From what I've gathered, Foursquare allows you to toggle a per-friend "pings" option so that you get notified whenever certain friends check in. However, I've yet to see this work. I have pings turned on for my wife, but I never get an alert from my phone when she checks in anywhere.

I've checked Background Tasks, and Foursquare isn't even in there - as if there isn't even a service available for it to run in the background. Is there something I'm missing?


The official Foursquare app does not provide alerts as push notifications. They simple did not implement that feature.

I'm using 4th&Mayor for Foursquare and it has an option to do this push notifications. Maybe you can give a try.

You need to know that it provides push notifications based on user usage so maybe you need to read this article before.

  • Thanks, I'll check it out. The tiering system seems a bit more complex than its worth though. It would be nice if there was just a $5 premium version of the app that got all services instead. – Iszi Apr 21 '13 at 14:02
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    +1 for 4th & Mayor. IMO much better and snappier than the official Foursquare app. Not affiliated, just a satisfied user. – Michael Itzoe Apr 22 '13 at 16:39

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