ArcGIS Collector

Try Collector

Did you know that you can try Collector for free? You don’t need an account or any setup other than installing the app. The app includes sample maps that let you jump right into the app and see what it can do. Let’s jump in and go collect data about a local park. You can use any park near you, or you can pretend while in your office.

  1. Install the app on your device if you don’t have it yet. It’s available on Google Play for Android devices and the App Store for iPad and iPhone.
  2. Open the app and tap Try it. If you had already signed in to the app, you’ll need to sign out first.
  3. Tap the Parks map to open it.
Collector map card

The map opens and, if you allow Collector access to your location, the map centers on where you are.

  1. Walk to a picnic table at the park. Tap Add Add and select the picnic table Picnic table to capture its location.
    Note: While the images here were taken on an iPhone, these same steps can be followed on an iPad or an Android device.
Collect a picnic table
  1. Tap Take photo Take Photo, take a picture of the picnic table, and tap Use photo (iOS) or the checkmark (Android) to attach it.
    Once you submit your picnic table, the picture will be available for anyone reviewing the captured data.
Add a photo
  1. You notice the picnic table has a broken bench. Scroll the form and add a note about the broken bench.
Add a note
  1. Tap Submit (iOS) or the checkmark (Android) to share the picnic table you collected with everyone who has access to the layer.
  2. Next you’ll collect a path. Walk to the start of the sidewalk near the picnic table and tap Add Add (as you did in step 4). This time, select a paved path.
  3. You want to capture the path as you walk along it, so you’ll stream it by tapping Overflow Overflow and tapping Start streaming. Walk along the path, and it is drawn as you go.
Stream a paved path
  1. Once you’ve finished walking the path, tap Stop streaming. Optionally add a photo and a note, as you did for the picnic table, and submit the path to add it to the layer.
  2. On your own, capture more information about your park. The map is set up to capture benches, lights, trash bins, and trees (among other amenities), as well as other types of paths and various areas (such as dog parks, tennis courts, and playgrounds).

You now have a digital version of your park. Perhaps your city wants to use it to inventory what various parks have to offer, or you want to create a map highlighting available sports facilities. Data captured in Collector is available throughout ArcGIS and can be brought into other maps, story maps, and apps.

Ready to try something else with Collector? Learn how to create the map you used here.

About the author

Kylie strives to bring GIS to K-12 classrooms. A long-time Esri employee, she previously worked on Esri's field operations, focused on documentation and best practices. She is an avid runner often found on the trails or chasing her children.


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