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How to disable sounds effects in Foursquare's Swarm app

Not a fan of the sounds coming from Swarm with every check-in or mayorship earned? Here's how to turn them off.

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So you're earning all kinds of coins in the new Swarm app, huh? Each time you earn a coin or three, you get the pleasure of hearing the slot-machine-like sound of the coins falling from the sky. Earn a mayorship? A celebratory tune is played and everyone within earshot can hear it.

Not everyone is going to enjoy the sounds Swarm now plays, and I can't blame them. They are a bit annoying, yet they have a rewarding appeal to them.

To disable sound effects within the Swarm app, follow these steps:

  • Launch the app, then tap on the profile tab (it's the icon on the far right).
  • Tap on the Settings icon just above your profile pic.
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  • On iOS, the option to turn off sound effects is near the top of the list. Tap on Sound Effects to switch to off (or back on should you change your mind).
Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/CNET
  • Android users will need to scroll to the bottom of the settings page in order to find the setting; tapping on it offers the same behavior as the iOS app.

Personally, I'd like the option to leave the mayorship sounds on, while disabling the coin sound. I don't need to hear the digital currency raining from the sky each time I check in, but mayorships are hard to come by and as such should be celebrated.