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Weskanden - The app Does what it says it will do
While I agree with Doris45, that operating the app under a basic membership has its limitations, the app still does what it says it will do. The features available with a premium membership are because those people pay for the service. Groundspeak / Geocaching is no different than any other service that has a free basic and a paying premium membership system. The bottom line is it does what it says it will do.
That being said, I am giving it 4 stars (I would give it 4.5 or even 4.75 if I could, just not a full 5) because I still find little glitches and some limitations that annoy me (i.e. only being able to see /load caches if zoomed in under a certain level / limit on number of caches visible at one time). Where I am, caches are spread out and I would rather see a wide view rather than needing to scroll over and then load a new area. But given the option of the app on a phone or a GPS that I have to upload and its other limitations, I choose the app on a smart phone any day (where I still have cell service).
ismilez - Fun activity; questionable ethics
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. 😢
Nicheblon - Suggestions
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!
PT-OSIDE - Fun while traveling
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!!
Dorris45 - I’ll stick with the website, thank you
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.
roblarkins - Love the sport. The app... not so much
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.
control_freek - Pretty happy with it.
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.
Free star! - Some features only available on website
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.
LocaBoriqua - Geocaching begins
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.
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.
geezfools - Basic user, app is pointless
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.
Jazzylei - If only I could give no stars...
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
JBlakeney - Not as good as the old app
I stopped geocaching for about a year, simply because I hated the new version of the app. The screens are difficult to navigate back and forth through, the satellite map is awful (please bring back Google maps), and I can't see the artwork on my souvenirs. One thing that would be helpful is if you could make the coordinates of a cache clickable that would allow you to open the coordinates in Google Maps and obtain driving directions. Sometimes caches are far apart, especially in rural areas, so driving from one to another is necessary. I don't like how I have to look at the app's map navigation while I'm driving to a cache location. If not clickable directly into Maps, at lease allow the user to copy and paste the coordinates. And the fact that you are forcing users to pay for premium membership in order to view even basic difficulty caches is just awful.
Brw59 - Expensive - not long term friendly
I am very disappointed with the structure of this app … I bought the old one … the purpose of a one time buy is so I don’t have to subscribe … then the old app is discontinued, and prompts me to download this one, come to find out I can’t even see the geocaches that I already paid to see in the old app? That’s rotten… They should have ported over their old database for those that bought the other app. I only use it once every 6 months anyway … and today when I wanted to use it I found out that it’s been 12 months since I used it last.
… That being said, they did a good job with the user interface of this app; but I’m still frustrated that they are ripping off so many people with something that is free for just using the browser with, the only difference being you need to copy the coordinates to put into a separate app to get where you want to go.
Nate Maas - Bye bye Groundspeak!
While this app has an updated UI, I was saddened to see that they’ve now restricted all but the most entry level caches to those who pay for premium membership. We were quite active in the early days of geocaching, forming our own club and putting out a ton of local caches for people to find. We paid a pretty penny for all kinds of gear from Groundspeak. Then when they put out an iPhone app, we paid the $10 to support that too, to have something on hand to cache with newbies. Haven’t gone out in awhile, but took my brothers family out only to feel like we just got ripped off again by a money-grubbing company that we have put so much into. No thanks! We’ll go where the original spirit still lives on - we’ll try a few we’ve seen reviewed (Cachly seems like it has good reviews), just tired of being taken by the same people and are going to put a stop to it.
crx81 - Not as horrible as others say, continues to improve.
As the title states, this app isn't the worst thing that's ever happened to geocaching. In fact, I'll go as far as to say that the free app USED to be the worst thing that ever happened to geocaching. There was an influx of people who had zero investment in the game, who did more damage than the dreaded "muggles," having zero concern for returning things as found or for not getting muggled themselves. So this app now basically requires paid membership, which is probably a good thing. The app continues to improve and add more features, and I believe this will all end as a win-win for those of us that love the game!
Lupu60 - Version “upgrade” last fall is terrible
We’ve been geocaching for several years and love it. The app has worked well over that time...until the “improvement “ last fall. It is now extremely difficult to navigate to the cache. For one thing it’s not possible to zoom in very far; the image just pops back out again. But even worse, the compass almost never points towards the cache! (This is not a problem with our compasses as they work perfectly in other applications.) The older version with the direction along the bottom with the mark showing the direction of travel actually got you going in the right direction. The compass now points in seemingly random directions. Now because we can’t depend on our compass, we have to use the number of feet away and maintain the direction where the number falls. We also have never had to depend on the hint as much as we do now. All this is extremely frustrating.
Sweetwind - Little Frustrations
I have been using this app for years (back in the day it would show a graphic of a dragon eating the satellites when it couldn’t get location data!) Overall the app is good but at times prone to frustrating bugs. Currently I have a list of 160 caches across the world, the app used to map it but now it just crashes whenever I try the map option for this list... that’s been happening for a month or two and I’ve finally decided to break the list up into smaller lists... I shouldn’t have to take steps like that to work around an app bug. Lists have been a problem in general for most of this year, the app will freeze when downloading and some lists never manage to download at all. I will continue to use the app because I haven’t found anything better.
Wakisashi - Hope they can fix glaring issues
The reason I use this app is for messaging as no other app is allowed to do it, unfortunately. Even reading messages has bugs. Want to scroll? To bad! For some reason they decided to program to jump to the last message, so if you have someone that typed a couple messages and they are longer than the screen, you cannot read them. Have to use computer. Also, a huge annoying bug is that url links that I want to open in a browser get diverted to the app, but the app never opens the cache page. So all url links die. Would uninstall so I could open urls, but then I cannot reply to messages. Please fix the app or let 3rd party developers integrate with messaging. Also give us the option to choose if the app handles url links. I actually would rather it didn’t.
Buffylva - Trackables and Souvenirs
The app isn't as bad as I first thought it was. It does now offer driving directions that link to navigation which is pretty decent. However the biggest thing for me is that I enjoyed viewing my souvenirs and on the last app you could pull them up read about them and view the artwork, with this app you can't. Also with the last app you could track your trackables on the map and see where they have gone and which caches they have been placed in, once again that bothers me. Makes it difficult when I am out Caching and want to place a TB in a cache I have to pull up the website and figure it out from there, if they fix these two issues.....it would be a 5 star app.
Brian Bunny - Love the sport, and this app is great!
Best app ever! I really don’t mind paying for memberships... we go geocaching with this app whenever we can. We have found over 600 geocaches, which is so many hours of outdoor adventures! It takes us to great places for walks, and bike rides (even near our home) that we never knew were there! We have also hidden over 50 (using the website to submit for review). I much prefer this app over my gps. We used to have the old app, but this one is much better and I can see why they switched. If you are new to geocaching, buying the premium membership is well worth it!
iamJohnBamber - It’s not white there yet
This app has a lot of potential, but here are my main issues with it:
- A friends list you can edit and modify in the app; if this is such a great way to meet people, why do we have to go to a non-mobile-friendly website to try and add someone?
- Lists weren’t working from the app, until I added one on the website. Weird.
- we should be able to see our finds in the app
- sharing lists between friends - again, if this is such a great way to meet people why is this not there?
- slow to update when premium status is purchased - this should be instantaneous
- should be a flashlight on/off button easily within the app
- tag friends in a cache you find, similar to tagging people on Facebook
- cover photo has to be set from website but not the app...??
- the app should be able to do everything the website can do. I’m a new cacher and finding it unnecessarily complicated to go back and forth between a non-mobile-optimized website to an app lacking in functionality.
Update the app with many or all of the features I’d asked for and I’ll give it 5 stars!
sol seaker - Good App. I like it.
I like the new app. It’s had great updates including auto-routing for your car, which is awesome. The app Works great. Found ten caches easily today with it. I'd like to see all caches while searching for one but that's about my only complaint at this point. It's disappointing to see people complain about paying instead of rating the app. The website is not free to maintain and create. Go tour groundspeak headquarters they pay commercial rent and employees. Not cheap. Support the game you love. 35 a year is nothing. Think of how much you pay for cable tv and that doesn't even get you outside.
Alisha Weston - I deleted the app
I paid $10 for the app a few years ago, it was great to go out with my phone instead of downloading from the computer to the GPS, and planning a whole trip. I could just go out for the day find 2 or 3 I’m not a “hardcore” cacher, and maybe that’s what the business model is trying to do is weed out the weekend cacher... but it just seems greedy, they were already making good money with the premium subscriptions, then they decided to charge the weekend cacher? I had to delete the app because I knew I’d never use it again!
Scienceguy151 - Disgusted by the cost.
Geocaching is a fun activity. I’ve been doing it off and on since 2001 back when their server was a P90 and you had to log on a 5am if you wanted to use the website without crashing.
Back then, their mission statement included a section about how they wanted it to be free for all people to explore the world and discover new places. You needed to buy a GPS, but that was it. Volunteers manage the cashes, and they managed the database. It was obviously a labor of love and nerds the world over rejoiced. They operated just fine on donations and ads.
Since then I’ve watched them chip away at that original mission to the disgusting perversion it is today.
As it stands now it’s $30 a year. Real business software isn’t that much. The MS excel portion of the yearly 365 subscription isn’t that much. All groundspeak does is list what volunteers maintain. They use maps other people generated. The app itself isn’t an amazing feat of coding.
This app is useless without the subscription.
Geocaching is fun and introduces you to new places, but not that fun. Especially now that there is no new content due to the cost. Now it’s just a bunch of soggy boxes in the woods that haven’t been found in 6 months.
FluffyRAM - Room for improvement...
This App is SLOWLY improving!
I've been Geocaching for almost 10 years now and I'm very glad to see the capability migrate to a smart phone (maintaining a GPS device can be costly when not used regularly enough and the uploading of caches was a laborious process).
I originally gave the App just one star because the launch was terribly cumbersome. Now it's much better to use. I like the "live" aspect of the cache data; ie the information is as up-to-date as the website so archived caches do not appear (something which was frustrating when you uploaded a list to your GPS once a month or so!).
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE make a way in the App for me to log my trackables when I log a cache. A simple "visit all" like you have in the website is all I ask. Currently within the App you have to go to each trackable for every cache. Tedious. OR, from the cache page I select "open in browser" and write my "Found" logs from there so I can do "visit all" with my trackables.
Come on. Trackables are a big part of geocaching. Please make it easier to log their journey.
Katrina52008 - Cancellation problems
I had subscribed for a few months and wanted to unsubscribe when my son lost interest (no reason to pay $6 a month for an app we no longer use.) Tried to unsubscribe but it said I had to personally contact the company through email, so I did. The employee said he would take me off the subscription, which I assumed he did, but stupid me didn’t think to double check my statement. So I ended up paying for an extra 3 months without knowing it. I finally did find out how to unsubscribe myself (not sure why they say you can’t.. even though the option isn’t available on the app itself you can still do it through your device.) All in all the app was alright.. I just wish customer service would be honest, now I’m out $20 because of it.
Schwins - GeoCash
I kind of wish that you didn’t have to pay monthly to edit and so if I wanted to edit where I would have maybe put it than it would be a lot easier and I wouldn’t have to pay my money. (I feel that it’s too much money anyway) maybe it would have gotten a 5 star rating if there was more recent photos too beaus a lot of things have changed and it’s hard to understand the map that we are walking for. I also think that it is really fun to look for them and find hints and added on to my kids actually get out now during summer so it’s a great app but I give it 4 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
lestrangelover - Geocaching
So I do agree with previous reviews about how being a basic member you do have your limitations, so that would bring me down to 4.5 stars, but obviously there’s no way for me to do that on a iPhone, so yeah. But I’ve found as the app updates (which is about once every month) it gets better and better. Like, I’m writing this review while the app is updating. Locating things are getting easier, and just scrolling through the places you could find some is fun. All in all, the basic member stuff is fun and still functional.
GJCM - Works well, could use some changes
The app continues to advance and change which is nice, but I do miss the old app that is not supported anymore. Maybe because I was so use using it. Overall the app works well and does what it should, but there are things I would like to see.
Biggest right now, I would like the app to work with Apple Watch. Would like an easy place to see all photos without going through comments.
I don’t know if it’s the phone or the app, but lately the GPS writhing the app has been off, but when using my separate GPS app, it works just fine. Not sure why it would matter.
ToonBlastFan54 - Fun and Addicting! A Good Time Killer
This game is fun to do wherever you are! Geocaches are all over the world. If you are out shopping, there could be a geocache in your parking lot. If you are walking around on a trail, there could be a geocache on that trail! It’s so fun even with basic membership and I found over 250 caches before I got geocaching premium! Even 3 while I was a basic member. Now, I have premium and now it’s even more fun! This is definitely something to download and you know what the cool thing is, this isn’t virtual! You can really find treasure outside your house!
DaNatalizer - Fun
App lacks so much, you are losing long time users *and* those they would have hooked if app was better. Short: losing users exponentially!
For some its not plausible to get a gpsr until they love the game through the app first.
Somehow gamify unlocking higher d/t (and the types please?) by finding a certain amount of geocaches etc.?
My workaround for when I'm in the field and I can't see a cache on the app, I just open my browser to the geocaching website. I don't use functions of the app when I'm caching! Please give me more functions on the app so I want to use it. Plus I am able to see more types than traditionals, like letterbox, and virtual. Virtuals and earthcaches don't have containers to be ruined, they're types to learn from. What's the reason for not displaying them on the app again?
Summer 2017 update:
Summer souvenir challenge was so fun when all d/t ratings were unlocked! Closer to where I would like to see this app!
Another Lonely Driver - Great but Needs more work
If you are new to geocaching this app has tutorials to get you through your first few caches and show you the etiquette of the game.
I like the marriage between the compass and map, though for some reason the previous app. map shows more accurately
I really like being able to drop a line to the cache owner and other cacher's. Thank you for finding a way to turn off the alert when you get close to GZ and add a list view. I have a premium membership and didn't realize how limited this is till I tried to find a cache with my grandsons phone
While I see some improvements being made in the app. after using the old version I really don't think I would have stuck with geocaching if I had used this one when I started out. I needed the step from buying the app for the improvements to becoming a premium member and it wouldn't have happened with this app.
Seph Allen - I'd give it zero stars if I could.
It's been a year or so since I geocached, but I thought yesterday was a good time to resume. I had the $10 app on my phone from before, but "upgraded" yesterday thinking I could quickly locate a cache I'd found last year so I could leave some items in it. This app is SO BAD. I never found the cache, but the worst part is that they charged me to get to information I'd already paid to get - then didn't deliver that information as well as the version I had bought before. - Also, it's impossible to end the $6.54 monthly charge using your phone. You have to dig deep into iTunes subscription preferences on a computer to end it. I could have literally paid a guide to take me to caches for the time, trouble and expense this app caused.
Mainezonie - Works great with reception
I am a premium member and find this app to work fine when you have reception. I don't always have my handheld GPS with me or didn't download any caches before I left on my travels and this app finds the caches in my area. I also use this app in conjunction with my GPS. The maps work fine and are accurate. It does not have all the information that the full Geocaching website has, but it is handy to have on your phone for spur of the moment caches. I recommend this application.
GameMom123 - Wish I never paid.
Paid $10 for the pro version. Haven’t used it in a while and came back due to pandemic - good activity during these times. So - other people do all the work of making the cache, placing it, posting it. Then others find it and comment and provide hints. I paid to upgrade - which was a one-time fee. And now this app developer discontinued that app - can’t even sign in -Had to download this one and now they are charging $6 a month?!!!! For what?! I look forward to someone building a new app to replace this ridiculous money grab. So disappointing. It’s like they used the $10 so many of us paid so they could create a subscription system and price gouge. Ugh.
reddevils1968 - Latest Update Crashes All the Time
Admittedly, I have an older phone, 6+. I can’t update to iOS 13. Other than that, the phone is up to date. Earlier today I was able to open it and I was working on downloading offline info. Finally got it to work after multiple tries. The app would crash very often in the process. It would go black and eventually close. Now, it just does that while finding initial caches around me. It just doesn’t work.
After further experimenting, apparently downloaded data was causing the problem. I deleted the app and reinstalled. No downloaded data and app has not crashed yet.
Mikesteele83 - Groundspeak stole my money
I paid $10 for the geocaching app and then a couple years later they disabled the app and released this one for free but it only works for premium members. The old app cost $10!!!!!!!!! That’s the most expensive thing in the App Store and now they take away what I paid for, and the new free app only works if you’re paying for a subscription. I don’t geocache enough to pay for the premium membership, but I would like to go geocaching sometimes with the app. When I had the old app I used it all the time instead of a gps. I already was excluded from premium member only caches but now all caches above a 1.5 difficultly or terrain rating are only for premium members. We need to boycott this company until they change things back.
Draconta - App keeps improving...
First I am a premium member and I have to chuckle at the people who think that $30 per year for a hobby is too expensive! Just think about what we spend on those coffee joints, doughnut joints, etc. etc. I used the old app and the new one concurrently until the old one was phased out. The first iteration of the do you app wasn't that user-friendly. But the "new" app has improved greatly and hopefully will still continue to improve. I love the driving directions as I travel for work and sometimes go across an unfamiliar town to find a cache!
-ACM-Toshiba - Formerly Free Family Fun
I loved geocaching, and introducing friends & family to it. Activity itself is great but over the last few years this app went from a free service to a pricey subscription model built on the efforts of volunteers who made geocaches for people to find. Bait and switch to its users over the years. Very disappointed. There are some free options that are harder to get to and less family friendly. Wish we had the app of 10 years ago. Shame on you guys.
allaroundaudrey lover - Love it
This a a perfect game if you have nowhere to go or nothing to do. It can help get you out of where you live and explore new places. If I had to there are two problems to talk about, one is that the caches are sometimes wet or have bugs near them but that is not a problem with the app, the other problem is that the gps is off. Sometimes you are like two feet away and it could say you are like twelve feet away. Other then those one or two problems the app is great.
Valles2x - Way overpriced
Ok, geocaching is fun, and geocaching web & app facilitate the activity well. However, $30 per year is outrageous for what it does. In contrast, for $10 less per year, I subscribe to Gaia GPS, one of the world’s top pieces of navigational software, which I utilize extensively both on the job and recreating with complete landnav confidence. Used by search & rescue teams and the like, Gaia utilizes superb map overlays, route creation, integrated waypoint management, etc with pinpoint accuracy. Geocaching, for more $, links to Google Maps and provides fair locatonal services, at best? Face it guys, $30 a year to manage an app with an average UI is laughable... My weather app interfaces with G maps just as well, also does more, and was FREE
Tlmille31 - Apple Watch
I love your app but I would like to add it to my Apple Watch.
Plus, when I click found it or didn’t find it I’d like to be able to remove that. When I first started geocaching I was looking around the app and I didn’t know what I was doing. I clicked found on a cache and I couldn’t click to unfind it. So now I have a found logged that I never actually found. It messes up my numbers. I want to see an accurate account of my finds.
But love your app so far besides that.
Well what do we have here???? - Love it but...
I started geocaching about 7 years ago with my family. I’ve continued to love it and see the great changes that have come through the years. Despite this, I do have to say that I’m incredibly disappointed. Before, you could access all level of caches, not just level 1 ones. This makes the experience for families and those want to experience geocaching for free less appealing. The creator do have to keep in mind that a lot of members have to cover gas and travel costs to reach caches, along with the price of the app. Mainly, it just doesn’t seem fair to offer things for several years to free users and then take back certain aspects.
Redlab46 - Downgrade
I really really liked using the old app, very intuitive. I loved the fact I could cache all day then log them all at once with a single touch of a button. If you can do that with the new app I can't figure out how. That is the problem with this app, it seems to be a struggle just doing the basic geocaching things. Even worse the web page is going the same direction. I've been a cacher since 05 and it just seems like the powers that be are driving people away from the sport. Not very happy at this point.
enmanning - What a complete ripoff
I don't know if I've ever written a review for an app, but I'm so upset by this app. I used to geocache all the time with my best friend in college. We both paid the $10 for the app (not a small chunk of change when you're in college). Over the next few years, I geocached using the app, and my now husband actually used one to propose. Yesterday, I went to use the app with my friend and our kids at a park only to find that there's this brand new app THAT REQUIRES YOU TO PAY FOR A SUBSCRIPTION! Complete rip off, and has ruined the experience for me. I will not be paying for the subscription, and I find it completely ridiculous that those of us who were loyal customers and paid for the full app get screwed.
Trekingpalls - Compass problems
I got used to using the new app ever since it came out. I was very satisfied with it until this past February (2019). The compass kind of works. It will point to the correct heading, but it doesn’t align with true north. If, for instance, the cache is directly north, the arrow will point to the “N” on the compass, but the entire compass might be showing that north is actually to the south or some other direction. Very annoying. It’s still possible to find the cache if you know which way north is. You can also watch the distance get smaller and smaller. This isn’t the best way to get the job done. I’m hoping this compass problem can be fixed.
Wampus Troop - Addictive
It starts out as a joke, using million dollar satellites to find Tupperware in the woods. Then, for those of us that loved Easter egg hunts, it becomes where and how things are hidden. Then, you find yourself staring at a beautiful waterfall a few hundred yards off the road, at a battlefield between two long forgotten forces raging over something that we continue to fight over today, or near a government run site that you didn’t know that you could access. This isn’t an app, it’s a passport.
Kc0577 - Map issues and why paid app?
I only have a 3 because I love caching otherwise it would be a 1.
Charging people to go out to adventure and have fun is ridiculous for one. You make a lot of money on selling the geocaches and log sheets themselves that the app should simply be an extension of the website rather than a paid for app. Also, with that being g said, charging people to use the app, there should be ZERO FLAWS with it. I constantly have to un and re install the app because my map location dot constantly disappears and I do t know where I am as well as the app force closing.
Auntlello1 - Almost Quit!
The first couple of times I tried to find a cachet with my then husband and toddler we never found anything and I put it aside. A couple years after the divorce I tried once again with my much older child and by golly we found it! As soon as we started learning about all there is to geocaching the better we got. Not only is it entertaining and fun for the family, but it gets you to explore places you never knew existed
Cptashby - Love the app!
I’ve started from the standard Garmin to the app love the idea of binge caching nonstop with the app
Things I as a premium member would love to see added to the app is direct searches for night caches. It would be awesome to create souvenirs for streaks and be able to view on the app your statistics from your profile and be able to compare with your friends.
Keep on making this the best thing for the outdoorsy type folks. Stay safe caching and a million thanks. (Firebadger)
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Stormtech - Year by Year Filters
I’m well into Geocaching and am really loving the opportunity that this gives to get out and about exercising and visiting some places that I would never had thought to go to.
I would love to see a filter that allows the Geocacher to view the year that the cache was placed by the Cache Owner.
I am really wanting to find some old caches and having the ability to filter out the search area for these older caches and see how well that they have faired and been maintained over the years.
Please bring in a “year hidden filter”....!
HayleyJMac - Love the app hate being charged twice
This app is great, the game is awesome & it’s a fun family game outdoors however as someone who bought the app years ago for one set price outright then be made to pay annual fees after the makers decided to change their minds on the payment side of things, I got a little annoyed and stopped using it. Like all big companies, they know you will come back as they own the market so they may take profit over their customers but with their monopoly on the market like many companies, there is no other choice than to join the ranks of minions with the annual fees. I wouldn’t have minded if the fees were annual from the beginning. It’s a great game so no issues on that side of it.
Agentnicho - Great, makes geocaching Quick and easy. But we want to make caches as well!!
Love geocaching, and love that I can now do it from my phone. Easy to quickly open and see if anything is close by for a quick find. The only thing I would love to see is to be able to create a cache in the app.
upriversheep830 - Great, stupid pricing for premium
The app is great, I’ve been have an awesome time finding all these local spots with the app. However a large amount of the caches are locked off unless you have the premium subscription. I’d happily play $10 as a one off, but the asking price is $10 per month which is a price similar to a Netflix subscription. This app’s premium has nothing extra to offer from the normal version as far as I can tell. The caches are locked off based off the difficulty they have been ranked there is nothing special about the locked off ones specifically so why charge a monthly subscription for them??
DazTron2000 - Could be much better
Very little option settings compared to an app I had been previously using.
Hard to add personal note (if it’s possible at all) and can’t see added wpts of a multi or mystery caches on the map screen, meaning you drive straight past unless you solely concentrated on that one cache, and miss all others in the area or look at the map to see all the other caches as you drive around and have to remember to open the multi you started kilometres ago to navigate to the next wpt.
Would be 5 star app if could see all child wpts of caches on map and easy personal notes for jotting down clues on the go.
fcecdcdxddxdxdred rdvthcfxr - Geocaching
Geocaching is so fun you find things you have to log you’re name’s in the geocache but the geocache that you found it on this app press log then if you found it you press found it and if you didn’t find it press DNF and if you want to make a note press write note.I forgot that you sign up on this app
Pjcob - Caching
I really love caching it has taken my husband and myself to places we would not have otherwise gone and we have seen things that we would have otherwise missed including several historical sites
Shazamattazz - Where has the trackable count gone?
I’m loving geocaching. But am unhappy with one failure of the newest update. You cannot see at first glance anymore if a cache contains trackables. You have to navigate to the trackable page of every cache.. It’s a nuisance. Please bring that feature back.
Jaybeem! - Not an improvement
Geocaching Classic is a considerably better app than this. I have used this app for several weeks and will now revert to the old app
+12 months: it's now a much better app. I like most of the features, particularly the mapping
dub bull - Amazingly great fun and fantastic app
Every parent should take their kids Geocaching to get them out in the fresh air exploring new place in a fun way.
But not just for the kids, adults too enjoy the outside with a challenge or two of finding the harder caches.
HebbaJune - Love it!
Can't recommend this app enough! My 6yr old son and I love it! We're having a lot of fun looking for the caches and it's getting us out of the house when normally we would just hang about at home on our free days.
BishBashBen - Great app
Geocaching is great but I can't get most of the geocaches because of geocaching premium which you have to pay every month or year. If there was a fixed fee (I only have to pay once) I would be able to convince my parents to pay for it. Please change it.
Doonsa - Handy and essential
This app is easy to use and an essential for all cachers! I love the Download Offline Data option, so we can still grab those elusive caches, in the more remote areas, when the signal gives out on us.
TFT... App! 😊👍🏽
Jesse Footter - Trackable problem please fix
Great app but you can dip trackable anywhere in the world even if you haven’t really been there causing fake miles
comet9!! - Favourite geocaches
I went geocaching recently and I found the best geocache (by my standards). I wanted to favourite it but I forgot to. When I realised that, I tried to go back and favourite it and I couldn’t. Please update this so that if you change your mind and forget you can go back and favourite it.
C.S2002 - Make my own cache
I’ve only had this app for less than a week and I’m in love with it. The only thing is I wish I could make my own caches, so I can make new hiding spots and expand the geocaching world, without having to pay $50 for premium.
Mrslug97 - Okay
I liked it at first and payed for premium, after 2 weeks finding got boring.
Really wanted to start hiding, but when submitting them, they were being denied constantly for reasons hypocritical of others locations.
Forgot about this app until I noticed I was still subbed to them and had $10 a month siphoned for 4 months.
Cameron_123 - Just a push to buy premium
Why are there now ridiculous restrictions for non premium members on the app? There isn't on your website...
Paid $12 for the original app when it first came out and love it. There was little restrictions on that, but now forced to use the new app which only allows you to find caches 2 stars or below for terrain or difficulty.
What a joke!
Bernipnip - Happy
Hi haven’t been out much in the last 12months but really enjoy caching and the places it takes you. Hope to get back into it this year 2020.
GC.com.mrcoffee - Missing vital items
This app needs a coordinate converter and a page that shows your Lat and Long location
Duntulum - Geocaching
I find the experience really rewarding as you go to places u would never go to or see through out the world
Aussiegin - 5 out of 5 stars
This app really takes you to amazing locations, lets you get back to nature, gets your hands dirty and it is lots of fun.
Rockondevil - Good but...
Great app however ruined by today’s greed of subscriptions. If this app was a single purchase, even for $100 it’d still be better than what is currently offered.
I’d buy it immediately for a price and give it 5 stars.
Team Ireland - Super fun
Having a blast finding caches! It’s a great excuse to get out and about, finding new places, seeing new sights. Highly recommend!
Ronice88 - Warning
This is so fun you will have a mighty distraction on your hands. What a fantastic use of technology. New places, new knowledge and new challenges!
FGR055 - Love the new update
Loving the new update. The kids find it much easier to use. Thanks for the great work.
BenM70 - BenM70
App is a little buggy. The navigation is prone to losing the correct heading pointing you in the wrong direction and I need to restart the app but apart from that it is a great way to enjoy geocaching.
Mal - Au - Great App
I have tried other Apps but this one has everything I need. No complaints from me.
durvillegirl - Geocaching is awesome
This is honestly worth every cent for premium and fun for all ages! Perfect way to break up long road trips
Marikals - So much fun
Feel like real life treasure hunters loving this family activity to get outside and walking around
w'assa - Making travelling fun.
Learnt lots about areas and discover places you wouldn’t normally go to!
Alivet - Just a less useful version of the classic app
Tried downloading this to get back into geocaching and realised so many features from the old app I paid for are now locked behind premium. Going to delete it and find an alternative that doesn’t feel like a downgrade.
iammkultraful - Update
Due to the latest update my compass isn’t automatically pointing north.
Mimi childddd - It's good but..
I love this app so much fun but I just went on to log a geocache I found the other day and was very mad to see now you have to be a member to unlock 1.5 terriain places, and all around where I live is over 1.5 terrain, very mad about new update!!
kikilan - Premium price
Premium is much too expensive and should be lowered with another option for one-time-payment. There is also not enough options for the free version
Ann & John - Free exercise, fresh air & follow clues
Enjoy this activity it takes you to new places & meet new people!
Nazbox64 - Great Outdoor Fun!
We have young children and it’s a great way to get amongst it outdoors enjoying quality time together!
Timmmy Mac - Great App
App works great, can’t fault it. But would like to see a menu where you can access your friends.
Jcu student - Geocaching bug
I have the geocaching bug and I’m loving every moment
death_in_bloom_ - Failed premium.
I love the app. It’s great fun. But I’ve paid $47 to get premium and my account won’t even upgrade. Just hope it’s a bug but it’s irritating.
Daniel1089726 - Good but way to expensive
I remember when it was only 7 or 8 dollars for premium and it lasted for ever. Now it's terrible 10 a month is just ridiculous and stupid
chh-ching - Unhappy
Poor form Groundspeak. I’ve invested time and money in providing caches for others to find yet l am limited to only finding low difficulty <1.5 caches. Not only am l not finding them but others will soon have less to find.
khodshon - Geo drive
Gives an extra adventure to a drive 🤓
Animal 62 - Geofun
Great way to get outdoors there’s a lot of history to find
fern22444666 - Location
Awful location accuracy
Jimmy joe boparino - Too expensive
Too expensive for what you get.
Maybe a cheaper membership once you’ve submitted a certain amount of hides
Lost interest simply because I’d rather spend the money on my kids
Koonara wines - Careful of automatic updating
It just automatically updated me and charged $49, yet there is nowhere on the app you can Change this or turn it off. Be VERY wary, as they have made it near impossible to change.
Lonely Rooster - So-so
Some good new bits. But some UI are not intuitive. And I miss some of the functions of the 'original' version.
MG889195 - Great App
Have a couple of caching apps but this is the go to one first.
Krrisstyy - Latest update doesn’t let me log back in anymore
Previously was a great app. After recent update, can no longer log in- keeps displaying error message
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Jammin' John - Not disappointed any longer
Updated: Aug 2017:
I must say this app has improved big time! Below is my previous review from last year which indicated how bad the app was. Not any longer. In fact it is very much better than the old one that we had to pay for. Now I'm not using my hand held GPS because this app has become so much easier to use.
~ how lists work. Much easier than creating a pocket query.
~ the ability to turn off the "Close to cache warning."
~ the ability to rotate maps to the direction I am walking.
~ how the caches show as I move the map to another area.
~ that it now shows those pesky DNF's that I have to return to.
Keep up the great work.
Need I say more. I too am frustrated. Please support the old app until the new one is as good. This is NOT a good app yet. Full of bugs and poorly laid out. It crashes when using pocket queries, and is jerky when using it.
Groundspeak, don't turn your backs on us. Keep the old app available. I'd hate to show a newbie this new app as the only alternative. Groundspeak, I thought you were better than this. Please reconsider.
😀😄😎🤓👍🏻🐴 - Amazing app
So much fun. It brought me to amazing places. Great prices!! Encourage everyone to try! When you go on vacation you can find amazing items and places!! It gets people out of there house and into the forest for a hike and amazing spots, I encourage everyone to do it!! I wish it didn't require wifi or data, but it is so worth it. It takes you places where you wouldn't think of going. It shows you God's wonderful nature!!
Purpodrank - Free Version Features Removed :(
Access to high level caches have been removed. Requires you to pay to see them. So lame 👎🏻 App is good but I don’t cache enough to warrant 40 bucks a year.
yourfeesrridiculous - Love caching - app is decent
I cache every day and use the app frequently. It’s totally decent and does what I need it to. However, Groundspeak is not open to feedback from premium members like me, even when changes they make are undesirable. I do not even get responses. That does not sit well with me. I’m glad I can cache by phone, but honestly feel they could do better in regards to listening to those that pay their salaries and support the hobby.
abcsd11928 - Is this even legal???
I purchased the premium app years ago, and it was worth paying the money back then. Now I’m back to geocaching and find out I have to pay another subscription fee to see most of the caches! Absolutely ridiculous! Can a company just break the business contract without users’ consent or without any legal consequences? What’s the point of changing the past business model when it work? After all, the geocaching is just a digital platform. Have you seen any other online listing platforms charge their users to see the listings?? Stupid move!
odini ransom - App sucks
I opened the app and the only caches I could find were basic ones the premium version is way too expensive not worth it
guiznot - Géocaching
J’utilise un GPS mais le téléphone avec l’application est très utile pour les infos de dernière minute et les photos indices.
jcoles - Where's the discount?
I paid for the premium version of the previous app. It was a one time fee. Now they retire that app and give us one that's $9 a month?? Where's the discount for purchasers of the previous? And $40 for a year???? Should be $40 for lifetime. Maybe then I would bite. What a rip off....
Ksisidiskskidwkk - Baaaaad 👎👎👎
I went to one of the geocaches and I searched for ever and nothing was there
TwiGryph - App no longer opens on iPhone 6
After the most recent update I can no longer open the app
Cliffp71 - Why block out some caches?
For some reason they block out some caches so you need to be. Paid member now
TDoR1999 - Won’t open
Recently updated and now it won’t open. Screen is green for a minute and then closes. Not happy.
BrandoniousTheGreat - Logging trackables
I miss the old way of logging trackables. Still a great app
MathNana and PapaTree - Great Until October 22nd
I have been thrilled until today when the app crashed mid-post. Hope this is fixed so that I do not need to try all over again.
Tiger7306 - Genial
Belle activité en plein air. COVID proof.
Dean the geocacher - Geocaching is awesome
Out almost every day som are pretty cool
Amanda Cora - Fun with kids!!
Enjoying all the adventures with my kids 🥰
wattsv - Too Expensive
This kind of app should have a free trial, ain’t nobody paying $10 a month for this. It’s fun and all but the cost is not realistic. No one wants to pay that kind of price for an app they’ll only use a few times.
suckered again? - Rip off
Bought the app some years ago. Paid the lifetime fee. Now the lifetime fee is cancelled and I have to pay every month? Not going to get sucked in again.
kenner girl - Review notes
I believe I have been asked to review this app.
I enjoy the ease of having the app on my phone so I am always able to look to see if Geocaches are near by while on adventures.
TheR3alFacts - It’s not that fun!
It used to be fun until they started asking to pay for more caches. It’s supposed to be a way to have fun and get cool things for free (as you leave something for the next person). Not the same anymore.
ShawnyGunz17 - Pay to Play Sucks
Could not have made money off of ads?
Angel1716 - Love Geocaching.com
My favourite pastime
lumbersnack1 - So fun
The kids love this
Alanna 123 - Almost totally happy
We have really enjoyed this, but only one thing has been bothering me. Sometimes geocache locations are identified as small when they should be listed as being micro. I looked up the difference between the two, and small is supposed to be a trinket trade and log in and micro is just a paper fill in log. The only reason that it bothers me is my four year old daughter got really excited to trade trinkets and twice now we’ve gone to a small object location to only find a log in. She was very saddened by it! Otherwise this has been one of my favourite apps we’ve downloaded in a long while!
Eden Cushing - Please Reply
It won’t let me do any in app purchases. How am I supposed to get premium?
mama_k1m - It’s fun but...
My mom has it on her phone but it won’t work on mine it won’t send the email to me to make sure I’m not a robot but either than that it’s fun on my mom’s phone
Mimi205 - Wait...what happened???
So the weather in Southern Ontario is finally nice. I decided to open this app up for the first time this year and do some neighbourhood geocaching and lo and behold...I’m behind a paywall now. That’s strange because I paid $10 for this app years ago. Is it even worth your time now? I open up my map and I’m surrounded by caches that can only be accessed with a premium account...all year round (like I’m going to go geocaching in f-cking February or between November to April for that matter...was any thought put into this?). This is beyond poor decision making...deleted the app after this discovery.
ShrtySqueekr - Fun
I love geocaching, been doing it for 10+ years. I find it really frustrating that you need to pay to get any caches over a 2.0 difficulty.
brave albertan - Awesome app for family
Very very good app to use with kids if you love nature and finding hidden treasures.
VicPillz - Could have been a good thing
I love this idea, so cool and I’ve heard lots of friend who loved the adventure, and hey I’d pay a one time fee for this but 8/9 monthly ?? Way to much sorry can’t justify that
green straw - you shouldn’t have to pay for it
I think that you shouldn’t have to pay for geocaching. I think that it should be free. i like it enough to pay for it but 40 bucks!
Tamara / Canada - Awesome for me anyway
I have to say I really love this Geocaching thing. I don’t take it very seriously but every now and again I’ve used it to encourage me to branch out from my routine walking spots. I love nose hill park.. that’s obvious since most of my few found caches over the years have been up there. Plus every now and again when I happen to have a kid or more with me it gives me something to do with them since I would have no clue how to entertain them otherwise lol. Two thumbs up from me.
weaselman and surviver guy - Amazing
This is the best geocaching app it’s amazing
itz_billie_eilish - Fun outdoor geocaching!
Geocaching is such a fun outdoor activity! I live finding and hiding such cool caches! Pretty easy to pick up for beginners, and enjoyable for all skill-ranges! Highly recommend!
outdoorcrafter - Geo app
Tried it out today and and found 6 caches very precise my family loves it
Donchartier - Poor
No worth it. Tons of ads and the premium is far to expensive. Not worth it. Delete app.
CSGradStudent - The app you buy still doesn’t give you access to the premium features which are pay-by-the-month
For $8 I would expect a stand-alone app that is fairly complete. Instead, a bunch of the features and even the caches themselves are actually inaccessible unless you pay additional monthly fees. The fees are fairly steep given the service that’s actually being provided. You can find this information elsewhere and it’s hard to justify the high monthly cost just for a very average UI to access it.
mksux - Poor customer service
DO NOT SIGN UP FOR THE PREMIUM ACCOUNT.
I used this service and then went through a period where i was unable to get outside. I’ve now tried to unsubscribe 3 times and sent numerous emails to customer service to ask for help unsubscribing form this but have been totally ignored.
This is really quite depressing.
Halfyyyy - Nope, I ain’t paying for it !
I am fed up of loading apps for free then having to “unlock” special features at a cost. Deleted this app soon after won’t come back
planator2468 - It’s better than the other geocaching apps
I love this app so much it’s really easy to use but the only thing I don’t like is that I have to pay for the premium to find different kinds of geocaches so I can only find the basic ones.
jejskgnnndjf - A very cool app!
We love the geocaching app! It is a fun community of cachers and it’s so much easier then just searching for the coords old school! A very cool app!
Elimeet2 - Stopped working last summer
My app stopped working last summer (2019). It won’t refresh from where I was last (camping with my family) and it’s still showing all those spots but won’t show any geocaches where I am now (at home) - whether or not I’m out and about or connected to wifi. Very frustrating. I’ve checked all my permissions and nothing has changed.
Gen1979 - Good
Definitely a good app it is good when I go geocaching with my family because we actually get a map to see if we are close or not only disappointed because we can not get all of the cashes but at least we got some and we can still do them without paying!!
Mikayly - Idk man
I like it and I’m gonna start caching again but you have to pay to see most of them. That’s really stupid considering this is supposed to be fun for people
RecordScore - Sucks for people in Canada
We have such a small time frame to geocache comfortably (not cold or any mosquitoes), the subscription has ruined this past time. I was in an area that has hundreds of geocaches and could only do about 3 due to these stupid restrictions.
Also, I paid $10 for this app initially and ignoring the support for us early adopters is very counter productive.
BlackJack65 - Won’t open since this latest update
The green screen with the logo shows up, and then goes into the background. Very disappointing has I was intending to attend a mega event on February 29th.
bleachandtone - Big fixes
Really great app if I was able to use it. Wouldn’t let me login to my account. I even tried resetting my password and still tells me that it’s invalid.
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Militescriste - Disappointed, not anymore
Today, 4/19 it finally updated to 6.0. I love what I see! Thanks.
I always look forward to an update, especially when the update touts cleaner lines and easier use which 6.0 touted. Imagine my disdain when opening the app after download showed the same thing as before the update. I don’t see any of the “updates” explained on the update page. Did someone forget to load the updated file on the update page?
N. Bedlam - Don’t get premium through iTunes
I purchased the yearly reoccurring premium subscription through iTunes and when I got a new phone and re-downloaded the app, but my account is no longer premium on the app even though it’s showing I still have an active subscription on iTunes. It’s pretty lame to pay that much for something and not be able to use it just because you switch phones. And was I ever even a premium member on the geocaching website having paid through iTunes? I don’t get it I paid them money I should have premium membership.
I like geocaching a lot, but right now it’s not even usable since the app asks me to pay for something which I already have.
🏇🏻🏇🏻🏇🏻🏇🏻🏇🏻☄☄☄ - Ok.....
I like this app. It's very good for beginners, but as I am getting quite good at finding Geocaches, I decided to look for a cache with a difficulty of 3. I couldn't find any and came to the conclusion that since I didn't have a premium membership I couldn't do 3.0 difficulty. So I thought: "Maybe the premium membership is about $10, and I could find more caches." But no, it is thirty dollars, and maybe I can get it maybe I can't. However I would also like to say that I wish you only had to pay the thirty dollars once. Then it would have been a done deal. Please fix this,
Snapchatfubupload - Newbie
I’ve known about geocaching for a few years but finally decided to give it a try myself. Officially found my first cache today, it’s cool for getting out of your comfort zone and exploring... I actually paid for the premium the first time I was introduced to the app and never got a chance to try it. Now I see that you have to subscribe to it and pay monthly which I don’t mind doing since you pretty much pay for other entertainment there days...
krinakin - The name game
The name game Judy Judy booty banana Fanna foe foodie fee fie Mahmoudi Judy Lana Lana Lana Bobanna banana Fanna foe Fanna fee fi fo fum Anna Lee Anna come on everybody to do I say no let’s play a game you too I said let’s make a rhyme out of anybody’s name the first letter of her name to treat it like it wasn’t there to put a P or an F or an MO will appear and then I say bowl out of you then I say the name of the banana Fanna NFL and then I see your name again with an M very plain and I feel fine animal and then I see your name again with the name this time and there is another name that I can’t geocaching
gdgfff - Premium features
Hi my name is gameboy15 Thank you so much for letting us get the geocaching app for free but could you make one of the other caches like the earth cache or the mystery cache a basic member thing because where I come from we don’t have any event caches nearby and the basic member only allows the traditional and event cache not to complain but could you add one more on please like the ghost 👻 cache or the mystery cache please thank you
Skidlywinks - Looks Like I Will Be Using The Website Like Old Times
I think it is outrageous that anything above a two star or something mildly different from a standard cache is locked behind the premium subscription. I fell out of Geocaching about the time Groundspeak made this call. I already paid into the $10 app way back when. I don’t have the funds nor do I want to be paying for subscriptions. I can go back to using the website and pulling up GPS calls on my phone. And as far as I can tell, I have no idea how to log or submit travel bugs on the app any more. Maybe that’s locked behind a subscription too... Love Geocaching, hate what they have done with it. TFTC... just not the app.
JMcShamrock🍀 - Love the Game!
The app itself could be more user friendly, especially the tutorials for beginning cachers. I was disappointed by the cost, I had to upgrade and pay immediately to be able to access any caches in my local area. I'm still having a blast caching, but I feel that a paid app should have more information, more interactive options & editing ability, and a readable users manual. The video explanations aren't very helpful...
But as I said, I love the challenge, the discovery, and the places you'll see!
CustomerJL - Seems unethical...
This newer app requires a subscription to unlock certain features. Seems fair for new customers given the business model is changing to subscription based. But this app replaces a previous $10 geocaching app where many of these features were already available. Seems unethical that pre-existing customers will now lose what they already paid for. There are other apps that grandfather pre existing customers into the features that they already had. And it's worth noting that years ago, $10 for an app was a considerable cost back when apps averages $2-$3. And customers paid that price. That should be worth something today.
Thumper0440 - Not happy with having to pay or you lose out.
I think greed has taken over just a bit. This app used to be pretty cool in the fact that you had to opportunity to find a wide range of different caches for free and the app was pretty user friendly. Lately with all the, in my mind, bogus updates, I don’t really recognize it anymore. The use and look of the app is a bit disappointing. I sure miss the old look and feel. I paid the $30 a year for a while for the extra benefits, but it is luxury I can no longer afford. Now that I am back in the free arena, I am so disappointed how much was taken away.
Lookie_lu - Great app, some thing that need fixing.
I love this app and just started geocaching but the gps is off 99% of the time. And then it won’t stop saying that caches “aren’t fully loaded” and “have waypoints missing” Which means that the activity section, description, cache placer name, and hint (if available) won’t show up. I tried logging out and logging back in. I’ve tried all the things I could find. I hope that there is a way to fix some of these. But once again, great app!!(for the most part)
The Crescent Music Reviews - Very Cool App! But-
There’s plenty things to do in the world of Geocaching and this app captures it all. I only wish that you could access all website features on the app.
Recently I’ve had a problem though where the lower description and log of the cache have been missing on most premium caches. I can still see the title and difficulty/terrain, but the rest doesn’t load. I’ve tried waiting on WiFi and waiting on cellular data, but the description still won’t appear.
Stedmanrecon - GPS Accuracy and Tackables Map
The app has gotten immensely better since I first used it a long time ago. However, the GPS accuracy could really use some advancement. That may be limited to the actual GPS of the iPhone 7+, but it is pretty annoying in regards to distance and updating direction/distance.
The only other thing that I do not like is that it would be awesome to look at where all trackables have been. The ones currently in my inventory, and the ones that I have moved before. That seems like an feature that a lot of people enjoy.
Turtle-Rabbit_SF - better web and mobile app integration
Hmm, sad that the native versus web app aren’t better integrated. I just spent a solid 20 mins trying to respond to a message from a cache owner who messaged me through the web app. Couldn’t find her msg in native app but could msg her. And then I logged into the web app but couldn’t find her msg there. I also don’t like that I can’t change the name of my lists, or can’t figure it out because the UI seems like it could use some solid UX design research. And yes, I am on the Premium version so I paid for this baby.
SmittenGinger - Just a money grab
This app used to be great. I loved geocaching with my husband and friends. Now everything in this app is locked behind a paywall. I’ll see a cache I want to try, but if the difficulty is over two, it’s invisible. If the creator marked it as premium only, it’s invisible. I can’t log caches, can’t find things, and can’t see anything without a premium membership. And I’m not willing to pay out the nose for something that is supposed to be a fun, free, community-based activity. It’s ridiculous. Don’t waste your time downloading this app. It’s just a desperate attempt for the creators to make a buck on something that shouldn’t cost money in the first place.
BadLarry1 - Unreliable AF. Make sure you have a real GPS.
The in app navigation functions are hugely unreliable. Built in navigation is through Apple Maps which is terrible to begin with. It can’t even figure out which way the phone is facing which completes negates the “compass” feature. It regularly is pointing almost the exact wrong direction. I know it’s not my phone at fault because it’s compass function is fine and if I put coordinates into google maps, it’s fine as well, but you have to leave the app to do it. The service/website is still worth it though. Huge community of cachers!
MJE_IGGY - Awesomely addictive!
This is a great supplement to having a standard GPS. It is great for spontaneous and urban geocaching. The new upgrades make it a great tool.
Update 2 years later: the new app started out shaky and it has been tweaked, adding some functions that were available in the old for-purchase app. Still missing though is the ability to log TB visits from the app. I have to go to the web page to do that which is inconvenient when I have visited multiple caches in one day.
Stevie-d-atl - Functional but not intuitive
The app is functional. You can do what you need to do. However, for new users, it is not very helpful in teaching people new to geocaching how to use and take advantage of all the features. I found a series of caches where the caches themselves are a tutorial on the app. 100+ finds into the hobby before I realize I can do things like update coordinates or add my own waypoints or even what and why you would want to do that. But the app works very well.
Gvpjared - App is unusable
My old version of app that is. The one I paid $10 for. I have no problem with companies trying to find new ways to make a profit and bring in new users, but when they screw their existing users to do it, that seems stupid. They could have figured out a way to grandfather in the early adopters that supported the app in those early days. Anyways, this version of the app works fine. You just can’t get to the harder difficulty caches. Hopefully folks can go back through and lower the difficulty rating on those caches so we can all go find them. :) Out of principle, I won’t spend the money for the membership.
slm8581 - Too much money.
Long time geocachers, we kinda slowed down to have a couple kids. Now that the kids have grown a little bit we thought we'd try it with them, only to find most of the caches in our area greyed out and we're told we have to pay to unlock them. If we only get out a few times a year, you're saying we have to pay $5.99 each time if we want to look for ones we haven't found already?
Sorry guys. Too greedy. Cut your price in half and you might be in line but until you do I think we're done. And good luck getting new people hooked.
MotorcycleRiding - Adventurous Arnolds
Love the app. Creates endless hours of fun. Generates family time for us that gets participation from my 8 yr old all the way to my college bound 18 yr old. Easy fun entertainment that has also allowed us to find and see all sorts of cool features around our town that we otherwise would have never found. Thanks for the app and all the participation of everyone else who is using it. Highly recommend.
Kam6864 - Great tool once you figure out how to use
This app has all the necessary tools needed to do some great geocaching. Somethings are not quite so intuitive, so it takes a little while to figure them out, but once you do it's great. Definitely more features than the old app. I definitely like the way you can use Google Maps to help guide you to the cache while driving.
sdcnine - Disappointed
I purchased the app a year a few years ago and it was a great family activity with the kids. I thought $10 was steep for an app but I did it anyway. Opened it up last week and it had been a few months since we last used it. When I tried to locate local caches I found out that very few were available to me, all of which were available before. How could this be? Apparently there is now a "premium" annual subscription fee. At a one time $10 fee for the app it was worth it. For an annual $30 fee? Not a chance. I'll be deleting the app and pulling the cache I have placed in the field.
BHCacher - Needs more work
This has the makings of a good app, but it still needs a lot of work. It is difficult to figure out how to use it and there are very minimal instructions.
This official app should be the best on the market, but it doesn’t come close to c:geo (which unfortunately is not available for iPhone or iPad).
After the latest update, I am no longer able to download data for my lists. When I try, it keeps telling me there is a problem and I need to try again. This needs to be fixed!
Stlpick - I hate the money grab
I always have my phone on me, and I could always grab a cache of any difficulty level at lunch or while out with my kids. Now I have to upgrade my groundspeak account to premium in order to navigate to any cache above a level 1. I haven’t cached in a while because of that. I even sold my GPSr a while back because I had my phone.
I was a huge advocate of caching. As a teacher I took my classes to cache in a local park. I wanted to introduce them to a completely free activity that helped them explore the world around them.
The old app was great, and allowed anyone with a smartphone to find any cache. That was good.
dfjcfhh - Works Well
This app is great, Does all it says it does. But it could have some new features. First of all, I wish it would show disabled caches on the map. I also wish you wouldn't have to load a certain area to see the caches there. I also wish you could filter the search by favorite points and when it was last found.
Overall it works well, the membership is a bit pricey but they’ve got to make money somehow.
duckbillplatitudes - Don’t go Premium
This is the first app review I’ve ever written. The Premium feature is a joke! Good luck canceling it. Geocache will tell you it needs to be done via the App Store or Google Play but, of course, there are no instructions there on how to cancel. The customer service department will throw up their hands and say they can’t help you. (Not faulting the reps, faulting whoever’s decision it was to not cancel the Geocaching Premium via Geocaching.) This feels like a soulless cash-grab, hoping people lapse into another year of Premium without helping customers out if they want out. There are plenty of other geocaching apps in the sea; keep scrolling to find a better one.
TheRealR4v3n - A few years ago, I paid 10$ for this app.
In 2013, I downloaded this app, and you could see more geocaches than just “above 2.0 difficulty and/or 2.0 terrain.” You could even see more than just regular geocaches. To be honest, you took all the fun out of the app and you still ask for money “To see other geocaches. I live in an area where there is around 1 geocache per square mile, and I can only look for one, because I didn’t have premium. You made a lite version of the app before, and you should have kept that and make he 10$ one have the same caches as before. Until then, I refuse to use this app.
RPCVinNYC - Sharing?
I’ve used this app for years now with a premium membership and I still wish there was a way to share an entire listed caches as opposed to a single cache at a time. I’m also envious of my friend’s android-only app that allows her to zoom in on the map much more than this app does. The ability to write notes about a cache would also be helpful - if I’m in the middle of solving a puzzle and don’t quite have a waypoint yet, but am working toward it. Otherwise, it gets the job done.
tlc and foxey lady - Get outside
Caching is great. It gets us out of the house. Almost 60 and we like taking grandkids out. whether they are 4 or 18 or in between, Geocaching’s combines outdoors and electronics gaming. Getting kids outside and away from their devices is harder than ever. But to geocache you need your device and the hides are outside, and a side benefit is the kids need an old fogey to drive them around. it is the best of all worlds.
Parazest - Issues with latest release.
Many years user of app. New release today and now app pulls up wrong geocache based on the email alert. This same issue resurfaces every few years. Usually dead in the water for a few days till fixed. Temp solution is to take geocache name from email and manually key it into app. But who wants to do that in this age of super technology!
Mdsurveyor - Great Hobby & A Stable App
I must be missing something. Most of the negative reviews center around purchasing a premium membership. I've had no problem with my membership or the app. Since I am currently a daily user I should have something to complain about by now, but everything works as expected and once I got used to it, its better than the old app.
Sirschy - Don’t do it
I will edit my review below by adding my opinion on the new version: this is still a ripoff. Visual fixes??? Gee, thanks for nothing.
Just google this app for the appalling details. I think it’s a couple of lawyers trying to make a buck on the back of dozens of volunteers. There are other ways to make geocaching work for you. Google those too. I paid 10 bucks for the last app and wasn’t offered a credit for this one. So disjointed, and so not in the spirit of a game in the public domain. I am beyond disappointed and will never recommend or praise this app over the other options available.
dobre fan! - Best app!
This is my new favorite app I like how you don’t have to pay but you can pay for harder level of difficulty’s. I love the different sizes of the geocaches. I love how you can hide your own geocache. I also love how you can shop at the geocache store(go check it out) you can buy containers,shirts,tag alongs,Trackables,key chains,stickers,and lots more! If I where you I would get the app
GCacher - Very Useful Abroad
We mostly Geocache while traveling because favorites are often in wonderful spots that only locals know about.
When traveling abroad, we have been able to turn off cell service and rely on WiFi. This app actually loads a larger map area than Google Maps, so we use it as our primary navigation app when traveling abroad.
KY Hiker - KY Hiker
Getting better with every update. Very good using in parallel with a good GPSr at times. Helps to see the great layout when you forgot to run a query for your handheld. Accuracy is really good at times when the satellites are aligned properly. Would be nice to post multiple pictures and also see the number of finds Cachers have when they log, post a note, or send a message. Those changes would make this a five star app!
LOLGEVOS - Useless for Viewing Caches
When I tap a link on my phone, it opens the geocaching app, but it opens it to my location and not the cache in the link. Tapping the link again does the same thing. What is the point of having this app associate with geocaching links if it’s going to be useless?
Also, it won’t display archived caches and won’t show them in my watchlist in the app when it’s still on my list on the website. All I wanted to do was see the logs. Don’t waste your time with this garbage app. Use the website or pay for a third party app. Groundspeak is tone deaf and ignores the needs of its users.
Amicus d x - Not just a hobby, it’s a lifestyle!
I’ve been geocaching for a little over two years now and haven’t had a dull moment. It is available in every part of the world and can get very creative as well as hard. Try it out and definitely get premium as it isn’t expensive and opens up a whole new world of geocaching with endless fun. Good luck!
Gatsby1211 - Need to match the website
I can’t say it’s a great app because there’s a lot of improvement to be worked on. The website can do so much than this. It needs to let you have notification for new cache. It should let you do more filtering of caches. It can’t delete a message. If it can add more features that’ll be nice. Otherwise it is basically just to find cache location while using. And then have to get on the site for all others.
Khaleesi2716 - Not worth time or credit card number!!!!
Didn’t even want to give it one star!!! But yet again forced!!!!!
This app was extremely difficult for my family to use! Every time we got to a location the GPS would go crazy and start saying we were miles away!!!
And after I unsubscribed to the monthly subscription, this company is still charging me money every month for something I don’t even have!!!! I’ve looked it up and I have no subscription it ended and they still keep taking it! Don’t know how to get a hold of these thieves!!! But I’m warning y’all JUST SAY NO!!!
pioneer life - Stupid change
My family and I have been premium members for over 2 years now and have enjoyed it so much. Also the app was amazing easy to use and fun. We take lots of road trips and love getting souvenirs in the states we visit. Now you can see your souvenir on the app and we hate that. We don’t want to have to take the time to log into the website when we are right there in the app. Since we are traveling often we don’t want to have to look at the website and we don’t have the best reception so it would be pointless. Just let me see the souvenir in the app!!
retired school nurse - Get off the sofa and get outside---AND use ur brain!!
My daughter and son-in-law opened the GeoCache world to my husband and myself. How great to have a 'reason' to Not go directly to a destination, get outside, move outside and THINK!
Pretty cheap entertainment as far as we are concerned.
Thanks for helping us stay physically and mentally active!
Sure would be nice to see our Cache List from the phone.
DarthCagobe - Little respect for original purchasers!
I too am one who paid to download the original app; now the company wants subscription payments. Grandfather in your customers who already paid and show some gratitude to those who helped create your company. Shameful money grab!
How can this app have a 4.7 review??? Is it another shady move that the company is submitting its own false reviews; I wouldn’t trust them again to spend a penny on this bait and switch scheme....they need to be held accountable and Apple will be receiving a complaint from myself to correct the unethical practice going on with this app.
Tyo84 - No point to this app
There really isn’t much of a point to this app and that breaks my heart. I love geocaching, it’s a family activity that we cherish.
It pains me that this app still does not allow me access to my stuff. Great I can see the one trackable in my possession, but I can’t simply click on my hides in my profile to view said hide.
Even a clickable link that takes me to the webpage for my hides would be preferable. I honestly am beginning to question what I pay for each year when I can be a basic member and get the same functionality.
I’m sure my money goes to the aesthetic updates for this app...seems odd it can’t be put to use in having the same programmers make this worth a cacher’s Time.
I don’t recommend this app to anyone. Create a bookmark icon for the website on your phone, that idea is a 4* idea while the app is going to remain at 1* until it’s fixed...which it never will be.
Capograced - $29 yearly fee, boo!
Like so many reviewers, I paid the $9.99 for the previous version. Had a ton of fun with my kids. It got us outdoors, and was cheap entertainment. Not anymore. That's all been erased and I have to start over. Most of the geocaches on my map now are greyed out, and it takes $29/yr to unlock everything. I'm done. We don't geocache nearly enough to merit that cost. And at this cost, most entry level/casual geocachers would want nothing to do with this. You need higher stars to push this app up in the iTunes ranking, but you're not gonna get it with this business model. Please reconsider.
Beavertonian - Looks the same to me
As others have said, there are no visible improvments in V6.0 beyond one addition to one menu. I see no sign of the improvements described.
This app does have one nice feature (not new). My wife and I geocache under one name. When we find a cache she writes the first draft of the log and I sign the physical log. Then later we alternately edit the e-logs until we are both satisfied and submit. The app makes this very easy.
If only it weren't so poorly organized.
Go buy Cachly. It is 10 times better in organization, layout, and operation.
As far as the fees for membership go, get over it. There are ~75 people in Seattle working their butts off to keep Geocaching going. You want to see disfunction? Wave your magic wand and eliminate them. Your free hobby would crash in no time.
Hawaiianknowsall - Love this app!!!
I really like the app a lot. I do wish it had all the features that the website has though. Also it would be great to add a feature for trackables where you can have it show every location it’s been on a map. The Familysearch app has this feature for your ancestors but it would be awesome for trackables!
Nargonne - Maps don’t work in China.
This app compared to the old one is not nearly as good. It has a flashy interface & they add new UI features. Mostly a good direction however many of the great features/Usability of the previous app have been abandoned which is a shame. I wish the developers would just re-create what was in the old app and do it a little bit newer looking. Nothing wrong with that.
Small Stakes - Pretty user interface
I'm a premium member, so the lack of a free app doesn't directly affect me. The new user interface looks clean and pretty, but I just find it more difficult to navigate than the original app. I know new formats take time to get used to, so I gave it a good long time to grow on me. It's not growing on me. I find it difficult to find the information I need, and then difficult to get back to where I was after I find it. I seriously miss the old app and find caching more frustrating than fun now.
Kitocatther - Emergency first aid kits
I just had a idea why doesn’t geocaching have emergency first aid kits to anyone nearby who’s hurt like if there in a accident and there happens to be a first aid kit near by they can go get and bring it back to them to help them or at least treat them the best they can until help comes hell I bet it would probably save more lives that way
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Took a while to spot this one, but once I did I couldn't un-see it. I like how #geocaching slows me down and makes me really *see* things.
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Dean Wilhelm Memorial Park. I'm not sure the history of this, but it's popular among the geocachers.
Great hike and geocaching today!! So many pics. Stand by 😁😁
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We found SO2 Ronald Tyler Woodle Memorial Cache (). #cgeo #geocaching
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I found Bowling in Bethany Beach? (). #cgeo #geocaching
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