Foursquare has updated its iPhone application to provide its users with a new way to receive notifications, amend their settings and check in using its redesigned checkin page.

The notification update brings a feature that Android smartphone owners have had for just over a week, alerting iPhone owners whenever friends comment, complete a tip that the user has submitted or share the same place in their To-Do List.

Alerts will now be shown within the header of the app, providing real-time notifications on when a place a user has checked-in at begins to start swarming, when a Facebook friend joins the service (similar to Instagram) and when a user has been replaced as the Mayor at their favourite check-in location.

The new settings page gives users the option to customise their alerts but also to mute Foursquare if they don’t want to be bothered by notifications and where their friends are heading. This, coupled with a redesigned Venue page, will give users more control over their Foursquare experience but also change the way tips and photos can be shared.