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The best financial apps for Android phones

Financial aggregator apps
Financial aggregator apps

These apps are designed to pull together and combine information from financial institutions such as banks and credit card companies using your username and password.

That makes some people nervous, but aggregation technology and security is 10 years old and has proven to be reliable. I do advise you to make sure that you read the user agreements prior to inputting your info, and to log in and then log out of the app each time you use it.

Dr. Don's Favorite

Check by Check Inc. (free): This application tracks all your accounts in one place. You can enroll and add accounts via your phone or the website. The initial account setup takes a while, but the data retrieval is fast; I liked setting it up on the Web best. Some of its features:

  • The app was conceived as a personal assistant, so it can track just about anything that needs to be tracked: your Amazon purchases, cellphone usage and real-time updates on flights.
  • The interface is very simple to use.
  • There are features within the app that will cost you transaction fees if you choose to use them, so watch out.

Others worth looking at

Mint.com Personal Finance by Intuit Inc. (free): An app version of the popular financial aggregation site. Note that you have to enroll on the website to use the Android application.

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