Foursquare City Guide

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017
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Description of App

Foursquare is now available for Apple Watch.

Foursquare is your ultimate city guide, in your pocket. Find the best places to eat, drink, shop, or visit — in any city in the world. Access over 60 million
short reviews from local experts. Traveling or looking to discover new places nearby? Get the free iPhone and iPad app today.

• Tell Foursquare your favorite things and the app gets to know you.
• Search for the best restaurants, coffee, nightlife, shops, and more.
• Read short reviews and never miss out on the best thing to order or experience.
• Save places you want to go, so you never forget.

“The new Foursquare, like Netflix, takes a lot of the work out of finding the right thing for the right moment.” — The Verge

How It Works:

Tell Foursquare what you like — be specific, like “craft beer” or “fried chicken,” or more general, like “outdoor seating” or “romantic places.” Every
search is tailored to your tastes, your past ratings, and picks from friends and experts you trust.

Want to check in, keep up, and meet up with friends?
Download our companion app, Swarm.

A note on battery –
We've spent years developing the location technology that powers Foursquare, making it extremely power efficient. But, as with all apps of this type, please
note that continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.



Free or Paid


Apple Watch Support


iOS Version


Device(s) App Was Tested On


Accessibility Comments

<p>Very accessible and easy to use. Now with the NEW UI interface. The past known issues have seem to have been resolved.</p>

VoiceOver Performance

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling

All buttons are clearly labeled.


The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver and is easy to navigate and use.

Developer's Twitter Username



4 people have recommended this app

Most recently recommended by AnonyMouse 7 years 11 months ago



Submitted by Jakob Rosin on Thursday, March 15, 2012

There is a accessibility issue in the app's settings, under the privacy settings and twitter and facebook connectivity settings. let's take for example the twitter and facebook connectivity settings: There is a list where are items to select and unselect. they define what messages are posted to twitter and/or facebook. unfortunately, simply double tapping the row doesn't do the thing. The trick is that there is a checkbox in the beginning of the row, wich is recognized only if dragging your finger around the screen. I contacted @4sqSupport on twitter, and I hope they'll fix this issue in later update. the same issue is in the privacy settings. Otherwise this app is fully accessible. I tested it on iPhone 4, iOs 5.1

Submitted by AnonyMouse on Thursday, June 7, 2012

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In reply to by AnonyMouse

Yowsers! All new layout. Still work out of the box. Not as friendly as it was in earlier version. The Profile tab is now a complete shamble. Sigh! Just disappointed as each version of Four Square comes out the more and more it becomes inaccessible. What's New in Version 5.0 Say hello to the all new foursquare! We’ve re-imagined the entire app to make it even easier for you and your friends to share and catalog your experiences and find new places to go. It’s also really really pretty, with tons of fun surprises. Grab the update now!

Submitted by Cory K on Thursday, June 7, 2012

In reply to by AnonyMouse

Give them a week. They understand that things are broken. Here is a tweet from someone who works there. "@beerman1991 Hey we are aware that we broke a bunch of accessibility stuff, started the fixes a couple days ago, watch for 5.1 next wk or so." Then he said that "We have set up a dedicated email for feedback on this stuff if you want to report specific issues:"

Submitted by Siobhan on Thursday, June 7, 2012

Hi. I don't see the accessibility of this going into the tubes, simply because the developers are aware of it, i'm also not one to just say it's not accessible on the first try. My only questions are these, when you open the app, right beside the global checkinbutton, is another unlabeled button. If that were labeled then it would help. My other question is, when you check in, what's the Icon Lock button for? Just curious as I enjoy posting where I am on FB and the like. I really enjoy this site and hope to submit valuable content that others may benefit from.

Submitted by AnonyMouse on Thursday, June 7, 2012

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In reply to by Siobhan

Well, it is certainly nice to hear that the developers are aware of the issues and not only that but are working on it! That is a first but great news! Yes, I suppose you can say it isn't for say inaccessible but the Profile tab is rather daunting to look at to fix. To some this may be to much work to fix up and for others that really want to take the plunge in fixing it up can do that as well. If it weren't for the IOS 5 capability to rename those button I would say that it would be consider unfriendly for a portion of this app. However, I still feel in what I have listed above for listing of it is still doable if you are willing to put up with it. For now, I will need to clean it up and hope to see the next version much better as they claim to be doing. We shall see.

Submitted by AnonyMouse on Tuesday, June 26, 2012

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Very nice! It is now back up and running very well. The new v5.1 is now very accessible! Thank you for those that have contacted the developers about it! What's New in Version 5.1 We fixed a bunch of bugs. Say hello to the all new foursquare! We’ve re-imagined the entire app to make it even easier for you and your friends to share and save your experiences and find new places to go. It’s also really really pretty, with tons of fun surprises. Grab the update now!

Submitted by daz on Wednesday, June 27, 2012

hi all. i can't see how to for example, checkin at my house or anything like that. in other words, create my own checkin points. any ideas as to how to do this?

Submitted by AnonyMouse on Friday, August 24, 2012

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For the most part it is pretty accessible with the exception of one unlabeled button on the friends tab. The Check In is still at the top right but if you select the top left and flick to the right it will go pass the check in button. Wierdly enough you have to flick left to get to the check in button. Just a bit worried in the Updates says to watch for new Visually new things to come. Yikes! I hope this will not break it on the next update? ;) What's New in Version 5.2.3 A bunch of updates await you! Look out for design tweaks to make things prettier, bug fixes to make things faster, and ice cream to make summer better. (Search for some in Explore!)

Submitted by AnonyMouse on Saturday, September 8, 2012

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There are good and bad news with this release. The good news is that they have made the Check In much easier. The bad news is that they have moved your Facebook, Twitter, and I blieve the Tumbler to the top right side of your Check In screen. All three buttons are not labeled. The top one is Facebook below this is the Twitter and below that is Tumbler. I'm not certain if it is the Tumbler because I don't use this feature at all. Anyhow, you can't tell if they are on or off. So you will need to double tap on each of these button to turn them on and do it again to turn them off. This options allow you to share your Four Square Check In for other Social Networking services. By defaul, they are on. So if you know you are not getting your Twitter Tweet of your Check In then make sure you have logged in to Twitter first in your Settings page Account area. If so, then just double tap the second button. This should now turn this option on. So it is workable but not very friendly. :( What's New in Version 5.2.4 With this update we've made it easier to share (or not share!) your check-ins to Facebook and Twitter by moving the options up to the top of the screen. We've also continued to make a bunch of design and under-the-hood improvements to keep foursquare fast and intuitive. Take it for a spin!

Submitted by AnonyMouse on Thursday, September 27, 2012

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Now has fixed the accessibility problems in the Check In area! However, there is one unlabel button with in the Explore tab. Overall, they are back on the roll of the app being very accessible! What's New in Version 5.3 The perfect map, made just for you. With this release, we've updated the Explore tab with a simpler design and brand new search categories to make finding great places even easier. Try it out! ✭ Instantly see friends and top suggestions nearby ✭ Search for a specific place, like "Joe's Diner" ✭ Search for whatever you're craving, like "Mexican" or "nachos" ✭ Try our new search categories! See only places you've saved to your lists, places you haven't been to, places you have been to, or places friends have been. ✭ As always, get directions, menus, hours, photos, tips and more. It's also way faster, with a bunch of design tweaks and under-the-hood performance improvements (including on your new iPhone 5 and iOS 6).

Submitted by René Jaun on Monday, November 12, 2012

I absolutely love Foursquare. From an accessibility point of view, I keep experiencing some Voiceover misbehaviour especially in the highly praised Explore tab. Apart from an unlabelled button being announced from time to time, Voiceover also happens to "skip" within the recommended venues, which makes browsing it somewhat unpleasant. Still, I'm glad they keep working on accessibility problems and fixing whatever they can.

Submitted by AnonyMouse on Monday, December 17, 2012

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This is a new update and I have not seen any sort of accessibility issues with it. So the coast is clear! ;)

What's New in Version 5.4

Foursquare helps you make the most of where you are, and this update is all about finding the best place to go and making your visit more interesting and fun. A cornucopia of wonderful updates awaits you:

★ Decide where to go, or what to do when you’re already there.
✓ If you're looking for a place to go, you'll now see the most important stuff up top when you tap through, like the rating, address, hours, menu, and phone number.
✓ If you're already checked in, you'll see things like who else is there and popular tips (to make sure you order right).
✓ We also added big, swipeable photos at the top to help you get a sense of what it’s like.

★ Every time you check in, you’ll learn something interesting.
People love points, great tips, and other nuggets of information. So we’ve simplified the experience after you check in to just show you one important takeaway. ‘Seven weeks in a row going to the gym,’ ‘a great off-the-menu burger you have to order,’ or ‘your 20th time hanging out with your friend Charles.’ Foursquare will show you the most interesting highlight from your visit.

Enjoy discovering new places, and making the most of your visits. Happy Holidays from Foursquare.

Submitted by Toonhead on Sunday, January 13, 2013

I'm surprised no one has mentioned this. version 5.4.1 was released late Friday night. I'm still seing issues with the number of points earned after a check in. I wonder if it's possible that they moved that information to another part of the app and people just haven't found it yet? I've only had the app for like 3 days so I'm just learning it. Anyways the update is out so grab it if you like.

HI guys: Last night I downloaded and installed 4square and ran into a little problem I'd like to address: In signing in to Twitter either from the Twitter icon on the Check In area, or within Settings Facebook and Twitter, I had to do this from the Pc; from the IPhone I'd double tap Twitter and nothing would happen!

Submitted by Jamie Pauls on Monday, January 14, 2013

In version 4.1, I was able to find the number of points earned from my last check in by backing out of the menus as far as I could go and then flicking to the button that read the last place I had checked in. When I went into that area, I was able to see that I was still mayor of my house, my leader board stats and the number of points from that check in. I am not convinced this is the only place where those points show up, as there appear to be some places in the app which VoiceOver does not read at all. I will keep playing and report if I find anything significant.

Submitted by AnonyMouse on Wednesday, January 23, 2013

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A minor update was released today. Not certain but it does appear that when you check in to places now that you no longer get your points update. It just says You are now checked in or you are still currently the mayor and etc. So I don't think it is a bug but more of a new feature by Foursquare. I have seen some people reported this as a bug where I don't think that is the case. Please correct me on this if you think otherwise?

Submitted by AnonyMouse on Friday, February 8, 2013

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Don't typically post minor updates but this particular update has some very interesting new features.


What's New in Version 5.4.3


With this update, we're improving check-in notification settings to help you keep up with the people you care most about. Head to your settings from the profile tab to try them out!

✓ Choose "ALWAYS" for close friends and family you always want to keep up with. You'll get notifications for all their check-ins, no matter where they are in the world.

✓ Choose "NEARBY" for friends you'd like to hear about from time to time. We'll only notify you when they're close by.

✓ Choose "OFF" for those acquaintances you don't really want updates from. And that bike messenger friend who checks in at every spot on his route.

Submitted by AnonyMouse on Wednesday, April 10, 2013

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An intersting update. Definetly a major overhaul in what we had before. The UI is isn't as clean and simple as it once was. With some learning of where things went. You shouldn't have to much of a hard time. There are some unlabel buttons and several areas that I can hear a click but nothing is spoken.

I like the fact you can see the recommendations. For example, when I checked my Foursquare it was about lunch time. So it recommended some lunch places that I thought I be interested in. I do like that feature.

Overall, it's different. Don't particularly like the update myself but that is my first thought on this release. What about you?

What's New in Version 6.0

With the new Foursquare 6.0, we’ve crunched our billions of check-ins to instantly show you the most interesting things nearby. They’re insights that only Foursquare can deliver, the moment you open up the app. We also put search front-and-center, so you can find whatever you’re craving fast.

✓ Instantly see the best of what’s nearby. In Paris for the first time? We’ll show you the top sights and attractions, approved by local check-ins. In a familiar neighborhood? We can tell you about an up and coming restaurant that just opened up a few blocks away. Whether you’re near familiar stomping grounds or a tourist fresh off the plane, we show you the most interesting things nearby when you open Foursquare.

✓ Search is front-and-center! You can search Explore from the top of the app as soon as you open it up, so you can find what you’re craving even faster. Type what you’re looking for (like “dessert” or “park”), browse a type of place (like “Nightlife”), or tap “Best Nearby” to see our top picks in the area.

Download the update now and try it out!

Submitted by AnonyMouse on Monday, April 22, 2013

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There does not seem to be any voice over improvements with in this version. Everything that I have mentioned above are still there.

What's New in Version 6.1

We made some bug fixes and under-the-hood improvements. Download the update, search for "milkshake" or "park," and enjoy your day!

Submitted by AnonyMouse on Wednesday, June 26, 2013

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What's New in Version 6.2.2 Less tapping, more exploring! Save time while you're out with friends with the new option to check them in (only with their permission, of course!). Plus with new filters in Explore, you can do searches to suit your every need. Looking for a cheap, friend-approved lunch spot that you haven't tried yet? Or maybe you want to sort your coffee recommendations by distance. Tap the search bar at the top of the screen, then filter by options like "price," "specials," "distance," "haven't been," or "open now" to find the perfect place.

Submitted by Misty Dawn on Saturday, June 29, 2013

Is there an accessible / non-visual way on either the Foursquare web site or the app to add places? When I tried doing so via the Foursquare web site, it made me have to place my location precisely on a visual map instead of simply entering in the street address and being done with it.

Hello Misty,

Well, you can from the FourSquare App itself. Though, it isn't as easy as it use to be. So hopeing that somebody would have an easier alternative.

First you must be at the location that you want to add:
1) Open the FourSquare App
2) Double tap on the CheckIn button located at the bottom center of the screen
3) Towards the top is the Search Location
4) Double tap and do any kind of search so in this example I just used zzzz and then Search
5) Scroll down until you find the Add This Place button
6) Double tap on the Add This Place
7) Now give it a name, Select the Category, and an address if you want
8) Double tap on the Add button at the top right hand corner
9) Boom. Now you have added a new location


Submitted by AnonyMouse on Wednesday, October 9, 2013

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What's New in Version 6.4

We simplified Foursquare to focus on what's most relevant right now:
- Got an hour to kill before dinner? There's a new 'nearby' button. Tap it to see which of your friends are around.
- Want to meet up with someone right now? We now just show each friend's most recent check-in. Want to dig deeper and see more? Tap through to their profile.
- As always, the second you open the app, we show you what's interesting around you, like a new restaurant or a popular concert nearby.

Find great stuff, nearby, right now, with the newly updated Foursquare.

NOTE: New to iOS 7? Be sure to open the new Foursquare so you don't miss updates from your friends.

Submitted by Misty Dawn on Friday, December 27, 2013

When I check into a place, it seems that my checkins are no longer posting to Facebook. On the checkin screen, I click "Facebook" and it says it's selected but yet it still says that Facebook sharing is turned off. This confuses me. Still further, I check my Facebook and it doesn't post even though I selected "Facebook"? Is this happening to anyone else in the latest version. If so, is there a workaround or has this feature now become inaccessible with VoiceOver?

The same thing happens to me butt using twitter instead of facebook. The twitter and Facebook switches are no longer switches for VoiceOver, but I don't know if it is possible to activate/deactivate them.

Submitted by AnonyMouse on Thursday, May 15, 2014

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What's New in Version 7.0.8

Tomorrow, we will release Swarm, a new app to help people keep up and meet up with their friends. For people who have installed Swarm, this update to Foursquare
includes a peek at some of upcoming changes to Foursquare. Later this summer, a completely revamped, search-focused experience will be coming to Foursquare.

Submitted by Raul on Thursday, May 15, 2014

If I'm getting it right, now check-ins belong to swarm, and foursquare will be used for... what exactly?
It was funny to know how many people were at the same place, now with swarm this only can be done with friends.

Submitted by Misty Dawn on Friday, June 6, 2014

Where do I find them in the latest version?

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Saturday, June 7, 2014

to the person who asked find what, if you read the post above yours, or how ever the page looks, you will have seen the question.

I believe it's on the upper right hand side where it used to always be.

Good luck.

Submitted by René Jaun on Saturday, June 16, 2018

I find using Foursquare more and more difficult using VoiceOver. Browsing through a search result list is a pain - it kicks the VoiceOver focus out of the list all the time and the list doesn‘t scroll along while being browsed with VO. The same happens with the tips for a selected venue.
When searching, it is not clear to me anymore in how large an area Foursquare actually searches. If only it would have a number like 2 miles around current location or similar.
I liked Foursquare for all its precious tips around the world. But at the moment, using it really sucks...

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