Adding Photos in Foursquare City Guide and Foursquare Swarm

Photo Uploading Guidelines

Here are some tips on how to be the best Foursquare photographer possible:

  • Keep photos relevant: Ask yourself "Would this be helpful to someone considering going to this place?" Pictures that show off food, ambiance, or other great things about a place are awesome. Your receipts? Not so much.
  • Keep photos appropriate. (You know what we mean!)
  • Quality is key: Attention to lighting and composition will get your photos noticed - and maybe even featured on our blog.
  • Originality: be yourself! Stealing somebody else’s photo isn’t cool. Get creative and have fun with it!


What Not to Post

Any of the below can result in your photo being removed from Foursquare

  • Blurry
  • Unrelated
  • Spam
  • Inappropriate
  • Low Quality 
  • Nudity
  • Illegal Activity
  • Hate or Violence
  • Filters featuring content from other apps

Keep in mind that all pics posted to Foursquare City Guide are public

If you want to make your photos private (Swarm only): When you add a photo to a check-in on Foursquare Swarm, you can choose to keep that photo private to you and your Foursquare Swarm friends, or you can make it public by sliding the button to “on” to make public or “off” to share only with friends as applicable. The first time you visit the add photo screen on a check-in, the button will be “on”.



Reporting bad photos

If you see something inappropriate, use the "flag" button to alert us and we'll take care of things.