Frequently Asked Questions

What is Travel Money?

Travel Money helps you while traveling by managing the expenses of a group of people, using different currencies.

How does it work?

For each expense done, a participant either pays (so the group owes ihm) or/and takes a share of the costs (he owes the group).
During the trip, the app sums up all payments and costs of each participant, letting you know at any time who owes and owns the group.
At the end of the trip, the easiest way to settle is to put the money on a table: the participants with “depts” giving, the participants with “credit” taking the according amount of money.

The whole concept is based on the principles of the double-entry bookkeeping system.

What is the easiest way to use it?

The recommanded way to use it is to let a different participant pay for the whole group every time there is an expense. At the end of the trip, settle by putting the money on a table: either put money in the pot if you own the group, or take money from it if the group owes you.

How do I add participants?

Just press the add participant button:

long press to add participant

How do I create a new trip?

Open the side drawer by pressing the app icon, and press the plus button:

add trip

How do I share a trip with my friends?

Open the side drawer by pressing the app icon, and press the share button. Start your email app and send the email to the participants. By clicking the link in the email, your friends can join the trip:

share trip

join trip in email

How do I add payments?

On the participant list, simply press the participant who pays. You will enter the payment view where you can enter the payment details.

Can more than one participant pay?

Yes, any participant can participate to an expense. You can enter more the one participant by using the add participant button in the payment view:

add payer

How do I change the date and time of a payment?

You can change the date and time by using the options of the edit payment view:

change date and time

One participant is a couple or has a kid, can he “cost” more?

You can do define a split ratio per participant by long-pressing the participant and choosing “split ratio”. For example, a couple with a kid would have a ratio of 2.5:

change split ratio

Can I remove a participant from the group?

Long-press the participant and choose “hide participant”. If the participant still has depts or credit, a new windows will prompt you to settle. You can always unhide hidden participants in the settings.

Can I temporarily deactivate a participant?

Long-press the participant and choose “deactivate participant”. Once deactivated, the partipant will still show in the list but will not participate to expense splits.

Where do the exchange rates come from?

The exchange rates are downloaded directly from the European Central Bank. They update once a day at about 14:00 CET. You can update your exchange rates by pressing the refresh button in the exchange rates view. You can add your own custom currency with the plus button:

add currency

How can I change my home currency?

You can choose your home currency in the currency view:

change home currency

How can I customize the currencies?

Customize currencies by long-pressing the currency. Offline currencies will not be updated when you hit the refresh button – you will have to update them manually.

How can I customize the categories?

Long-press a category to edit its name, or press the plus button to add a new category.

How can I use the excel export?

On the statistics tab, hit the mail button. A csv-file will be attached to the mail. This file can be imported in Excel by choosing “open with…” -> “Microsoft Excel”. Choose the comma (,) as delimiter. If you have troubles with characters not being displayed correctly, choose “UTF-8” as the encoding.

How does the backup to SD Card work?

In the settings, you can choose to “backup to sd-card”. This will save a copy of the data on your sd-card under <your-sdcard-location>/TravelMoney/travelmoney. When using the “restore from sd-card” function, Travel Money will look for this this exact file on the sd-card, so be sure it’s there when you try to make a restore.

How does Google Cloud Backup work?

“Google Cloud Backup” is a android functionality offered by Google to restore your phone in case of a factory reset. It will not work if you uninstall the app and install it again, nor will it work to sync the app between devices. Furthermore, note that not all phone manufacturers support this function – depending on your phone, it might not work. More info on the android developer site for data backup.

Can I help translate the app?

Yes! I’m always looking for nice people helping me translate the app. Please contact me by email or have a look at: TravelMoney on www.getlocalization.com

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