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We are starting 2020 with an exciting new update to Collector for ArcGIS on the iOS platform. Please read our official blog on the ArcGIS blog site for details:

What’s New in Collector for ArcGIS (January 2020) 

We are exciting to announce that on Thursday August 22nd we released a new beta version of Collector for ArcGIS on the Android platform. This update has MANY new features inside of it.


Read our official blog on the ArcGIS Blog website and join our beta program if you haven't already!

Collector for ArcGIS is a mobile data collection app that makes it easy to capture accurate data from the field and return it to the office. It works with web maps from the ArcGIS Platform, supports high precision data collection, and can work offline for disconnected workflows.

This blog is meant to be a live resource that will be updated to share the latest resources for working with Collector for ArcGIS. FYI: access the general help documentation here.


Last edited: Dec 6, 2019


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Today we released an update to Collector for ArcGIS on the iOS platform. Please read our official release announcement on the ArcGIS Blog site.

This week we released Collector for ArcGIS v19.0.1 on the iOS platform. This is a minor update but has a few new capabilities.


Please read the following blog post for details.

FYI, nice blog that discusses how to work with coordinates and measurement units in Collector for ArcGIS by Jeff Shaner.


Coordinates and Measurement Units in Collector for ArcGIS 




On Tuesday December 4th, 2018, we released Collector for ArcGIS v18.1.0 on the App Store. This is a significant evolution for Collector and field data collection workflows with the ArcGIS Platform. Please read details about the release here and provide your comments/feedback on the release:

Collector for ArcGIS (iOS) v18.1.0 Released! 


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Excellent video by Anatum Geomobile Solutions that highlights and compares the differences between current Collector for ArcGIS vs the new Collector (Aurora) release. A nice resource to learn about the changes.


Esri Collector - Aurora vs. Classic (9 mins video)




A nice blog by Adam Lee, from Esri UK that discusses many of the new capabilities in the forthcoming Collector for ArcGIS (Aurora) release. Check it out.


It’s time to get excited about the Aurora Project




This week we announced the initial beta release of Collector for ArcGIS (Aurora) on the Android platform! Read more in the ArcGIS blog and join our beta program!


Collector team

Collector for ArcGIS v18.0.2 (Android) Pre-release Announcement


On September 27thwe released a small bug fix update to Collector for ArcGIS on the Android platform. Issues addressed in this update include the following:


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A couple of useful videos on Collector for ArcGIS are now available online:


1. What's New in Collector for ArcGIS - YouTube 


2. Collector for ArcGIS: High Accuracy Data Collection - YouTube 



Collector for ArcGIS (iOS) v18.0.1 released on April 9th, 2018.


This Collector update introduces support for the Leica GG04 plus Smart Antenna. The GGO4 plus is the first high accuracy GNSS receiver from Leica Geosystems that you can pair with Collector on the iOS platform. Downloading the Zeno Connect app, to your iOS device, you can connect to a Realtime Correction source and collect data accurate to the centimeter.


In addition to supporting the GG04 plus, we recommend you update to the 18.0.1 release to pick up a security enhancement for hosted tile layers that will go live with the update to ArcGIS Online this week as well as a number of bug fixes and improvements including BUG-000091922,  BUG-000092762BUG-000093776BUG-000095584BUG-000109015BUG-000109894.


Thank you for your ongoing support!


Collector Team

I recently shared a template for a Collector cheat sheet that could be taken, customized, and distributed to your users. It is a light-weight, single sheet of paper option. It is not enough for some organizations: some want a bit more detail, images, and setup included. This longer template speaks to those organizations.


This help template focuses on the basic workflow of collecting data with the internal GPS while online with optional sections that can be inserted for more advanced workflows. Like the cheat sheet, it is for you to customize. Unlike the cheat sheet, there is more to customize here based on your organization’s workflows. This template uses Word’s Quick Parts to provide a collection of sections you can insert to support more advanced workflows, including using external or high accuracy GPS and working offline.


To use the template:

  1. Download the Word template, a .dotx file that is attached to this post.
  2. Save it to your Documents > Custom Office Templates folder.
  3. Open Word and pick the Collector Mobile Worker Help template as the basis for a new document.
  4. Follow the instructions in the template for updating. This includes inserting some sections saved as Quick Parts. For example, use the Quick Part to insert the sign in section appropriate for your users. If you use external GPS, work offline, perform GPS averaging, or have data with related records, there are additional Quick Parts you’ll want to insert. To use a Quick Part, put your cursor where you need the text inserted, go to Word’s Insert tab, and in the Text section of the tab click Quick Parts. Click AutoText and choose the Quick Part to insert.


While the template provided here focuses on the steps and information for iPhone, it is something that we could provide for the other devices as well. We wanted to get your feedback on it before doing so: Would you use this? What don’t you like about the format? Are the Quick Parts a useful format, or is there something else you’d want to see us use? Are there places that need more images or screen captures?


Leave a comment and share your thoughts! If you’d like to share your customized version of the template with us, please email it to so that we can see how you use or plan to use this template.

In 1 week, Esri Australia will be presenting a webinar on Collector for ArcGIS.


Topics include:

- Recommendations – how best to get high accuracy data collection

- Scope to take your work anywhere with offline capabilities

- Build a collector workflow in ArcGIS Online

- The Aurora Project – and a sneak peak at the latest release


Register for the webinar via this link,

Collector for ArcGIS: Map-centric data collection | Esri Australia