Find A Grave Mobile App for iOS: Update

Posted by Michael Lawless on May 20, 2014 in Find A Grave

QueueShotAs we continue to improve the mobile app for iOS, your feedback is crucial—we are constantly checking the comments and requests that come in through In fact, this latest release is in response to a problem we’ve heard a lot of you report, and we think we’ve solved it in a way that will help make things easier.

Queue Up Your Photos

Just in time for Memorial Day, the photo upload queue will now allow you to take pictures one after the other, without stopping to wait for each photo to upload before continuing on. This is great when your upload connection is slow, like when I’m on 2 bars of 3G network out at my local cemetery. So feel free to get out there on Memorial Day and snap away without delay.

Upload Over Wi-Fi Only

On the flip side, you can now opt to have photos automatically delete from your phone after successfully uploading to Find A Grave. This is a great way to conserve space on your phone so you can keep taking as many shots as you like. This update also now enables you to upload over Wi-Fi only, which can really help you save on your phone’s data package. You can find this setting in your iOS settings for the Find A Grave app.

This update should be available at the app store now. Have a great Memorial Day weekend everyone, and don’t forget to join the conversation on the Find A Grave Facebook page.

About Michael Lawless
Michael is a Senior Product Manager for


1 jeri hahnMay 20, 2014 at 4:54 pm

when will android phones get the app

2 Michael LawlessMay 20, 2014 at 5:13 pm

Sorry, still no release date for Android.

3 Tray MorganMay 20, 2014 at 9:15 pm

there is an find a grave app for andriod. its called find grave (beta) by kworth studios

4 Gerry HumesMay 20, 2014 at 11:30 pm

Want you know there are a lot of Android phones out here. Keep working on it please.

5 AdrianaMay 21, 2014 at 4:08 pm

All the cool kids use Android. But seriously, great idea for an app; just wish that I could use it with my Samsung Galaxy.

6 JulieMay 23, 2014 at 8:32 pm

I must be missing something here. I don’t want GPS data to be added when I add a photo vie the app. How can I disable this? I edit my photos before uploading them, and I inadvertantly put my home GPS coordinates on several memorials because I waiting to upload them when I was home. This was a major PRIVACY PROBLEM, compounded by the fact that I couldn’t remove the coordinates on the memorials I don’t manage, so I had to send edits to many, many people, asking them to please remove the GPS coordinates.

How do I avoid this?

7 Michael LawlessMay 23, 2014 at 8:52 pm

Hi Julie,

This was a problem with the 1.0 version of the app. Please update to the latest version, where the GPS coordinates should ONLY be attached at the time a photo is taken, not edited, not uploaded.

The other option you have, is that you can turn off location services for the app in your iOS settings.

Our apologies for the inconvenience. If you have any other memorials with this problem, please send them to to be taken care of.


8 Pam HemmerMay 24, 2014 at 3:15 pm

You are a great man for overseeing such a huge complicated project. I have tons of grave marker family pictures. It’s a shame they can’t be used since they were’t taken with a camera with a GPS. I do have a few though and will send those.
Thanks again for all your hard work

9 SusanMay 26, 2014 at 10:46 am

I need the Android app!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

10 Don KnuppMay 26, 2014 at 4:38 pm

I would probably use the Android app whenever it finally comes out except for one small problem – I CAN’T COMPLETE THE SIGN UP PROCESS FOR FIND-A-GRAVE.

Part of the process of signing up requires that Find-A-Grave email you a confirmation code which you must enter to complete the process. I have done this before with other websites and not had a problem.


I’ve looked in my Inbox.

I’ve looked in my Spam box.

I’ve looked in my Trash box.

I’ve never seen an email from Find-A-Grave.

I’ve tried to sign up three times in the past four years including once since bought up Find-A-Grave with the same result. I talked to an Ancestry representative at a local convention several months ago and their only advice was to try again.

I can’t contact Find-A-Grave directly about this problem because there is no contact information provided to non-registered users. I can’t complete the registration because I never receive an email with a confirmation code. I can’t contact Find-A-Grave directly about this problem because there is no contact information provided to non-registered users. I can’t complete the registration because I never receive an email with a confirmation code . . .


For now I use Find-A-Grave as a reference and send my gravemarker photos to another site which, as a courtesy to Ancestry, I will not name here.

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