Seek by iNaturalist 4+

Identify plants & animals

iNaturalist, LLC

    • Free



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 part of iNaturalist, a not-for-profit organization. Seek was made by the iNaturalist team with support from the California Academy of Sciences, the National Geographic Society, Our Planet on Netflix, WWF, HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, and Visipedia.

What’s New

Version 2.15.8

A new monthly challenge is available

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
289 Ratings

289 Ratings

KKle ,

This app is fantastic!

Thank you so much iNaturalist for keeping your app free and making it a scientific staple.
Unlike many of your competitors your service is 100% free as it should be.
Nobody should have to pay for plant and animal identification, especially when our environmental future is at stake.
Stupid capitalist mindset limits our true potential as a species, information should be taught and shared for free and not locked behind subscriptions and paywalls. Knowledge is wealth and wealth is pointless if we’re all dead.

Jo11111 ,

It’s good

The premise is good and the app works pretty well for the most part. Although it does crash on a very regular basis for no apparent reason. I use a phone that can very much handle the app so the crashing is entirely a problem within the app. The second issue is that the seek camera is extremely bad. It doesn’t recognise about 60% of the wildlife that I try to identify. No matter how clear the photos are. I think that you would be well served to add a manual log feature where as I can log the plant or animal manually so that I don’t have to rely 100% on the camera which doesn’t work so often. I know that this could open the doors to cheating but honestly the amount of times the seek camera misidentifies a plant or animal has already opened that door long ago.

The app is good. It just need a bit of polishing.

lilyisachicken ,

Amazing app, but not transferrable to new devices

This is one of my favourite apps, so handy and educational. I really love being able to look through the plants and animals I’ve captured on it. I recently bought a new phone but am unable to transfer my observations onto it. I would really love if this was made possible as I’m going to lose years of observations. I tried making an inaturalist account to post them there, but you can only upload them right as you make a new observation. A bit disappointing but other than that it’s a wonderful app.

App Privacy

The developer, iNaturalist, LLC, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer's privacy policy.

Data Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Location
  • User Content

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Location

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More

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