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5 Great J2ME Apps For Your Non-Smartphone

Justin Pot 02-05-2012

j2me appsAre you not using a smartphone, but still want access to a few apps? It might be possible – if your phone can use J2ME, there’s a wide variety of apps out there for your phone whether you realize it or not. They are, however, hard to find, so I’m going to list the best ones I know of.


I don’t own a smartphone. I know, technology bloggers are supposed to be hip cats, up to date with the latest cool technology and slang. Sorry, that’s not me. I don’t have a smartphone and don’t really want one. I love being offline from time to time, love only paying $20 a month in phone bills and can easily make my dumb phone smart using ifttt when necessary Make Your Dumb Phone Smart With ifttt With If This Then That (ifttt) and SMS I can teach my dumb phone all kinds of smart tricks, from updating social networks to adding events to my calendar. What makes ifttt so good at... Read More .

But it’s not like I use a rotary phone. For 30 bucks I got a phone that came with 30 dollars worth of coverage, an MP3 player, an FM radio (which I love) and the ability to run J2ME apps. Internet usage simply takes up minutes, which I have way more than enough of.

You can find J2ME apps at GetJar, but it’s a nightmare to use. I’m the only other technology blogger on earth to own a phone using such an antiquated operating system, so I suppose it’s my responsibility to point out the best J2ME apps below.

Opera Mini

The browser that came with your phone probably sucks. Opera Mini won’t magically turn your J2ME phone into a smartphone, but it will make browsing on the device very simple. Even if you plan on only using the browser to check the occasional score or stock, I recommend you make this app the first one you download.

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You can get Opera Mini by opening m.opera.com on your phone’s default browser, or you can download Opera Mini 4 directly as a JAR or JAD.


I love how my email doesn’t follow me everywhere I go; it’s among the perks of not owning a smartphone. If you still want occasional access to your email, however, you should check out the Gmail app for J2ME. It downloads your inbox locally, so you can minimize the number of minutes used, but there’s nothing in your Gmail account you can’t access with this tool.

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It’s become impossible to find on Google’s website; I’m sure Google is planning on dropping support soon. Still, you can dowload Gmail for J2ME at Softonic.


Google Maps

Are you lost? It’s nice having a map, which is why I’m glad the world-famous Google Maps offers a version of their ultimate atlas for J2ME users.

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It’s designed to run with minimal data usage, and runs very well for me without draining my minutes. Head to google.com/gmm on your phone’s browser to download it. Sorry, Google doesn’t offer a direct download for your PC.

Tetris Midlet

It’s been a truism since the GameBoy – no device that fits in your pocket is worthwhile without Tetris. While I’m sure there are plenty of Tetris clones out there for J2ME phones, my favorite is Jordan Kiang’s Tetris Midlet. It’s very familar if you’ve played the GameBoy version, and runs well on pretty much every phone.



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If you’d like your J2ME phone to act as a Pomodoro timer, you’re in luck. Pablo Seminario has built a simple timer for the platform that looks great. I’ve been using it for a while now and I love it.


Before you take to the comments, please read the following lists of common questions:


Q. Couldn’t you get better screenshots?

A. If my phone had the ability to take screenshots, sure. It doesn’t, so my poor photos are what you get. Sorry.

Q: Are there any other J2ME apps you recommend people check out?

A: As a matter of fact there are. Here’s a quick list:

Q: Something here doesn’t work on my phone! Can you help?

A: I couldn’t possibly. There are too many different J2ME phones, and it’s hard to say which apps will work on which phones. There’s a reason people buy smartphones! Ask on MakeUseOf Answers, or Google the problem. Sorry!

Q: Wow, Justin, you should really get a smartphone.

A: That’s not a question. Here’s a question for you – will you pay for a data plan for me? Because if not, I’m not getting a smartphone.

Q: I know of some better apps! Can I tell you and the rest of the world about them somehow?

A: You sure can! Leave them in the comments below.

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  1. Adil
    June 11, 2019 at 11:44 am

    This is almost mid 2019 and I am using a Symbian Nokia mobile, and J2ME apps too!

    Using mail gmail, yahoo after creating mail accounts through mailbox creator app. It is available at applist.

    Using opera mini too

  2. bob
    August 11, 2016 at 4:06 am

    i'm glad i moved from j2me to an android powered by minutes (the same cards that you use on basic phones) because using a java phone in 2016 is incredibly difficult (especially when in school and the teachers wanting you to do school work on it)

  3. Nina
    July 12, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    Hi, I have a new non smartphone Telemach TM 1000 which has a possibility using 2g or 3g (dual sim). I have Opera mini and so on.
    I would like to change dpi density of screen. Now it is 320 x 240, but I want to lower it,
    because text is to small fo me, an older women. Is there any possibility to lower resolution with an application J2ME?

    Thank you for your answer.

  4. Youkai Andres
    April 13, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    Hi! I have a Nokia Asha 311 cell phone (A Dic 2012 Nokia´s world launch). The O.S. is "Nokia S40" a Java2Me based system. Microsoft put "out of service" the "Nokia mail" app and now also kills the "Mail for Exchange" alternative. The users lose an important communication function thanks to MS ambitions. Please do you know the names of "push mail" apps for non Gmail services like Outlook (ex live and hotmail)?
    "Pico-mail" is not "push" e-mail (non automatic download messages)
    "Emoze" and "Dovemail" don´t install in Nokia 311.
    "Mmail" is not an app, its a kind of icon for "direct access" web based.
    C-Ya people, thanks a lot!

  5. Acton Noel
    February 23, 2015 at 12:49 am

    UC browser also work good on java phones I have 2 android and 2 java phones if you have a low memory java phone use UC browser 7.2 light Facebook java app also works great.

    • Paul
      May 7, 2017 at 3:19 pm

      UC browser 7 is too old; UC 9 is LCV for button j2me phones, didn't consuming a lot of memory and good enough.

  6. jim
    February 4, 2015 at 4:07 am

    Any ideas for the tracfone lg306g its all new to me"java",etc.
    Glad to see feature phones have a place on the web.

    • Justin Pot
      February 4, 2015 at 3:04 pm

      That phone should work with the above apps, though some of them are not longer offered.

  7. Gunnar Parment
    January 12, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    My favourite j2me app is an RPN calculator. For me, algebraic or RPN doesn't matter much, but on a non-smart phone saving keystrokes is essential. After a few minutes, the operation of this app is logical., including the arrow-key menu for finding operators.


    I use a private smartphone and at work a company-owned "dumb" phone with j2me.

    • Justin Pot
      January 13, 2015 at 5:29 pm

      It's always good to have a trusty calculator on hand! What kind of job do you have where they provide a J2ME phone?

    • Gunnar Parment
      January 21, 2015 at 5:16 pm

      Let's just say, I changed from a nine-to-five-behind-the-desk job to s job where I usually walk more than I sit. The j2me phone is a heavy duty model I use for phone calls and occasional SMS. I can drop it on a concrete floor, or in a pile of snow and it keeps going. Battery time is probably more than a full week. In short: a perfect phone for the job.

    • Justin Pot
      January 21, 2015 at 5:27 pm

      Sounds like an improvement! Glad your phone is fitting your job. :)

  8. Anonymous
    October 8, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Rapid Protect produced it Rapid Family Tracker application on iphone, android and Blackberry. It didn't forget J2ME application users.

    The Rapid Tracker is a modern application for family tracking, chatting and collaboration. It come sin the lite and full version and app can be downloaded from
    [Broken URL Removed]

    The apps are produced by Rapidsoft Systems, Inc. (http://www.rapidsoftsystems.com) a leading IT Services and Mobile development company.

  9. Roger Skubowius
    September 30, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    The PicoWireless apps are fast, free & feature- packed: PicoSMS (messaging app), PicoMail (email client), PicoWeb (HTML Web browser), PicoRSS (RSS reader), PicoFinance (stock quotes), Pico (all- in- 1) -- download to your phone ala:

  10. israel66
    September 2, 2012 at 9:49 am

    hi sir,is there any app faster than im using?(blue firefox) for my cherry mobile m16?

  11. Robert Mayes
    May 16, 2012 at 2:42 am

    I tryed to download the Google app for maps. 404 not found /gmm

    • Justin Pot
      May 16, 2012 at 2:00 pm

      Looks like they changed the link. Redirected for me:


      • Anonymous
        October 21, 2015 at 11:44 pm

        Here you go:
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  12. space punk
    May 4, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Thx for the list, I would like to suggest more usefuls:

    GCal: http://www.jappit.com/blog/2008/12/22/j2me-google-calendar-client/
    SSH: http://www.midpssh.org/
    IM: http://www.palringo.com
    NeoReader barcode reader: http://www.neoreader.com/get-neoreader/wap-download

    Go: http://tinygo.sourceforge.net/
    Gladiator Manager: http://www.seppos.net/gladiator/

    For maps, navigate, geocaching:
    TrackMyJourney: http://www.trackmyjourney.co.uk/
    handygeocaching: http://code.google.com/p/handygeocaching/
    MapNav: [Broken Link Removed]
    TrekBuddy: http://www.trekbuddy.net/forum/index.php
    We-Travel: [Broken Link Removed]
    Mario Advisor for reading the garmin maps

  13. Reý Aetar
    May 3, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    bolt browser (cannot find the official page anymore)
    uc web (opera is incompatible with some operators here and it can pause downloads and u can close the browser)
    nimbuzz , ebuddy (cant go without these im clients)
    mobtorrent (download torrents in your phone)
    just apps for all needs are there :D

    • Justin Pot
      May 3, 2012 at 8:30 pm

      Not sure I'll want to use Bittorrent on my particular phone, but this is a great list. Thanks!

  14. Govind
    May 2, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Kaywa Reader is a QR code reading application meant for J2ME phones..

  15. Damian
    May 2, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Wow, just something I've been looking for ! Thanks Justin :)

    • Justin Pot
      May 3, 2012 at 8:27 pm

      No problem. Let me know if any of these apps work out for you!

    • matt
      May 21, 2015 at 2:17 am

      3 reasons I don't have a smartphone. I hate touchscreens, the phone is too big and the screen fragile, and data is too expensive. Make a smartphone flipphone with a keypad and I might get one.

      It used to be a lot easier to get a J2ME app but now everything seems to direct you to google play. I was looking for something that would share my internet connection over bluetooth so I could tether a tablet.

    • Justin Pot
      May 21, 2015 at 2:42 pm

      Hey Matt, I avoided a smartphone for a long time for similar reasons. I can't do much about flip phones, they're not coming back sadly, but you can get a case for a smartphone. That's what I did, and I got around the exensive data plans by going with Republic Wireless.

      As for sharing your Internet connection over bluetooth from a J2ME phone: I doubt very much that you're going to find this. Sorry about that.