At some point, everyone ends up needing to do some accounting. It may be so you can file your taxes for yourself or your small business. It may be so you can increase your profits through controlling expenses and speeding receipts. It may be to track your personal finances. In all probability, you need accounting for these and other reasons as well.
However, accounting takes precision, and that often requires a lot of time—time most people don’t have. Fortunately, there are several applications out there to automate a good deal of the work.
And now there are many mobile apps that act as companions to those bigger accounting software packages or work as stand-alones. Either way, mobile accounting apps make managing money far simpler than it has traditionally been for both the novice and the accounting pro.
Here are 25 Android apps that will help you keep your accounting and bookkeeping in order no matter how far you travel away from your desk. Note that this is not a ranking but a list, so order of appearance has no significance.
1. Accounting by WAGmob. For any accounting app to work well, you first need to understand what you need to account for and how best to do that. This app will teach you in small chunks. It provides a quick summary of essential concepts in accounting by delivering snack-sized chapters and flashcards. $1.99
2. Book Keeper - Financial Accounting. This is a double-entry accounting app for small and medium businesses. Its simple interface shows you your up-to-date company books. All you have to do is enter your daily vouchers. Free
3. Home Bookkeeping. As the name implies, this app is for home use. It helps with budgeting and expense tracking to keep your personal cash flow at its best. $3.99
4. Accounting Calculator. This calculator comes with many functions suited to accounting use. It’s very handy to have such a calculator on your phone rather than carry one around with you. Also, this app is free which makes it cheaper than even the cheapest physical accounting calculator you could buy. Free
5. Accounting Glossary. If you have hired an accountant to do all the work for you, you’ll find this app handy in understanding all the gobbledygook he or she tells you. Consider it a learning tool and accountant interpreter. Free
6. Accounting for dummies. Now small businesses and employees of large enterprises alike can understand the basics of accounting and how to interpret all the reports and financial statements that result. Free
7. Quicken Money Management. This is the free companion app to Quicken 2013 for Windows. To use it, you must have Quicken 2013 for Windows software: Starter Edition, Deluxe, Premier, Home & Business, or Rental Property Manager. The app enables you to stay connected to your business financial information even when you’re away from your desktop. Free
8. TurboTax SnapTax. Use your smartphone camera to snap a photo of your W-2, answer a few simple questions and choose to file from inside the app or move and finish on the web. While the app is free, you'll have a filing charge for federal and state taxes of $24.99 if you do everything in the app. Those charges vary if you elect to finish your tax filing on the web. Whether you elect to file and incur those charges or not, it’s still a good way to quickly access how much you will owe or be refunded. Free with exception noted.
9. QuickBooks Online. This app syncs with QuickBooks Online, so you need to be using that service already in order to use it. It’s great for managing your small business accounting, bookkeeping and CRM needs while on the go. Free
10. Zoho Invoice and Time Tracker. Send invoices and reminders and accept payments from your clients and customers. It includes easy-to-use templates for invoices and quotes, and it tracks related expenses you can also easily categorize. Supports PayPal, Stripe, Google Checkout, Authorize.Net and 2Checkout. Free
11. Check (formerly Pageonce). This app puts your bills and finances in one place and allows both immediate and “schedule later” bill pay. It will also alert you to low funds in your checking account and low credit limits on credit cards, saving you embarrassment when it’s time to pay for something. It has won multiple awards, including multiple years as “Google Editor’s Choice” and “Google Staff Picks.” Free