Apply payment directly to expense/pay for individual items
When a payment is made, you should be able to select the associated expense(s) & enter a $ amount to which expense the payment should be applied to.
An update: we’re still not planning to add the concept of a payment for a specific bill or a specific expense. We’ve left this idea under review for many years, but we’re not convinced it’s the right idea for Splitwise. We think focusing on a total balance makes things simpler in most cases. This is also how a bank balance works.
Here’s two potential work-arounds if you’re not satisfied:
1. Let’s say you want to set things up so you can see if people have specifically paid for a certain bill, or for a certain month of expenses. You can create a group just for that bill or month – then, when viewing that group, you will only see balances owed from that specific bill or set of bills.
2. Once you pay an amount and want to keep track of it being for a certain bill, you could use a comment on the payment and the expense. This would allow you to note down your intentions.
Also, since this request was added, we’ve added the following feature: if you ever /fully/ settle up with a friend or group, we automatically hide all bills before that time behind a tap or click to make things cleaner. This way, you generally can see only which bills specifically are affecting the group or friendship balance. (If things have been only partially settled, we leave everything visible.)
If you’d like to share more about why this feature is important to you, or why these workarounds are not sufficient, we always appreciate specific feedback so we can understand how it could help you specifically. For this reason, we’ll leave the request “under review”
Mike Lauer commented
I want to settle individual items as well, if you offered an option to settle up or mark a single item as paid (then grey them out) that’d improve this app significantly. Stopped using this for the total balance feature entirely and just use it to track what was spent.
If another app offered these features + ability to mark single items as paid I’d move over immediately
Mariana Teixeira commented
so basically you can click on it and select an option which says “settle this expense” and there’s like a some sign that says it’s been settled, but that you can still keep track of what was paid, for example, there’s expense A and expense B, and I want to settle the latter, I click on it and settle it, but the expense still remains on the list (as a past expense) with a different colour or faded, just something that adds contrast between paid and non paid expenses
Anyone know of an alternative app that does this?
I completely agree with other users that it would be great to be able to mark a single expense within a group bill as paid rather than having to mark the whole bill as paid.
My partner and I have an ongoing bill for utilities, and household expenses, sometimes they pay me back in partial amounts. It would be great to just be able to mark a partial payment of a line item.
Nathan Owen commented
I list all bills for my roommates. they sometimes pay the bills individually as we go instead of all at once. currently I just put in how much they paid manually, but it'd be nice to mark a single expense as "settled up". Then make the expense hide because it's settled up. basically I'd like to be able to mark expenses as settled up individually. if this is possible already I haven't found it
P.A Racine commented
As many user says, this feature is needed
This apps is not a bank account where in an out cash doesn't need a lot of information except title and maybe "Add note" like Tangerine bank apps do. This apps is but more like an accounting software, as for exemple "Acomba" and if a software very used in a lot of compagnie in Canada, this option should exist. In the software there a "account sold" with in an out but i can say wich bill aren't pay...
Here the solution, and i think it respect the way you already do it (big total balance)
Add a third option "Pay selected item", then bring a menu with multiple selection (checkbox, sqare or round). Then with each selected item, the total get upper (the sum). Then, 2 choices : Apply paiement or Cancel. You then enter the already "settle amount with.. " and "who receive money". Then for each selected (and paid) item there an icon.
This is something very easy to impland.
Why this is great : in a case where there a lot of transaction, the sold get higher and in some case, i might not agree with some "share part", or i made some big transaction and i want to pay those exact bill without checking the details of all the other.
I will made a separate suggestion, but there should be a "to review" flag/star or any other icon, if i want to review those or if me or someone want to talk about this transaction
PS : Sorry, i use the french version
The expenses and payments made are displayed continuously. It looks too cluttered. Instead of displaying all the new expenses and settlements made in a single window, only the expenses can be listed out and settlements can be viewed inside the expense entry.
Adding a request for being able to apply money to a specific expense within a group. This makes tracking very difficult
It would be very helpful if you could settle different expenses separately instead it all being added to a pool. When there's money left that is still owed it makes it difficult to track down where that amount still owed is coming from.
Karthik Kanjerla commented
Lets say x has paid for y.
Hotel 500, bus 300, auto 150
Y or X should have an option to settleup expenses by bus,hotel or auto.
Example: y has paid only for bus which is 300rs there at the expense mentioned he should have an option to settleup for bus.
This would improve user experiance.
Jonathan McDole commented
This was the one feature I was looking for. Hook us up!
Agree this is needed.
Definitely desperately want this feature. I cannot see how it's a big issue to implement at all. Besides my own use case, there are dozens under me that are extremely valid I haven't even thought of. I was baffled when I went looking for this feature and found this post instead.
For example if the person sent me amount for pizza transaction. Then I can simply click the green button on that particular pizza transaction. So that I can understand that he paid for that.
Jonathan Hedger commented
Yes this is annoying!
Sam (i fucking hate this app) commented
For the LOVE of god make this possible.
WOW this thread is truly remarkable. I'm a 20 year software developer at one of the Big 4 global software companies. I currently run an app team responsible for a very public-facing application. If I told my boss that my end-users have been asking for a feature for YEARS but my response to the is "eh, WE don't think you need that feature," I'd be fired. What planet do you come from where you think this is a good way to run a software company? Do you realize that you can and will be a forgotten memory literally overnight when a better app is discovered by your users? Furthermore, HOW is it possible that this painfully obvious feature was not the FIRST thought during your initial product meetings?!?
Use case: A friend owes me $1,000 on the first of ever month for rent. We go out to dinner and he pays. He sets up a bill where I owe him $100 for dinner. Your unusable app now says that HE owes me $900 and there is no way for me to "settle up" with him and pay the $100. Instead I'm supposed to act like a bank and let his debt be chiseled away at until the first of the month when he will have to send me the balance of the initial $1,000? That's absurd. What if he needs the $100 NOW?
Clearly anyone should be able to settle up any time they want on any single bill. A simple list of bills with check boxes would be fine. Would you like me to show you how to do it? I work as a consultant. I'll write the code for you in a day. Until then I will personally be using an app from one of your competitors and I suggest others do the same.
Pretty poor that you don't allow for a direct bill settlement. It would be much more beneficial to be able to close off one payment at a time as opposed to an entire total deduction
Nicole C Davis commented
It would be a good function if you could attach a settlement of payment to a particular expense when someone owes you money for several different transactions. So that it could show you a running count of what is left of that expense to be paid.