Seek app crashes when posting to iNaturalist

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Platform (Android, iOS, Website): iOS

App version number, if a mobile app issue (shown under Settings): 2.8.1 (127)

Browser, if a website issue (Firefox, Chrome, etc) :

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Description of problem (please provide a set of steps we can use to replicate the issue, and make as many as you need.):

Step 1: Take photo outside app using phone camera.

Step 2: Use camera button in Seek to choose photo from phone photo album.

Step 3: Seek makes ID.

Step 4: I click “post to iNaturalist.”

Step 5. The app crashes and shuts down. Happens about 60% of the time. Results in data uploading to iNaturalist but not the photo. Have deleted and redownloaded the app. Happens at varying levels of cellular signal.

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@shannonmarvel I can’t replicate.

  • are you on a strong, stable internet connection when this happens?

  • are you changing or adding anything on this screen before posting to iNat? (the black circle is to cover the roadkill snake photo from my screenshot)

It happens no matter how strong the internet connection is. It also happens whether or not I change anything on that screen. At this point, I can no longer use the app. It crashes virtually every time.

I’m sorry to hear that. We just released an update with some bug fixes (version 2.8.3), it’s available in the App Store - it might be worth updating the app and seeing if that helps.

Otherwise, a few more questions:

  • which device do you have?

  • do you have any apps running in the background? Another user was experiencing some problems with Seek and was able to solve them after quitting other apps, which suggest maybe a memory issue with Seek.

  • Can you please post a screenshot of what you’re obseration looks like before you submit it (like mine above)? Either here or at

I have an iPhone XR. I’ll try to get a screenshot the next time it happens again. My phone memory was very full and after making some room Seek is working better, not all the time, but way more often than before.

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Same issue here. App crashes after a little while. It shows updating 10 observations (Post to iNaturalist) and it doesn’t upload the photos and crashes. Using Iphone 11 with Seek 2.11.1

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We just released a beta version that might fix this. If you want to test it out, please sign up and download the beta version - you can find instructions here: It would be helpful to us if you tested it out and let us know if it worked or not.

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That release is now public and everyone one I’ve had test it out says the app no longer crashes during upload to iNat so I’m going to close this.