Category: Android Tutorials

Filtering Your Financial Data and Making Needles Easier to Find Than Haystacks (Android)

We have a bunch of filtering options available in Toshl. Let’s take a look at filtering by account in Toshl Android app.

Accounts and time span can be accessed by swiping from the right edge of the screen or tapping the time span in the upper right hand corner of the screen. Like so:256

 

Filtering by account

You can enable or disable displaying specific accounts and the entries tied to them. By default ‘All accounts’ are displayed, meaning the app is showing expenses, incomes, budgets, etc. from all accounts.

The active setting is shown under the action bar, so you can quickly asses which accounts are enabled just by glancing.

 

If all are disabled , it will be noted as ‘No accounts’. If only one is enabled, it will display the name of that account e.g. ‘Cash’.

 

This setting is global and will effect every graph and list in the app – except the budget section. So if you think you are missing some data, check the accounts to make sure.

Quick tip:

  • You can also quickly switch accounts or time spans by swiping the account or month left or right. Open the right sidebar, then grab the red button where it says “All accounts” and flick it left or right. That way you can quickly cycle between accounts without setting ON/OFF switches each time.

Filtering by category, tag and location

Filtering by these other criteria is not (yet) available in the mobile apps, but will likely be in the future. Until then, you can use the web app on toshl.com to filter by category, tag or locations.

Check out the tutorial for filtering in the web app.

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There are also detailed filtering options present on the export & reports screen. These are separate just for data exporting and reports, and are basically all other filtering options merged in one screen.

That’s it! Check out the filtering, play around with it and always remember to keep an extra bussiness card in your wallet! Just in case you’d need another kind of “filter” altogether. ;)

It’s a good idea to have some extra business cards in any case.

Posted in Android Tutorials, Tips & Tricks, Tutorials

Expense and Income Graphs (Android)

A sense of proportion is a terrible thing to lack. Some call it the 7th sense. Somewhat ironically, these people who call it the 7th sense are precisely the ones who don’t have it. Toshl’s duty is to bring some sense of proportion to our finances, for our memories are feeble and don’t do numbers justice.

 

Category donut

Expense and income graphs are here to help your memory. The upper part, that’s shaped like a Tokamak reactor from above (or a donut), represents the categories. Each part of the circle is a category and its size represents its portion of all the expenses. Just like any pie chart. The number in the middle of the circle is the sum of all the expenses.

Expense graphs pie chart

 

You can tap the categories to select them. More than one category can be selected at once. As you select them, the details below the chart change to reflect the full name of the categories and their details. You can see the total amount of a category, its percentage of the total amount and how many expenses contributed to that sum. Select multiple categories and it will add them all up.

Hint: if you tap the centre of the circle, all of the categories will be selected. If you tap again, none will be selected.
Expense graphs - pie chart open

Tag bubbles

A bit lower is the tags graph, where the size of the bubble gives a sense of proportion. This graph responds to the categories graph above. If all the categories are selected, all the tags will be displayed. Tags will then display the sums for the entire tag, no matter which category they were used with.

If you select one of the categories, only the tags used on expenses together with that category will be displayed. The sum of the tag will also be filtered and display only the sum of the tag when used together with that category.

Tag bubbles

 

Another important thing to remember is that you can use more than one tag on an expense. That means that the same expense could be counted in more than one tag bubble if you used more than one tag on an expense.

Just like with categories, tags can be selected and summed up. There is also a per day average and you can click & drag them around to relieve the stress of financial issues.
Tag bubbles - all categories

Posted in Android Tutorials, Tips & Tricks, Tutorials

Hint: Swiping From The Edge Is Better Than Living on It (Android)

Our phones’ screens grow larger, yet our thumbs stay the same. How do we then reach the main menu button or the time span and accounts button on the top of the screen?

Worry not. You can easily swipe from anywhere along the left edge of the screen toward right. This will open the main navigation menu.

The same works on the right edge of the screen. Swipe with your finger from anywhere on the rightmost edge of the screen toward left and the accounts and time span sidebar will open. When done, you can simply swipe them back in the opposite direction.

This can make your use of Toshl a lot quicker and more comfortable for your thumbs.

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Hint: Drag the + button to quickly add expenses, incomes and transfers (Android)

Toshl 2.0 mobile apps have a useful little trick up their sleeve. No matter where in the app you are, you can quickly add an expense by simply dragging the + button up and to the right in a circular motion. Depending on where you release the button, you can add an expense, income or a transfer.

If you haven’t yet, you can download the Toshl 2 Android app here.

 

Posted in Android Tutorials

Location, Location, Location! Expense! Location. (Android)

Looking at an expense. Food & drinks, 10 € on the 21st… What was that? My stare at the expense grows emptier by the second, perfectly reflecting the emptiness of my memory. If I only remembered where I had spent that. Easy solution: add a location to expenses in the future and the problem will go away. Plus, I’ll get a pretty cool spending map in the end.

When adding an expense or income, tap the location button on the bottom left of the screen. The suggestions of nearby locations and venues will show up.

The locations displayed are the Foursquare venues that exist in your immediate surroundings. If you already see the venue where you spent your money, just tap on it and the location will be added with your expense. Save the expense and that’s it.

Clicking on the mini map on the expense details will open it in Google Maps.

 

What if the right location isn’t on the list?
If the location isn’t on the list, but you’re sure it should be near, tap “More locations” below the list of suggestions.

You’ll get a longer list with more suggestions of venues around you. If it still doesn’t show up, or the actual location of the venue is different from where you are right now, try searching for it.

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This works well if you’re adding an expense when you’re at the actual location, but if you’re already some where else, or want to make it more precise, we have another trick up our sleeve.

 

You can also specify the town or city where the expense took place. Simply type-in the name of the venue you’re looking for, add a comma (,) and add the town or city where the venue is. For example: “Costa Coffee, London”.

 

For even more precise searching, you can also paste in the coordinates to display the venues around that location. This option is only available in the Web App though. See the Locations blog post for the web app.

 

 

 

Locations map
Once you’ve been diligently noting your locations with the expenses for a while, a nice map of your spending activities will start drawing out in the locations section. Click on one of the dots and the details for that location will show up.

If you’ve been spending at a single location multiple times, these entries will be summed up on the location. Now you can finally know how much your crush on that cute waiter or waitress has been costing you.

 

 

Filtering locations and filtering by locations
The locations map, like all the data in Toshl, depends on the filtering options that you have set up. By default the map will display all the locations in your current financial month. Need to see where you’ve been spending all the time that you’ve been using Toshl? Set the time span to all time. Voila, all your stops, on one handy map.

In the web app you can also filter by tag or category, not just the time or accounts.

 

 

What about the sum for the entire franchise?

While this approach is great for tallying up spending at an individual venue, it comes a bit short if you would like to tally up all your spending at an entire franchise, not just a single venue. For example, to know how much have you spent at all the E. Leclerc stores, not just the one in Ljubljana. If you need that information, you can still add a tag with the franchise title to each such expense and all your expenses at that franchise will be summed up using the tag. There is something to be said about places that are unique, though. ;)

Posted in Android Tutorials, Tutorials