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Cachly Help v6.0[edit]

Welcome to the Cachly Help Wiki. A wiki is a collection of pages edited by ordinary users to build a library of useful knowledge that's easy to update. This wiki is used as the help resource for the Cachly Geocaching iOS app. The current released version is 6.0.

Check out [What's new in V6] for a quick look at what's new! It is a long list.

If you spot corrections or improvements you think would make this wiki better, post them on the Support Forums: We welcome your suggestions.

Getting Started with Cachly[edit]

Go through this Getting Started tutorial if you are new to Cachly or just getting started with Geocaching.

If your device supports Force Touch, you can use it on the Cachly icon before launching Cachly and go directly to Search, View Profile, or History.

Cachly has 5 major tabs at the bottom of the screen, Live, Lists, Logs, Trackables, and More. Usage of each of these tabs is described in the sections below.

Live Usage[edit]

Lists: Offline and Online[edit]


The Logs Tab shows the logging you have done. The list is in date order.

From this tab you can also edit a log or delete a log or add images to it.


The Trackables Tab shows details of your Trackables Inventory and Owned Trackables.

Scanning a trackable[edit]

Cachly provides a feature for scanning the codes on trackables and logging them. Go to the Trackables tab and look for the trackable icon in the upper right. Note: In order to use this feature your device must be running operation system version iOS 13 or greater.


Tap the trackable icon to start scanning. You will see a camera view with a scan area in the middle which is where you want to align the code on your trackable. The zoom bar can be used to zoom in the view for cases when your trackable has very tiny font.


As you position the trackable code in the scan area, a green box will highlight the area where the code is thought to be and a provisional scan will be made. At the bottom of the screen, you can see the code that was scanned. Usually, it will be correct but it pays to check and rescan if there is a problem. The image below has the TB code obfuscated to avoid spurious logging. Normally, you would see the code of your TB in those two areas.

Tapping View xxxxxx will show you information about the trackable. Tapping Create Log will take you to the Log Trackable screen with the scanned code filled in. From there, you can complete the logging and choose a log type. The Save Discover Log will add create a Discovered log for the trackable and save it your list of Pending Trackable Logs. This makes it easy to scan a number of trackables and then go to the More tab and log them later.


Sometimes the scan picks up some other word on the tag you don't want. Just hit Cancel and try again. If the tag code is too damaged or faint to be scanned, you can still log it manually from the Log Trackable screen.

Note: If your device is not running iOS 13 or greater, you will see a screen similar to the below where a QR code can be scanned not a TB code.

Scanner pre ios13.jpg

More Tab[edit]

The More Tab offers access to a wide variety of additional Cachly features and settings.

The Rest[edit]

Proximity Alerts[edit]

Proximity alert is a way to have Cachly notify you when you get within a specified distance of a cache or target. Proximity alerts can be on or off so if you don't want to use it, you don't have to. If it is on, you can specify a proximity alert for a distance around either your current location or the target of the current navigation.

Using your own location is more common since you typically want to know when you get within a certain distance of a cache. When the target cache comes within your set distance, a triple beep will sound (or vibration if you have sound off) and an iOS notification will show. You can also optionally choose to have other non-target caches entering your radius generate a notification as you pass them. Tap any notification to view the cache in Cachly.

The proximity indicator and control is on the map screen as seen below (red check mark means alerting is on).


Tapping the icon will take you to a screen where you can set the proximity distance and specify whether the distance is from "Current User Location" or "Current Target". You can also enable/disable "Notify For All Caches" here. Settings related to notification alerting are shown at the bottom. You may have to change notification settings for Cachly in Settings to Allow Notifications and you may need to adjust when Cachly can get your location though this is likely already allowed if you are using Cachly for caching.

Note: Long pressing on the proximity alert icon will toggle the feature on/off.


An actual proximity alert for the Target looks like this:


There are two cases where you can use it: offline lists and on the navigate to cache screen.

Offline Lists[edit]

Alerting works when viewing your full list. If you have the "Notify For All Caches" option turned on, it will notify you about other caches in that offline list if you get within your specified distance of them. It will NOT notify on caches not in the offline list.

Navigate to cache from any interface[edit]

If you are viewing the live tab, or even an online list you can use the navigate to cache option and it will allow proximity alerting. Or you could save them all to an offline list if data availability might be an issue and work offline.


Q: What happens if I alert for a cache and then move away from it again? Will it alert again if I return to the area where it is?
A: It will initially alert and not alert again until you move away at least 2x your set proximity distance.
Q:What happens in an offline list if I view the map and turn on proximity alerting? 
A: Your radius circle will show and alerts will fire for all caches within that radius.
Q: What happens if I put a huge notification radius? 
A: You will get notified about all caches within the radius.
Q: Can I turn off the alert sound?
A: You can use the iOS controls for notifications or silence your phone to allow vibrations.
Q: Will proximity alerting work if I put the phone in my pocket?
A: Yes, Cachly will still alert you since it will be running in the background. If you are using iOS 12 or below this will require "Always" location access. If you are using an Apple Watch and have locked your phone, the notification will be delivered to the watch instead.

Apple Watch[edit]

Learn how the Apple Watch can be used for geocaching.

UK OS Maps[edit]

Learn how to setup UK OS Maps using a Bing Maps API Key.

Additional Support[edit]