Foursquare Swarm
Developer(s)Foursquare Labs
Initial releaseMay 5, 2014; 9 years ago (2014-05-05)
Stable release(s)
iOS6.12.15 / February 12, 2023; 12 months ago (2023-02-12)[1]
Android6.10.46 / February 6, 2023; 12 months ago (2023-02-06)[2]
PlatformiOS, Android
Available in12 languages
TypeSocial networking service Edit this at Wikidata

Foursquare Swarm is a mobile app that allows users to share their locations with their friends and create a record of their experiences in a personal lifelog. Swarm launched for iOS and Android devices on May 15, 2014. A spin-off from and companion app to Foursquare City Guide, Swarm allows users to check-in to a given location,[3] and see who is nearby.[4] These check-ins are chronologically listed to create a personal lifelog for each user, which serves as a digital library for all the places they have been, in a searchable database that can be revisited and shared.

Location and check-in data collected in Swarm are used to improve a user's recommendations in Foursquare City Guide. Splitting check-ins and general location sharing in to the separate Swarm app was designed to let the main Foursquare app focus on exploring and discovering information on locations, in a Yelp-like fashion.[5] Swarm supports checking in with photos or stickers attached to it, and allows broadcasting of check-ins to other social networks including Facebook and Twitter. Swarm features include a shareable interactive personalized map, and unique stats like total lifetime check-ins, number of unique categories visited, and data on streaks and Foursquare 'mayorships' (a feature of the platforms gamification elements).


Swarm 5.0, released on iOS August 8, 2017 and on Android August 16, 2017, was the most significant update to the app’s core functionality since launching in 2014, focusing more on lifelogging.

Major features include check-ins,[6][non-primary source needed][7] messaging,[8] stickers,[9][non-primary source needed] challenges,[10][non-primary source needed] 'mayorships',[11][non-primary source needed] history search,[12] and merchandise.


CNET described the app as a "bold move", and praised it for removing some of the "clutter" of Foursquare and focusing on letting the user "quickly see where your friends are and make plans".[13] The redesign was unpopular with some existing Foursquare users, who complained about its lack of gamification elements, and the need to download two apps for what used to be contained in a single Foursquare app.[14]


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  2. ^ "Foursquare Swarm on the Play Store". Google Play. Google. February 14, 2023. Retrieved February 14, 2023.
  3. ^ "Foursquare's Swarm App Tells Your Friends Generally Where You Are", Gizmodo, 2014-05-01
  4. ^ "Foursquare's Swarm And The Rise Of The Invisible App", TechCrunch, 2014-05-15
  5. ^ "Meet Swarm: Foursquare's ambitious plan to split its app in two", The Verge, 2014-05-01
  6. ^ "Mentioning and checking in friends on Swarm", Foursquare Blog, 2014-05-20
  7. ^ "Swarm now lets users check-in without sharing their location". TechCrunch. 21 April 2016. Retrieved 2020-05-19.
  8. ^ Swarm Now Has Direct Messages But No More Plans, 16 March 2015
  9. ^ "Swarm on Twitter". Retrieved 2015-10-07.
  10. ^ If every day is a game, then there should be prizes, right? Introducing Swarm Challenges.
  11. ^ "Mayorships and more: How Swarm is going to make your experiences more fun and playful", Foursquare Blog, 2014-05-09
  12. ^ Crook, Jordan (8 August 2017). "Swarm kills the clutter, focuses on logging location | TechCrunch". Retrieved 2017-09-07.
  13. ^ Sarah Mitroff (2014-05-15). "Swarm review". CNET. Retrieved 2015-04-20.
  14. ^ "Some Loyal Foursquare Users Are Checking Out After Swarm Spinoff", NPR, 2014-07-30