Splitwise for Android v 3.8 includes several improvements to the group invitation process and group member management.
1. Edit invite
Invited someone to a Splitwise group using the wrong email address? Now you can edit unclaimed invites right from ‘group settings’ so everyone can join your group with ease.
2. Resend invite
Did an invite email get lost in your friend’s swamp of an inbox? Now you can resend an invite email from ‘group settings’.
3. Balance display
Group members cannot be removed until they’re all settled up. With this release, on ‘group settings’ you’ll only see the ‘remove’ button next to a member’s name if they’re eligible for deletion. Others will have their present group balance displayed in lieu of the ‘remove’ button. This will make it easier for you to understand at a glance who can and cannot be removed from your group at any given moment.
4. Better invite by phone support for international users
Previously we were unable to pull phone numbers from ‘Contacts’ for international users. This made invite by phone number very tricky because you had to manually enter your friend’s number. Version 3.8 let’s you tap a contact entry to invite them by phone number for most international users (we are still unfortunately unable to do this for folks in France, India, and the UAE).
This version also introduces our German, Italian, and Dutch translations on Android. Many thanks are due to our volunteer translators for making this possible.
3 thoughts on “Invite improvements on Android”
I know it’s to grow your userbase, but to force users to invite their friends in order to use the app is a bit too much.
We think Splitwise works better when all parties can be involved in adding bills, editing bills, recording payments, etc. It takes the accounting onus off the trip / apartment organizer and allows the whole group to trust the final calculation.
That said, you can ‘hack’ the system by adding bills with firstname.lastname@example.org (ie email@example.com). This will create a ‘dummy’ friend you can add bills with.
I’d also like to note that if you invite your friends with their real addresses, they don’t have to accept the invite for you to keep adding bills with them. We’ll send 1 invite and 1 reminder and then leave them alone forever 🙂 You can keep adding bills with them even if they don’t claim the invite.
Hope that helps! If you need anything else please write into firstname.lastname@example.org.