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Use Your Phone To Log Mileages Automatically

Are you a freelancer? self-employed? or someone who needs to log mileages to get compensated somehow? It’s a time consuming task to manually log the mileage you commute, travel back and forth for client meetings, or even for other purposes. Thanks to modern technology, now we have a very powerful logging device, our smartphone, with us at all times. Couple clicks away and you will be able to be worry-free on this tedious task once for all. Here are couple of great apps that we recommend for the mileage logging purpose.

1) QuickBooks Self-Employed: Mile Tracker, Taxes – By Intuit Inc.

iOS – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/quickbooks-self-employed-mile-tracker-taxes/id898076976?mt=8

Android – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.intuit.qbse&hl=en

By far, this is the best app that you can get for the mileage tracking along with other great features if you are self-employed. Not only the tracking is automatically whenever you start driving but also it’s super accurate. The downside here is that it’s by far the most expensive mileage tracking app you get can on the market. It’s $10 USD/mo for basic feature or $17 USD/mo with tax filing bundle feature to Intuit’s TurboTax software.

Note:

If you at the tax filing season you file tax with Intuite's TurboTax Self-Employed package, you will be able to get the basic plan for the mileage tracking for free for 1 year.

Pros:

 * automatically starts and stops
* super accurate
* actual route (by GPS) via Google map
* create report
* data onto cloud
* tax filing bundle feature

Cons:

* after 1 month free trial ends you cannot use it anymore unless you choose to pay for it

 

2) Everlance: Mileage Log, Expense, & Receipt Tracker – By Everlance Inc.

iOS – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/everlance-mileage-log-expense-receipt-tracker/id985378916?mt=8

Android – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.everlance&hl=en

This is a very great stand alone mileage log, expense & receipt tracking application. Not only it has the best user interface (UI/UX) design among all its peers/competitors, but also having so many useful features such as changing the mileage for certain trips if somehow it logs wrong mileages (never happened to us so far), take a photo or a note for trips, specify certain vehicle … etc.

Note:

even if you only stay with its free trial, you will have almost all the benefits except auto-start and auto-end trips feature. However, you will have 20 automatically logged trips every single month.

Pros:

* automatically starts and stops
* very accurate
* actual route & minutes (by GPS) via Google map
* data onto cloud
* very user friendly and intuitive UI
* modify trips' mileage after trips
* embedded note & photo ability
* create report
* add your accountant in order to email your files for the tax purpose
* after free trial ends, you can still use it; however, it's manual logging your mileage - manually press button /pre>to start and end trips
* after free trial ends, your data will be still sent to and stored on the Everlance's server

Cons:

* none (so far)

3) TripLog – GPS Mileage Log Tracker – By BizLog, LLC

iOS – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/triplog-gps-mileage-log-tracker/id585918522?mt=8

Android – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.esocialllc.vel&hl=en

It’s not so fancy compared with its two peers above but it’s very useful though if your solely reason is to log your mileage. The UI isn’t that good… in fact, it feels a bit 90s design but it works and works well.

 

Pro:

* automatically starts and stops
* accurate
* actual route & minutes (by GPS) via Google map
* let user re-calculate the route mileage based via Google Map (e.g, to correct some logging errors... it's been proven very useful feature)
* data onto cloud
* create report
* modify trips' mileage after trips
* after free trial ends, you can still use it; however, it's manual logging your mileage - manually press button to start and end trips

Cons:

* not so good user interface
* after free trial ends, your data will no longer be sent to BizLog LLC's server. All data are stored locally; hence, if you lose your phone or forget to backup, you will lose all your mileage logs.

 

4) MileIQ Mileage Log – Business Expense Tracker – By Mobile Data Labs Inc (Acquired by Microsoft)

iOS – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id578830929?mt=8

Android – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mobiledatalabs.mileiq&hl=en

This is by far most known mileage tracking mobile app on the market. And … yes, it’s acquired by Microsoft in November 2015. Since it’s the most well known app, we gave it a try the first but the result is … disappointing…
Not only it’s not accurate but also the automatically start & end trips feature is somehow broken. More than 70% of our trips were inaccurately logged to a level which we aren’t able to use it.

Note:

We need to clarify that since its result is unbearable, we didn't get too deep into using it. Therefore, they might be having some pro-features but because the mileage log is the main role for them to perform, they aren't doing a good job on that so the rest doesn't matter at all.

Price is $5.99 per month or $59.99 a year.

Pro:

* automatically starts and stops
* 40 free recorded trips per month
* route (by GPS) via Google map
* data onto cloud
* create report

Cons:

* inaccurate

 

 

Which One Win The Race?

Our recommendation on which one should you use? Our recommendation order is the same as the order on this article. However, the #1 & #2 are almost tie to the first place. Put this way … if you are a TurboTax lover, you should go with “QuickBooks Self-Employed”. If you wanna be more flexible on logging your mileages, you should choose “Everlance”.