FAQ: Your New Geocaching Account Settings

Screen Shot 2014-10-13 at 10.37.40 AMHow do I access my Account Settings?

See that gear icon in the upper right corner? Click it! You will be magically transported to the new and improved Account Settings tabs page.

What happened to my avatar/profile photo?

To make life just a little bit simpler, we’ve combined the Avatar and Profile images into one image (to rule them all, ahem) that will display universally across Geocaching.com. In other words, your current Avatar image will become the one image displayed on Geocaching.com and will be referred to as “Profile Image.” Going forward, we will not store images other than the current Profile image. This means that when you upload a new image as your Profile photo, the previous image will no longer be saved on Geocaching.com.

Where did all my stored Profile/Avatar images go?

Profile/Avatar images stored prior to the Account Settings redesign will be available via the link next to your current Profile image. We suggest that you download these images from Geocaching.com as we may discontinue storing them in the future.

How can I display larger images on my Profile now that the Profile image only supports smaller sizes?

You can add larger images to your Bio box, located under the Profile Information tab. You will need to use HTML and use <img> tags. Example: <img src=”[Insert image URL]”>

Where should information like my name, address, and occupation go, now that it’s removed from the new Account Settings page?

To make Account Settings as easy to use as possible, we’re going for simplicity. You are still welcome to display your name, address, occupation, and whatever else you like on your Profile (as long as it’s appropriate of course!). You can do so in the Bio box.

Where can I customize my Geocaching.com experience to my location and language?

Under the Preferences tab, you can select your preferred language, time zone, and distance units. We’ve added many more time zones and date format options so you can localize your geocaching experience wherever you are in the world. Note: We removed the Daylight Savings Time checkbox, as the time zones now automatically account for this.

How can I edit my publicly displayed statistics?

Great question. You will now be able to edit statistics as they appear on your Public Profile directly from http://www.geocaching.com/my/statistics.aspx.

What happened to List Newest in [state]?

Our Account Settings page no longer supports this feature. We are working hard to improve other features on the website that will be able to serve up this information more efficiently. In the meantime, you can go to the Advanced Search page, select “By Country/Province”, and then select the country and province of interest to you. You can bookmark the results to have easy access to the same search. Link to Advanced Search: http://www.geocaching.com/seek/nearest.aspx

Why can’t I see my GPS listed anymore?

We have not updated the “Your GPS” section for quite some time. If you would like to see reviews about a GPS or smartphone, there are many other websites out there that specialize in providing this content.

How do I add friends on Geocaching.com?

You will still be able to add/remove/view friends from the “View Your Friends” link on http://www.geocaching.com/my/default.aspx and “Your Friends” located under “Quick View”

Can I update my Account information from my mobile device?

Shucks, we’re glad you asked. And the answer is: YES! The Account Settings tabs page was designed to look great in a mobile browser.

I don’t want to see other players’ profile images in geocache logs. How do I turn them off?

Under the Preferences tab, you will need to uncheck the box “Show other geocachers’ profile images in logs.”

Other noteworthy changes:

  • Basic members can now change their Forum title
  • Removed Online Presence and Instant Messenger
  • Removed Forum Signature and Profile previews
  • Removed ability to toggle off Recently Viewed Caches

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Paige Edmiston
Paige (ThePaigeTurner) is a Marketing Specialist at Geocaching HQ. She likes books.