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3 Great Apps To Easily & Fairly Split A Bill Among Several People [iPhone]

Bakari Chavanu 02-01-2012

app to split billsNothing can spoil a great group lunch or dinner than having to spend quality time calculating the cost of splitting the bill. Sure it’s easy when you split the cost between yourself and your girlfriend or boyfriend, but what happens when you have more than five people in the group?


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>Tip Calculator Free

Tip Calculator Free not only manages the splitting of the bill, but will also figure out the waiter’s and waitress’s tip as well. While this can be easily done on an iPhone calculator, Tip Calculator does it faster, and is better to look at.

app to split bills

To use the app, all you have to do is input the Check Amount, select the number of people to split the payment, and then select the quality of the service you receive from the waiter or waitress.

app to split the bill


The service quality feature means that your tip can be based on 5 to 50% of the bill. Tip Calculator allows you to split the bill between up to 50 people, or you can select no split and use it simply for tip calculation.

Trip Splitter

If you’re needing to split expenses for a trip you take with two or more people, Trip Splitter Lite is an app you should give a try.

With Trip Splitter, you have presets for dividing up lodging, gas, transportation, food, entertainment, supplies, and your own set of custom expenses.

app to split the bill


To use the app, you set up a name for a new trip, and then add the names of the people you will be splitting expenses with. Next, you add an expense item, such as gas, and either calculate the amount for each time you purchase gas or for the total amount of gas expenses. Tip Splitter also allows you to keep tabs on who paid, and even how they paid – e.g. cash, credit, debit.

app to split bills

Expenses are categorized into items and days, and each person and item gets color-coded for easy visual reading. The paid version ($1.99) of the app allows you to handle up to six people. The free version allows for two people.

SpotMe Payments

The newest app in this personal finance category is SpotMe Payments. It’s geared toward groups of people that you may share expenses with on a regular basis, such as roommates, family, co-workers, and close friends.


app to split bills

With SpotMe, you set up groups for sharing expenses, and then add individuals – including their phone number or email, and photo – from your Address Book, Facebook and Twitter account

SpotMe enables you to split and track bills, lend and borrow money, and send out regular reminders. It is fairly easy and straightforward to use.

Let us know that you think about these and other bill splitting apps. Do you have a favorite one on your iPhone that you use?


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  1. Anonymous
    January 14, 2012 at 6:21 am

     If I decide to pay for your drink and my sisters quarter of the appetizer,my friend's mother made $263164 
    while Jim is paying for my drink and half of your entree... so far just working on the laptop for a few hours. Read more here 
    you see where I'm going with this.  People, Makecash7. cöm

  2. Marta Daniels
    January 3, 2012 at 2:42 am

    I think these apps are a nice idea in theory, although as a waitress I have to say I think people make paying for the bill way more complicated than it is, and I'm not sure an app can actually help.  If I decide to pay for your drink and my sisters quarter of the appetizer, while Jim is paying for my drink and half of your entree... you see where I'm going with this.  People, just split the bill by the number of people and pay your portion, lol! God bless!

    • Bakari Chavanu
      January 5, 2012 at 3:58 am

      Marta, I think just given a developer an idea for another app. One that handles more complicated bills. But yes, I get where you're coming from. One time I actually pulled out the tip app I use, and everyone kind of rolled their eyes. They preferred your option of rounding off the bill and splitting it up.