How to use the Water Rangers app

On this page, you’ll learn how to add your data to existing locations on the Water Rangers app. You’ll also learn how to create new locations on the app if you need to!

Not an “app” type person? No worries. Check out our page which explains how to use the Water Rangers website instead.

1. Sign up for an account

Our app works offline, too!

One of the cool things about the app is that it allows you to record your observations in the field, with or without internet connection. Simply upload your observations as you normally would, and they’ll automatically be added to your profile once you regain cell service or wifi.

First, you’ll need to sign up for an account on our website. Signing up is free and easy to do!

2. Download the app

Our app is available for iPhone and Android users.

3. Explore your area

Are you going to be sampling at a location that’s already been visited before? Or will you have to “create” a new location on the app? To find out, simply locate your sampling location on the map, and check to see if there are any existing “locations markers” there!

The small blue circle represents where you are located on the map, while the bigger blue circle represents a “location” that someone has already created on the app or website.

If there is already a location marker where you are planning on testing, you can add your data to this same location. Simply click right on the location marker and then upload your observation. As a result, you’ll start to see trends at this location over time! Other people may want to keep adding data to this same location too.

3. Learn how to add your data to existing locations

If there is an existing location marker where you plan on testing, check out the following video. Note that you’ll be following these same steps after you create new locations too, if that is something you have to do!

4. Learn how to create a new location

If there are no existing location markers where you plan on testing, or if the locations markers don’t seem close enough to your location, you can do one of two things. First, you can choose to modify your sampling location slightly so that you’re testing closer to where a location marker already exists. If the difference between where you’re standing and where the location marker is located is only a few metres, this might be the best option.

Alternatively, you can create a whole new location! Check out the following video which explains how to do so. Note that you’ll be following these same steps as in the video above once you’ve created a new location!

5. View your data!

The app is used for data collection purposes only. To view your data, including trends, you’ll have to do so on our data platform.

What if I see several location markers close together?

Technically, there should only be one location marker at each sampling location- otherwise, the locations that have been created are duplicates of one another. To avoid creating duplicate locations, only select “add” beside “my current location” when you are sure that you want to create a new location. The app won’t recognize if you’re testing somewhere where a “location marker” already exists. It’ll treat the location as a whole new spot if you’re not careful!

Still have questions? Check out our FAQs!