Many apps work on a subscription basis now, many of which are some of the largest and most popular apps and programs. However, one of the problems with app subscriptions is that it is quite difficult to track when subscriptions on various apps run out. I pay £0.79 a month for iCloud, which is a very low price, and I often forget about buying it. However, when I add my Evernote and Todoist Premium subscriptions, domain names and more, the price really adds up. It’s difficult to track when all of these things expire, as they are all based across different platforms, with different expiration dates, and different prices. It’s a struggle to get on top of all of these different subscriptions.
Outflow is a great solution to this problem – you can easily add apps, and then see how long until you need to pay for that subscription again. Outflow allows you to get notified based around your subscriptions renewal date, so you won’t forget to pay it again. Outflow has many more features, and is a great choice if you want an app to track your expenses.
Adding a subscription is easy – you can choose whether you want to manually add it, add it from a domain, or automatically add it. Manual addition and addition from a domain requires you to fill out the information yourself, but the automatic mode will ask for permission to connect to your Gmail account, and scan it for subscriptions and fill it with the information it finds.
Outflow offers multiple subscription services when you select to add a company – these subscription services have the company logo, along with their main color1. If Outflow does not offer what you subscribe to in the list, you can either add the subscription manually, or you can go into settings and request for Outflow to add that company.
It’s pretty easy to add a subscription – you just add the price, frequency that the subscription renews, the last billing date that the subscription had and the payment method2. If you want, you can also add notes to the subscription. Once you have done all this, you can tap save, you you’ll have added your subscription to Outflow.
I was very impressed by the flexibility of Outflow, and how many different renewal options it gives you. You can set custom dates for renewal, change the currency if you work in multiple currencies, and even have live currency conversions. This is very useful if you are someone that works in multiple currencies.
As you add subscriptions, you’ll see the total amount that you pay every week, month, and year appear at the top of the app. With a quick glance, you can see how much you are spending, and where you money is going. If you are in the list view, your subscriptions are ordered by the date until renewal, which is handy too.
There are two views that you can use to view your subscriptions in Outflow – a in depth card view, which gives you a lot more information about each subscription, or the list view, which lets you see your subscription price, and time to renewal.
Outflow also has a widget, that allows you to see what app is next up for renewal, and in how many days it will be renewed. It also says how much will be charged, and to what account it will be charged to. I do like the widget, as it lets me quickly see what is next up for renewal in the notification centre. However, I would like to see a little bit more information being added to it – I believe that you should be able to see how much money you spend every month, and maybe Outflow could add the ‘See More’ button that you often see on widgets.
You won’t forget to renew your subscriptions with Outflow, as you can choose whether to have a reminder that will appear a week before the renewal date, a day, and on the day itself. I’m also a big fan of this feature – some of my subscriptions are charged to my iTunes account, so this reminds me that I need to top up the balance on that account, to make sure that I do not let the subscription lapse.
If you work in multiple currencies, Outflow may also interest you. Outflow allows you to set your default currency, and also set the currency that your HUD shows (this is the total prices at the top of the app). However, you can add subscriptions in dollars, euro’s, and many other currencies, and Outflow will automatically convert them to the currency you set in the HUD, which is very handy if you use different currencies a lot.
Outflow is a great app that allows you to easily track your subscriptions, and is relatively simple to use. It looks great, and it has a lot of features that will come in handy to many people. The widget showing the next renewal is great, and I really like the ability to have notifications when your next renewal date is due.
Outflow is available on the App Store at £1.99.
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