How To Unlock Foursquare Badges


Foursquare seems to be the hot new social networking tool right now and with that there have been a lot of discussions on how to actually obtain some of the badges that you can get. So to try and clear up some confusion I’ve scoured the internet and put together a list of how to get each of the badges… or at least how people think you get the badges. I’m not sure if all of these are correct as I have not gotten every single badge, so if you see something that isn’t right please let me know in the comments and I’ll be adding badges all the time, as foursquare continues to add badges. So click through the jump to see how to collect them all!

The Badge The Name What to do to get it
foursquare Birthday Badge 16 Candles* Send 5 birthday shout outs.

Treat yourself to another cupcake – that’s 5 birthday shoutouts from you!”

foursquare Adventurer Badge Adventurer Check in to 10 different venues.

You’ve checked into 10 different venues!

Animal House foursquare Badge Animal House* Check in 3 times to venues tagged with both ‘frat boys’ and ‘college’.

Off the Wagon appreciates your business. COLLEGE!

foursquare Playground Badge Babysitter 10 check ins to venues tagged ‘playground’.

Forget those “Bender” and “Crunked” badges – you’ve conquered the playground circuit! (10 checkins!)

Barista foursquare Badge Barista For checking in to 5 different Starbucks locations.

Congrats – you’ve checked in at 5 different Starbucks! Be sure to pick up a double tall latte for your friend – I’m sure they’d do the same for you.

foursquare Bender Badge Bender Check in 4 nights in a row.

That’s 4+ nights in a row for you!

foursquare BFF Badge BFF Check in 10 times with the same person.
NOTE: This badge was never activated.

The only one for me is you, and you for me ? 10 checkins togeeetthhherrrr!

I'm on a Boat foursquare Badge Boat Check in to a venue tagged ‘boat’. I have been told that one can also earn it by mentioning a boat in a shout.

? This ain’t Seaworld, this is as real as it gets / I’m on a boat, MF’er, don’t you ever forget! ?

Bravo Newbie foursquare Badge Bravo Newbie For your first check in at a Bravo rated location.

Congratulations! You’ve taken your first step into the BRAVO world. (It’s not as scary as it sounds!)

foursquare Crunked Badge Crunked Check in 4 or more times in a single night.

That’s 4+ stops in one night for you!

foursquare Karaoke Badge Don’t Stop Believin’ Check in to 3 different venues tagged as “karaoke” in a month.

Just a small town girl / Living in a lonely world / She took the midnight train going anywhere!  That’s 3 karaoke field trips in a month! Treat yourself by slaying a lil’ Bon Jovi.

foursquare Douchebag Badge Douchebag* Awarded for checking in at places tagged with “douchebag”. Unsure as to the number of check ins required.
NOTE:The ‘douchebag’ tag is no longer allowed to be added to venues. Not sure how to get this badge anymore.

Double pop that collar, son!

foursquare Explorer Badge Explorer Check in to 25 different venues.

You’ve checked into 25 different venues!

Fashon Victim foursquare Badge Fashion Victim* For checking in at Marc Jacobs. Not sure how many times or if it is city specific.

Wow! You crossed the line! Your passion for fashion knows no boundaries! Thanks for stopping in and have some fun! – Love, Marc

Fashionista foursquare Badge Fashionista* Checking in to Bravo rated clothing retailer?

You’ve found the key to BRAVO’s Launch My Line insignia. Now, go find us some sales!

Foodie foursquare Badge Foodie For checking in to 5 different venues rated by Zagat.

You eat the best from hot dogs to haute cuisine. That’s 5 checkins at Zagat Rated spots!

Foursquare Day Badge #4sqDay 2010 Shout out wishing everyone a happy foursquare day while using hashtag #4sqDay, only works on 4/16.

Happy foursquare day! (four squared=4/16, get it?) Here’s a toast to all of you for making foursquare so amazing and to the 150+ #4sqDay parties going on around the world!

Gossip Girl foursquare Badge Gossip Girl* Not sure how to earn it. It might be New York specific.

Spotted: A true foursquare socialite. Chuck Bass would be impressed. xoxo

Gym Rat foursquare Badge Gym Rat Check in to a venue tagged “gym” 10 times in 30 days.

10x trips in 30 days? Go reward yourself to the nastiest double cheeseburger you can find (bonus points for cheesy fries and milkshakes). And ps: you look nice today!

foursquare Jet Setter Badge Jetsetter Check in to 5 different airports.

Hopping around the world one airport at a time… congrats on your 5th airport checkin and safe travels!

foursquare Apple Badge Jobs (old) Check in to 3 Apple Stores.

3 Apple Store checkins! Hold onto this badge tightly. Maybe someday you’ll be able to trade it in for an iHoverboard!

New Jobs Badge Jobs (new) Same as above, but the icon has changed.
foursquare Local Badge Local Check in 3 times at the same place in one week.

You’ve been at the same place 3x in one week!

foursquare Newbie Badge Newbie Awarded for your first check in.

Congrats on your first check-in!

foursquare Overshare Badge Overshare Check in 10+ times in a 12 hour period.

10+ checkins in 12 hours! Next up: tweeting that you unlocked this Overshare badge?

foursquare Photogenic Badge Photogenic Check in to 3 different venues tagged as having a photo booth.

You found 3 places with a photobooth!

foursquare Pizzaiolo Badge Pizzaiolo Check in to 20 different Pizza Shops.

This badge is reserved only for the true pizza connoisseur: slices from 20 different pizza places. Well done!

foursquare Player Please Badge Player Please Check in to a place that has three members of the opposite sex currently checked in.
NOTE: This badge has been deactivated since the logic for the Swarm badge has overridden it.

Look at you, checking-in with 3 members of the opposite sex! Player, please!”

Road Warrior foursquare Badge Road Warrior Check in using the Waze application.

You’re making the world a mappier place one checkin at a time!

foursquare School Night Badge School Night Check in after 3:00am on a school night.

Checking-in after 3am on a school night? Well done!

Socialite foursquare Badge Socialite* Not sure how this one is earned. Possibly San Francisco specific.

Keep this up and you’re going to end up on Valleywag with Julia Allison

foursquare Super Mayor Badge Super Mayor Achieve 10 simultaneous Mayorships.

A special shoutout for holding down 10 mayorships at once!

foursquare Super Star Badge Super Star Check in to 50 different venues.

You’ve checked into 50 different venues!

foursquare Superuser Badge Super User Check in 30 times in a single month.

That’s 30 checkins in a month for you!

foursquare Swarm Badge Swarm Check in to a place where 50+ other foursquare users are currently checked in. And yes, if you are number 49, you get the badge when number 50 checks in.

50+ people are also checked-in here – it’s a foursquare flashmob!

Top Chef foursquare Badge Top Chef* A Bravo badge. No idea how to earn it.

You wear the term “foodie” as a badge of honor, and now have BRAVO’s Top Chef Badge to prove it.

Valentines Day foursquare Badge Valentine’s Day No idea how to earn it.

Valentine’s Day: Ooh la la! This is your 2nd checkin at a great date spot for Valentine’s Day. How romantic! Next up: bring your date to see “Valentine’s Day”, in theaters February 12th!

foursquare Warhol Badge Warhol Check in to 10 different venues tagged “gallery”.

That sure is a nice collection of art gallery checkins (10 different galleries!)

Zeotrope foursquare Badge Zeotrope Check in 10 times to a venue tagged ‘theater’.

That brings you to 10 movie theater checkins! Now, can you pick us up a large popcorn while you’re up?

Ziggy's Wagon foursquare Badge Ziggy’s Wagon* For checking in to 3 different locations tagged ‘food truck’.

Waffles and tacos and dumplings and BBQ and… looks like you’ve found 3 of your city’s legendary food trucks. Enjoy!

City Specific Badges

General City Badges

The Badge The Name What to do to get it
foursquare Far Far Away Badge Far Far Away* A local badge. Differs from city to city.

Brooklyn, New York

The Badge The Name What to do to get it
foursquare Brooklyn for Life Badge Brooklyn for Life Check in 25 or more times in Brooklyn.

That’s 25+ checkins in Brooklyn for you!

Cambridge, Massachusetts

The Badge The Name What to do to get it
Yard Bird foursquare Badge Yard Bird Follow Harvard on foursquare and check in to 6 different locations listed here.

Congrats on mastering Harvard Yard on Foursquare! You’re looking (and acting) smarter all the time.

Chicago, Illinois

The Badge The Name What to do to get it
Celery Salt foursquare Badge Celery Salt Follow Explore Chicago on foursquare, and check in at 5 of the locations listed here.

Hold the ketchup & drag it through the garden! You’ve earned the Celery Salt badge for visiting 5 places that serve Chicago-style hot dogs!

Chicago Blues foursquare Badge The Chicago Blues Follow Explore Chicago on foursquare, and check in at 5 of the locations listed here.

Sweet Home Chicago! You’ve earned a Chicago Blues badge by visiting 5 stops on the History of Chicago Blues Tour (downloadchicagotours.com)

On Location foursquare Badge On location Follow Explore Chicago on foursquare, and check in at 5 of the locations listed here.

Get ready for your close up! You’ve just earned the On Location badge by visiting five of Chicago’s iconic movie locations.

New York City, New York

The Badge The Name What to do to get it
foursquare Boxee Badge Boxee For taking the L train to Brooklyn to attend a software party. ‘Cause, why not?!?

You took the L train to Brooklyn to attend a software party! Pretty hardcore.

foursquare Far Far Away Badge Far Far Away Check in above 59th Street.

Welcome to the world above 59th Street!

San Francisco, California

The Badge The Name What to do to get it
foursquare Bart Badge BART Check in 10 times on the BART system.

Driving around SF is soooo 2008, hence the special shoutout for your 10th BART checkin. Public transportation is the new Prius!

foursquare Thriving Ivory Badge Thriving Ivory For checking in to the Thriving Ivory Fillmore Show.

You’ve checked-in at Thriving Ivory’s Fillmore show. Head to the merchandise table and show your TI badge to score some free swag!

Vancouver, Canada

The Badge The Name What to do to get it
Transit Champion foursquare Badge Transit Champion* Vancouver specific. For checking in on the TransLink, but not sure how many times.

Holy moly transit champ, You sure know how to get around Metro Vancouver! Thanks for going green and riding with TransLink!

Event Badges

CES

The Badge The Name What to do to get it
foursquare CES 2010 Badge CES 2010 For checking in at the Los Vegas Convention Center during CES 2010.

Congrats! Your checkin to the Las Vegas Convention Center just unlocked the CES Badge. Welcome to the world’s largest and coolest tech show!

Internet Week New York 2009

The Badge The Name What to do to get it
foursquare Internet Week Badge Internet Week* For checking in during Internet Week. Again, no idea.

Welcome to internet week! Five new badges for the next five days! What, wait.. no free drinks here? NEXT PARTY!

Trifecta foursquare Badge Trifecta Check in to 3 of the Big 6 Name Brand Parties. The quote says 3 of 5, but I count 6!

Name-Brand Party Trifecta! You hit 3 of the big 5: Ignite / Yelp / Digg/ Thrillist / College Humor / Webutante Ball!

foursquare Boat Badge I’m on a Boat For Checking in to a venue tagged ‘boat’.

? I’m riding a dolphin doing flips and shit / This dolphin’s splashing, getting everybody all wet / But this ain’t Seaworld, this is as real as it gets / I’m on a boat, motherfucker, don’t you ever forget! ?

Olympics 2010

The Badge The Name What to do to get it
NY Times Olympian foursquare Badge NY Times Olympian* For checking in to 2 different locations listed by the The New York Times.

You’ve just checked into a venue recommended by The New York Times during the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Go for the gold!

Shorty Awards

The Badge The Name What to do to get it
Shorty foursquare Badge Shorty* For checking in to the Shorty Awards.

Welcome to the Shorty Awards!! Extra credit if you noticed this special edition “you unlocked a badge!” text is exactly 140 characters long.

SXSW 2009

The Badge The Name What to do to get it
foursquare Digg SX Badge Digg SXSW Check in to the Digg party.

Welcome to the Digg Party. I bet the… OMG!!! KEVIN ROSE JUST TOUCHED MY SHIRT!!!

foursquare Entourage Badge Entourage Check in with 10 of your friends at the same time.

Look at you, checking-in with 10 of your friends in tow! You so popular!

foursquare Karaoke RV Badge Karaoke RV Check in to the Karaoke RV.

You found the Karaoke RV! Now go queue up some GnR! ? You know where you are? You’re in the jungle baby! ?

foursquare Panel Nerd Badge Panel Nerd Check in 3 times at the Convention Center before noon.

Three days at the Convention Center before noon! Your boss would be so proud!

foursquare Party Crasher Badge Party Crasher For checking in to the Brightkite Party.

What else did you expect checking-in with foursquare at the Brightkite party? Anyone down for a dance off?

Porky foursquare Badge Porky Check in to 3 times to a venue tagged ‘BBQ’.

Oink oink, you filthy little BBQ lover!

foursquare Bender Badge PV Bender For checking in to the PV House three times.

Three late-nights at the PV House! You working on that Slut badge?

Redford foursquare Badge Redford For checking in to a movie.

Nice job sneaking off to see some films (one of the best parts of SXSW). Gold Badges unite!

Slut foursquare Badge Slut For checking in to 3 different hotels.

Three different hotels! You’re like the Paris Hilton / Bret Michaels of SX!

foursquare Survival Badge Survival Given for checking in to SXSW 2009.

However-many-days you were at SX, you survived. Well played and see you next year!

Trifecta foursquare Badge Trifecta Check in to 3 of the Big 6 Name Brand Parties: Frog, Digg, Facebook, Goog, 32-bit, and The Decider.

SXSW 2010

The Badge The Name What to do to get it
Adobe Hat Tip foursquare Badge Adobe – Hat Tip* For checking in to the Adobe booth, perhaps?

Congratulations, you just unlocked the Hat Tip badge! Our hats off to you for making the most of your time in Austin. Respect from Adobe!

Animal foursquare Badge Animal Collect* Frightened Rabbit, Cobra Skulls, and The Unicorn (Who says that a Unicorn isn’t an animal?) fans will get this badge when they see three bands with an animal in the their name.
Austin Explorer foursquare Badge Austin Explorer For checking in to 5 new places in Austin.

That’s five checkins at five places you’ve never been to! Well done, Austin Explorer!

onRoad foursquare Badge Bands on the Run* This badge goes to fans who are busy running from one venue to another. See seven bands in one day to earn the ‘Bands On The Run badge.
Decathalon foursquare Badge Decathlon For checking in to 10 of the brand parties.

So many parties, so little time… and you still managed to hit 10 of the brand-name events. Congrats!

foursquare Diplomat Badge Diplomat Not 100%, but check into the San Francisco Embassy 3 Times.

Diplomat: Full diplomatic immunity! That’s the third day you’ve taken refuge at the SF Embassy.

Early Adopter foursquare Badge Early Adopter* Possibly for checking in to SXSW 2009 and 2010.

NOTE: This badge has not been fully identified as of yet. If you get it, please leave a comment so everyone will know! Here is the hint given by foursquare on how to get it:

Hint: You should have been here last year!

Far Far Away foursquare Badge Far Far Away Check in 25 miles away from the Convention Center.

You made it 25 miles away from the convention center! Congrats on escaping downtown Austin.

Fixin Wagon foursquare Badge Fixin’ Wagon* For checking in to venues tagged ‘food truck’. Unsure as to how many times.

Tacos, cupcakes, burgers, po-boy’s… whatever your vice, congrats on finding some of Austin’s finest meals on wheels

Groupie foursquare Badge Groupie* Possibly for checking in with the one or more of the foursquare crew.

“The Backstreet Boys of tech! The Menudo of the interne…. OMG! @NAVEEN JUST TOUCHED MY SHIRT!”

Hangover foursquare Badge Hangover* From the hint, my guess one would have to check in late at night, then again early the next morning.

Late to bed and early(ish) to rise. Your boss should be proud you made the early morning panels!

Hookup foursquare Badge Hookup Check in to two different hotels in the same night.

Two different hotels? This is Austin, not the Jersey Shore! (though you made The Situation proud)

Karaoke RV foursquare Badge Karaoke RV For checking in to the Karaoke RV.

You found the Karaoke RV! Now queue us up some GnR! “You know where you are? You’re in the jungle baby!”

Name Dropper foursquare Badge Name Dropper For checking in and mentioning 2 different A-listers.

Look at all you, name dropping internet celebs left and right! Checkins calling out 2 different A-list’ers scored you this badge.

Panel Nerd foursquare Badge Panel Nerd Check in to the convention center 5 times.

That’s 5 Convention Center checkins for you… you’re really getting your $500 bucks worth!

Porky foursquare Badge Porky Check in to 3 times to a venue tagged ‘BBQ’.

Oink oink, you filthy little BBQ lover!

Tarantino foursquare Badge Tarantino* Not sure how to obtain…

That Gold badge works for movies too, you know?

SPINsider foursquare Badge SPINsider* Fans of SPIN and SPIN.com will earn this badge when they check out three bands recommended by SPIN editors.
Super Swarm foursquare Badge Super Swarm For checking in with 249+ people. As with the Swarm badge, if you are number 249, when number 250 checks in, it will invoke your badge as well.

Know what you call a 50 person swarm at SXSW? The Hilton Lobby. So we upped the ante to 250 and you still nailed it. Well played!

Swimmies foursquare Badge Swimmies* For checking in to a hotel and including the key word ‘rooftop pool’ in your shout.

Underoos make for a great bathing suit.

foursquare Survival Badge Survivor* Not sure how to obtain…

The airport is your beacon home.

Trailblazer foursquare Badge Trailblazer* Adventurous fans can pick up the Trailblazer when they see three shows outside of downtown Austin.