Frequently Asked Questions

Why the name Neongeo?

From the developer: “I wanted one that has a free domain name (neongeo.com). Extremely difficult these days. Tried hundreds of different variations, always to find out that the domain is already taken. Finally Neongeo popped out by being free, short enough and somewhat appealing.”

How to log Geocaches

  1. Online: Open geocache details → Click Menu → Log Online
  2. Offline: Open geocache details → Click Menu → Mark As [Found/DNF/Note]. Afterwards go to Geocaches → Click Menu → Export Logs. If you export to SD Card, the generated file can be uploaded into Geocaching.com website.

How to log Trackables

  1. Online: Open geocache details → find the trackable link → Click it
  2. Offline: Open geocache details and mark the geocache. Click note icon on lower right. You can add tracking code as a fieldnote for later reference.

How to add Waypoints

  1. Online: Open geocache details → find a waypoint link → Click it
  2. Offline: Waypoint GPX files are supported. It's best to keep the Geocaching.com pocket query result as is, e.g. just save the zip file on your SD Card. When uncompressing the zip file, application will ask for each GPX file to be parsed.

How to add custom points

  • Double click on map on an empty position. Enter coordinates or use the current GPS coordinates.

How to define final coordinates for an Unknown/mystery cache

  • Go to www.geocaching.com and see your Personal Cache Note. If you enter coordinates there, original coordinates will be replaced. This works for Unknown/Mystery geocaches only. From the application, open the cache details page, refresh if necessary and see your Personal Cache Note for details.

How to navigate to a cache

  1. Compass: Open cache details → Click Menu → Set Target. Go back to map and see the compass.
  2. Navigation: Open cache details → Click Menu → Links → Select Google Navigation.

How to use BlueTooth GPS?

  • Android Market has a free application called Bluetooth GPS. This is proven to work with Neongeo.


Use of NeonGeo requires:

  • A compatible Android OS device
  • Access to the internet (whether through WiFi, cellular data plan, etc.)
  • A valid account at the Geocaching.com website. NeonGeo currently uses the geocaching.com API as its only source of cache data.

Groundspeak (geocaching.com) API limitations for Basic Members (Note: all limitations removed for Premium Members):

  • You can download basic information (name, coordinates, type, size, ratings) and see icons on the map for an unlimited number of geocaches
  • In a 24 hour period, you can only download the full information (descriptions, logs, etc) for 3 Traditional type geocaches

Purchase and Installation

The NeonGeo App is available for purchase through the Android Market. On your Android device, go to the market and search for “NeonGeo”, or from a web browser, visit The Android Market. QR code

Upon installation the app will ask for permissions:

  • Fine (GPS) Location – Obviously!
  • Full internet access
  • Bluetooth device access (allows use of an external bluetooth GPS in lieu of an internal one)
  • Modify/Delete USB and SD storage
  • Prevent Device from Sleeping

Logging in to the Groundspeak API

Main Menu

Map Page

Map Functionality

Zooming functions can currently be accomplished in 2 ways:

  1. Tapping the + and - icons at the left of the map
  2. Two finger “pinch-to-zoom” (added in v1.09)

To view your found and owned geocaches on the map:

  • Click Menu → Search → check the 'Include found and owned geocaches' box

To have the map automatically center on your current location:

  • Click the “bulls-eye” icon in the upper right of the map
  • Note: This will also start tracking your movements automatically until you manually move the map

At the bottom of the map view, the caches closest to you are listed.

  • Clicking on this list will open additional details about the cache
  • The list is scroll-able to find caches further away from you

Radar/Homing Functionality

The Radar/Homing function was added in release v1.094, which includes a couple of invisible quick buttons:

  • On map, press center of the compass to switch to full screen compass/radar/homing
  • On full screen compass/radar/homing page, press geocache name to open details

Additional map views

Additional map servers can be added to allow different types of maps to be displayed (road, satellite, topo, etc). Adding and modifying the selection of map servers is done from the main Settings Page. To set the current map to display:

  • Click Menu → Map server → choose the desired map type

Geocaches Page

Geocache Details Page

To open the actual cache page: Click Menu → Links → Select geocaching.com

To open the cache in Google Navigation: Click Menu → Links → Select Google Navigation

In addition, by clicking on the cache owner or finder names in the logs, “hidden” links will open their respective profile pages on geocaching.com

Info Page

Profile Tab

Selecting this tab will display your profile information including:

  • Find count
  • Favorite points left
  • Trackable inventory
    • Links to Grab or Discover trackables
  • Pocket queries available for download


Selecting this tab will display the current GPS status including:

  • Lat & Long position
  • Altitude
  • Speed
  • Relative satellite strength
  • Compass

Data Tab

Selecting this tab will display memory usage information including:

  • Map server memory usage and number of tiles stored

Help Tab

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