Announcing Splitwise for iOS : version 4

The groups tab shows your recent groups and outstanding balances, as well as non-group expenses.
Splitwise v4 includes tabbed navigation, balance breakdowns, and an easier way to add bills.

Our whole team has been crafting a major new version of Splitwise for iPhone over the past few months. We’re excited to announce that it went live on the App Store earlier this morning.

We’ve focused on improving the two most important parts of Splitwise: adding bills and checking balances. The “add bill” form has been streamlined into a single screen, and the new navigation tab bar makes it easier to see balances with both groups and friends.

In addition to the major changes, we’ve included popularly requested features like spending totals for groups and exporting to spreadsheet. We’ve also added many more subtle improvements and bug fixes that greatly improve Splitwise for iOS.

Continuing our tradition of naming major releases after silly animal names, Splitwise version 4 is called “Lazy Salmon.” Read on for a detailed tour of what’s been added, changed and improved. Continue reading Announcing Splitwise for iOS : version 4

My first month at Splitwise

How would I describe my first month at Splitwise? Kick-ass. Absolutely kick-ass. I joined Splitwise as their newest iOS engineer in March, and little did I know I would be in for the time of my life.

My first week, I decided I wanted to pursue a cutting-edge project, and the wonderful thing about working on a small, collaborative team is that I was encouraged to just “go for it!” There is nothing holding you back. When you’ve got an idea, you can just run with it. And let me tell you, I ran. And within a week, the whole team ran the marathon with me.

My idea for the app started out over lunch as an itty-bitty sketch on a napkin. It was a square with some circles and rounded-rect buttons on the inside. But soon we transformed it into a prototype of something very real – an Apple Watch app.

The inspiration for the app was the idea that users can speak to add their expenses. For the first time in Splitwise history, adding an expense is as simple as saying “I paid $20 for groceries.” How cool is that? The app handles both group and friend expenses, and conveniently displays your total balance. We utilized the sentence-parsing API from our quick-add feature that our earliest adopters particularly love.

We started out with this:

Apple Watch Splitwise April Fools'

And ended up with this:

Apple Watch Splitwise

Pulling off an Apple Watch in a few weeks is a testament to how hard we work at Splitwise, but we also know how to have fun! Also in my first month, we launched Splitwise Dance Edition during our annual April Fool’s Day Hackathon. For product testing, we danced in the office. We danced at a grocery store. And while playing pool.

April Fools' Montage

There’s no shortage of good times at Splitwise, and we’re looking for more engineers to join us! If you want to take the lead on a cutting-edge project and fool-a-thons sound right up your alley, reach out to us at resume.black.hole@splitwise.com.

Splitwise For Apple Watch

Splitwise is proud to announce our Apple Watch app! The Watch app is an extremely easy way to share expenses and check your balance, without even pulling your phone out of your pocket.

The key feature of Splitwise for Apple Watch is the ability to dictate new expenses out loud. Splitwise can understand your natural English sentence, like “I owe Zoe $40 for dinner.” After you dictate, Splitwise turns the phrase or sentence into a Splitwise expense using the same technology from the “Quick-Add” feature.


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Splitwise: Dance Edition

I see you, Splitwise users. You are a bunch of party animals.

You incur a ton of shared expenses when you’re out on the town, from spotting a friend’s drink to sharing a cab home at the end of the night. As such, we owe it to you to optimize Splitwise for the freakin’ weekend.

That’s why we’re pumped to introduce ‘Splitwise Dance Edition’. A new Splitwise feature (available on all platforms!) that lets you add bills, payments and more by performing specific, funk-tastic dance moves with your phone in hand. Watch the video to learn more:

Splitwise Seed Funding – We’re Hiring

Dear users,

I’m happy to announce today that Splitwise has raised $1.4MM in new seed funding from leading tech investors. Raising outside money means we can continue to invest in building the world’s best product for reducing the stress of money in relationships. Hooray!

We’re using that money to hire talented people to help us make Splitwise even better. If you are a software engineer who wants to work on a product you love, please hop on over to our jobs page.


Splitwise has been a labor of love for the founders for nearly four years. This year has been incredible: Splitwise users have shared over $1B in expenses so far in 2014, just counting US dollars. We’ve been featured alongside companies with dozens or hundreds of engineers. I’ve found that most users are surprised to learn we currently have only two engineers, and that our CTO is also our lead designer.

Our goal for Splitwise is to remove the stress of sharing money in our most important relationships. How does this translate into a product roadmap? While still being annoyingly vague, allow me to explain our priorities for the coming years.

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Introducing Passcode Lock for iPhone

Splitwise for iPhone v 3.3.4 allows users to protect their Splitwise data by adding a 4-digit passcode lock to the app.

To add a passcode, simply navigate to the ‘Settings’ screen (from the grey root menu) and tap ‘Passcode’.

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The passcode will be stored locally on your device, meaning A) We’ll never receive or store it on our servers and B) You’ll have to re-enable passcode lock if you ever log out of the app and then log back in, or delete the app and then re-install it. This is because logging out / deleting the app ‘trashes’ info the app has just stored locally (same reason you shouldn’t log out if you’ve been using offline mode and have un-synched bills).

The lock will activate if you leave the Splitwise app for > 120 seconds. We chose this time frame because we figured people might routinely switch between Splitwise and a P2P app we don’t directly integrate with.

At Splitwise, we take user privacy very seriously and are excited to be offering this device-level protection. We hope to bring passcode lock to Android in the medium term future, too.

More ‘Split Unequally’ Options Added to Android

For the past 15 months, improving the Android app has been a huge focus for our entire engineering team.

Today we’re excited to announce that we’ve made another step towards feature parity: Splitwise for Android now offers split by exact amounts, percentages, shares, and adjustment. That’s one more ‘split unequally’ option than iPhone (which lacks split by adjustment still) and just one less than the website (we’ll probably never bring itemization to mobile, sorry!). We really love our Android community and feel awesome about finally offering them this functionality.

Splitwise for Android v 3.3.8 also includes a better integration with our help desk provider. Now, when you write out an email to our support team your text will be scanned for ‘common questions’. If it looks like your query could be answered by one of our existing knowledge base articles, you’ll be shown that article. You may, of course, still submit your email if you need further assistance. We love to hear from users and try to respond quickly and thoroughly.