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Foursquare speeds up check-in process in iPhone app

The check-in process for Foursquare on the iPhone app just got a lot quicker with a simple "tap and hold."

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Foursquare recently updated its apps with new credit card specials and a revamped Explore view, but the update also included a faster check-in process for iPhone users. The latter feature wasn't included in the change log, but it was discovered by Apple Insider shortly after the update went live. Today, Foursquare officially announced the feature on its blog.

If you updated last week to version 5.5 from the App Store, you already have the speedy check-in feature. Here's how it works:

Tap and hold the venue you'd like to check into for a few seconds for a quicker check-in experience. Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/CNET

When you view the list of venues to check in at, you simply long-press on the venue you'd like to check into and wait for the green bar across the top to go across your screen. You're instantly checked in, with no prompt for a shout.

Now close the app, put your phone back in your pocket (resist the urge to check Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram), and enjoy where you're at instead of wasting the experience by staring at your phone.

The new feature is a welcome addition. In the past I had covered a couple of apps to speed up the check-in process on both iOS and Android, but it wasn't an ideal solution. This is a step in the right direction.