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Clue Tracker for Android
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 Settings screen.  You may also post questions and comments to the Clue Tracker message board on Atlas Quest.
What is that icon?
Tap a screen below to view an explanation of the icons and other user interface elements used on that screen.

Search


Search Options


Search
Results

Map

Box
Information

Saved
Letterboxes

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 does the Android version not have all 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.  We plan to 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).
How can I change the AQ search distance?
How can I change the number of boxes returned by LbNA?
To customize the Atlas Quest Search Radius 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.

To customize the Maximum Boxes Returned by an LbNA search, 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 number.
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.  On the search screen, tap the Settings icon to the right of the Search button.  Slide the switch to the left to turn off that option.
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.
  • 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").
  • For Atlas Quest, 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.
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.
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