I can’t use the app on my phone! Using Mobile Web & SMS.
posted this on January 07, 2011 15:43
If you don't have a phone that will run one of our apps but your phone can access the internet, you can still check in by pointing your mobile web browser to m.foursquare.com.
Because most mobile web browsers do not support advanced features like GPS or photo uploads, we have created a simpler Foursquare experience that is customized for the mobile web browser’s limitations. For example, you can’t upload photos (no saved photo access), and you can’t earn Mayorships (no GPS) on the mobile web, but it still lets you and your friends find each other as well as see the best tips at the venues around you. If you are able to download an app on your phone, it’s a more complete Foursquare experience; if not, we hope you enjoy the set of features we were able to put into the mobile web version!
These features are supported when using mobile web: -Checking in -Shouting -Viewing friends' check-ins -Searching venues -Adding friends -Viewing the Leaderboard -Viewing your badges
If you have a phone that doesn't have a web browser (or do not have a phone with a supported app--check here to see which devices we support) and you would like to check in on Foursquare via text message, you can use our new SMS shortcode (368266) to check in. Follow the simple instructions below to get set up!
1. To get started, go to http://dotgo.com/res/foursquare/ on your computer and click to authorize your phone (you'll be asked to log in to your Foursquare account).
2. When you receive a unique pin number, use your mobile phone to text "Foursquare + pin#" to DOTCOM (368266).
3. Once authorized, you'll see a menu of actions. For example, text "3 empire state building" to 368266 to check in to the Empire State Building. You can always text "Foursquare" to 368266 to see the menu again.
4. Want to check in with one text? Text "Foursquare at (place)" [ex. "Foursquare at empire state building"] to check in to the first search result for that place. Add the street name or zip code to make sure you check in to the right location [ex. "Foursquare at starbucks hudson"].
Check out more instructions and shortcuts here.This is currently available in the U.S. only but we're hoping to expand internationally soon!