6 of the Best Expense Tracker Apps for Android

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In the UK at least, it’s that time of year when we crack open the box of receipts and hit those spreadsheets as we start getting together our tax returns for the previous year. It can be a stressful and panic-inducing time, so at times like these it’s vital to have your financial affairs in order.

One way in which you can do this is by using an expense tracking app. The Android platform has plenty of these, each with their own unique features, and we’ve gathered the best of them for you here.

1. Budget Watch

Budget Watch may not be a terribly well known app, but rest assured that it’s a good one as it’s being worked on by a committed community of open-source developers. It’s respectful of your privacy, with no ads or need for internet access, and has an excellent interface for managing all your expenses.

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The app keeps things simple, letting you take photos of receipts and add them to your expenses list, export your entire list in various formats, and break down your expenditures into various categories like dining, insurance and travel.

You can also create a separate list of pots and budgets you have for various outgoings, making sure that you never go overboard!

2. Mint

After all these years, Mint (formerly Mint Bills) continues to lead the way in terms of making your finances manageable via your smartphone. You can set it to remind you of bill payments, then make the actual payments through the app. It can sync with your credit score, too, giving you constant tabs on that precious, mysterious figure.

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On top of all that, it does everything you’d expect, from organizing and showing your regular spending habits to figures, bars and colorful charts, all of which makes your expense management a little less intimidating.

3. Expensify

Coming in free and paid flavors, Expensify is another long-standing app that helps you with day-to-day expense management. In the free version you can scan up to ten receipts a month (unlimited in the paid version), and it’s nice and easy to import your financial info from bank accounts, credit cards and so on. You can even track expenses by distances covered (using GPS) and by setting your hourly rate.

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Some people may be a little unsettled by the fact that Expensify is a cloud-based app, but they reassure us that all data is tightly secured behind HTTPS and TLS encryption. Who are we to argue?

4. Financial Calculators

Not exactly an expense tracker in itself but a vital accompaniment to one. Financial Calculators is a collection of around 50 calculators that you can set up to work out various complex payments like pensions, loans, mortgages, credit card pay-offs and (that boondoggle of going on vacation) tips.

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Other calculators include auto loans and stock market information, and it has a definite US-centric slant with things like social security estimators, college savings calculators and more. In short, you should use this alongside your main expense tracker.

5. Monefy

Possibly the most elegant app on this list, Monefy is very pleasing on the eyes and a joy to use. On its main screen it depicts all your main expenses through a ringed, color-coded chart showing what percentage of your spending goes for what. You can then tap whichever section you want to take a closer look at to get more info on your spending in that particular area.

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It’s a cinch to import receipts and records into the app, and you can jump straight to specific areas of your expenses through homescreen widgets.

6. Wallet

Simple in name but robust in nature, Wallet is a financial tool that does it all without fuss. It syncs with your bank transactions if you so wish and has cloud sync, too, which means you can access it from multiple devices. One of its most understated but clever features is a widget that lets you enter expenses right from your Andorid home screen.

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And you can also share your accounts with family members, partners and so on, making it great if you want to track shared expenses.

Conclusion

These are our picks for the best expense trackers. All of the above continue to receive regular updates and improvements where many other formerly great apps have long since fallen by the wayside. Do you use one of these or perhaps a different one? Let us know in the comments.

This article was published in June 2013 and was updated in January 2020.

Robert Zak Robert Zak

Content Manager at Make Tech Easier. Enjoys Android, Windows, and tinkering with retro console emulation to breaking point.

10 comments

  1. I like to use this app called Pocket Budget its really very simple to use. Very user friendly. Don’t need any brainwork.

  2. I like to use Trip Expense Manager (http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.anurag.easemytravel).
    Very user-friendly and useful for group expenses.
    Not even just how much but it also tells whom you have to pay.
    Its worth trying

  3. Most common issue of such app is complex UI design and useless features. I personally recommended http://trackmybudget.pocketapps.co/ for expense and income tracking with simple and clean UI and easy to use features

  4. I have no idea what other apps are capable of, but this one is mine, therefore better :-):

    Website: http://freeshell.de/~calebr/et/
    Google play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.etracker

  5. Fantastic apps for expense tracking and management. As per my business experience and knowledge I have used various tools those are meant for the expense management but I personally feel the Replicon’s expense reporting tool ( http://www.replicon.com/olp/expense-reports.aspx ) to be the best option for any business standard. Also the personal expense management could also be taken care of by this wonderful tool.

  6. You can have a look at keepek. We have developed and android app that can digitize your receipts. Just snap a picture of your receipts and it will extract all key information. You can also put your receipts in reports and send them to your client or manager.

    The app is free and to my knowledge the fastest one out there.

    website: http://www.keepek.com
    app: http://goo.gl/61B2Zb

  7. You would love to use https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mobyi.trackmybudget.moneyplanner. Its one of the best expense manager app for managing your daily income and expenses

  8. They’re all 5 so nice expense tracking and management app.
    I’m a student and I used different of them before chosing the right one.
    I can suggest also another, in my opinion, awesome expense and management app: Expense IQ http://www.expense-iq.com/
    Try it!! It’s very simple to use and user-friend!

  9. Firstly i would like to thank you for the efforts providing the article.
    I have to noticed that i need quiet more details in order to decide which app fits on me, such as:
    1. Is the application with WEB support meaning that i can login from a WEB based platform to see the spent details;
    2. Do i have the option to scan/take photos as an evidence for the recorded receipt/spent.
    3. Is there an option to create a family group in order to share the records, having a picture of family budget.
    4. Is the application providing reports and analyze for the spent on a weekly/monthly base.
    Those are some basic needs, not willing to go deeper with the features, such as sync with bank accounts, payment support, notifications etc.
    Therefore the article misses some key details and i really do not understand what listed applications makes them the best ones.
    Sorry for any misspelling or wrong sentences as i am not a native English speaker.

    Sincerely yours.

  10. I would like to recommend Zaggle Save expense management software. This software helps your employees to manage and report their business expenses easily. It also useful for financial teams to manage employee reimbursements, expense reports and travel requests.

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