by Dustin Barker

Announcing Simple for Android


When we set out to build Simple, we committed ourselves to creating a first-class mobile banking experience. We knew we couldn’t deliver anything less than two unique, native apps on iOS and Android. We also knew that the two apps would need two very different designs in order to feel at home on each platform. Designing and building Simple for Android has been an opportunity to reimagine the Simple mobile experience.

Simple is now available on Google Play for Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) and higher. Current Simple customers can [download the app](Simple is now available on Google Play for Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) and higher. Current Simple customers can download the app and sign in today. If you’d like to sign up for Simple, you can download the app and request an invitation, or sign up on our website.

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Save More, Spend Smarter

Simple replaces your bank with everything you need to organize your spending so you can save more. Use your Simple Visa® card, and the mobile and web apps will help you understand your spending. Deposit checks from anywhere using Photo Check Deposit or use the ATM finder to find the nearest no-fee ATM. Add memos and tags to your transactions to help you track your spending. Save automatically over time and budget more intuitively with Goals. Simple is a smarter way to save and spend.

But Simple shows you much more than how much you’re spending. You can budget painlessly by choosing to “spend from a Goal” (from screenshot above) for any transaction in your Activity. You can check whether there was a tip, a fee, or cash back included in the transaction amount. You can track your spending with Simple’s automatic transaction categorization. You can see where you spend with each transaction plotted on a map. You control your data, so you can customize any of these details. Stay tuned as we add many more features in upcoming releases.

Building Simple for Android

We knew we couldn’t just translate our iPhone app into a new Android app—Simple for Android needed to be designed from scratch. We had the advantage of all we’d learned in the last eight months since the launch of Simple for iPhone. But to truly reimagine Simple for Android we needed an outside perspective on our product. Our Android team collaborated with mobile product development firm Two Toasters in designing and building a new Simple mobile experience. The result is a more streamlined and intuitive Simple mobile app designed from the bottom up for Android.

What’s most exciting for us about the release of Simple for Android is that now, many more people can replace their banks with Simple. We’re looking forward to hearing what you think of Simple for Android and how it’s helping you save and spend smarter. Give it a try and let us know what we can do to make Simple work even better for you.

Want to help build the future of banking? Check out our open positions.

Disclaimer: Hey! Welcome to our disclaimer. Here’s what you need to know to safely consume this blog post: Any outbound links in this post will take you away from, to external sites in the wilds of the internet; neither Simple or our partner bank, BBVA USA, endorse any linked-to websites; and we didn’t pay/barter with/bribe anyone to appear in this post. And as much as we wish we could control the cost of things, any prices in this article are just estimates. Actual prices are up to retailers, manufacturers, and other people who’ve been granted magical powers over digits and dollar signs.

Important! Keep your account safe from fraud

As fraud attempts are on the rise recently — especially related to unemployment funds — help us keep your account safe by following these guidelines.

Use your Simple Account only for your own personal use. Don’t share your account with others or receive funds on behalf of third parties.

Don’t share your username or password with others. Never give out your login information. Simple will never ask you to tell us your password — if any third party makes such a request, it’s an attempt at fraud.

Don’t open an account at someone else’s request. If someone else asks you to open a Simple Account — such as a real estate company, prospective employer, or someone you met online — it is likely an attempt at fraud.

Be alert for unemployment insurance fraud. You may be violating the law and the terms of your Simple Account if you receive deposits of unemployment funds on behalf of someone else. There are state and federal penalties for unemployment insurance fraud (including potential fines and incarceration). If you suspect you are a victim of unemployment fraud, contact the appropriate state fraud hotline listed here.

Don’t receive funds on behalf of a third party. Keep in mind that receiving funds on behalf of a third party violates the terms and conditions of your Simple Account; in such instances, we may restrict and/or close your account and hold the funds while we await direction from enforcement agencies.

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