a ringtone of text message sound.

What's your message tone? we've all got our favourites. Ive found some cool websites with free sounds everything from StarWars, Homer Simpson to alligator grumbles.

Movie Wav Simpson Crazy FindSounds Amazing Sounds

SimplytheBest Ultrasonic Ringtones RetroJunk

You can save most of the MP3 files directly to your PC or Use Rightmouse and select "Save Link As" then save to your desktop. You can use the "Super" freeware program (in section 13. on MP4) to convert .wav files into MP3's.

Add your Favourite logo to your N95If you have a favourite Football team badge or logo of anything at all, that you want to display on your Phone, it really very easy to do.
You dont have to create a Theme all you need get a copy of your logo and make the background transparent using Adobe Photoshop etc., then add it as you wallpaper.

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