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Frequently Asked Questions
How do I report a bug or make a suggestion for improving Clue Tracker?
Send us email, complete our feedback form, or tap the “Send Feedback” button on the app’s About screen.  You may also post questions and comments to the Clue Tracker message board on Atlas Quest.
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Tap a screen below to view an explanation of the icons and other user interface elements used on that screen.






A Saved List
Why does Clue Tracker not accept my password for Atlas Quest?
Atlas Quest has a feature that allows you to use a separate password for apps.  Visit this page on Atlas Quest and look for the section labeled “App Security.”  If a password is present, you can choose to keep it and use it within Clue Tracker or you can remove the app password and use your regular AQ password within Clue Tracker.
How do I save letterbox information for offline use?
If you are viewing search results, you can save all of the boxes by tapping the backpack icon on the toolbar and then choosing one of the three options from the menu that is displayed.

If you are viewing the clues for a particular box, you can tap the backpack icon on the toolbar to quickly save the box (if you see a trash can instead of the backpack, the box has already been saved).  Alternatively, you can tap the clipboard icon and then choose the lists to which you want to add the box.

Note that you may add a box to more than one list.  For example, you may find it useful to have lists based on geography (“Southeast Michigan”) as well as lists that are based on other factors (“Puzzles To Solve”).
Why is Android Clue Tracker missing some of the features that iOS has?
The Android version of Clue Tracker is a complete rewrite of the app.  It took us many years to add all of the features that are in the iOS version of Clue Tracker, so please be patient as we reimplement them for Android.  Since we set priorities and add new features based on the feedback we receive from fellow letterboxers, please contact us and let us know what is important to you.
Why are some letterboxes shown in the wrong place on the map?
The person who lists a box on the Atlas Quest or LbNA web sites sets the location of the box.  They may accidentally or intentionally provide a vague or inaccurate location for a box, and whatever location they store in the box listing will be used by Clue Tracker.  Unlike in geocaching, there is no requirement that the location listed on Atlas Quest or LbNA be precise (for many boxes, only the location of the nearest city is provided).

Therefore, before you set out to find a box you should read the clues and verify that the location shown on the map is correct.  If you determine a more accurate location, you can set a custom location on Atlas Quest (premium membership required).  You may also edit the location of the box within Clue Tracker (see the next FAQ question).
How can I edit the location of a letterbox?
First, you'll need to save the letterbox to your device (if you haven't already).  Then view the box’s details and tap the Action menu button (located in the top-right corner of the screen).  Tap “Edit Box.”  You will then be able to change the box’s location.  You may enter @latitude,longitude in the address field if desired.
How can I change the AQ or LbNA search distance choices?
To customize the Atlas Quest Search or LbNA search distances, tap the number you want to change to select it and then tap it a second time.  You will be prompted to enter a new search distance.
Why are some boxes missing from my search results?
There are several reasons why you may not see all of the boxes that are located within the search area:
  • A letterbox may no longer be listed, it may have been retired, or it may have been marked inactive.
  • Atlas Quest limits the results it provides to outside applications such as Clue Tracker to 100 boxes (this limit is raised to 250 boxes if you log in to Atlas Quest as a premium member).  If some boxes are missing even when you are logged in, try using a smaller search area (e.g., 10 miles instead of 25 miles).
  • A planter may have placed restrictions on a box listing so it is only available when logged in to Atlas Quest.  Log in and search again.
  • If you are searching by box name, Clue Tracker tries to find boxes that match all of the words that you enter.  You can relax this restriction by adding a * after one of the words (e.g., Hudson Mills Haiku*).
  • If you want to retrieve a box that you have planted or previously found, you must turn off the option that hides plants and finds.  If that option is not visible on the search screen, tap “Search Options” to show the available options.
How can I find boxes if I encounter a limit?
How can I find mystery letterboxes?
  • If you know part or all of the name of the letterbox(es) you want to find, tap “Name or ID” and enter the box name.
  • Try using a smaller search area.  In addition, you may want to use a street address for the location or a zipcode if you are searching a large metropolitan area.
  • For Atlas Quest, you may get better results if you put double-quotes around a phrase that you know appears within a box name (e.g. "County Fair").
How can I be reminded of WOM boxes and other saved boxes when I do a search?
To include WOM boxes and other saved boxes in nearby and location-based searches, turn on the “Include My Saved Boxes” search option.  When this option is enabled, boxes that are saved within Clue Tracker are merged with the results returned from Atlas Quest or LbNA.
How can I find a box using its LbNA number or its AQ number?
To look up a box by its number (unique ID), tap “Name or ID”, enter the number in the Box Name field (e.g., 42183), and then tap the Search button.
How can I change the name of a saved list?
From the “Saved Letterboxes” screen, swipe left on the row that contains the list that you want to rename.  Swiping will reveal the “Rename” and “Delete” buttons.  Tap Rename.  You will be prompted to enter a new name for the list. 
How can I change the order of saved boxes within a list?
While viewing a saved list, tap and hold on the letterbox that you want to move.  You will notice that it shifts slightly to the right and changes color.  Then drag the box up or down and release it in the correct location.
How can I share a list of saved boxes with another Clue Tracker user?
How can I copy a list of saved boxes to another device?
Clue Tracker supports sharing a list of saved letterboxes via email and other methods.  When viewing a list of boxes, open the backpack menu and tap “Share This List.”  You will be prompted to choose a transfer method.  When the list of boxes is received on another device (as an lbx file or attachment), use the “Open with” feature in the receiving app to open the list of boxes in Clue Tracker and begin the import process.
How can I download a set of boxes from Atlas Quest?
Clue Tracker allows you to search for boxes using Atlas Quest tag colors.  If, from the Atlas Quest web site, you apply a tag to a set of boxes, you can get them into Clue Tracker by searching by tag.  Tap “Name or ID”, then tap “Add Searchg Term” and choose “Add Tag” from the menu.  Now you will have a tag menu that you can use in your searches.  You must use the tag color (not the name), and if you choose more than one tag color they will be ANDed together (that is, for a box to be returned it must have all of the tags).
How can I get early access to new features and help test Clue Tracker?
Open this link and click the “Become A Tester” button.  Google will add you to a list of testers who are notified when we make a new version of Clue Tracker available for testing.
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