There has been some confusion as to how to load geocaches into Geocacher, so I am presenting this step-by-step tutorial in order to eliminate some of the confusion. This tutorial is meant to show the options for Premium Members of Geocaching.com. If you haven't signed up for a Premium Account on Geocaching.com then you should have a look at the tutorial for Basic Members instead.

Pocket Queries

The first thing that you should do is log into your Geocaching.com account. Once you do you will see your username in the upper-left hand corner. Clicking on your username will take you to your account page where you can view your recent finds and perform various tasks dealing with your account. On the right side of the page about half way down you will see a second labeled "Premium Features." In that section there is a link to "Build Pocket Queries." Click on that link and fill in all of your search criteria. Once you have the search filled out like you want it, click the "Submit" button. Once you do that Geocaching.com will queue your search and execute it when it can. Once the search is complete it will email the results in a *.zip file. You can either load the *.zip directly to your SDCard card or unzip it and upload the *.gpx files it contains. For instructions on how to do that skip to the section labled "Loading files onto the SDCard."

Individual Geocache Files

If you have already found the web page for the geocache that you want to find you can get the geocache file for it simply by clicking on either the "LOC Waypoint File" or "GPX eXchange File" button. For an overview of the difference between these formats see the Geocache File Information page (coming soon). Now you can load the *.loc or *.gpx file to your SDCard card. For instructions on how to do that skip to the section labled "Loading files onto the SDCard."

Search Results

If you have executed a regular search (i.e. not a pocket query) then you can save the geocaches you want out of that search by checking the boxes along the right side and clicking the "Download Wapoints" button at the bottom of the page. This will allow you to download an *.loc file containing the information about the geoaches you have selected. Now you can load that *.loc file to your SDCard card. For instructions on how to do that skip to the section labled "Loading files onto the SDCard."

Note that you will need to click the "Download Waypoints" button on each page of the search results that contain geocaches that you would like to load onto your SDCard since the checks are cleared if you navigate away from that page. This results in multiple *.loc files that will need to be loaded onto the SDCard.

Loading files onto the SDCard

In order to load the files that you have obtained from Geocaching.com onto your SDCard you will need a USB cable to connect your phone to your computer. Once you have connected this cable you will see a "USB Connected" notification on your phone. Drag open the Notifications Windows from the top of the screen and click on the "USB Connected" notification. This will cause a dialog to pop up asking if you want to "Mount" or "Don't Mount."



Click the "Mount" button. This will cause a window to pop up on your computer asking how you would like to browse the content on the SDCard. Choose to open it in the File Explorer. Now you can create a folder on your SDCard to put your geocache files in. Now just select the geocache files and drag them into the folder on your SDCard. Once the files have finished copying, click the icon on the task bar and select "Safely Remove Drive." Once you see the dialog telling you that the media has been unmounted successfully you can unplug the cord from your phone.



Now you can go back to your phone and start Geocacher. Once it loads press the "Menu" button and select "Load Caches." This will open a File Browser and allow you to navigate to the folder where you have saved the geocache files.



Click on one of the files and it will load into Geocacher. You can repeat these last few steps for all of the geocache files that you have loaded onto your SDCard.

Casey Borders

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