Frequently asked questions about ObsIdentify

Do you have a question about ObsIdentify? Below you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions. Is your question not listed? Send an email to

Why does ObsIdentify not recognize my pet and houseplant?

ObsIdentify is trained to recognize wild species of flora and fauna. It will not work on pets nor most houseplants and garden plants or give bad results. Using the app for cars, each other, etc. will give funny results which are not useful for recording your sighting at our platform.

I have received an e-mail asking me to adjust my observation, how does this work?

Observations cannot be adjusted via ObsIdentify. This is only possible using the website. Click on the link in the email to go to the sighting and log in at After you have logged in, click on your name in the top right corner, and then on "observations". On the far right are three dots for each observation. Click on that and select "edit". Now you change the name of the species you have seen. Just click on “species name” and change it. Then click "save" to save the changes. You can also make other changes and/or upload one or more photos.

Is an account for necessary and what is the added value?

Recognitions can be performed without having registered at However, creating an account has a huge added value. Your account will be the place where you can upload your observations, including your photos. Then they are saved and you can review your observations any time you like. Also you are then sharing your observations, making them available to others. In this way you contribute to knowledge about our biodiversity, which can be better protected.

Where does ObsIdentify get the GPS data and how do I make it available?

ObsIdentify keeps track of the location during use, so that you have an accurate location determination when taking a photo via the camera. And that in turn is important in saving an observation on your device. The app therefore asks for permission to use location data. You can always adjust this permission in the settings. If you use photos from your photo library, GPS and date information will be extracted from your photo.

My phone does not add GPS data to the photos. How do I fix that?

  • Location services must be enabled on your phone
  • ObsIdentify must have access to the location, you must give permission for this. This is necessary for recognizing photos that you take via ObsIdentify.
  • The camera app must be able to access the location. This is necessary for recognition of photos from the library. If you've previously denied access to location data, you can turn it back on in the app's settings.

In which countries can I use ObsIdentify?

ObsIdentify is available for download in almost every country in Europe. The image recognition contains species out of the whole of Europe, but not every species that occurs in Europe is part of the image recognition model. So always check a species suggestion before savind your observation.

In what languages is ObsIdentify available?

ObsIdentify is available in Dutch, English, French, Spanish and German.

How do I get ObsIdentify?

ObsIdentify can be downloaded from the Google Play store and the Apple App Store.

How many species can I identify per day?

Without an account, 50 recognitions can be performed per day. When you have created an account and are logged in, you can perform and save unlimited recognitions.

Are there any improvements planned?

ObsIdentify is constantly being developed. Sometimes to fix minor bugs, sometimes to add more functions. Keep an eye on our social media and news channels for major updates.

The app says species A, but it is species B. How is that possible and what should I do?

Sometimes the app gives a high percentage of match, but it is a different species. These could be the causes:

  • The photo is not cropped enough or out of focus.
  • There is more than 1 species in the photo, for example a lichen on a tree.
  • Distinguishing between some similar species requires photos of features that are difficult to see in photographs, e.g. the underside of a bug's foreleg or the number of stamens in a flower.
  • Some species are very variable in their appearance (young gull or old gull, flowering or overblown buttercup, etc.), which makes it more difficult for ObsIdentify to recognize them properly.

On, photos that the app has not properly recognized are corrected by a large team of volunteer experts. They often come up with a proposal about the correct species name.

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