by Lauren Maffeo
Published on 2 May 2017
Update: we've added new user reviews from GetApp readers and the latest pricing information to help you browse the best accounting apps for Android.
If you run your own business, you have more than enough on your plate. It's also a safe assumption that you're often on the go. You shouldn't have to wait until you're back at a computer to check your company's account balances, manage your cash flow, or send invoices to clients.
Luckily, you don't have to. A growing list of finance and accounting apps for Android are changing the way that small business owners work. Using cloud-based accounting software that has an Android app lets you check financial tasks off your to-do list from the palm of your hand.
You can use these apps to send invoices, accept payments, track receipts, and plan budgets. More advanced accounting apps for Android have features like bill reminders, mobile wallets, bank transfers, and time tracking.
To help you choose the best app for your business, we've shared some of the most popular finance and accounting apps for Android. The six apps on this list have ratings of four stars or higher from GetApp readers. We hope this list will help you choose the best accounting app to give you more of what you need most: time.
FreshBooks was built for small business owners who don't need complex accounting software. With FreshBooks for Android, you can create and send invoices and estimates right from your client's office. You can even use the app's invoice status feature to know if your clients have viewed the invoices.
You can also attach expense receipts to an invoice and re-bill expenses to your clients as needed. And the FreshBooks Android app helps you get paid faster. That's because it accepts online payments via PayPal, credit card, e-checks, or Stripe. It also integrates with more than 70 other apps.
"Being a small business, we tend to look for services or products that provide value in relation to cost," GetApp Reviewer Brett Geoffrey explains. "FreshBooks provides just this. It offers a flexible pricing plan, custom branding, credit card payment gateway integration, recurring subscriptions, and collecting online payments all through the same system.
"The other advantage in my opinion is that FreshBooks offers a fully featured mobile app, so whether you are using iOS, or Andriod, you can have access to your accounting software wherever you are."
FreshBooks' Lite plan costs $15 per month and lets you bill up to five active clients. Its Plus plan - which is FreshBooks' most popular - costs $25 per month and lets you bill up to 50 active clients.
Xero is a big name on the accounting scene, and its Android app earns high praise. With Xero for Android, you can track your finances and manage your cash flow. The app lets you check bank balances, invoice customers, upload receipts, submit expense claims, and more.
Xero's Android app also gives users a full look at their financials. You can see your business bank accounts, credit card and PayPal balances, outstanding invoices, and expense claims.
"Xero is easy to use - even employees can use it to load sales invoices and employee expenses," GetApp Reviewer Craig Scannell says. "It is great that they have an [iOS] and Android app, allowing you access on the go. Tracking and reporting on invoices is easy and with integrations with [third] party services you can easily receive and send information."
Xero's Starter plan costs $6.30 per month for your first six months and $9 per month thereafter. This plan lets you send five invoices and quotes, enter five bills, and reconcile 20 bank transactions.
Xpenditure is worth a look if you need a tool to help you manage taxes, expenses, and reimbursements. That's because Xpenditure's Android app makes it easy to log your expenses.
To do this, simply take photos of your receipts. Then, the app's scanner reads and stores each receipt's information in your account. You can access it and generate reports whenever, wherever you need to.
"I started with Xpenditure last year when [I] was doing my taxes and thinking 'there must be a better way" to organize my receipts,' GetApp Reviewer Martha Hardaway says. "This app/software has a lot of functions that I do not even use. I mainly use it for [non-reimbursed] work expenses, keeping [receipts] from travel for work, etc.
"Between my husband and I, there are 4 LLCs and 2 personal taxes getting submitted to the IRS each year," Hardaway adds. "After seeing the report I was able to generate for the accountant, he is on board now and using the app. I like it and while I don't know how to use it to the fullest potential, the customer support is really great."
Xpenditure's Single plan costs $4.27 per month when billed annually. This plan includes email support, receipt scanning, and all core expense features. If you'll have up to 50 users and need more advanced features, Xpenditure's Team plan costs $5.83 per user/month when billed annually.
Zoho Books is well-loved by users around the world. That's due in large part to its multi-currency and language support. Users can bill clients via Zoho Books in each client's local currency. It's also available in 11 languages.
The Zoho Books Android app lets you create and send estimates. You can also send invoices, record expenses and bills, and categorize all of these correctly. Line item rates can be marked as either Tax Inclusive or Exclusive when you create bills and invoices. And it's ideal for working with your bookkeeper; you can invite them to collaborate in the app from wherever they are.
"I've tried all of the other big brand business accounting products, and while they have adequacies in certain areas, they lack in many other areas," GetApp Reviewer Levi Whitten-Connolly shares. "Zoho Books is feature rich, and is exceptional value for money. The customer support is prompt, supportive, and flexible. I would [recommend] Zoho Books to anyone, especially any small business owner."
Zoho Books' Basic plan costs $9 per organization per month for 50 contacts, two users (one user plus one accountant), and five automated workflows. An upgrade to Zoho Books' Standard plan supports 500 contacts, three users (two users plus one accountant), and 10 automated workflows. It costs $19 per organization per month.
The Harvest Android app includes a timer to track time spent on projects. It also supports manual entry of billable and non-billable hours. You can use the Harvest app to snap receipts with your phone's camera, log expenses, send invoices, and record payments.
"Our entire team relies on Harvest to track time on a number of active projects and tasks," GetApp Reviewer Thomas Blade says. "The application is very easy to use from both the administrator standpoint (add users, projects, and tasks) and equally simple to use from the end-user perspective. I really would like to see stronger reporting, exports, and API integration. The app continues to grow so I suspect new features are always on the way!"
Harvest's Free plan supports one person and two projects. Its Team plan - which supports unlimited people and projects - costs $12 per person per month.
Storing and filing receipts for tax returns is a task that no one loves. Expensify makes that process much less painful. It provides OCR receipt scanning, one-click export, and auto-reimbursement with PayPal or direct deposit.
Use Expensify on your Android device to log expenses, upload receipts, and manage reports on the go. Even better, the app's SmartScan feature files receipts for you. All you have to do is take a picture with the app's camera. Then, send any receipt that's in your email inbox to firstname.lastname@example.org. That process scans the receipts and creates expenses.
"I used Expensify at a previous job as our sole means of tracking and submitting expenses," GetApp Reviewer Scott Geosits shares. "Three jobs and three different expense reports solutions later, I still seriously, SERIOUSLY miss the ease of use of Expensify.
"The mobile app allows you to instantly scan, process and upload your receipts to the application which then automatically matches everything up to your monthly corporate card statement line items. It could not be easier. I'm back to taking photos of receipts and figuring everything out by hand in Excel spreadsheets and I could cry. GIVE ME BACK MY EXPENSIFY!!!"
Individuals can use Expensify's Free plan for unlimited receipt storage, a free mobile app, and 10 free SmartScans per month. If you manage a small team, Expensify's Team plan starts at $5 per active user per month.