Pro Tip Mondays: Mobile Mileage on Android

David Barrett —  July 11, 2011 — 6 Comments

To those of you paying very close attention, you’ll notice we’ve been making some subtle changes to the Android app.  There’s a lot going on under the hood — much of yet hasn’t yet been revealed — but one thing that just slipped out is support for logging mileage!  For you Android road-warriors out there:

  1. Update your Android Expensify app
  2. Tap “enter expense” on the main page
  3. Tap “mileage” in the upper-right
  4. Enter the number of miles you traveled
  5. Use or update the mileage rate
  6. Watch in amazement as the reimbursement amount is calculated
  7. Add an optional comment or receipt
  8. Tap “submit”

That’ll log the whole thing as a mileage expense in Expensify for adding to an expense report for reimbursement.  Some notes and caveats:

  • The reimbursement rate is imported from your account application launch; if you update it on the website, just close and re-open the app.
  • You can do a “one time” override the mileage rate in the mobile app, or update on the website to apply the change permanently.
  • The the 2011 IRS mileage reimbursement rates recently updated, be aware!

David Barrett


Founder of Expensify, destroyer of expense reports, and savior to frustrated employees worldwide.

6 responses to Pro Tip Mondays: Mobile Mileage on Android


    The new functionality for mileage is great but would be even better if, as in the full app, the route could be calculated automatically and added as a receipt.

    Zhenya Grinshteyn July 13, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    Thanks for the feedback! That’s definitely something that would improve the value of our app and something we’re looking in to. Sorry for the inconvenience in the mean time!


    It would be nice if it could calculate the delta on milage rather than relying on us to remember to set the tripometer.


    Ability to capture a quick pic of the odometer make any sense?
    I’m terrible at remembering to note down details when they are going in quick serial succession.
    Whereas using the camera for a quick pic (geo-stamped and time & dated) might be possible.


    Yep, this is something we’re working on!


    I agree that having the app remember the mileage from the last entry and calculate the delta would make this much more useful. Also, the ability to deduct commute (or non-reimbursable) miles from that delta mileage would be even better.

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