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The Best Receipt Apps for Scanning, Tracking, and Managing Bills

Megan Ellis Updated 03-12-2018

Whether it’s for tax purposes, business expense management, or personal budget interest, holding onto physical receipts is a bit of a hassle and chore. But luckily, with advancements in image recognition and financial apps, you can now keep track of your receipts using your smartphone.


From general note-keeping apps with receipt scanning features to dedicated expense-tracking apps, here are six of the best receipt apps to scan, track, and manage your paper bills.

1. Expensify

Expensify is one of the most popular receipt management apps thanks to its financial report and expense submission features. You can capture receipts through the app, plus import your credit card and generate mileage reports. You can submit these reports through the app by simply entering the recipient’s email address.

One drawback of the app is how long it takes to extract information from images after they’ve been captured. These scans can sometimes take a few hours, which detracts from the convenience factor of doing the text-recognition scan in the first place. The company says that this is because it prioritizes accuracy over speed—but other apps can scan accurately and take much less time.

Elements that work in the app’s favor are its professional look and its ability to track expenses for specific trips.


While the base app is free, this plan is limited to five scans a month. You can upgrade to a paid plan through the app if you want unlimited scans and some extra features.

Download: Expensify for Android | iOS (Free, subscription available)

2. Zoho Expense

Zoho Expense is part of Zoho’s larger suite of expense-tracking apps and software 6 Ways to Track Your Monthly Expenses (And Stick to Your Budget) Tracking your expenses is the first and most important step to saving money. Here are six ways to track your money. Read More , but it has receipt management and text recognition built-in. This makes it useful for managing receipts, plus allows you to track expenses like mileage.


The free plan gives you 100 free scans a month, which is a huge allowance compared to many other receipt apps that limit OCR scans. Its scanning is also accurate and fast, usually generating correct information from a receipt in less than a minute. While the report generation functionality is a bit finicky, overall this receipt scanner app is efficient and effective.

Download: Zoho Expense for Android | iOS (Free, subscription available)

3. Evernote

Evernote is a general note-taking app What Is the Best Free Note-Taking App for Android? Want to take notes on your Android phone or tablet? Here are the best free note-taking apps for Android. Read More , but the fact that it can recognize images with text makes it a useful receipt storage app too. This is especially true if you want to keep receipts recorded but don’t need to generate expense reports.


The app not only lets you take images of receipts to store, but it can also scan your gallery for images with text. Once you enable this function, Evernote will even notify you when you take a photo of a receipt with your main camera app and ask if you want to store it. The best way to sort your receipts, so that you can easily filter through them at a later stage, is to add a label specially for them.

If you need more powerful receipt management tools, you can opt for a dedicated app instead. But if you simply want to keep a record of receipts that you can easily sort through, Evernote is a useful tool that has other organizational features you can use in your daily life. Read our guide to Evernote for lots more.

Download: Evernote for Android | iOS (Free, subscription available)

4. Google Lens/Google Photos


There are two ways to keep your receipts organized using Google Lens What Is Google Lens? 6 Interesting Things You Can Do in Google Photos Google Lens lets you discover cool information about any picture, and it's now integrated into Google Photos for Android users. Read More —either through its integration with Google Assistant or through the Google Photos app. You can also access it a standalone app on Android, but it’s already available through the other apps, which is more convenient.

When used with Assistant, you can use the command Show me my receipts to generate a list of your latest receipts. In Android Oreo, the feature is fairly simplistic. But Android Pie is better able to recognize and sort these receipts.

You can also sort through receipts with Google Photos. Simple type receipts in your search bar and Photos will pull up any pictures of receipts.

These apps cannot generate reports for you, but they are still useful if you need to keep photos of your receipts. A major convenience is that Google Assistant and Photos are already pre-installed on many Android devices. This means you don’t need to download extra apps and can instead integrate your receipts management into an app that also manages your photos.

If you’re looking for a way to scan your old photos, Google also has options available.

Download: Google Lens for Android (Free)
Download: Google Photos for Android | iOS (Free)
Download: Google Assistant for Android | iOS (Free)

5. Smart Receipts

Smart Receipts is another dedicated receipt management app that has the ability to generate reports and visualizations. It also has a variety of specific customization settings to help you organize your receipts according to your preferences.

The major drawback is that the free plan requires you to buy OCR scans if you don’t want to manually input values. You only receive two free OCR scans, and must purchase the rest inside the app. This would be fine for those who are willing to pay for the scans, but the OCR scan is not completely accurate at detecting prices of receipts. This means that you end up having to edit the total value—which defeats the point of why you paid for OCR scans.

Nevertheless, the generation of graphs and reports is a useful feature of the app. The fact that graphs auto-generate is especially handy and means you can easily keep up-to-date with the latest expenses. You can also upgrade to the premium version of the app through an in-app purchase, which is less expensive than buying Smart Receipts Plus separately on the Play Store.

Download: Smart Receipts for Android | iOS (Free, premium version available)

6. Receipts by Wave For Business

As the app’s title indicates, Receipts by Wave is primarily a business expense tracking tool. However, its website syncing and ability to scan multiple receipts at once makes it a robust tool for anyone looking to scan and track receipts. The app also lets you search your phone’s gallery for receipts.

The app’s OCR capabilities are impressively accurate, meaning you don’t have to waste much time editing receipt information. It is also one of the few receipt scanning apps that is truly free and doesn’t put limits on the number of scans you can do each month.

The only downside is that if you want to manage your receipts after submitting them, you will have to log into the Wave website. Otherwise, it is great at getting the job done.

Download: Receipts by Wave for Android | iOS (Free)

More Apps to Organize Your Finances

Receipt management apps are just one subset of the many apps that can help you manage your finances. Nowadays, there’s no shortage of digital tools that can help you craft your budget, keep a detailed record of your transactions, or visualize how you spend your money. Then there’s the multitude of smartphone apps you can use to complete payments.

If you want to do more than just record your expenses, but also want find ways to actually lower your spending, take a look at these apps and tools that will help you save money 4 Ways You Can Save Money With Apps and Websites It's vital to have enough money in your savings accounts. Take the first steps to financial security by using these apps and websites. Read More .

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  1. JohnASommer
    October 25, 2018 at 5:29 am

    What about using your Panorama setting on your phone to take an elongated picture?

  2. Ron
    October 12, 2018 at 11:10 am

    I wish there was some way of scanning my receipts into my Quicken program. For now, I have to key them in manually.

  3. Trevor
    March 22, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    EcoSlips is a very good app with a lot of features.
    - You can take a snapshot of any paper slip or receipt and store it online where it is always available from any location.
    - Capture expense items, such as kilometres travelled, hours worked and items produced and send all your expense claims in a neatly formatted report to your employer.
    - Store all you shopping-, membership- and loyalty card numbers in the app so that they're always available wherever you are.
    And you will find it on the Google play store

  4. Johnny Ringo
    November 7, 2017 at 2:25 am

    Anyone have a suggestion for an app that just uses your phone to capture the receipt images, stores them separate from your phone's photo app (I don't want my iPhone "photos" to be full of travel receipts), and then creates a single PDF document of all the receipt images when you want to submit them for work expenses? I don't need anything fancy but I do want something that will compile all the images into a single PDF document for me. Thanks in advance!

    • Melany
      November 13, 2017 at 8:12 pm

      Johny, try this IQBoxy app. You scan your receipts right from the app, and they won`t be stored in your iPhone library, you will have them all in the cloud, and whenever needed you can generate PDF with all the images and a table with expense breakdown information. It's quite simple to use, with no bells and whistles. I`m a freelancer and I use IQBoxy app to collect and categorise my both personal and work expenses. So all the expenses i need to be reimbursed I simply tag as “client X expense” and when i want to send these to my client i simply generate report for expenses with this tag. Hope thats helps!

    • Receipt
      November 28, 2018 at 2:01 pm

      NatWest Business OR Premier app will do all of this for you!!!

      Capture receipt, turns in to a digital copy, stores the paper receipt, export in to Excel, csv, PDF with everything categorised etc

  5. donald elliott
    September 27, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    Many of my receipts are long and linear. like 2-3 inches wide by 1-2 feet long. They are not German Mail System receipts, that are 2" x 2" or 5 cm x 5 cm
    I dont see a system that can scan these type of receipts and taking pictures of a 2 ft receipt appears of little value. Do you know of a system that can accommodate this type of receipt and file it under the vendors name?

    Thank you

    • Scott
      January 7, 2018 at 5:57 pm

      What about using your Panorama setting on your phone to take an elongated picture?

  6. Ash
    August 27, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    I've just downloaded Genius Scan and it is saying that Dropbox is included in the + version of the program which you have to buy...

  7. Jeff Sararas
    July 17, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    I'm using Zoho Books for accounting and there's an Android widget to create expenses and take a photo, which stores in your documents in your Zoho Books account.

  8. Barry Gas
    July 11, 2017 at 10:53 am

    I like ReceiptShed as it's also great for invoicing and recording job location - so now I don't have an excuse for forgetting where I've been working

  9. Alan Y
    May 3, 2017 at 11:31 am

    Is there a current app smart enough for gas receipts to be read and store numbers on it when provided for gallons purchased? The article is a great help, I have been putting this off for too long. Using Android now, MS One Note. I would like to gather all my data to MS Access as well, but that is a different path.

  10. Jonathan c
    December 14, 2016 at 12:50 am

    I am looking for something that can scan the reciept and pull out the vendor name autoname the file and let me have a default folder in google drive to drop it to. Seen anything that can do that?
    Something quick like that so I can store and retrieve the reciept fast.

    • John
      March 23, 2017 at 3:46 pm

      Why not try foreceipt app? it can scan receipts and read merchants/amount/tax/date automatically and all your receipts will auto sync to your own Google Drive. Check it out here:

      • Mike
        June 19, 2017 at 3:13 pm

        I've tried foreceipt but ended up settling on the Shoeboxed app. They human verify the info pulled off receipts and also categorize them which is nice.

        • John Zhou
          June 30, 2017 at 3:45 pm

          Well if you do not mind to pay extra money! Shoeboxed will cost you 15$ per month for only 50 items, that's not cheap!!! However for less 1$ a month, you could have unlimited items by using Foreceipt:) BTW you have to verify your receipts no matter using any solution.


      • dan
        September 14, 2017 at 3:39 pm

        Does your app have an android version?

        • Cina
          December 30, 2017 at 1:41 am

          I literally went to their site, was super excited about what they do, but then found out it isn't in the Play Store only the App Store. Booo.

  11. Crog
    December 2, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    I've been looking for Receiptmate and sadly it is not available in the US app store :((. So sad, it looked like the best one by far. Any suggestions to get it or another that would be comparable that's not on this list? I loved the feature that it will get the price for you and add them up / categorize.

    • Sherdog
      June 27, 2017 at 2:42 pm

      Same here... was so excited about the recommendation and then couldn't find it due to US

  12. Preeti A
    November 7, 2016 at 9:53 am

    Thankyou for writing this article. I have downloaded offlice lens based on your recommendation and it's a saviour :)

  13. Jeff
    September 15, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    I just tried downloading receiptmate, but Apple says it's not available. I have accounts in both the USA store and the Canadian store, and it is not available in either. Bummer, as I was looking forward to using a true receipt app that connects with Evernote.

  14. Jason Szumlanski
    March 20, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    Drive has an Android app widget to scan to Drive directly and it has edge detection.

  15. Sue Frantz
    March 17, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    I'm also a camscanner fan. I scan with that, then upload the scan as a pdf to Dropbox.

  16. Ashwin
    March 17, 2016 at 6:00 am

    Nice article Mark.
    I use CamScanner app from long time, I am very happy with that.

  17. Yodi
    March 16, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    I have been using Office Lens. It's the best! It works like EverNote, in that my scans are saved to OneNote. I highly recommend this app!