Earlier at Throttlebias, you have checked the best travel trailer checklist apps to make sure you don’t forget anything important before heading camping. Next, you requested is the list of best geocaching apps for Android as well as iOS users.
Below are some popular geocaching apps that you can consider to find a cache and play with your friends or family. Moving forward, Geocaching is the official app that started this real-world game on the web. Thanks to smartphones, everything shifted to apps.
However, various free or paid Geocaching apps might get better features, UI, and other benefits, but which app should you consider?
Don’t worry! I got you covered. I’ve listed the best Geocaching apps based on features, availability (paid or free), navigation, users ratings, etc. Let’s get started!
List Of Best Geocaching Apps To Enjoy Camping
1. Geocaching by Groundspeak
Geocaching is the first and most exclusive geocaching app on the list. The app offers 3,334,042+ geocaches around the world. You can start using Geocaching app in 3-steps:
- Create an account using the given methods
- Find a geocache via navigating to nearby locations
- Share your experience – sign and update the logbook.
Before Geocaching, let check the basics and offerings. The Geocaching app is available for both Apple Store as well as Google Play and offers free or premium membership.
Inside free membership, you have access to beginners caches with low difficulty and terrain ratings. However, you can’t download offline maps. Additionally, you can use live search, cache details trackable and access within a GeoTour.
However, with an additional $29.99* per year, you can upgrade and enhance your geocaching experience. In addition to basic features, premium version offers browsing any geocache globally, using filter by size, terrain, etc., offline map saving, etc.
Geocaching Android App Stats:
- App ratings: 4.5/5 based on 113,441+ ratings
- Size: 39 MB
- Version: 6.2.2
- Last updated: Jan 15, 2021
- Total Installs: 10,000,000+
Geocaching iOS App Stats:
- App ratings: 4.8/5 based on 33k ratings
- Size: 144.7 MB
- Version: 8.53.1
- Available on both Android and iOS
- Easy to use and navigate
- Filter options
- Worth spending for a premium membership
- Easy to find caches that are yet to be found
- Limited features on the free version
- Not able to submit new geocaches
- Free version is restricted
Cachly is a minimal and powerful Geocaching app developed by Zed Said Studio. This is an authorized company based out in Pacific Northwest. The Cachly app is available for iOS only, which means you can browse caches on iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watch.
Just like the official app, Cachly doesn’t offer a free version. However, you can purchase with a one-time fee of $4.99. Well, according to me, spending your money is worth it, as Cachly offers the best geocaching features.
Some features are pretty standard: search (offers search for geocaches across the globe), filtering (option to narrow down features), offline maps, etc.
In addition, you can scan quickly trackable using a mobile camera, souvenirs, text templates, and proximity alert. I personally loved the feature; it provides you a notification when you come within a cache range.
Cachly iOS App Stats:
- App ratings: 4.8/5 based on 2.6k ratings
- Size: 114.9 MB
- Version: 6.2.2
- Less expensive compared to the official app
- Nice to use interface
- Inside app community. You can connect with other treasure hunters who use an official geocaching account.
- Limited for iOS users only
- Lack of free or trial version
3. C: Geo
C: Geo is an open-source and free Geocaching app available on Google Play, APK, and FDroid repository. You can download from play store and use it for free, however APK and other source different.
With an APK file, you can download it directly from C: Geo website/GitHub and use it as a standard app. However, it won’t get regular updates, you can see a notification to download a new APK file to get the updated features.
FDroid is built for advanced users, so better to avoid.
Well, C: Geo can be the best use for beginners who don’t want to invest at the first stage. However, you will need an official geocaching account as C: Geo is build using their properties.
Features of C: Geo geocaching app:
- Multiple Platforms
- Live Map
- Multiple Map Providers
- Advanced cache search
- Custom waypoints
- Many navigations option
- GPX import and export
- Trackable support
- Full offline support
C: Geo Android App Stats:
- App ratings: 4.5/5 based on 70,319+ ratings
- Size: 10 MB
- Version: 202.07.15
- Last updated: July 17, 2021
- Total Installs: 5,000,000+
- Store cache and map information in your device
- Easy navigation sing compass
- Not available for iOS users
- Opensource app (a dedicated team of developers is much better)
If you avoid settings clutter and like something to the point, GeoCaches is the next best Geocaching app. It is available for iOS users only.
Inside the app, you get to choose size, difficulty and different terrain levels. You can check the particular cache for extra information like logbooks, hints, and descriptions. Below are few given options you can try in the GeoCache app:
- Switch map between satellite and terrain view
- Show/hire already discovered cache
- Filter option to check between difficulty and different terrain levels.
Unlike Cachly, you can’t turn on notifications for nearby caches. However, you get local data storage, asynchronous data loading with support to all Geocaching domains (.com, .pl, .de, .us, .org, .uk).
Cachly iOS App Stats:
- App ratings: 3.8/5 based on 85 ratings
- Size: 26.9 MB
- Version: 1.7.9
- Neat and clean UI
- Filter to show the necessary item on a map
- Available for iPhones and iPads
- Lack of customization
- Only three caches allowed/day – you can remove limitation by purchasing a premium account on Geocaching.com
5. Looking 4 Cache Pro
Looking 4 Cache Pro is an extensive geocaching app for iPhone and iPad users. The app offers both free, also known as “Lite” and premium versions.
Unless you are not into serious Geocaching, I suggest using the “Lite” version of Looking 4 Cache Pro. However, with an additional $5.99 cost, you can get tons of features.
Inside the app, you can add precise coordinates with personal notes to geocache. Once submitted to Geocaching.com, you can track anytime, anywhere. Features like proximity alert allow you to walk free and let the app alert for the nearby cache. Let’s check other features of the Pro version:
- No ads
- Cache Solver
- Add events to your calendar
- Offline maps
- Create and send GPX files
- Geocaching live API
- Live maps enable
- Add Geocaches to lists
- Add logs as images, trackable link
Cachly iOS App Stats:
- App ratings: 4.7/5 based on 10* ratings
- Size: 59.1 MB
- Version: 4.3.2
- Free version available to check before paying for premium features
- Syncs with max. of iOS devices
- Lack of Android application
Things you should know before Geocaching:
- Geocaching uses continuous GPS for navigation which runs in the background and can decrease battery life.
- Create an account on Geocaching.com before accessing any Geocaching app. All cache data sync with the official app and works as a universal community for caching.
Who should use Geocaching apps?
A person who likes to solve a puzzle, thrill of adventure, interest in geography or camping. If any of the given qualities makes you OMG, then you can try Geocaching apps.
What is a Geocache?
Originated in 1854, Geocaching is an outdoor adventure/activity of exploring hidden items or treasures known as “Geocache” or “cache”. These items are hidden by the same persona people using on different coordinates across the globe. You can use Geocaching apps to find hidden objects and log them.
What does a Geocache look like?
Geocaches generally has a name with a description. They come with difficulty and terrain ratings to judge before looking for it. It can be a rock, bricks, random items, metal objects, etc. You need to think like a detective, so park your RV and staring Geocaching!
Does the geocaching app cost money?
Yes, it depends on the features list. A Geocaching app may cost you between $5 to $49.
Is WiFi important for Geocaching?
No, it depends on the type of Geocache application – free or premium. All premium Geocaching apps allow users to download offline data for cache locations. Once downloaded, you can go out for caching.
What should you not put in a Geocache?
You should not use items like explosives, fireworks, fuel, any kind of knives, illegal eatables, etc. inside a cache.
Note: Data like app ratings, installs, version, etc are subject to change according to the publisher.