The Best Android and iOS Apps for Managing Receipts
Looking for a fast way to organize receipts and complete expense reports quickly? Here are some great options for Smartphones, Android or iPhone.
The Expensify online expense report software service and mobile app provide fully automated processing by importing expenses and receipts directly from credit cards or mobile phone scan, submitting expense reports via email, and reimbursing online with QuickBooks and direct deposit.
Expensify also works with Freshbooks and just about any other accounting software, and makes it possible to create and submit an expense report without lifting a finger.
Expensify is free to individuals, or $5 per month per employee (no charge for months when no expense report is processed). The mobile app works with iPhone and Android.
ABUKAI Expenses creates expense reports formatted for Excel (other formats available for corporate customers) which are generated simply by taking a snapshot of receipts on an iPhone, Android or a Blackberry mobile device. Expense reports include cost categorization, date, vendor other relevant information, all filled in for you.
The ABUKAI Expenses app is a free download, which includes three free expense report submissions with up to 10 receipts per report. If you decide to use ABUKAI as your expense reporting app, an individual plan will run you $120 per year, with business solutions plans ranging in cost from $200 per year and up.
Scan your receipts and send them electronically to Shoeboxed to organize and store them online. You can also email receipts to a Shoeboxed account, or if you have a boatload of receipts, just mail them in and Shoeboxed does the scanning and data entry for you. Shoeboxed even has an iPhone app and accepts images from digital cameras.
Shoeboxed data exports to Quicken, Excel, CSV or PDF, and comes with its own online software to analyze spending with charts and graphs. There are three different Shoeboxed scanning plans, in addition to the free trial, starting at $10 per month.
Receipts by Wave is a free receipt management app that allows you to take pictures of your receipts and save the receipt information—and the app will prompt you to confirm the information to ensure that it is correct.
What is a little different about Wave is that it saves your receipt information in the cloud instead of your device, saving you some storage space on your phone or tablet. Of course, the downside to this feature is that you need to be connected to the internet to use the app (though on a smartphone that is probably less of an issue).
Receipts by Wave helps you track and organize your receipts by categorizing them, allowing you to separate business expenses in the way that works best for you.
The app is quite simple, even basic, without a lot of extra bells and whistles. The interface is straightforward, perhaps even slightly dated in appearance, but for those looking for a tool that does what it's designed to without a lot of extra bulk, this one might be the one for you.
Receipts by Wave is free and available for iOS and Android devices. There is also a web version.