OSBeehives 4+

Digital Beekeeping Toolkit

OSBeehives, Inc.

Designed for iPad

    • 3.6 • 60 Ratings
    • Free



The OSBeehives Beekeeping App lets you record comprehensive journal entries and visualize sensor data with an easy-to-use interface and unique multimedia features such as hive audio, pictures, and your own voice annotations, which will be transcribed into text by the app. All past entries and historical data are available to you through your hive's unique timeline.

The app also allows you to analyze any beehive's health using just your smartphone's microphone and our powerful AI tools. The app can detect the following health states: healthy, dormant, missing queen, swarming, sick, and collapsed.

Pair the app with the BuzzBox hardware, and you can track colony conditions in real time, wherever you are. BuzzBox will remotely record the sound of your hive and provide you with atmospheric conditions such as internal and external hive temperature, humidity, and barometric pressure, as well as wind direction, speed, and weather.

What’s New

Version 1.3.0

-Beehive metric thresholds: displaying optimal and non-optimal value thresholds for most beehive metrics.
-Explainer modals: detailing the meaning of all the different metrics, as well as information regarding hive logs, beekeeping practices, and common problems.

Ratings and Reviews

3.6 out of 5
60 Ratings

60 Ratings


Great idea - needs less clutter

Downloaded the app after a few months again to see what changed. It is definitely getting better. I don’t have the buzzbox so this review is for the free version.

It’s easy to add the hive and relatively easy to measure hive activity using my phone. Journal entries are a great idea but are way to cumbersome for me to use as too many options need to be checked and require too many steps. When selecting my hive it is also confusing how to add entries. Why are there three tabs to select where to add data? What’s the difference between the heart symbol and the speaker symbol? It seems like they lead to the same outcome. Is there a way to simplify that page?

The app is definitely getting better so will check back for any updates

Developer Response ,

Hi! We took your feedback to heart and just published and update to address clutter for users without a sensor-powered device, as well as improve journal entry visualizations and additions. We want to make the best beekeeping app out there and we're eager to hear your thoughts about the next update.

Swicker88 ,

Don’t buy the hardware! App is spotty at best.

I was given the buzz box mini (which works with the app) as a Christmas gift, and I still can’t get it to work a month and a half later. I really think it has to do with the interface with the app, but I can’t say for sure because the online troubleshooting guides and the feedback you get from the hardware is useless. I’ve tried contacting their support multiple times over that 1.5 months without a single response. I’ve invested an additional $150 in other hardware (stupid in hindsight) trying to troubleshoot it myself, mostly because I wanted it to work as it was a gift from family and a fun little project. This is a total waste of time and money. It looks great online, but I strongly suspect that it’s a failed start-up and no one is maintaining the app or responding with customer support anymore. I can’t even get them to reply to me about sending the dang thing back. Try another product if you want to try remote hive monitoring!

beekeeper in eastern colorado ,

Great app for beekeepers!

Great app! The developers are continually improving it. This app is FREE folks and helps unobtrusively monitor your hive’s health. The developers have a sensor box that is inserted into your hive box for detailed colony health information. I haven’t tried the sensor box yet as it requires WiFi which I do not have at my apiary but the developers are working on an enhancement that uses Bluetooth for sensor box communication. If you are a beekeeper of any level you will find this app useful. You need to download it, use it, and give the developers some feed back. They are responsive to questions and have a great idea here. Beekeepers should support these guys because they are making a tool that will help beekeepers succeed.

App Privacy

The developer, OSBeehives, Inc., 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
  • Contact Info
  • User Content
  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

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

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