When you’re out and about, check in to unlock stickers and earn coins, to let your friends know what you’re up to, and to catalog your experiences! 

Tap the check-in icon in the bottom center to update to your current location or on iOS use the widget. You can also add a photo, leave a comment, add a friend, and even add a sticker to your check-in! There are two types of stickers; bonus and category. You can add a bonus sticker to any check-in. Category stickers are based on your surroundings. For example, at a coffee shop you may be able to add a coffee cup sticker or at a bar you could add a beer sticker. Keep checking in to more places to unlock fun new stickers, you’ll never know when or where you’ll unlock a new one!

Checking in friends

Tap the check-in icon, then tap the user icon with a "+" sign to select a friend from your friends list. 

Mentioning friends

When you check in to a place or comment on a check-in, you can also 'mention' one or more of your friends. To do this, tap the "@" key, and your friends list will pop up. Start typing the name of a friend to filter through your list.

Adding check-in photos

A picture is worth a thousand words, and the perfect way to take your check-in to the next level, while earning some extra coins. To add a photo to a check-in, select the camera icon in the top left corner of your check-in. Once selected, you will be prompted to select a photo from your camera roll, or take a new photo.


To spruce up the photo, have some fun with our stickers. Select from our fun collection of stickers, ranging from pizza slices to party hats, with the option to drag the stickers anywhere on the photo.  To remove a sticker from the photo, tap the sticker again on the sticker carousel.

Forgot to add a photo when you checked in? No problem! Just tap on your check-in in your Swarm feed and tap the camera button in the bottom left hand corner. Now you can able to add as many photos as you like! Note: to keep the coins in Swarm fair, we've limited it so only three photos added after checking in will count for coins.

Disclaimer: photos added to check-ins are visible by other users who check-in, or view the listing on Foursquare. To disable this, flip the switch at the bottom of the screen. 

Also, photos added to your check-in will be visible to your Twitter/Facebook followers if you've shared it there!

Sharing a Check-in

Take your check-in beyond the app, and show your friends where you’ve been by sharing your check-in. To do that, just click on the check-in, and click the share icon in the top right corner.


From there you will have the option to share on Facebook, Twitter, via email or text message.

Checking into an event

To check into an event, just check into the place where the event is being hosted. From there you will be asked, “Here for an event?” You can select "just check me in" or you can select the event from the list below.

Deleting a check-in

To delete a check-in from your history,  click the trash can icon in the top right corner on the check-in detail screen. You will then be able to confirm or cancel the deletion of that check-in

Please note that a deleted check-in cannot be restored. Any photos attached to the check-in will also be removed.

Forgot to check in?

Forgot to, or couldn't, check in somewhere? See our guide here.