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:
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!
I want to be able to find friends by name or email. NOT send them an email and they must accept. Can we search internally (in splitwise) before sending an email?
Adding User without email-ID on mobile(lets say temporarily, till I can get his/her mail ID) Its possible in web GUI but not in Mobile App where I necessarily need to put in email/phone number.
Can we have that option in mobile as well.
As of now only the friends with email can be in a group of expenses. So can a custom friend be added in order to add people who are not directly participating in the application? However myself or any of the group friend can update their expense.
This happens if a person does not have an email ID.
Prashant Agrawal commented
Could you be made available for the Pro accounts for start. And see how it works out.
I had the same idea last night as it wasn't possible for the other friend to download the app at the time. To take this further, once the person downloads the app then it should be possible to identify that person and merge the expenses.
I want my friends that don't want to get an account with splitwise to be able to be on my groups.
I love splitwise, but when I'm out lunching with boss and I owe them money from splitting lunch, it's kinda of awkward to get splitwise invitations sent to them.
SO I hope that you will allow me to add people without email/handphone address. Sometimes, I just need to note down the money and splitwise is a great service for keeping track.
You're not handling my real world use case for payments yet:
You make the case that all participants ought to have an email to be able to log in and see the bill. But that fails to account for many people in my life - elderly aunt, lazy friend/cousin, etc who will participate and pay but will fail to promptly create an account on this website just so the bill will be calculated correctly. They just want me to tell them what they owe.
Let me specify anonymous or self-labeled payees who aren't going to log in. If they are willing to create an account later I can remove their placeholder and replace it with their account. But some of them will never do that.
AdminSplitwise Support (-, Splitwise) commented
You can add people to groups without email addresses only on the website.
Actually, I found a faster way:
Just enter the name of the person you want to add and use any fake username at mailinator.com (e.g. [email protected]). And you're done, no hassle.
I agree, this is pretty bad. If you can create a group where not everyone has an email, why can't you add additional people to the group withtout sending an invitation? What this does is force me to re-create the group from scratch when I realize that I forgot a person. That's frustrating. You said you were considering making emails optional a year ago. Did you come to a conclusion?
Thomas Hewton-Waters commented
I also wish we could add friends without email. I've started looking for a different app because it's difficult to enter an email for every person I'm splitting something with.
I need to add people who do not have emails.
I really want to add someone without the persons email. Like my mom or a child. Not everyone uses email, but everyone have bills. :)
Rui Sousa commented
That's the main reason I will not use this app. Too much invasive :/
Whenever I add a friend that owes me money, you guys send them email and (worse) don't make it clear that you are going to do so. So I've gotten an email or two from friends who are pissed I signed them up for something. Because I respect my friends privacy, this makes Splitwise FAR less useful to me.
When adding a new friend who doesn't use Splitwise, there should be a 'do not email this person' option.
Apps that insist on bothering your friends are bad. You guys are good. Please don't be bad. :)
I have a lot of people who I owe sth. or who owe me sth. where I don't know the email address / where the people don't really use email / where the people don't even have email addresses (like my grandparents) - but I still would like to keep track of the expenses and repayments we make.
My current workaround is to enter sth. like [email protected] as email address in order to add "friends without email". Although this works fine (as far as I always enter another dummy email like [email protected], [email protected]...) but I think it's not hard to make the email entry process optional which would add this functionality more nicely.
William Stanley commented
Want to add just things for me to remember as my roomates dont want the app.
Sometimes it would be very convenient to split expenses with people who aren't registered users, and occasionally one doesn't even have an e-mail address to connect to. It would then be very convenient to split the expense with just a name (or other text string). Similar to Facebook's feature that allows users to tag pictures and write whatever text string they wish; it doesn't have to be a registered user.