Social Check-in App Feature

Introducing our brand new Check-in feature! Now you have a built-in way to keep in touch with family and friends back home or to follow the progress of your tramily while hiking.

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IMPORTANT: Check-ins will only send to your followers when your phone is connected to WiFi or has cell service. Your phone cannot be in airplane mode to send a check-in.

Check-ins are stored on your phone until you are in cell phone reception/WiFi range and can not be used to contact Emergency Services.

Guthook Guides Check-in feature with a woman on her phone in the background.
Social Check-in Feature

How to Send a Check-in

Here are step-by-step instructions to send a Check-in from your Guthook Guides app.

LEARN HOW TO SEND A CHECK-IN
Social Check-in Feature

How to Send a Check-in

Here are step-by-step instructions to send a Check-in from your Guthook Guides app.

LEARN HOW TO SEND A CHECK-IN

Learn how our new Check-in Feature works…

Learn how to send a Check-in…

Follow the adventures of your hiking partner, friends, and tramily (trail family) and invite your family and friends to follow your journey!

Share your adventure

Send your friends and family updates about your hike via personal messages with your location.

Send updates

Control who follows you with advanced privacy controls and security. Want to stay private? Our social features are completely optional!

Privacy control

Need help with our new Check-in feature?

Step 1

If you haven’t already, download the app, create an account, and set up your profile. You must be signed in to use the social features! (Cell service/wifi is required to download the app)

Creating an account on iPhone. Click the image for a larger view.
Creating an account on Android. Click the image for a larger view.

Step 2

Open the menu and navigate to your Social Feed.

Social Feed on iPhone. Click the image for a larger view.
Social feed on Android. Click the image for a larger view.

Step 3

Invite your family and friends to follow you by sending them a link or by searching for their username and inviting them to follow you. (Cell service/wifi is required to send an invite)

Inviting a follower on iPhone. Click the image for a larger view.
Inviting a follower on Android. Click the image for a larger view.

Step 4

Your friends and family will be able to download the app and see your location. They can also use any of the free trail demos, and can get even more information about your journey by purchasing the full trail guide! (Cell service/wifi is required to download the app, purchase a guide, and view new check-ins as they come in)

Viewing a check-in on iPhone. Click the image for a larger view.
Viewing a check-in on Android. Click the image for a larger view.
Step 1

Ask your hiker to send you an invite link. (Cell service/wifi is required to send/accept an invite)

Receiving an invite on iPhone. Click the image for a larger view.
Receiving an invite on Android. Click the image for a larger view.

Step 2

Download the app, create an account, and set up your profile. You must be signed in to use our new social features! (Cell service/wifi is required)

Creating an account on iPhone. Click the image for a larger view.
Creating an account on Android. Click the image for a larger view.

Step 3

You will be taken to a screen where you can accept the invite from the hiker who sent you the link. If you’d like even more information about their hike, purchase and download the full trail guide! (Cell service/wifi is required to accept an invitation and download the app)

Accepting an invite on iPhone. Click the image for a larger view.
Accepting an invite on Android. Click the image for a larger view.
Step 1

If you haven’t already, create an account, and set up your profile. You must be signed in to use the social features! (Cell service/wifi is required)

Creating an account on iPhone. Click the image for a larger view.
Creating an account on Android. Click the image for a larger view.

Step 2

Open the menu and navigate to your Social Feed.

Main menu on iPhone.  Click the image for a larger view.
Main menu on Android. Click the image for a larger view.

Step 3

Tap the follow icon in the top right corner. (Cell service/wifi is required to follow someone)

Social feed on iPhone. Click the image for a larger view.
Social feed on Android. Click the image for a larger view.

Step 4

Search for the username of the hiker you want to follow. (Cell service/wifi is required to search for and follow another user)

Hiker search on iPhone. Click the image for a larger view.
Hiker search on Android. Click the image for a larger view.

Step 5

Tap “Request” and wait for them to accept your follow request! (Cell service/wifi is required)

Request sent on iPhone. Click the image for a larger view.
Request sent on Android. Click the image for a larger view.

Follow one of our test users to try out the new feature!

A girl smiles while wearing a hat.

Ana A.

username: aztana

A hiker with a camera and a tripod takes a picture of distant mountains.

Ariel on the AT

username: atariel

A backpacker walks through water in a lush green forest.

Chloe C.

username: cdtchloe

Frequently Asked Questions


Looking for more information about our new social features? Look no further!

To send a check-in from iOS or Android:

(Check-ins will only send to your followers when your phone is connected to WiFi or has cell service. Your phone cannot be in airplane mode to send a check-in. Check-ins are stored on your phone until you are in cell phone reception/WiFi range and can not be used to contact Emergency Services.)

  1. Navigate to the map screen and tap the tools button (top right for iOS, bottom right for Android).
  2. Choose the “Send a Check-in” (iOS) or “Create a location check-in” (Android) option.
  3. Add a message (optional).
  4. Tap Send.
  5. Your followers will receive your Check-in whenever your phone has cell service or is connected to WiFi.

If you’re following a hiker and choose not to purchase the full trail guide for their trail, you will be able to see any location and check-in that they share, no matter where it is, but you will only be able to see the line of the trail and the waypoints for the demo section or any sections you have purchased.

We respect your privacy, so all of our social features are completely optional. You do not need to share your location with anyone if you don’t want to. Simply set your user profile to private, and no other people will be able to find you in a search.

In order to be searchable, accounts must be set to public. You can do this by visiting the settings page of your profile. Tap the public profile toggle. It will turn teal when it is on, meaning your profile is public and can be seen by other hikers.

Our check-in feature is stored on your phone until you are in cell phone reception/WiFi range and can not be used to contact Emergency Services.

Still have questions?

Let us help! You can reach us at [email protected].

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