Tab is the simple way to split a bill among friends. Snap a pic of the receipt and tap your items to claim them. Tax and tip are calculated for you. No more back-of-the-napkin algebra or typing in prices by hand!
Here’s how it works:
- Take a picture of your itemized receipt. Tab automatically detects all the items and prices.
- Select which items each person ordered. Everyone that has Tab on their phone can join onto the bill and select their own items - the app keeps everything synced in real-time.
- Multiple people can select the same item if they shared it.
- Tax and tip are automatically divided proportionally.
- If it's someone's birthday, you can split their total evenly among everyone else.
- Settle up within your group using integrated Venmo or by recording a cash payment.
- View and share detailed summaries of your past bills
In addition to settling up by paying someone else, you can now request money from your friends if you're covering their portion of the bill! Just like when you make a payment, you can make requests with integrated Venmo or by recording an "offline" exchange of cash. And, to speed things up, if you're paying for multiple people you can request from all of them at once with a single tap!
Ratings and Reviews
Good, could be great
I recently used this app for the first time and was able to split a bill between seven people fairly easily and give them their total. I had a question come up later but could not get back to the details to verify that we had split the bill correctly, adding some audit trail would be really useful in this situation. Additionally, another great feature would be to be able to send out, via text or email, an itemized receipt to each of the bill participants. The people I regularly split large bills with have a wide range of comfort with technology, it would be nice to be able to send them something more detailed than just their totals but show them the items selected and their portion of taxes and tip. Asking them to join the bill from their device is way beyond what they would be willing to do. With these two enhancements, this would be the perfect app for my needs.
Developer Response ,
Hey again! As promised, our latest update has addressed all of these points. Check it out and let us know what you think!
AWFUL UPDATE - deletes your data unless you give them your email!
For years, Tab has saved bills locally once you’re done with them. I rely on that to do the math while I’m still at the table, then have people send me money later.
The developers have CHANGED the behavior, with no notice. Bills are now DELETED once you leave the app, unless you sign up for a totally unnecessary account with them. The app still has the technical ability to save bills locally of course, and iCloud can sync and backup app data, but they have to find some leverage to get us to give them our email addresses so they can sell them or monetize us somehow.
I’m at least accustomed to that kind of selling-out by app developers at this point. But what I cannot abide is lacking the common decency to TELL your users what you’re doing. I relied on behavior that’s been consistent for years to save ten minutes of unpleasant manual entry work, and you tossed it in the trash with no warning, for no other reason than to strongarm me into signing up for another account I don’t need. Shame on you.
Developer Response ,
Please know that we always have our users' best interests at heart. We don't make any money, and we don't answer to any third parties. We're a tiny team of two; we created Tab because people were asking for it, and we maintain Tab because people enjoy using it. Nothing nefarious behind the scenes here!
We hope you'll stick with us. If you want to continue the dialogue in private, feel free to reach out: firstname.lastname@example.org
Still Needed to Use A Napkin
I was so excited to be able to use this app, but unfortunately, I still had to bust out the old pen and paper. One problem that I encountered was with the splitting of items. My friend ordered 2 of one item ($5/item) and I ordered 1 of that same item. All three items were included on the same line and combined into 1 price ($15); however there was no way to assign 2 of an item to 1 person, so we had to create another nickname to assign to her to account for it. In addition, I had difficulty with being able to add the tax—-try as I might to click on the tax line to manually enter the number. In the end I just evenly split the amount amongst our party (even though that’s not accurate). One thing that I thought would be really helpful was if there was a tutorial (that wasn’t real time) or FAQ section—-unfortunately, the only way you can try the app out/learn how to use it is when you actually have a bill to use.
Developer Response ,
Sorry to hear you had some difficulties using the app. Rest assured, there are solutions to each of your issues! If you need to divide a line item into separate items before assigning, just swipe left on the item and tap the "divide" icon. (In your example, you would just divide the $15 grouped item into three individual items and then assign two to your friend and one to yourself). Similarly, to add or edit tax, swipe left on the tax line and tap the "edit" icon.
We've tried to make the tutorials that appear during your first bill as clear as possible, and they do illustrate the various swiping actions, but your idea of some static help/FAQ section is a great one. We'll look into it!
Feel free to get in touch with any other questions or feedback: email@example.com
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.