Cachly provides a watch app for those with an Apple Watch that partners with the Cachly iOS application. The Cachly watch app provides many functions that allow you to store your phone away in a pocket or backpack yet still get all the key info you need to go caching and log a cache.
Note: Cachly for Apple Watch requires watchOS 4.0 which requires iOS 11 to install it.
Summary of finding a cache using Cachly on the Apple Watch:
- Launch Cachly on the watch
- Select a specific cache as your target from Current Nearby caches, the Current cache selected on your iOS device, from an Offline List or a previously Saved cache.
- Hard press on the cache screen and tap to navigate to the cache via Compass or Map
- Hard press on the cache screen and tap to Log the cache
Main Apple Watch Screen
On the main Apple Watch screen you should see the Cachly icon displayed. Tap the familiar Cachly icon to get started.
Apple Watch Cachly Main Screen
The main Cachly screen on the Apple Watch that shows Nearby, Current, Lists & Saved. Tap one of the 4 main functions.
Apple Watch Nearby Caches
The Nearby screen will load a list of the closest caches based on your current location. For each cache in the list, you can see the cache type, cache name, distance to the cache, difficulty, terrain and cache size. You can scroll through the list of caches using the screen or dial. On this screen, you can hard press to display search options or to load additional caches.
Apple Watch Active Cache
When an active cache is selected you can view the cache type, cache name, difficulty, terrain, cache size, distance to the cache, hint if provided and description. If you are a Basic member at Geocaching.com, the Hint and Description won't be loaded as Basic members are limited in the number of caches to display this info for.
Hard press on an active cache to show options to Log the cache, Save the cache to a local list, display the cache on a Map or display a Compass view.
Apple Watch Log
The log screen on the Apple Watch allows you to log a cache right from your watch. The options and process mirrors what you would do to log a cache on your iOS device. You can toggle Send Now to upload the log immediately to geocaching.com or to store it locally on your iOS device as a pending log. You can toggle Draft to control whether the log is stored as a Draft once uploaded to the geocaching.com site. The default log type is Found It, but you can select Didn't Find It, Write Note or Needs Maintenance by selecting the log type and scrolling the watch dial. The Message for your log, when tapped, will open a dictation window where you can speak your log entry. Tap Save and your log will be sent to your phone and based on the Send Now/Draft options will remain on your iOS device until uploaded or immediately be uploaded to geocaching.com
Apple Watch Map
The Apple Watch Map screen will display distance to the cache and a small map window with a pin for the target cache location.
Apple Watch Compass
The Apple Watch Compass screen displays a compass dial with the direction to the cache along with distance to the cache and accuracy of the GPS signal. The watch does not have compass hardware. It relies on the GPS course data, so you must be moving/walking in order to get the compass working.
Apple Watch Search Options
When a list is displayed of Nearby caches, a hard press opens the options to filter the list or load additional caches.
List filtering provide similar options to what you can do within Cachly on your iOS device. You can toggle showing or hiding your finds and your hides, adjust the min/max difficulty and terrain, the cache sizes or types to display. Once you adjust the filtering, tap Search to apply the filtering to the results.
Apple Watch Lists
When Lists is selected off the main Cachly Apple Watch screen, the Offline lists available on your iOS device are displayed. Selecting a list on your launch loads the list of caches within the offline list.
Apple Watch Saved caches
This screen will display a list of caches where you have tapped Saved. This list is handy to quickly get to a small list of caches. If you hard press on a saved cache, you have the option to remove it from the Saved list. Hard pressing the Saved list without first selecting a cache provides the option to remove all Saved caches.