Installing Loadstone GPS on to a mobile phone

The following instructions are very general and will hopefully assist you in successfully installing Loadstone GPS on to your mobile phone. There are several ways to install Loadstone GPS and we hope to address some of the most popular methods.

1. Acquiring Loadstone GPS

Visit the Loadstone GPS download page offered at and select the version of Loadstone GPS you wish to install.

When prompted by your browser, elect to save the Loadstone GPS ".sis" file to disk. A file with a ".sis" extension is a special installation file that contains information on how to install a Symbian program on to a mobile phone running the Symbian operating system.

If your mobile phone has internet access it should be possible to activate your phone's web browser and download/save the file directly to your phone. We do not have direct experience with using this method at this time but will update these instructions as soon as we receive reports.

2. Copy the Loadstone GPS installation (.sis) file to your mobile phone

As people familiar with installing software on to mobile phones know to well, the there are a few ways of getting the software on to a phone and a successful installation can depend on your level of technical knowledge, the tools you have available or in some cases plain old luck. In this section we will outline a couple of common methods of achieving this. If you have any comments or suggestions please subscribe to the Loadstone GPS mailing list and post them there so we can reflect them in this documentation.

Do you have Nokia Suite installed for your phone?

An Explanation of the Nokia Suite software package is beyond the scope of this document but if you have it installed and successfully connected to your mobile phone then you can simply choose the appropriate function for installing software to your mobile device.

Does your phone have a USB port?

If your phone has a USB port, attach it to your computer, activate your favourite file browser (such as Windows Explorer) and copy it to your phone.

Do you have a Bluetooth dongle or is your computer equipped with a Bluetooth transceiver?

This can be tricky. Windows XP does not handle Bluetooth connectivity very well and even when you do have it working as best as possible there are a few ways to copy Loadstone across to your mobile device.

First, establish connectivity between your phone and computer. Refer to your Bluetooth device's documentation on how to do this. There are several documented methods if you search the web as well.

If you already have Nokia Suite successfully installed on your computer you should be able to load up your favourite file browser (like Windows Explorer), navigate to the Loadstone GPS installation file that you downloaded and press . This will then transmit the installation file directly to your phone and should activate an installation process that will present you with various installation prompts on your computer or phone.

Do you have an infrared dongle or does your computer have an infrared transceiver?

Place your mobile phone in visual range of your computer's infrared transceiver. Then, activate your infrared software's "Send To" feature and beam the installation file across to your phone.

Do you or someone else already have the Loadstone GPS installation file on a mobile phone?

If this is the case you may be able to beam the ".sis" file from one phone to another using Bluetooth or infrared (This does depend on what limitations your phone's firmware may have placed on copying ".sis" files between phones). Once you've successfully beamed the file between both phones the file will likely end up in your phone's message inbox.

3. Installing Loadstone GPS

Depending on which of the aforementioned methods you used to get Loadstone GPS on to your phone you may have to initiate an installation manually via a file manager. If you are looking for a good one with many features, we recommend trying File Explorer out from: though your phone should have one adequate for this task. If the Loadstone GPS installation file ended up in your phone's message inbox, open the message and follow the prompts.

Once you've activated your phone's installation process, selecting the defaults should be fine for most people. If one of the prompts asks if you would like to install the program to your "phone's memory" (onboard memory) or "MMC" (Media Memory Card), we suggest installing it where you have the most space. In our experience the program will run a bit faster if installed to the phone's memory. Make sure, that once Loadstone-GPS is installed on a certain drive, that updates of the program are installed to that same drive (don't change drives between versions).

Once the installation has completed you should have an item in your phone's main menu called "Loadstone". We removed the GPS portion of the title so screen readers would be able to read the entire title with out truncating.

4. Running Loadstone GPS for the first time.

When you launch Loadstone GPS for the first time you will receive a message from the program stating that it is creating a database. By default Loadstone GPS does not come with any geographical points (waypoints, points of interest, map markers). It is up to you to populate your own database with this information either by marking your own Points, or by acquiring them from elsewhere. The Loadstone GPS PointShare Exchange is specifically for this purpose. It's purpose is to facilitate the sharing of Points between members of the Loadstone GPS community. To find out more about the PointShare exchange please visit: the PointShare Exchange

At this point we encourage you to explore the various menus and submenus to get an idea of what is available. Other documentation found on this web site will hopefully help you with various aspects of functionality ETc. The mailing list and mailing list archives are also very good resources for finding out additional information.

Bluetooth enabling your computer

In general there are three ways to transfer files between your Nokia S60 mobile phone and a computer:

  1. Bluetooth
  2. Infrared
  3. USB cable

Since you are about to use Loadstone GPS we assume the connection between the GPS receiver and the phone will be made via Bluetooth. It's therefore advisable to also use the Bluetooth connection for file transfers. In order to transfer files between your phone and your computer both the phone and the computer must be Bluetooth enabled. On most Nokia phones this will be the case, on most computers you'll have to install a so called Bluetooth stack.

The Windows operating system is not prepared to use Bluetooth connections and the experience has learned, that installing Bluetooth on a Win2K or XP system not always results in a reliable connection. A widely used package that seems to work most of the time is made by Belkin:

This package contains a so called 'Bluetooth dongle', a device with the size of a small cigarette lighter that connects to a USB connector on your computer and the software to prepare your computer for the use of this dongle.

After you have purchased the package, start with the installation CD. Plugging in a Bluetooth device on a running computer without having the proper software installed may cause the device to be installed as an 'unknown device'. This is 'good practice' for the installation of all USB devices. During the installation of the software your system will prompt you to insert the dongle. Do so and follow the instructions on the screen.

After the installation is complete and you have restarted your computer your computer should be Bluetooth enabled. There will be a folder installed that functions as the 'Bluetooth exchange' folder. This folder is where files that you send from your phone to your computer can be found. Please read the documentation that comes with your Bluetooth package for more information about using Bluetooth on your computer.

Pairing devices

To establish a connection between your phone and your computer you will have to 'introduce' the two devices to each other. This process is called 'pairing' devices. Activate Bluetooth on your phone and on the computer activate 'Look for Bluetooth devices'. You will be asked to supply a code by both devices. This can be any sequence of letters or numbers and only needs to be done once. After the devices are 'paired' you may want to set the computer as 'Authorized' in the Bluetooth settings on your phone.


Navigational devices do not replace navigational skills, the white cane and/or a guide dog! Use navigational devices as a means to improve orientation and as a helpful tool for mobility training.