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How to Track Loans, Repay Debts and Deal with Your Friendly Neighbourhood Loanshark (Android)

Toshl_2.0_monster_0057_58We have almost certainly all been there at some point – borrowing money, launder loaning money, forgetting about loans, etc. Be it a small amount for drinks, because you forgot your wallet, or a bigger sum because you chose to buy something expensive that you obviously really, really, really needed.

So, how to go about tracking and dealing with the dynamics of loaning and borrowing money? Fear not, for Toshl is here for you again, not in the money loaning business though, but in the business of helping to track loans and debts – or simply Hilfespurverleihenborgengeschäft, as the Germans would put it.

 

Track major debt repayments

Let’s say I want to buy a new Ferarri for $3200, but I am just $3100 short for it. What do I do? I go to a guy* I heard you can get a loan from, that hangs out behind the parking garage in the shady part of town every other night (because he has kids). I ask him for a donation towards my cause and after a few laughs, I promise I would pay him back in ten months with $1900 interest. I get the money, and now I have to settle the $5000 debt in ten months, which makes for $500 per month. Because I use Toshl, the best loan app around, I know this will be a piece of cake and I will not get my legs broken in the process.

 

1. Add income marking the received loan

I put the $3100 in Toshl as an income, category ‘Loans’, account ‘Cash’, plus I put ‘Drago’ in the description – which is supposedly the guy’s name and also means ‘expensive’ in some languages. Just so I can be precise when I tell my grandchildren about my first Ferrari.

Ok, we got the money, we got the income from the loan marked, now to go about tracking the debt.

 

2. Add a new account to track the repayment of debt

I make a new account for the debt, called ‘Drago’ and set up the initial balance as ‘-$5000’ which is the total amount of the debt, including the interest.

 

3. Add transactions to note the debt repayments

To note the repayments as I return the money to Drago in monthly instalments, I make a transaction of $500 from account ‘Cash’ to account ‘Drago’, date it on the day of the first payment, set it up to repeat every month for ten months and set up reminders for it. Now I will be reminded to take the $500 to him every month, and the ‘Drago’ account will get out of red numbers over the ten months.

That’s it!

 

 

Track smaller loans to friends

Let’s take a look at another, simpler case. Let’s say I lend $4.99 to a fellow car enthusiast for a little 1:100 plastic Ferrari model.

 

1. Note the loan as an expense

I give him the money, put it in Toshl as expense, category ‘Loans’, account ‘Cash’.

If this is a one-off loan, I can put the guy’s name in description. If I lend to this guy often, I could also put his name in a new tag on the expense. That way I can easily sum up everything he owes me.

 

2. Note the loan repayment as an income

When he pays me back after seven and a half months, I just enter it as an income with appropriate tags, etc. This way I can always track borrowing and loaning entries.

Alternatively, I could just erase the loan expense, but that wouldn’t give me any insight on the loan later on.

Bob’s your uncle! Use whichever method works best for you or be creative and invent your own system. That’s it for now from our secret volcano base, ta ta!

*Toshl does not recommend taking loans from random guys behind the parking garage, nor can we provide phone numbers of any specific guys providing such loans. A bank would probably still be a better bet, although their moral compasses might not be in much better shape, compared to the guy behind the parking garage.
Posted in Android Tutorials, Debt, Personal finance, Tips & Tricks, Tutorials

App Updates: Repeating Transactions on Android, Searching Locations by City

With version 2.0.12, the Android app can now create repeating transactions, as well as add reminders and descriptions to them.

The new update inlcudes numerous other improvements as well:

– fixed lock screen when searching for location
– searching for location by city, e.g. “Decathlon, Ljubljana”
– updated dialogs and highlighted elements color
– improved accounts/tags/categories list
– improved support for image upload on more devices
– long press on clear button on keypad now clears the whole value
– improved pull-down-to-refresh behaviour
– lots of stability improvements and minor fixes

 

Searching locations by city

Searching for a location by city is now available on Android, the web app and will be coming to the iOS app shortly.

By default, the suggested locations will be the ones that can be found around your current physical location.

You can then search for a specific location that’s around you, for example, I’ll look for the Balkan food chain called “Das Ist Valter“. It will find the one just next to my current physical location in the town of Kranj. This is how it has worked already so far.

Now, if you’re adding the location for past expenses, you can specify the city where you made that expense. In that case, I’ll write “Das Ist Valter, Ljubljana” and it will find the Valter restaurant in Ljubljana.

Don’t worry, it’s not just useful for finding “exotic” Central European čevapčiči places. It will work just as well if you look for “Starbucks, Wilmington”.

 

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Unlock Toshl with Your Fingerprint

Keeping your financial data safe and private is important. It’s also important to make the security precautions comfortable and easy to use. If they’re too much of a hassle, people tend to turn them off and any potential security enhancement vanishes like a tub of ice cream on a depressing day.

 

That’s why unlocking the Toshl app is also possible with a fingerprint. With the latest update (2.0.8), we’re also bringing this option to the Android app.

 

Just open the app settings and set the passcode lock to ON. You’ll first be asked to enter the numerical passcode. This is just in case you’re experiencing some issues with the fingerprint scanning, but also useful on phones which do not offer the fingerprint option.

 

passcode lock

 

The next time you open the app, Toshl will ask you to unlock it using your fingerprint which is already saved in the Android OS, if you’ve been using this feature on your phone before. Otherwise you can adjust the fingerprints saved in the Android system settings.

 

unlock finance app by fingerprint

Unlocking by fingerprint is available both in the Android and iOS apps with Toshl Pro.

 

Posted in Android Tutorials, Announcements, Tips & Tricks, Tutorials

Emojify your finances

In Toshl Finance, every expense or income gets a category, so you can quickly note what you’ve been spending on.

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When you first sign up on Toshl, your account comes pre-filled with some of the more commonly used categories and tags, which should cover most of your needs. That way, you can start using it immediately and not worry about setting up an entire tagging system from scratch.

Our financial lives can differ quite a bit, so it’s important to keep this system versatile. That’s why you can add new, custom categories and tags to fit whichever purpose your spending goes towards. Every existing category or tag can also be edited.

To keep this categorisation system easily customisable and universal, Toshl does’t add icons to any of the categories in advance. But this doesn’t mean you can’t liven up your Toshl account with icons yourself.

No need to get out your drawing pencil or start looking for images around the internet. Luckily we have emoji! A handy collection of icons, already there in a virtual keyboard near your fingertips.

 

How do I add emoji to my personal finances?

Simple, when adding an expense add a new category or tag. When typing in the name, switch the keyboard to emoji and tap in whichever title and emoji you want.

Spice up European UnionAdding a category for my projects to spice up European Union politics.

You can add an emoji icon in addition to your text category or tag. If you’re more courageous and sure to understand your symbolism later on, you can also opt to save categories with only emoji instead.

At the moment, categories and tags can be added in both native mobile apps (Android, iOS) and web apps, but editing existing categories and tags is only available in the web app.

To add emoji to your existing categories, log in on toshl.com then go to Expenses / Edit categories.

Click on a category or a tag inside a category, click Edit next to it and fill in the name with the emoji.

emoji keyboard mac

 

How to activate the emoji keyboard on a Mac?

Press the keyboard keys control + command + space bar simultaneously and the emoji panel will pop up.

You can also click Edit in the menu bar on top of the screen, then click “Emoji & Symbols

 

How to activate the emoji keyboard on Windows 10?

Click the touch keyboard icon in the bottom right corner of the screen.

The on-screen keyboard will open up. Click the smiley face emoji icon, just left of the space bar.

Emoji keyboard will open up. You can change emoji categories in the bottom row.

Once you’ve done a bit of editing your categories can look like this:

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The new categories will liven up your expense adding and lists as well.

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Any changes you make to your categories and tags in the web app will automatically sync to your iOS and Android mobile apps.

Add expense with emoji on iOS

Expense list with emoji iOS

As makers of mobile and desktop operating systems each design and use their own set of emoji, the style might look a bit different when seeing them on a different platform. The emoji will be the correct ones, with the same meaning, but the styling of the icon might vary a bit.

 

 

If you’ve set up a very nice custom system with your emoji we’d love to see it. Perhaps we’d even publish it in a future tutorial or post, with your express permission, of course. If you’ve made such a creation, please send it to support@toshl.com. Can’t wait to see what emoji combinations you come up with!

 

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Posted in iOS Tutorials, Tips & Tricks, Tutorials, Web App Tutorials

How to Import Financial Data (Web App)

Moving to Toshl Finance from a different financial or budget app? Want to import your past data from your online bank? Toshl has an import function that will help you with that.

You will find the Import section in the main menu of the web app on toshl.com.

 

Many different file formats are supported for importing: CSV, OFX, QFX, TSV, TAB, XLS, TXT and QIF.

In the vast majority of cases at least one of these formats will be supported by your online bank, or other financial app’s export function. If you have a choice between multiple supported formats and these are supported, go with OFX, QFX or QIF files.

Such files are better structured in advance for financial data and it’s more likely that the import process will go smoothly.

 

Importing data from a file is currently only supported in the Toshl web app isn’t possible from one of the native mobile apps on Android, iOS or Windows Phone.

That doesn’t mean this doesn’t help you with your mobile app. Any data you import via the web app will instantly sync to your Toshl mobile app as well.

 

 

How to import data?

 

1. Choose file

Just click the “Choose file” button or drag & drop the file from the file manager into the white field.

Choose file

 

2. Select destination financial account

All your financial accounts will be listed below. Select the one you want to import to. All the expenses and incomes that will be imported, will go to this account.

We advise making a new financial account for importing data. That way, if you change your mind regarding the imported data, it’s easier to remove along with the account.

2 financial accounts are enabled for free, if you would like to use more, please upgrade to Toshl Pro.

select account

 

3. Click Save. All done.

In most cases that’s it. Files will be imported, show up in the right sidebar and elsewhere in the Toshl apps, as long as the account you imported to is set to ON.

 

 

If you’re importing a CSV or XLS file…

 

4. Match data fields in your file with the data fields on Toshl

This may sound a bit complicated, but it’s not.

CSV and XLS (Excel) files are pretty universal, a lot of different data can be stored in them. As such, it’s impossible for Toshl to know with certainty whether a field or column in the file contains data about your tags, descriptions, categories or puppies.

That’s why we ask you to check what the data in the field is and match it to the correct type of data on Toshl.

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Just match the dates with dates, categories with categories etc.

In the white field, you’ll see a preview of your actual data from the file so you can tell what’s what.

If certain type of data isn’t applicable to Toshl, or can’t be imported to a corresponding field, feel free to skip it.

 

5. Click Save. All done.

 

 

If you’re importing very unclear date formats…

 

5. Select date format

There’s one more exception. In most cases the date format is automatically detected. In some rare cases Toshl can’t be sure whether you meant to use D/M/Y format like most sane people or M/D/Y… ;)

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Just pick on the right one aaaaand…

 

6. Click Save. All done.

 

 

Exemplary CSV

If you’re making or re-formatting a CSV file to import to Toshl, here’s an example of a CSV file that will be easy to import to Toshl.

Feel free to also import CSVs made by Toshl’s export function.

In general CSV files should work normally, but please try to avoid strange non-standard headers in the file, varying date formats within the same file, adding strange unicode characters to amounts, importing by throwing clay tablets written in Sumerian cuneiform writing at the computer etc.

 

If you have any questions regarding importing or if you experienced any difficulties, please contact us on support@toshl.com and we’ll be happy to help.

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Happy importing!

 

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