Download Google Maps from PC

Here am sharing a trick to download Google map for your device from PC. Before that let me tell you the need for this. Gmaps is free navigation application.Google wont let you download Gmaps other than the phone built in browser. For my nokia device my gmaps is heavy is 1.5MB. For each time i do a format or firmware update  i had to download each time. In Airtel GPRS and so called EDGE network its takes a little time. So this method we can have a copy with us for offline install

Requirements

  1. Firefox browser
  2. little brain 🙂

Steps

Detect your Phone User Agent

First you will need to detect user agent string , which google website reads to identify your phone type. User agent string is different  for different mobile phones and browsers. To know your phone user agent navigate your phone built in browser to http://www.maxters.net/tool/ua.php

Note the string in my nokia E71 its like

“Mozilla/5.0 (Symbian OS 9.2;U;Series60/3.1 Nokia E71-1/500.21.009;……. “

Spoof Firefox to Your Phone User Agent

  1. Open firefox type “about:config” without quotes
  2. You may get a warning ,bypass it by saying ” I’ll be carefull”
  3. In the top search box type “general.useragent.extra.firefox” without quotes
  4. right click on it and select Modify
  5. Type in exactly what you noted before
  6. Now your phone user agent is changed to your phone

Download Gmaps

  1. Navigate to http://m.google.com/maps?dc=gorganic on firefox
  2. Download your Phone Gmaps
  3. Transfer to your Device and Install it
  • Boss

    Nice tip thanks