Use the power of image recognition technology to identify the plants and animals all around you. Earn badges for seeing different types of birds, amphibians, plants, and fungi and participate in monthly observation challenges with Our Planet on Netflix.

• Get outside and point the Seek Camera at living things
• Identify wildlife and plants you see and take pictures to earn badges
• Learn fun facts about the organisms all around you


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.

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

Seek is presented by Our Planet and WWF and 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.

What’s New

Version 2.2.2

Bug fixes, improved camera error messages, ability to select species when posting to iNat

Ratings and Reviews

3.1 out of 5
45 Ratings

45 Ratings

El_Deebo ,

Great in theory

I love the idea of this but it’s not as user friendly as I’d hoped. You can’t zoom in on photos to try to help with recognition and it seems to really struggle with plants that don’t have flowers. It also drains my battery faster than any other app! I wish the recognition rate was better, or you could add the name in of something when you know for sure what it is. It’s a good idea and I hope the algorithms keep improving over time.

Cecil Bee ,

Why limit camera use?

I used to use this app all the time and the hit rate was variable on recognition. I could also spend the day taking photos and then uploading them to this app. Now unfortunately since the new update, you can only browse a tiny amount of your photos (20?), as opposed to having access to your full camera roll. Also, the app sometimes only recognises animals etc when you zoom in, but now they’ve disabled the zoom! On the plus side, recognition is tons better and quicker. Please let us browse the camera roll again please and let us zoom in again, please!

Sang29 ,

Works for me!!

I’ve just started using this app and it seems to be working fine sometimes it takes just the right angle to fully identify things but it seems to get there in the end 2x zoom would be good to add also pulling gps from the photo to input the correct location of where the subject was identified would be good. Don’t know what the bad reviews are for? Maybe they have improved it over time.


iNaturalist, LLC
170.1 MB

Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.


English, Dutch, French, German, Hindi, Portuguese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese

Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2018 California Academy of Sciences


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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