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Add apps to Foursquare for more info at check-in

Check-in at your favorite spots and get weather reports, nutrition informatio, and beer recommendations from friends.


Foursquare has added a new feature to its app and Web site called Connected Apps. Basically, it's a showcase of apps that got a head-start on using the Foursquare API. In the choices you'll see apps such as: The Weather Channel, Instagram, and Eat This, Not That!

When you check in to a location, you'll see the Connected Apps information right below Foursquare tips from other users. Ready to add some to your Foursquare and check them out? Here's how:

Mobile apps (Android and iOS):

Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

Step 1: Open the Foursquare app and head to the Me tab. Here you'll want to press on the My Settings button.

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Step 2: In the next menu that loads, touch Connected Apps and browse through your choices for adding information to your Foursquare check-ins.

Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

Step 3: Press the Connect App button on the next screen and then the Allow button on the screen after that to connect the app.

Here's what it will look like if you check in and one of your connected apps has information to share:

Some apps (like weather) will not show on every check-in. Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

On the Web:

Step 1: Log in to your Foursquare account.

Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

Step 2: Click the menu labeled with your name in the top right-hand corner and choose Connected Apps.

Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

Step 3: Select the apps you want to add by pressing the Connect button. This works the same as the mobile app and any changes on the site will be reflected there.

Foursquare API landing page. Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

Now that the API is open to all developers, you can expect to see many more apps integrated right into your check-ins, making them extremely informative (or not, depending on your preferences).