Importing Pocket Queries Directly into GSAK via E-mail

Eventually there may come a time when you'd like to spend less time getting geocache coordinates into your GPSr and more time out and finding geocaches. Dealing with multiple pocket queries can be time consuming and frustrating. This guide will helps you further automate the process of dealing with pocket queries and GSAK. Enjoy!

What you'll need:
GSAK 7.5.x ($25, available at gsak.net or free without nag screen for the first 21 days)
Geocaching.com Premium Membership
Internet Service

Stage 1: Setting up a Pocket Query Email Account

For the purpose of this demonstration, we'll be using Google's Gmail. These accounts are completely free, but will require a little bit of setup.

Step 1:

Visit http://mail.google.com; if you're already logged into an existing Gmail account, please logout first.


Step 2:

Sign up for a free Gmail account. Remember the User Name and Password for the account because we'll need these further into the setup.




Step 3:

Click on 'Settings' near the top right of the screen.
Step 4:

Click on the 'Forwarding and POP/IMAP' tab at the top.



Step 5:

Verify that POP is enabled for your account. Click 'Save Changes' at the bottom when finished.



Stage 2: Building your Pocket Query

The first thing we'll need to do is to form a pocket query. This can be done directly from geocaching.com under your User Profile.

Step 1:
Log into your geocaching.com account and click on 'My Profile' in the left hand menu.






















Step 2:
Click on 'Build Pocket Queries' from the menu found at the right hand side of the screen.





Step 3:
Click 'Create a new query' found at the top of the screen.



Step 4:
Create your pocket query as normal, adding your alternate email near the bottom of the form. When finished, click the 'Submit information' button.








Stage 3: Setting up GSAK to Download Pocket Queries
You only have to setup GSAK once to download your Pocket Queries. After you have it setup, you can use it again and again to retrieve any number of pocket queries from your email account at once!

Step 1:
Launch GSAK. Click on the 'File' menu and select 'Get data via e-mail'.






Step 2:
Enter the User Name (with @gmail.com added to it) and Password established in Stage 1, Step 2. For POP3 Server, enter 'pop.gmail.com'. The port number should be updated to 995. Check 'SSL Login'.





Step 3:
Create a folder somewhere on your hard drive and then select it for saving your pocket queries to.


Step 4:
Click 'Get Mail' near the bottom of the screen. GSAK will then download all new Pocket Queries  that are on your GMail account and then populate your GSAK database.


That's it! In the future, all you need to do is create your Pocket Queries just like you did in Stage 2. You shouldn't have to setup GSAK again, but you will need to still click 'Get data via e-mail' and 'Get Mail' each time you wish to download new pocket queries to your database.

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