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
1 Dec 2022

Data safety

Safety starts with understanding how developers collect and share your data. Data privacy and security practices may vary based on your use, region and age The developer provided this information and may update it over time.
No data shared with third parties
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This app may collect these data types
Location, Personal info and Photos and videos
Data is encrypted in transit
You can request that data be deleted
8.26K reviews
Keith Ragan
13 November 2022
It would be nice to be able to upload photos and get an id instead of having to run the app. There's not always service when you're in the wild. Also, typing in your location is like a speed typing test. It would also be nice to be able to search your database instead of just seeing the dozen species you thumbnail.
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Nathan Kirton
7 September 2022
Autofocus sucks, thinks a deer is an insect :| I've tried to like this app for a while now, scanned a decent amount of stuff. But it's always a pain. As soon as I try to zoom it won't focus again. Today tried to scan a deer, thought it was some insect for the longest time. I gave up. Wish it would be more accurate, and the zoom issue would be fixed.
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Zane Saxton
17 October 2022
I really enjoy this app. I am currently at 1016 observed species. However, I can tell that the app wasn't necessarily designed with that many species in mind because the "my observations" section is starting load slower and slower and it takes longer and longer to scroll towards the bottom. While there is a search bar I would appreciate an optimization or something like a way to sort my newest or a "newest 10 observations or something. Still, loads of fun and very useful.
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What's new

- Bug fixes