Using Mobile Mapper

1. Create an Account

From the main HerpMapper page, click on the Register link and create an account. The Terms of Use and Privacy statements are located there.

2. Download Mobile Mapper

Mobile Mapper is available for Android, iOS (Apple) and Microsoft (Windows) devices. To download Mobile Mapper, use the following links:

Google Play

iTunes Store

Windows Store

3. Configure Mobile Mapper

When you first run Mobile Mapper, you will be prompted to configure Mobile Mapper. Use the following settings to use Mobile Mapper with the HerpMapper:

E-Mail / Username: Please log in or register
API Key: Please log in or register
Configuration URL: https://www.herpmapper.org/mobile/
Note: Periodically re-save the service settings to update the species list.

4. Create a New Record

Location: Press New Record once the application is opened. The application will automatically grab your longitude and latitude close to your current position. Once it has loaded your position press "Continue".

Note: If the app was previously opened, please return to this screen and allow ample time for the coordinates to reset or it will use your last location.

Region: Mobile Mapper will try to identify the administrative boundary you are in based on the GPS coordinates obtained in the previous step. If an administrative boundary can not be identified, you will be presented with a list to browse.

Taxon: This takes you to the next screen which allows users to "browse taxa" or "search taxa. Browsing taxa allows you to select the species from organized groups. Searching taxa allows the user to search by common or Latin name. Recently used species will appear on this screen for convenience.

Voucher: This allows you to take a picture at the moment of observation or upload an image taken previously. Once you choose "Take Picture" your camera phone loads up, take the picture, and it automatically uploads the picture to the record you are entering without saving to your photo library. Alternatively you can browse for a previously taken photo in your library.

Additional Information: This screen allows you to enter information about the observation to the best of your knowledge. Please fill these out appropriately to the best of your knowledge.

Review: This screen shows you all the information about the record before saving it. Please review all areas to make sure they are correct to the best of your knowledge. Once reviewed press "Save Record". Once the record is saved it will show up in the "Pending Records" option from the home screen.

Note: your record will not show up on Herp Atlas without syncing it in the following step.

5. Submit Your Records

Click "Pending Records" from the home page to access all of your saved observations. Make sure the information is accurate. If it is not, you will have to delete the observation and file it again. There is no way to edit existing records at this time. Press "Sync" to begin uploading the records to HerpMapper.

Note: If your mobile device is allowed to enter an idle state it may disrupt the communication and result in only a partial upload of your records or an error message. To avoid this, observe the app and do not allow your phone to idle.

Once your records are uploaded they will disappear from the pending screen. Check the HerpMapper website to ensure that your records have been uploaded.

6. Trouble Shooting

Some users may experience glitches with the Mobile Mapper application. Below are the most commonly encountered errors and our recommended fixes.

Error Code = 1 This appears to be an error most often reported on Android devices. In most cases uninstalling and reinstalling the mobile app fixes this issue. If you have data in your Pending Records you can either click on the observation to view details and enter them online, or contact us to help get these observations into the system without losing your hard work.

Error Code = 3 This error code means the app is running into issues connecting to the database.

The first thing to do is click Services on the home screen. Be sure that your E-mail/username is entered (retype and be careful to avoid extra spaces). Next retype your API key (found at the top of this page) again avoid extra spaces. Save settings and retrying syncing your Pending Observations.

If still receiving Error Code = 3 and you are using cellular data to sync Pending Records, hold off syncing until connected to WIFI (this often solves the issue). Restarting your device may also help over come this issue.

If all of the above steps fail, uninstalling and reinstalling the mobile app fixes this issue. If you have data in your Pending Records you can either click on the observation to view details and enter them online, or contact us to help get these observations into the system without losing your hard work.

Are you experiencing a problem not listed above? Need additional help setting up the app? Please contact us at: [email protected]