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Rated 4.79391 From 32,996 Votes
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  • Last Updated: 2021-07-21
  • New version: 8.53.1
  • File size: 138.01 MB
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 12.0 or later. and Android 4.4. KitKat or later

Geocaching®


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Geocaching® is an iPhone and Android Navigation App, made by Groundspeak Inc.. Today, it has gone through many interations by the developers - Groundspeak Inc., with the latest current version being 8.53.1 which was officially released on 2021-07-21. As a testament to the app's popularity or lack thereof, it has gathered a total of 32,996 Reviews on the Apple App Store alone, with an average user rating of 4.79391 out of a possible 5 stars.

How does it Work?


Join the world’s largest treasure-hunting community with the official app for geocaching. Whether you are off to find your first geocache or your ten-thousandth, this app is your ultimate geocaching toolbox. There are millions of clever containers called geocaches hidden in almost every country on Earth, just waiting to be found—there are probably even some near you right now.

Just getting started? This app walks you through the adventure of finding your first few geocaches. There are tips, hints, and instructions for geocaching as well as using the app.
 Core Features: ● See details with description, recent activity, attributes, and hints for each geocache ● Navigate to the cache using map, compass, or driving directions ● Live Search continuously updates nearby geocaches as you move ● Find all easy Traditional geocaches and geocaching events ● Message other players for tips, hints, and more ● Learn about trackables: geocaching game pieces that travel from geocache to geocache ● Adjust your navigation and distance settings to your personal preference ● Access to GeoTour caches of all cache types and D/T ratings
 Search and Sorting: ● Search for GC codes, locations, landmarks, and neighborhoods ● Search for GeoTours by GT code or see a directory of all GeoTours worldwide ● Sort by distance Trackables: ● Search for trackables ● Log trackables - grab, retrieve, drop, dip, or discover ● View your trackable inventory Logging: ● Log a geocache now or save as a draft for later ● Add photos to share your adventure ● Improve cache quality by reporting geocaches that need maintenance Map Options: ● Street ● Satellite ● Hybrid Unlock even more adventure with Geocaching Premium: ● Find any geocache in the world, including Premium Member Only caches ● Filter geocaches by size, type, difficulty, terrain, and found/owned ● Sort lists of geocaches by distance, Favorite points, or geocache name ● Geocache anywhere, anytime with offline maps ● Take the road less traveled with Trails map ● Plan, add, or edit your next adventure with Lists ● Award Favorite points to geocaches you enjoy most ● Auto-sync Lists and Pocket Queries created on the Geocaching website ● Gain access to all Premium features on the Geocaching website We are committed to building the best tools for geocachers to create, share, and play this game. By joining and maintaining your Premium membership, you are helping to shape the future of Geocaching. In addition to your support of the game, Premium members also get access to more features, more geocaches, and more adventure. You can buy a Premium membership subscription through your iTunes account. Premium membership is available with a monthly or annual subscription. You can subscribe and pay through your iTunes account. Your subscription will automatically renew unless cancelled at least 24 hours before the end of the current period. No cancellation of the current subscription is allowed during active subscription period. Terms of use: https://www.geocaching.com/about/termsofuse.aspx

Top Reviews

  • Fun activity; questionable ethics


    By ismilez
    I started geocaching almost 10 years ago - hubby and I loved all aspects of it enough to fork over the $10 for the full app (pricey back then). But, then, the app stopped working because groundspeak required more money from users. This seemed unfair, as half of the community were happily volunteering time and supplies to create the caches in the first place. Then, the subscription model of $5/month! To access data that is uploaded by others on caches that are maintained by others! And, that the majority of users only access a few times per year, and usually as a fun and leisurely activity with kids or friends! I spend less than half that for hardcore business and productivity apps that I use DAILY, like several times a day! Sadly, I left geocaching for several years because I was so turned off by this. I just came back as several people have asked me about it and I find that there still have been no major developments to justify this cost. Just basic design tweaks here and there. This is so disappointing, as geocaching is a fantastic activity that once brought people from all over the world together and relied on the volunteer efforts of placers and maintainers. It still has those aspects but is definitely tainted by greed somewhere in the mix. 😢
  • Suggestions


    By Nicheblon
    This app is amazing and did use it all the time! But there are a few things I think you should look into. Firstly, there is no way to edit a geocache desciption or add images one it has been created. This is a problem for me because there are certain things I hadn't mapped out about my cache that I really needed to add, and no matter what I did, nothing. Second, the fact that I have to may a 𝑚𝑜𝑛𝑡ℎ𝑙𝑦 fee is terrible. I wouldn't make my consumers pay 𝑎𝑛𝑦𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑔 to get access to all the geocaches on a 𝑔𝑒𝑜𝑐𝑎𝑐ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑔 app, no less, but if you're gonna make a payment, at least make it a one-time thing. This way more people will want to get the membership- because it's simpler, but also you will get more money this way. Everything is just less complex. The last thing isn't so bad, although sometimes it is a problem for me, not being able to "tag" someone else who helped you with the geocache. I think you should be able to link them as well. So to recap, editing a cache, the subscription payment, and others. Please fix these and this could be a 5-star rating. But other than that, this app is great!
  • Fun while traveling


    By PT-OSIDE
    I’ve been geocaching for about 7years and not only do it at home but I really like doing it while on our family vacations. We travel to some pretty great places China, Belize, Thailand, Cambodia, Alaska,Panama, etc. and today we are in Rarotonga in The Cook Islands. If it wasn't for geocaching some of the most amazing places on our journeys we would hv never otherwise seen. We’ve gotten 2 here so far and expect to do more together here as this dysfunctional family needs bonding times desperately! My point is driven home by the cache we will go get later today... we need to rget on SUP boards and paddle to this uninhabitable island about a half mile away where there is yet another cache and island I would have otherwise never stepped foot on!! Geocaching is the answer... ENJOY!!
  • I’ll stick with the website, thank you


    By Dorris45
    I first optimistically downloaded this app around a year ago. Finally! A quick, easy way to geocache without having to first figure out my route, add geocaches to my Garmin eTrek GPS by hand, and gather up a backpack full of supplies and a group of people for a long geocaching hike! However, I missed the part of the description where basic members (like me) could only see those few geocaches with a difficulty of 1.5 stars or less. I was severely disappointed. Not only was I unable to see any of the geocaches in my area, I couldn’t even see the caches I had placed! It took about 5 minutes for me to decide to return to the website permanently. I give this app 2 stars because it at least has some potential as a new, easy version of the geocaching I know and love, but in its current state, it is virtually unusable for those unwilling to pay a Premium subscription. No matter how many features you add, how simple and intuitive you make the geocaching process, and how detailed you make the maps, this is a geocaching app, and a geocaching app without the geocaches is pointless.
  • Love the sport. The app... not so much


    By roblarkins
    Let’s be honest, the only thing the app developers have to do is make a functional, intuitive app that stores and interacts with users’ data. Since the the app authors don’t regularly create any content, there’s no justification for recurring charges that a one-time charge wouldn’t cover. While the interface works well enough, the app is a serious battery killer. This alone makes the experience a bit miserable. I can go from 100% charge to absolutely drained in about an hour. This absolutely MUST be fixed before I’d even consider paying anything further. $6/mo or $30/yr just isn’t reasonable for an app that’s used only now and then. That kind of pricing demands a considerable amount more content and functionality than what we’re getting. But geocaching doesn’t need anything more than what we already had so there’s no need for such a relatively high subscription price. Please go back to a one-time fee or you’re going to lose a good percentage of the community.
  • Pretty happy with it.


    By control_freek
    I'm pretty happy with the app. My primary lament from the previous version is the loss of being able to post directly to Facebook when I log a cache. I love the integration with the website, especially sharing lists. I can set up lists from the app and then load them directly to my Garmin from the website on my PC. My wife loves being able to flip directly into Waze for navigation to a cache. I'm not one of those people who believe everything in life should magically be free. I can see where my $30 per year goes in app and website development, website and database management and hosting, event planning and execution (such as "Where in the World is Signal" and "Lost Treasure of Mary Hyde")... We do most of our caching from the app on my iPad and actually find both the GPS locations and the satellite views to be very accurate.
  • Some features only available on website


    By Free star!
    Went ahead and got premium because my fiancé and I were enjoying caching and I like the mental challenge of the multi caches and the gadget caches. My one complaint is that I can’t award favorite points in the app. There’s an icon and it looks like you should be able to tap the heart but you can’t. I had to go to the website to award favorite points which was kind of a drag. I think it would be helpful if when a trackable is in a cache it would pop up as an option to log when you Mark the “found it” option. That way I wouldn’t have to search for it when someone else took the time to make sure it was marked as in that cache. Otherwise, pretty good app. Some things could be organized a little better, and I agree about the being zoomed in to load the caches—kinda annoying. Especially if looking for a particular trait. Please consider more challenges and things to check off as accomplishments. I’d love to see an interactive counties map where I try to find one in each county or state. Also, I’d like a search feature for newly published caches that DONT have a FTF (first to find) yet. Consider a Jargon terms section for muggles who just recently started caching! I scratched my head at the TFTF, TFTC, FTF, and especially P&G.
  • Basic user, app is pointless


    By geezfools
    I’m like many others before, a non-premium user who finds little use in the app, currently. I paid for the app many years ago and was annoyed when they phased it out for this current one. But like the time before there was an app, I will happily find geocaches without it as well. I’ve posted in other places that I would probably do an in-app purchase to unlock all non-premium caches, but I’m NOT interested in paying $30 a year for a membership I would use maybe 10-15 times. I geocache when I’m on vacation and in new areas, otherwise, not something I do. So for their to only be one paid option seems like a huge miss by groundspeak. But I think groundspeak must find joy in their ability to ruin their own game. Time and time again they’ve done things that just leave their users scratching their heads, this app being one of them. Oh well, $30 I can spend elsewhere.
  • If only I could give no stars...


    By Jazzylei
    I used to have the geocache classic app on my phone. That’s how I started geocaching and got pretty into it. It was fun and easy and got me to exercise outside. I haven’t had much of a chance to use spare time and walk around so I decided to start back up. First thing I found was that my old app didn’t work and I never got so much as an email telling me geocache was switching to a new system. So I downloaded the new app cause I was excited to start doing it again. Now I can’t access any geocaches hardly at all. Not even ones I’ve found in the past. There’s no way I would pay for a basic gps system to find things. Instead of getting people outside and making them want to geocache. You people are making it impossible. I’m a college student I barely have time to get outside. Much less the money to pay for a basic app that doesn’t really do anything. Unless the subscription part goes away, consider me not a returning customer
  • Geocaching begins


    By LocaBoriqua
    2016: I am very new to all of this. Did my first cache with a friend Monday night and immediately loved it. Got the free app that night and went out on my own hunt Tuesday and very quickly paid the $30 for a years membership once I saw how many there were to find. Been caching every day (3days now) and have had no problem with the app. Can't wait to find some trackables and some more swag. Will update once I've been using for a while. Update: 2019 I have renewed my subscription every year because this is just so much fun. I don’t get to do as many anymore but it’s still worth it for me to have my subscription active when I am in a new place and want to find a quick (or not so quick) cache.

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