Iphone 4 with no signal- can I geocache?
Posted 02 April 2012 - 07:20 AM
Is it still possible to use my Iphone as a Geocaching tool with no reception- if so can anyone give me an idiots guide as to how to do this?
I have downloaded the geocaching app onto my Iphone and I have signed up to the Geocaching website with basic membership (but can upgrade to premium if it helps- I'm not quite sure what the benefits are as yet).
Apologies for asking for so much information- I won't be in a great postition to try to figure this out as I go along as my 5 year old son is in the mood for adventure rather than sitting still while I fiddle with confusing technology......
Posted 02 April 2012 - 08:22 AM
With that being said.... If you do not have cell service, you can't "Find nearbye geocaches" because this requires access to the internet.
Somehow, you need to get geocaches into your phone ahead of time. Without a premium membership, you can't run Pocket Queries. I have a premium membership so its hard for me to know what you can or can't do. But at your hotel room with WIFI (I've never done this), you should be able to browse geocaches using a laptop. Hook up your phone to the laptop and go directly to a geocache webpage and hit "SEND to my phone"
That's just a wild guess...minus other details. Assuming your phone is already setup to your laptop, etc etc etc
This post has been edited by Lieblweb: 02 April 2012 - 08:23 AM
Posted 02 April 2012 - 09:01 AM
It's probably faster to do it with a pocket query (I never tried a pocket query on the phone), but this is how I did it:
1. Find a cool-sounding cache on the computer. Note the GC number.
2. Look up the GC number on my phone (main screen).
3. Hit the "save" button (approx middle of the page). This will take you to another page where you can save the cache to a particular group - I had set up groups for various locations around me).
4. When you're ready to go hunt that cache, outside cell service, you just hit the "saved caches" tab at the bottom (or at least I think it was called "saved caches" - something like that). The only drawback was I could never get the sat map to zoom in very close outside cell service, even if I did save the map along with the cache.
As long as I was truly outside cell service, I didn't have any problems with the app locking up. It's when I was on the fringes of cell service that it would get mad.
Posted 02 April 2012 - 09:32 AM
It would probably be a good idea if you tried it out on your own with some caches in your area before you try it out with your 5 year old. Find a cache near home, load it as per terrkan78's instructions, turn off your cell phone data, and try to find it. Like you said, you don't want to be trying to figure it all out while your 5 year old gets increasingly bored.
Posted 02 April 2012 - 01:13 PM
There's a whole section of this forum dedicated to the iPhone with lots of info.
Posted 03 April 2012 - 09:00 PM
Posted 13 April 2012 - 12:22 PM
The solution I have found for iPhone caching without data or wifi is to save the geocaches to the phone beforehand using pocket queries.
Without a premium membership, you can still save the individual caches you are seeking to a Saved List in the app and then save the cache information in the list so that you can navigate without using data or wifi.