Improve the way Splitwise handles multi-currency
Recent trip to Vietnam with four people and three currencies While we were able to capture all the payments in VND, SGD and USD, once it came to settling it all turned bad. The interface is very clearly made for single currency and thus has many instances where only one field is provided (e.g. in the dashboard, the group overview, etc.). Occasionally there's grey text underneath showing some of the other currencies, but when it came to settling up it became an unholy mess very quickly. The problem was compounded by some expenses being recorded on the group and others directly between participants.
Suggest you make the currencies a lot more separate to avoid this.
Other than that, great app!
Hey Tom, sorry for all the trouble! We definitely want to keep improving multi-currency support – Splitwise can handle the math correctly, but the interface doesn’t show all that information very well.
Hopefully we’ll have time to improve this on iOS and Android next year, but it might take us a little while – multiple currencies are only used by a few % of our users, and as a very small company (2 engineers) we’re a bit swamped with feature requests. Still, it’s something I really want to work on, especially since it’s something that Splitwise could be really helpful for. In the meantime, my apologies for the inconvenience!
Show total of ALL currencies at the top. Currently, if I have outstanding balances in multiple currencies it just shows me the total (across friends and groups) of the one with the highest nominal balance (which is stupid because if John owes me 100,000 Indonesian rupees and Jessica owes me 2,300$ I'd rather know the latter).
Currently the dashboard seems to randomly display only one of the currencies used in the group, so that you get the wrong impression of what people owe each other. Why not show all currencies?
Ilya Smirnov commented
I'd love to see a conversion into the default currency, too – so instead of "James owes you GBP 5.12* (*and some other currencies)", it might show you "James owes you $7.52* (*converted from other currencies)"
Just some small things like this, and being able to have a reimbursement in one currency count towards debt in another without having silly workarounds. Of course, more used features are higher priority.
Still, happily a Pro member to support you guys, this is already a great product, and handles multi-currencies much better than anything else I've seen! Keep it up! :)