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Add friends without email address or phone number

I know that it might be a user acquisition choice, but it is very annoying to not be able to add someone with just their name (i.e. with no email address or phone, so that they don't receive an invite).
I find that the user experience is affected a lot by this and I am switch back to another app because of this despite how good splitwise is overall.

There are indeed several use cases where I would like to add people without contact details:
- At a specific event, for example a party where I need to enter the names of a lot of people without knowing their email adress
- To track my own personal debts with other people without them knowing or them receiving an invitation.

I did read this article by the way, but I wanted to share the way I think:

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    Louis M shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    under review  ·  AdminSplitwise Support (Admin, Splitwise) responded  · 

    Thanks for the detailed feedback – it’s always useful to hear, and I’ll pass it on :)

    One small feature you may not be aware of: on our website, Splitwise does allow you to add group members without email addresses, which hopefully helps for the “large party” scenario. My apologies that the same feature isn’t available on our mobile apps!


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      • Fábio Cantu commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Having to add all the info is trully a pain! It would be nice for it to change to a simpler way!!

      • Slimnslender commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Or, I just want to add a debt owed to me for my own personal information. Being able to simply add the individual name and the amount they owe me without inviting them to Splitwise.

      • Ben V commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Bang on! It’s hugely frustrating with large groups. It should be possible to essentially run an”offline” group where you can add custom names and manage the group on behalf of everyone, as I have found some people really don’t get splitwise and it ends up being more of a hindrance than a help when user error get involved.

      • Marek Dominik Pavelec commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I know that I can add new members without their addresses on web app. But normally I have only my smartphone with me. And on Android it is not possible.

      • Lucas Abdalla Gomide commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I normally use the app with my contacts. Maybe just integrating with the contacts would help out a lot of other users. Thanks.

      • Krishna commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        How can we add friends without an invitation on a website?
        Just for a small trip with a friends, everyone has to install an app. Bad Deal ! You need to find other ways for marketing.You should make some other strategies for people to download an app rather than iniviting friends for spliting a payment.

      • Fernando Raposo commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Perfect. It is very annoying to be obligated to invite every member of the party to split the cost of a trip, many of whom you may not be close.

        This is a deal breaker for the app. You should fix it quickly.

      • ashish verma commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Most of the time, when we are travelling or splitting a bill within a group, it happens that one or more people do not use the splitwise app. In this case, using the app becomes difficult/useless as the bill cannot be split within everyone. To resolve this issue, I suggest you to give an option to add a dummy person without an email ID so that bill can be split among the people who are not on splitwise. This will increase the usability of app and also motivate existing users of the app to keep using this app. Further, once the bills are settled that dummy person could be deleted or migrated to an email id in case he installs the application.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hi, The last reply on this request from Splitwise was in July 2016 and after that nothing! Have you decided to abandon your users in the cold w.r.t. this functionality? How long/complicated would it be if the functionality already exists in the Web version? This means that the limitation is not on DB level but only in the UI.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I'd like you to add this function on the app. It is indeed very annoying for debt tracking. Make it a 1 dollar function if you want to monetize your app.
        I d pay for it, thx.

      • Tom D. commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I have an event tonight that I'm responsible for determining a complicating pay scheme with 10 people at a dinner. I'd like to use Splitwise to solve this problem without having to force everyone at the event to join. Some of the guests I don't know well. Also, it's my responsibility to reconcile the bills so I don't want everyone at the event to be involved. When I'm at the event I won't be able to use the website. I will use Excel or Google Sheets for this, but I would have loved to use Splitwise.

      • Rohit Suratekar commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Sometimes you want just information about who owes you (who is not on Split wise) . Currently only way to add this is to invite person. It will be nice if we can able to create some expenses without inviting new person.

      • Florian Raffl commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I like to add debts (just to remind myself) without linking them with friends. Is this possible?

      • Guillermo Frontera commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Say I want to create a group including some people I don't have in my phone's agenda. And I know thew won't bother installing the app.

        It would be useful to add people to a group by just adding their names. They won't be able to add expenses to the group, but someone else will be adding those for them.

      • Tony commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Sometimes people don't want to register an account. I can see that I can add them as members through web interface in this case, but it's feels quite weird that I can do all the stuff in the mobile app UI, and for this only operation I have to open a browser, login once again and then add them as members to the group.

      • Francesco Visin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is honestly a ridiculous constrain that you impose for no reason other than pushing people to use your app.

        There are a number of valid reasons against having to register every participant: most of the times I'm offline, usually people are less technologic than I am (they will go back to the good old notepad + pen as soon as it becomes too complicated, and for once I don't see how to disagree), for short trips/vacations it would take more to ask everyone to register than to write on a piece of paper.

        One thing that I'd like to stress is that in most cases it is perfectly fine if one person keeps track of the expenses of everybody and computes the totals at the end of the vacation. When there wasn't an app for this, did all your friends keep track of the expenses of everyone else to check on them? If so, you might need to find better friends.

        I really like the app from what I've seen so far, but I am uninstalling it on the same day I registered because it is useless with this absurd limitation.

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