Seek by iNaturalist

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About this app

Use the power of image recognition technology to identify the plants and animals all around you. Earn badges for seeing different types of plants, birds, fungi and more!

• Get outside and point the Seek Camera at living things

• Identify wildlife, plants, and fungi and learn about the organisms all around you

• Earn badges for observing different types of species and participating in challenges


Found a mushroom, flower, or bug, and not sure what it is? Open up the Seek camera to see if it knows!

Drawing from millions of wildlife observations on iNaturalist, Seek shows you lists of commonly recorded insects, birds, plants, amphibians, and more in your area. Scan the environment with the Seek Camera to identify organisms using the tree of life. Add different species to your observations and learn all about them in the process! The more observations you make, the more badges you’ll earn!

This is a great app for families who want to spend more time exploring nature together, and for anyone who wants to learn more about the life all around them.


Seek does not require registration and does not collect any user data by default. Some user data will be collected if you choose to sign in with an iNaturalist account, but you must be over 13 or have your parents permission to do so.

Seek will ask permission to turn on location services, but your location is obscured to respect your privacy while still allowing species suggestions from your general area. Your precise location is never stored in the app or sent to iNaturalist unless you sign in to your iNaturalist account and submit your observations.

Our image recognition technology is based on observations submitted to and partner sites, and identified by the iNaturalist community.

Seek is created by the iNaturalist team. iNaturalist is a joint initiative of the California Academy of Sciences and the National Geographic Society. Seek was originally created with support from HHMI Tangled Bank Studios and enhanced with support from Our Planet on Netflix and WWF.
Updated on
Apr 26, 2022

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Ratings and reviews

6.43K reviews
Rusty Shackleford
April 28, 2022
I like the idea behind the app and have used it extensively for quite some time. Only issue i have is the camera quality is absolutely horrible. Ok quality if you are not zoomed in but the second you zoom in everything is unrecognizable. Only happens while using this app, camera works fine otherwise. This is on a Samsung s9. Hopefully one day they will fix the camera issues? Otherwise the app has become too frustrating, misidentifing many things or not able to so I do not use it much as of late.
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May 2, 2022
Seek offers a fantastically easy way to identify different kingdoms and species. While the identification can be rather difficult due to the fact you need a very clear image of the entity in question, once you have a good angle the app is able to provide you with all the information you need to know. The app provides a confidence meter at the top showing how confident it is when identifying it as a specific species or a more general identity. I've really loved how much this has educated me!
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Mike Jenks
May 2, 2022
Not very good. Firstly, it runs EXTREMELY poorly on my phone. The camera doesnt open 80% of the time, it rarely auto focuses when it does, and it studders constantly, especially when trying to take a photo, it just loads and loads, then crashes, then loads and loads when you try again. Is the a achievement menu supposed to show anything? Because it is always blank, even when it says i should look at it. Also, fails to identify a good 75% of the time, very basic common plants, unable to identify.
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