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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?

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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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