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The Best Budget-Tracking App for Android  October 31, 2015 – 05:54 pm

The Best Budget-Tracking App for AndroidMost of the budget-tracking apps for Android fall into two categories: apps that let you manage your finances on your phone with some good features, or apps that are really designed as portals to more richly-featured webapps or services where you're really supposed to do the heavy lifting. That said, we chose MoneyWise as the best Android app for budget tracking and on-the-go money management because it's fast, it's free, and it gives you total control, right on your Android phone.

Platform: Android
Price: Free/$7 (Pro Version)


  • Features an easy-to-use and intuitive interface, perfect for experienced money managers and beginners
  • Supports multiple accounts, including cash, credit cards, investments, and more
  • Supports multiple budgets and budget types with varying start and end dates
  • Allows you to quickly add or automate income additions and expense deductions from your accounts
  • Allows you to tag income and expenses with the budgets they belong to, types of transactions, and filter based on those tags for quick reference
  • Offers quick, at-a-glance views of your financial health, budgets, current spend, and more by day, week, and month
  • Builds detailed graphs based on your income/expenses over time or by category, specific budgets, and all accounts
  • Works offline and does not require data access
  • Allows you to export graphs, transactions, and financial history as HTML or CSV
  • Can back up your financial data to your SD card or to Dropbox
  • Can be locked down with an app-specific password
  • Supports multiple currencies, and can convert transactions into different currencies while you travel
  • European users can snag "MoneyWise EU, " intended for international users who switch currencies often.

Where It Excels

MoneyWise falls into the "allows you to manage your money completely on your Android device" camp, and has no webapp or desktop component to go along with it. Some people may see this as a drawback, but ultimately whether you want an app that lets you manage your budget and transactions on your phone versus an app that serves as a gateway to a more robust and feature-rich webapp, desktop app, or other service is a matter of taste. If you want to manage your budgets, income, ansd expenses on your Android phone, MoneyWise offers a powerful combination of features and ease-of-use that doesn't get in your way when you want to log transactions and see how well you've been doing sticking to your budget.

MoneyWise also makes it incredibly easy to modify and manage your budgets on the fly. If you just earned a raise and want to devote a little money money to your entertainment budget, or direct more money to your savings budget, you can do so with a few taps. You can even toggle when your budget terms begin and end, so if you're paid in the middle of the month or on an odd schedule that doesn't begin at the start of a month, MoneyWise can accommodate you. The app is highly configurable, and lets you switch currencies, modify tags and expense categories, and reorganize transations on the fly, and will immediately update your budgets accordingly.

Finally, when you want to review your transactions, expense history, and overall financial health, MoneyWise delivers with graphs and tables that you can tweak to see the whole picture or a specific subset of information. When you're finished, back up your data to your Dropbox account for safe keeping, or export your purchase history to a CSV file to import to a desktop app or webapp for more analysis.

Where It Falls Short

The free version of MoneyWise is likely enough for most people, even though it has limits on the number of accounts, transactions, exports, tags, and budgets you can have. The free version is also ad-supported, which is a bit of a bummer, and to unlock the app's real potential, you'll need to drop the $7 on the Pro version, which removes the limitations and ads. Still, we can't argue that MoneyWise has the features of other apps more than twice its price, and blows some free apps away.

MoneyWise's UI is pretty customizable and easy to use and understand, but it falls short of actually being "attractive." It's probably the app's only significant drawback—it's feature rich, but the look and feel of the app doesn't really draw you in or make you want to use it. That said, if function matters more than form, you probably won't care about this.

Also, MoneyWise is an independent developer's project, so while you get a feature-rich app for no cost, don't expect the resources of an entire company behind the tool to fix any issues you may come across or add new features that would make the app more useful for you specifically.

The Competition

There are so many budgeting and finance apps for Android that clearly we can't test them all, but here are some of the best apps strictly for budgeting and managing money from your Android device without the help of a webapp or desktop app, and then some of the leaders whose names you know, but all connect to other applications or services off of your Android device to do the real work.

(Free/$9.95 Pro Version) is a great option if you're looking for an pretty robust personal finance app that also has some budgeting features. You can track your overall financial health, add transactions and expenses, see upcoming bills and payments due, run reports on your expenses by category or type, and of course, see your monthly budgets, tweak them, and see how much you have left to spend on a specific category. You can protect the app with a passcode, and manage everything on your Android phone. The trick with EasyMoney is that it's pricer than MoneyWise, and the budgeting features are just one subset of a broader app, so it's not quite as robust as a budget tracking tool. If you're looking for a holistic money manager for Android though, it's worth a look.

(Free/$19.95 per year for Pro Version) features fun, quirky characters to encourage you to manage your money wisely, and help you achieve your savings goals. The app also is focused on budgeting, and lets you add expenses, tag them and organize them, and see how well you're doing towards your budget. The trouble is that the free version of the app is functional, but really serves as an advertisement for the pro version, which isn't just a one-time payment, it's a subscription—which is a huge bummer. Still, the app is great and fun to use, so it's worth checking out the free version, especially if you're just getting started with a budget and want it to be more fun.


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  • avatar Is there a good budgeting app for the android? | Yahoo Answers
    • Mint is pretty good. You can add all your credit cards and bank accounts. It will track your expenses for you and at the end of the month you can see where your money is going.
      If you have investments it will also track them and create a portfolio with gains and losses.

  • avatar What (budget) Android tablet should I buy for one app only?
    • If you are going to use that tablet only for a single app, than you can buy any android tablet. A good tablet, that was released a few months ago is the Chinese Flytouch 3 Tablet. It has android 2.3, wifi, camera, 4gb hdd and 512mb ram. And because of its 1ghz cou, you can watch HD videos on it. And it is relatively cheap, its price varies from $130 to $160. Here are the full specs of this tablet:

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