I bought an Android phone a few months ago and I love using the various apps to make my life easier. I have apps for my bank, to find the cheapest gas, compare prices at stores, to read food and restaurant reviews, play around on FaceBook, post to my Twitter account, and even manage my fantasy football team. It’s awesome to have so much information and convenience at your fingertips. And hey, the games can be fun too!
Here we take a look at some Android Apps which can help you manage your monthly finances, pay bills, and balance your budget from the palm of your hand; pencil and paper are no longer required. Whether you’re a student, parent, or professional, look at some of these financial apps for the Android to you can streamline the way you work with money. Note: all of the apps in this list are freely available and are not locked in to one financial institution. The results are based on a variety of factors including usability, and aggregate rankings and reviews. Do you have a favorite? Then please leave a comment and share which app tops your list!
Mint.com. Mint is one of the best free money management tools around, and that includes both their online and mobile platforms. Mint gives you the ability to aggregate virtually all of your financial accounts in one place, track your spending, create budgets, set bill reminders, savings goals, and more. The Android app also has the same security levels as the online version, and as an added layer of protection, requires users to input their password each time they log in. If you are a fan of Mint’s online version, then I highly recommend their Android App (also available for the iPhone).
Financisto. Financisto is one of the most popular personal finance software titles available, especially with people who use multiple currencies. This open source software gives users the ability to manage multiple financial accounts from different sources, and even track multiple currencies. You can set up and track recurring transactions, schedule bill payments and investments, and schedule transfers between currencies, while tracking the current conversion rates. This app also features robust reporting and filtering, the ability to organize your finances by project (great for freelancers or small business owners), and more. To top it off, you can back up your information and restore it from Google Docs.
Expense Manager. On the surface, Expense Manager looks like a very simple application. But once you get into the program you start to see all the ways that you can track your expenses, income, and budgets. For example, you can create a flexible budget for a variety of income arrangements, including whether you are paid weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly. You can also set up automatic alerts and bill reminders. This Android app works on most phones, including some prepaid cell phones, provided they support applications. There is an iPhone app with the same name, but it is by a different company.
Pageonce. This app gives users a sleek and smooth performance with a user friendly interface. It gives you total control of your finances and takes a simplistic approach to managing multiple account, creating reports, managing credit card accounts, and establish bill alerts. Additional features allow users to see the status of their frequent flyer miles, and their cell phone usage, including texts, minutes, and data usage. It’s an all-in-one app that’s very easy to use. You can get it for free but you’ll have to sign up for an account. There is also a Pro version of this app. Also available on iPhone, Blackberry, and Windows.
Google Wallet. This app may just prove to be the grand-daddy of all Android money management apps when all is said and done. Google Wallet just rolled out, but it deserves special mention, because of its long-term potential. Google Wallet will work with specially equipped phones to work as a credit card, allowing users to “swipe” their phone to make purchases (Google Wallet uses Near Field Communication Technology, just like similar credit cards which allow you to “tap” a special reader to make a purchase). Eventually Google plans to roll out additional functionality, including using it as a boarding pass, storing your membership card and frequent flyer numbers, redeeming coupons, and more.
Even though all of these programs get the job done, there are tons of mobile fiances applications on the market, including a variety of apps created by financial institutions which you may already use. If you’re looking for something that is more specific in it’s management approach, look online and you’re virtually guaranteed to find something close to what you’re looking for.
Do you have a favorite money management tool for the Android?