Paid for the app. Now they made it unusable. I want a refund. FTC and apple should investigate.
Have to use both old and new 4/5
UPDATE: They finally removed the awful "You're getting close" pop-up. Takes my rating from 1 to 4 stars. I hated that awful thing!
-ease of searching by location without constantly refreshing
-information about when and by whom a cache was placed
-access to parking waypoints through maps
-ability to share a cache via text or email
-field notes for easy logging at home later
-no advanced search
-still not sure TBs are easy to log
Considering that this app gives me a tutorial about caches every time I find a new type, I think it's more meant for the newbie. That's great to explain to people the etiquette of caching. However, as an experienced cacher I don't need or enjoy these features.
I already paid. Boo. 1/5
Changing to subscribe model, charging for database we the users created. Boo.
By The Jason You Know
I can't believe they would do this. Start charging a monthly or yearly subscription. I have enough monthly payments lol. I'm guessing they will probably be going out of business soon.
I would give this a zero if I could. Took s great app and hobby into crap
Killed geocaching 1/5
By ASIAN VAQUERO
I'm done. I did not believe it when others said many caches had been limited to premium. That is until I realized that many caches that I had attempted before were now locked behind a pay wall. I am very disappointed, but I knew sooner or later this would happen. Perhaps adding more new features to premium would have been better than locking current content behind $30 dollars. I always thought it would be interesting to have a system that would allow people to keep track of friends and compare statistics. Maybe even a meta game tracking who finds a cache first. Just not this garbage. I never thought I would find myself deleting my geocaching app but here we are. I urge people not to support this paid subscription model. Supporting such a model would only encourage more paid practices on Groundspeak's part.
Took away what I paid for 1/5
Paid good money for access to the original app and now they expect me to pay $30 a year for something I used to have the first time I paid. No way I'd ever give money again, just to have them find away to charge me a third time for the same thing.
Don't want to pay that much! 1/5
Paid $10 for this app a few years back and haven't used it in a while.. was out with the family today and thought it would be fun to give it a try again and found out now I can't use this app unless you pay a monthly fee ... no thanks!!!!!
Bait and switch 1/5
Paid for the premium version got all features. Now they've changed to subscription model for even the most basic features. No thanks. Won't be giving money to a company that treats customers that way.
I want my money back for the last application I paid for.
Horrible that it's now a paid subscription. Fun while it lasted. I won't be subscribing. Thanks for taking the fun out of it....
Lol what 1/5
Haahhaahhahaha as someone that used to have the $10 app, this is a joke. Why do I have to pay to find caches that are above a level 1 difficulty???? Frankly, that's just stupid. Geocaching is a public activity and the hides are done by the people. The Man is just trying to hold us down again.
Worst business model 1/5
Paid $10 for the previous app and really enjoyed caching around my state. Would do it with my wife, my family, friends, even students.
Now it's a monthly membership?? Screw you guys. No loyalty to previous members, now my hobby is dead. I will never pay for your app. Whatever idiot decided to go this route should be fired, or worse.
Paywall - Be warned! 1/5
As an occasional geocacher I had to convince myself the $10 classic app was worth it. Now that they have moved to a subscription based model it is no longer worth it for me and my family to pay $30/year for basic functions. If you're on iPhone give Cachly a try! I did, and never coming back! Goodbye Ground speak! Wrote my first review just to get this off my chest.
New App 2/5
By iPad User Error
I was excited to explore the new app, however came away disappointed. While I like the improved ease of messaging a cache owner, my current subscription of premium did not carryover to the new app and I had to re-buy my subscription. Additionally, I'm struggling with the fact that the only way to view my badges are strictly online as the previous app had an entire section dedicated to this. Please bring back a way to view your badges in the app.
Bought $10 version to find out they removed it 1/5
Very disappointed, I'm a high adventure style catcher, now in limited to free simple park and grab caches it seems. I guess they won't even read their own reviews to try and satisfy people.
WHY DID I EVEN PAY 1/5
I don't understand how you can have an app that charges you 10 dollars, and have it "retire", but then have to follow up with this one and have to pay more? Turned this company from family fun based to a money hungry one. No thanks. So disappointed.
Pay MORE?!?! 1/5
I previously paid for this app, now it is unusable?!?! I want my money back.
New update is unusable 2/5
I was really excited for this new update, but I can't even use the Compass. It shows me how far away I am but no guide. Very upset, memorial day is my Geocaching holiday
Why the change 1/5
I paid a large sum for this app a couple of years ago, and now it's no longer the same app. It's changed for the worse. It should be restored to what it was. Literally no one is happy with this change.
Very limited compared to the previous version. Requires account upgrade for almost everything. Lists are the premium feature?! I paid for the previous one because it offered an advantage over the webpage. Now it is easier to go to the webpage and forget the app.
I sign in and it immediately signs me back out. What a horrible app, what fun it used to be..
I used to geocache with my kids, it was something we did together that would get us out and active. We haven't gone in a while, but now that it's warm decided to get back out. Logged onto the old app to find that it will no longer connect to the servers, and I have to download the new app. Now I have to pay $30 a year. Weak sauce.... I'm deleting the app, and will find a new hobby. Good job being greedy groundspeak.
It used to be free 1/5
And now it's not. I don't support subscription based models..don't be greedy
Terrible App 1/5
By Longhorn Nurse
I really liked the old app. It was user friendly and I looked forward to earning souvenirs from all 50 states as a goal. With this app, I've lost all excitement for geocaching. Who decided the app needed to change? Bad idea. Please go back to the old app.
This app couldn't be worse. I hope no one pays more for this crap because this app has become ... crap. Verrrry disappointed.
Are you serious 1/5
Who are you kidding with this update. To me, geocaching was about getting outdoors and having cheap fun with my friends. I had yearly memberships before. Now you're forcing me pay $6/month or $30/year to access something that should be free. When has this ever worked for a company?
Are you serious?!? 1/5
I have been a "member" for many years. I stopped caching because I had a child, now that he is interested, I can't use the app I paid for?!? And now you want more money for "difficult" terrain?!? Sorry I won't be caching anymore... and now what started off as a learning tools for Boy Scouts had turned into a money maker for someone... go screw yourselves! You aren't getting a dime of my money!
I don't mind paying-- keeps the cache looters out. 4/5
I'll gladly pay the yearly premium fee. I think a lot of the complainers are the same people that do nothing but loot all the caches and leave the garbage from their car behind. I think there should be a separate cache set for them anyway, and another set for those of us that don't mind making a small investment to do something that brings us a lot of pleasure. You can all start your own "cache full of trash" site. Good riddance!
So your telling me that I can't use the app unless I update it. Then I update it only to find out that the 10$ I paid to use this app now means nothing and I lose the advantages I paid for? And now it's a subscription? There should be negative stars for ratings. You people blow.
Same as everyone else 1/5
Disappointed that they disabled the previous app for those who were lucky enough to have it..now you have to pay to use this app?? No thanks
Great Hobby! 5/5
Geocaching is a wonderful activity and unlike others writing reviews here I think $30 a year is very reasonable for a subscription based hobby
Charging for something I already paid for 1/5
By The Ridlers
I paid $10 for the previous app, now I have to pay an annual subscription??? You guys turned a fun family activity into a money grab. Thanks for ruining the fun.
Very disappointed 1/5
By Yet Another iTunes User
Paid $10 for the original app, but now it's no longer usable. Was forced to download this app, so I could cache using my phone, like I have been doing for years. Only now I can't see caches I used to see before, unless I 'upgrade' to the Premium for $30 in iTunes. And it's $30 a year, that automatically auto-renews. No choice to not have it auto-renew. Just remember to cancel it one day before it expires.
The new app is not as sleek, nice looking, or user friendly as before. Layout is a pain to use. Info is not easily (one glance) found like before. Lots of scrolling involved. Which is just what one wants to do while walking around (not!). Can't find useful info like hints.
Plus, it just plain LOOKS ugly. Appears to be designed by an absolute amateur.
Who the heck designed this piece of crap, and decided to make people who use it pay $30 a year for the privilege of doing something they've been doing for free for years.
A fun family activity has just been turned into a money grubbing annoyance.
Maybe I'll just go back to printing them out online and carrying around a bunch of papers. Sounds like less of an annoyance right now, and will cause less cursing in the woods.
I never thought I'd say this but this new update is a worse money grab than EA has ever done
A zero star would be more appropriate 1/5
I have been caching for over a dozen years. First with paper and a GPSr, then a Garmin Colorado, then the original app. I hope I am not forced to convert to this new app as it has way fewer features and is difficult to use. What a poorly thought out downgrade of an app.
At the next event I go to, I will research the other apps out there so I can switch away from using Groundspeak apps.
This is par for the course though, GS has a history of screwing up their new products. First it was Waymarking, then Whereigo, now this mess. I think I left one out.
Update, GS refuses to listen to criticism and requiring us to downgrade to this poorly designed app without improving the replacement to the level of the Classic app.
The one & a half star rating of this app says it all.
Ridiculous to make people pay $30 for this app. I already bought the last one, now it's just as unusable as this one. Lots of other cheaper or free options out there. Deleting the app and my account.
Capitalism in Action! 1/5
The developers obviously thought they could take advantage of customers who previously paid $10 and squeeze even more money from them. However, as a majority of these reviews seem to show, they were flat out wrong. They should stop being greedy and restore the previous app that we paid for!
Bring Back The Old Version 1/5
This version isn't for me. The old one (paid version) was much better. Everything from viewing pictures to the navigation is worse on this version. Bring back the old one or give the new on a huge update please.
Zero stars? 1/5
There is nothing to like about this app anymore. It was fine when free buy now it's just a moneygrab. I guess they don't even care about the ratings dive. Too bad. A good app/hobby wrecked by greed and selfishness.
App full of problems and new subscription service fee?! 1/5
By Carlos Cediel
I bought the original geocaching app for $10 and it was an awesome investment. But now the company retired that application for one full of bugs that lags and doesn't show the right location of the caches.
They also came up with a new subscription service that charges you monthly- thieves!!! They are after your pocket and completely ruined the experience.
THIS APP IS SO DANG FUN!!😄😄
Frustrating and no longer fun 1/5
Just like everyone else has said, what happened to the $10 we originally spent!? Now we can't create a list for a geocaching day or even find caches with difficulty or terrain above a 1.5! Oh, or find any clue/riddle caches either. I get it that you're trying to make money but you've officially taken all the fun and adventure out of it for the people who don't have an extra $30/year to throw around.
Love it! ♥️♥️ 4/5
This app is awesome! I love the navigation element. Even though some of the caches are in the upgraded version, the ones that are free are still cool!
They blew it!!! 1/5
This is a great app if you want a map of 60 geocaches that you cant get to unless you pay, and maybe one that you can go to. But have no fear, every time you click something on the screen you have the opportunity to upgrade.
Expensive and no longer fun 1/5
By Gator willy
I bought them 10$ app years ago thinking it was a small price to pay for all the fun the family would have with it and I was right. Unfortunately I downloaded this crap yesterday and they want 6$ a month or 30$ a year. Great job. You just screwed your company with your greed and something similar but cheaper will come along and replace geocaching. It was fun while it lasted.
Shouldn't have to pay 1/5
Paying to find advanced caches seems greedy. People like Geocaching as an inexpensive way to do something with their family and friends as well as get out and enjoy nature. Since people clearly aren't willing to pay for a premium app, you're taking those experiences away from people. Find another way to make money... how about sponsorships or ads?
By Moments on the journey
This is the most I ever paid for an app $10, and we loved it. Now we have to pay a yearly subscription to use the app?! Not cool. Very disappointing. Guess it's back to downloading them onto my GPS. 😞
Not what I expected :-\ 1/5
Unless I'm missing something, the app doesn't allow you to submit that you are hiding a geocache. You have to submit it via a web based site. So basically the app is just a glorified map for finding, not submitting. Waste of $ since I was using this app to take my Girl Scout troop out to hide Geocaches. Also the map makes it almost impossible to figure out your coordinates so that you can know where you're hiding the Geocache to later be able to submit it from a home pc. The website is not smartphone friendly. Hot tip you have to open the map, find a already hidden geocache, click on its icon, then click around to stumble upon "my waypoints " (which the text is too. If so the whole title doesn't show) then it shows you your current coordinates so you can write it down for later use. The point of the app is lost on me.
''Tis a sad sad transition 1/5
Paid for a fully functioning app so long ago... and now left with a crippled shell of its former glory. Sure you added new features, but stranded you loyal fans