How to Download and Use the Foursquare App

Now that you know what Foursquare is and how it works, and have read the previous tutorial on how to use the Foursquare website, you’re probably thinking that it would be useful to be able to take with you on the go. Because Foursquare helps you find the best places around you to do almost anything, the Foursquare app could be very useful to you. Read the instructions below to find out how to download and sign up for the Foursquare app, as well as how to use the rest of its functions.

To download the Foursquare app

(NOTE: These instructions are written for mobile devices running the Google Android operating system.  We will provide prompts where the process may differ on an Apple iOS device, such as an iPhone or iPad.)

  1. Tap Play Store (or App Store on your Apple iOS device) to open it.

    Access the app store on your device to download Foursquare.

  2. Tap the search bar and type in “Foursquare.”

    Search for Foursquare in the app store.

  3. Tap Foursquare – Best City Guide.

    Tap Foursquare.

  4. Tap the Install button (or Get and then Install on Apple iOS devices).

    Tap the Install button.

  5. Wait for the Foursquare app to download, and then tap Open to launch it.

    Wait for Foursquare to download, and then tap Open.

How to sign up for Foursquare

Once you have downloaded the Foursquare app, be sure to open it by tapping the Foursquare icon on your home screen.

Open Foursquare by tapping the icon on your screen.

To sign up:

1. Enable location services on your device so the Foursquare app can find places near you.

Foursquare will immediately prompt you to enable location services on your device. First, tap Grant Access, and then tap Allow.

Enable location services.

You will need to enable location services for Foursquare to work, as its purpose involves showing you great things you can do in your general geographical area.

2. Access the settings for your profile to create an account.

To create a Foursquare account, tap the Me icon at the bottom-right corner of the screen.

Tap the Me icon to create an account, if you haven't already done so with the Foursquare website.

3. Choose to sign up with your Facebook, Google, or email account.

With Foursquare, you can choose from three different options to sign up. To choose to sign up with your Facebook account, tap the blue "F" icon. To sign up with a Google account, tap the red "G" icon. From there, you will need to follow the prompts and enter the credentials for your Google or Facebook account. To sign up with an email address, tap the grey envelope icon.

Choose to sign up with an email address, with Google, or with Facebook.

4. Fill in your personal information to create a profile.

Tap inside each of the boxes on the next screen and type in or select:

  • first and last name
  • email address
  • a password to protect your account
  • date of birth
  • gender

There is also an option to add your phone number, but this is not required. When you’re finished, tap the blue Done button in the top-right corner.

Tap done when you've entered all of your personal information.

5. Confirm your email and begin using the app.

Foursquare will now prompt you to ask if you entered your email address correctly. Tap Yes, and then tap Great on the next screen to start using the Foursquare app.

Confirm your email address.

If you’ve already signed up for Foursquare on the website, you will not need to create a new account. Simply read below to learn how to sign into your existing account on the app.

How to use Foursquare

In the Foursquare app, there are four main menus you can access, each with its own specific functions. Tap Search to search for great locations around you.  Tap Lists to access your saved locations. Tap History to be shown places Foursquare thinks you’ve been lately (this is handy for saving them and coming back to them later).  And tap Me to change or update your Foursquare profile and settings.

Use the Foursquare menus at the bottom of the app to search, access your lists, view your history, or update your profile and settings.

Read below to learn more about each menu, and all the great things you can do with the Foursquare app.

Foursquare Search

Tap Search at the bottom-left corner of any screen to search for great places around you, or to learn about a new city.

Tap in the search bar (it has a magnifying glass in it), and type a phrase related to what you are looking for. From the suggestions that appear, tap on any business to learn more about it.  If no place piques your interest right away, you can tap More Results For to see further suggestions.

Use the search bar to find fun things to do around you.

You can also get quick suggestions by tapping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Coffee & Tea, Nightlife, or Things to Do at the bottom of the screen. From there, scroll through your results, and tap on the name of a business, location, or activity to learn more about it.

Tap a quick search box to find something in that category near you now.

You can also tap Filter to add filters that make your search more specific. You can choose from filters such as price, relevance, rating, distance, hour of operation, features of the business, or what other users think it’s good for.

Use filters to make your searches more comprehensive.

Once you’ve found a place that you like and are viewing more details about it, you can save it to your lists by tapping Save, or save it to your history by tapping Been Here.

Save places you like to your lists.

You can rate a business or location by tapping Rate, and then tapping the heart (you love it), the neutral face (you think it was okay) or the broken heart (you didn’t like it).

Rate a business, city, or activity with a heart, neutral face, or broken heart depending on how much you enjoyed it.

You can also scroll down to read reviews and tips, or tap Leave a Tip to leave your own review. From there, tap in the text box that appears (it says "What's Good Here?" in our example), type your comment, and then tap Post.

Scroll through a page to learn more, review, save it, or leave a tip for other users.

Foursquare Lists

Foursquare lists let you access and review the locations you’ve saved to your account (see above for how to save a location). Tap Lists, and then tap on any of your created lists to view the places you've saved to that list (or tap My Saved Places to view your default Foursquare list of saved places). Tap on the name of any place saved in a list to view its details.

Create a Foursquare list to remember the places you've been, and sort them into categories.

If you need more information about how to create a list or add places to your list, visit our tutorial on how to use Foursquare.

Foursquare History

To view reviews, tips, and ratings of the places you have recently visited, tap History at the bottom of any screen. Foursquare may prompt you and ask you if you have visited a place when you first navigate to the History page. It uses your location (when enabled) to see where you’ve been, and then asks about places in the area you may have visited at that time. You can select Yes or No to indicate if you have or have not been there.

Save, rate, and add tips to places you've recently visited in Foursquare

From this screen, you can conveniently rate and add tips to the places you’ve been. Click the heart icon to choose a rating, and click the paper icon to add a tip. You can also tap on the name of a place to view it in more detail, or complete any of the functions explained above.

Rate the places you've been quickly.

Search your history

If you have a lot of recent or saved places, you may be looking for one specific thing. In that case, tap the magnifying glass icon at the top-right corner of the screen, and use your (virtual) keyboard to type in what you are looking for. From your search results, tap on the place you are looking for to view its details.

View your history, and the places you've recently visited.

Foursquare Me

Foursquare Me is where you will find all of your profile, settings, and notifications information. Tap the Me icon at the bottom-right corner of any screen to get started.

Add a picture to your Foursquare profile

To add or change a Foursquare profile picture, simply tap the profile picture icon and then select Use the Camera to take a picture now, or Pick from Gallery to choose an existing picture.

Add or change your profile picture.

Add tastes to Foursquare

Foursquare Tastes are Foursquare’s way of learning about what you like. By selecting key words and terms, you can help Foursquare better predict which places you might love based on your “tastes.”

To add tastes, simply tap the Tastes box, and then tap the "+" in the top-right corner.  You can scroll through the various keywords, or search for specific ones by tapping in the box labelled "Search for a Taste" and typing something in. Tap on any blue keyword to add that taste to your profile. You can also tap any pink keyword to remove a taste from your profile.

Add a taste so Foursquare can better predict the places you would like.

Check your Foursquare notifications

To access your notifications, tap the speech bubble icon in the top-right corner of the "Me" screen.

Acces your Foursquare notifications.

View your Foursquare ratings, tips, and followers

Foursquare will also show you how many tips you’ve posted, places you’ve rated, and how many followers you have. Tap on any one to view your tips, ratings, and followers in more detail.

View how much you've contributed to the Foursquare website.

Edit your Foursquare profile

To edit your profile, tap the menu button (three vertical dots) and then tap Edit Profile.

Tap menu and then Edit Profile to edit your Foursquare profile.

Tap in any of the boxes shown in the screenshot below and type in or select more information about yourself, such as your first or last name, phone number, email address, gender, or a short biography about yourself.  Filling out your profile can make you a more trustworthy contributor to Foursquare. When you’re finished, tap Save.

Tap in the boxes to add information and add a bio to your Foursquare account.

Change your Foursquare settings

To change your settings, tap the menu button (three vertical dots), and then tap Settings.

Tap the menu button, and then Settings to change your Foursquare settings.

From there, tap on any category to access settings related to that particular topic. Tap in any text box and type to add information. Tap on any check box to enable or disable a setting (a check mark means the setting is enabled and an empty box means the setting is disabled).

Tap on any category to access and update particular settings.


That’s how you download and use the Foursquare app!

How to Use Foursquare

Now that you know the basics of Foursquare, you may want to sign up for an account and start using the website. In this article, you’ll find everything you need to know to help you do this.  We’ll also explain exactly how to use the website, so you can become a Foursquare pro in little time at all!

If you’re looking for information on how to use the app rather than the website, check out our tutorial on how to download, sign up for, and use the Foursquare app here.

How to sign up for Foursquare

1. In your web browser of choice, enter in the address bar and press "Enter/Return".

For this tutorial, we will be using Google Chrome, but any web browser should do the trick.

Visit the Foursquare website in your web browser of choice.

2. Click the Sign Up button on the Foursquare home page.

You can find the yellow Sign Up button in the top-right corner of the home page.

Click the Sign Up button to create a Foursquare account.

3. Choose to sign up with your Facebook, Google, or email account.

The drop-down menu that appears will give you options for signing up for Foursquare.  Click Sign Up with Facebook to sign up using your Facebook account credentials, click Sign Up with Google to sign up using your Google account credentials, or click Or Use Your Email to sign up with your email address.

Choose to sign up with an email address, with Google, or with Facebook.

If you choose to sign up with Facebook or Google, you must follow the directions and prompts presented to you by either of those services. If you choose to sign up by email, continue following our directions below.

4. Fill in your personal information and click Sign Up to create your account.

On the next page, click in each of the boxes provided and type in (or select) your email address, a password for your account, your first name and (optionally) your last name, your birthday (day/month/year format), and your gender.  You may also add a profile picture if you wish by clicking Choose File, navigating through your computer files to find a suitable picture, clicking on that picture, and then clicking Open.

When you’re finished, click the Sign Up button.

Enter your personal information to create an account.

You are now signed up for Foursquare. If you’ve already used the app to sign up, you can skip this section, and merely sign in to your account (instructions below).

To sign into your Foursquare account:

  1. Using your favorite web browser, enter into the address bar and press the "Enter"/"Return" key.

    Go to the Foursquare website to sign in to your account.

    At the top-right corner of the screen, click the Log In button.

    Click Log In in the top-right corner of the screen.

    Click in the box labelled "Email or Phone Number" and type in the email address that you used to sign up for Foursquare. Then, click in the box labelled "Password" and type in the password that you picked to protect your account. When you’re finished, click Log In.

    Enter your email address and password to sign in to your Foursquare account.

    (HINT: If you signed up through Facebook, click Log In with Facebook instead and enter your Facebook account credentials.)

    You are now signed in to your account. Remember to always sign in to Foursquare to ensure you get the best possible experience.

How to use Foursquare

How to search for something fun to do on Foursquare

On the homepage, you can search for fun things to do all around you. Simply indicate what category of activity you are looking for, and where you want to look for it. To do this, click the I’m Looking For drop-down menu for suggestions, or click inside the box and type in the category of places that you want to see. Then click the box beside it and type in your location, if it isn’t automatically detected. Click the green Search button when you are finished.

Search for things to do around you with the homepage search bar.

You can also do a quick search by ensuring your location is accurate, and then clicking on one of the buttons below the search bar.  You can choose from Food, Coffee, Nightlife, Fun, and Shopping.

Quick search by choosing a category from the home screen.

From here, you will be taken to the search results page, where you can view all of the great local attractions that may interest you.

How to view and filter your Foursquare search results

Your search results on Foursquare will show you short snippets of what the activities or locations you looked for are all about.  They will sort themselves by default based on their Foursquare user rating, which is a score out of 10.  To view options from highest rated to lowest, simply begin scrolling down the webpage. Click on the name of any venue or business to learn more about it.

View your Foursquare search results.

The results will also appear on the right side of the screen in a map. They will be numbered to correspond with their rating numbers along the left side. Click on any of the blue map pins to automatically jump to that business on the left side of the screen.

Click a blue map pin to view these venue in more detail.

If you're looking for something specific, you can also easily filter your search results to help you find exactly what you’re looking for. At the top of the list of results, you can click Specials, Haven’t Been, Following, Price, Open Now, Saved, or Liked to add that filter to your search. To remove a filter from the search, click the filter again.

Add filters to your searches.

How to learn about a venue from user reviews on Foursquare

To learn more about any venue by viewing specific details about it, you need only click on the name of the place or activity. Then, scroll through the facility's page to view photos, information, and reviews on it. As you scroll, you can see posts from users, tips about the place, reviews of the place, and the location's current Foursquare rating.

To make Foursquare your own by adding your personal reviews and save your favorite locations, read below!

Click on the name of a place to learn about it in more detail.

How to review a business on Foursquare

To leave your own reviews, you can choose to simply rate the venue, leave tips for other users, or both! In the middle of the screen to the right, click on either the heart, neutral face, or broken heart icon to rate the venue as being great, so-so, or poor (respectively). The location's numeric Foursquare rating may go up or down based on your rating, and the number of ratings it has been given will change immediately.

Rate venues with Foursquare.

If you want to leave a bit more detail for other Foursquare users (like sharing your own experience), you can leave travel tips. Scroll down to the “Tips and Reviews” section, and click in the box labelled “Leave a tip for others…”.  Then, type in your tips and tricks for that venue, or write about your personal experience at that place.

Leave a travel tip for other Foursquare users.

You can also click the camera icon to add a photo to your tip or review.  Search through your computer files until you find a relevant picture, click on it, and then click Open.

When you’re finished, click the green Post button to share your tips with the community.

Click the green Post button to post your tips.

How to save and organize your favourite locations

While on the page of a venue you have been to or think you would like, click the Save button at the top-right corner of the page.

A pop-up menu will appear asking you to which list you would like to add this place. By default, you will have a list titled My Saved Places; you can click this to save the current location to that list. If you have any other lists, you can save the current venue to one of those lists by clicking on it. If you’ve already saved a location to a list, a black checkmark will appear beside the list's name. To remove the current facility from a list, simply click on the name of that list.

Access your saved places.

If you don’t have any lists yet, or want to create another one to suit this new place you’ve discovered, click Create A New List on the pop-up menu. Then, simply type in a name for your list and click the green Create button.

Create lists to sort your saved places and remember where you've been and what you liked.

How to view Foursquare suggestions

Foursquare can make suggestions about places you might like.  And the more you use it, the more accurately it can predict where you might like to go. Therefore, make sure to save and rate locations you like in areas you are familiar with.  That way, when you’re researching activities in a new city, Foursquare will be able to predict what you might be interested in.

To find the suggestions Foursquare has made for you, simply click on the name of a venue or location you like. Scroll down, and on the right side of the page, locate the section titled “You Might Also Like.” Foursquare will show you other locations that it thinks you may like, in the order it thinks you would enjoy them. Click on the name of any place to learn more about it!

View Foursquare's suggestions about the places you would like based on how you've rated places you've already been.

How to share your Foursquare searches on other social media websites

If you want to share lists of the places you’re looking for with your friends on another social media account, it couldn’t be easier. After completing your search, simply click the Share button on the right side of the screen.

Share your lists with your friends on social media.

Click On Facebook or On Twitter and follow the prompts and directions from that website to allow Foursquare to post on that account. You can also click Via Foursquare or Via Email to share your search in these manners.  In these cases, click in the box labelled "To" and enter the email addresses of your friends.  You can also click in the box labelled "Add a Note" and type in an optional message, if you wish. When you’re finished, click the green Share button.

Choose a social media method of sharing your Foursquare experience

How to add your tastes to Foursquare

Foursquare loves learning more about you to help better predict the places you would love to go in any given city. To help improve Foursquare’s ability to do this, you can add “tastes” to your profile. “Tastes” are just some keywords you can select to indicate you are a fan of those things.  Foursquare can use your tastes to help find places that include those keywords on their profiles.

To add tastes to your profile, move your cursor over the profile picture icon on any page, and then select Add Tastes from the drop-down menu.

Add tastes to your Foursquare profile to help it better predict what you would like.

From there, simply click on any keyword to add that “taste” to your profile. To de-select any taste, simply click on it again. To see more keywords, click Show More at the bottom of the page. When you’re finished, click Done. You can update this at any time as you continue using Foursquare.

Click on keywords to add them as a Taste.

How to get Foursquare “Trip Tips”

Foursquare has a function called “Trip Tips” that allows you to let your friends and contacts give you information about a destination city.  You can use this feature to plan a trip, knowing exactly where you should be going when you get there. To access Trip Tips, move your mouse cursor over your profile picture icon, and then click Trip Tips in the drop-down menu.

Access Trip Tips to get advice about destinations.

Click in the box with the magnifying glass, and then type in the name of the city you want to go to. Then click Next.

Search for a city.

In the next box that appears, you can enter as much additional information as you want about your trip to help others help you. This is optional, but it will help anyone sharing tips with you better figure out what you would like. When you’re finished (or if you don’t feel like adding more information), click Next.

Enter information about your trip.

On the final page, click either the Share on Facebook button or the Share on Twitter button to choose which social media website you would like to share information about your trip on. From there, follow the instructions to post your trip on the appropriate account so your friends can start sharing tips.

Click to share your trip with friends.

Now all you need to do is wait for your friends and contacts to add tips to your trip, or make suggestions about where you should go. That way, you can plan the best trip ever!

How to update or change your Foursquare profile

To access your profile, you simply need to click on your profile picture icon from any page. At the top of your profile page, click Edit Profile to add information.

Click profile from the drop-down menu from your profile picture icon to access your profile and settings.

Click on any of the boxes shown in the screenshot below and type in or select information about yourself, such as:

  • your first name or last name
  • phone number
  • email address
  • a short biography about yourself
  • your hometown
  • your gender
  • and whether or not you're a vegetarian

Click to enter/change information on your profile.

You can also add a profile picture by clicking Choose File at the top of the page, navigating through your computer files until you find a suitable picture of yourself, clicking on that picture file, and then clicking Open.

When you’ve finished, click Save Changes.

Note that, for the most part, adding information to your profile isn’t mandatory.  However, it can help users feel that you are more trustworthy, and feel more confident in any reviews or tips you post.

How to update or change your Foursquare settings

To change your settings, move your mouse cursor over your profile picture icon, and select Settings from the drop-down menu.

Access your Foursquare settings.

Use the menu on the right to choose categories for your settings. Click on any one to change the category.

Click on a category to access specific settings.

Most of the settings can be changed by clicking on the check boxes associated with them. If the box has a check mark in it, the setting is enabled. When the box is empty, the setting is disabled.

Click the check boxes to enable/disable settings.

How to sign out of Foursquare

To sign out of your account, simply move your mouse cursor over your profile picture icon on any page. In the drop-down menu that appears, click Log Out (the last option on the menu).

Click log out from the profile picture drop-down menu to sign out of your Foursquare account.


That’s how you use the Foursquare website! If you want to download the app so you can take Foursquare with you on the go, check out our next tutorial.