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 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.

What’s New

Version 2.14.1

New 2022 monthly challenge

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
239 Ratings

239 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.

Yeudhcjx ,

An issue

The app works pretty well; it has good identification and documentation skills that link to my iNaturalist. The main issue is that there is no option to sign in with google or Facebook. I use my google account for the normal iNaturalist app, but there is no option on seek to sign in with my google account. I try to use my google account details with the normal login engine but it doesn’t work, even when I try to change my password and redownload the app and restart my device. This annoying issue means I cannot access my preexisting iNaturalist account.

Brooke Rowley ,

A must have app!

This app identifies so much more than plants and animals. It identifies fish, insects, birds, fungi and more. Every adult and child should get this because it’s just so informative, educational and has easy to use features and fun challenges. And it’s free with absolutely no annoying no ads. Thanks to the developers, this is one of the best apps I’ve stumbled across.

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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