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Mobile app PDF receipt attachment

bprattbpratt Expensify Customer Posts: 3 Expensify Newcomer

It would be nice if from the iOS app you could attach a pdf receipt - currently when I do a number of transactions- I just get an email receipt - Rental cars, purchase at venues that use things like "Square" for their transactions. On the desktop app you can attach them as the receipt but it would be helpful to be able to do this on the go from the mobile app as well.

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  • Karisa LattaKarisa Latta Expensify Success Coach - Admin, Expensify Team Posts: 134 Expensify Team

    Hey @bpratt !

    Great idea! I'd love to share some tips until our upload function is fully fleshed out and intuitive on the app.

    If you can access the Share option for files/images on your device, you might be able to send the file to your Expensify app that way. Alternatively, if you're getting these files via email, just forward that email to [email protected]! We'll capture either embedded or attached files and upload them as receipts. Make sure the email address you are forwarding from is linked to your Expensify account (no worries if you forget, Concierge will reply and let you know it didn't know what account to use so you can correct that).

    I hope this helps! Please let me know if you have more questions.

  • kennyraykennyray Expensify Customer Posts: 1

    I'd like to see this feature as well and I assume it would apply to all mobile platforms as I have an Android device. The reason I'd like to see it is when unreported expenses arrive via credit card, adding the PDF receipt from my phone would be more efficient and less steps than the other alternatives. The mobile app is great! I much prefer it over the desktop browser dashboard.

  • Mike_SMike_S Expensify Customer Posts: 1

    More and more receipts are coming via email. Even retailers will email a receipt these days, so it would be so handy (meaning it’s essential) to be able to import PDF’s directly into Expensify using a mobile device.

  • Ted HarrisTed Harris Expensify Success Coach - Admin Posts: 316 Expensify Team
    edited November 2019

    Hi everybody! I've put together a small iOS Shortcut which should help in the meantime to automate much of the sharing PDF's from your iPhones but we'll leave this open as the idea is great!

    Click the link here to check it out, and check the GIF below (or here if it's not rendering in your browser) to see it in action for one of my YoYo PDF receipts.

  • KewischKewisch Expensify Customer Posts: 3
    edited December 2019
    The email shortcut is a good workaround, but email takes a while to process. Being able to share PDFs with the expensify app directly would be super helpful. Ideally with a way to select a specific report and have it created as a new expense on that report, but at least just creating the expense.

    This would allow me to stay on my mobile device and not have to use the desktop for importing.

    My use case for this is using another app for scanning that will allow me to create small black/white PDFs, and then attach them to expensify. The submit workflow I use requires a PDF instead of an image.
  • DanG2020DanG2020 Expensify Customer Posts: 1
    edited November 2020

    Sad that there have been requests for this dating back to 2018 (https://community.expensify.com/discussion/2734/pdf-uploads-in-ios) and this is still un-touched. I imagine having the ability to upload more than just a simple image when creating an expense in the App would be a no-brainer, but I guess not...

    Also a system that relies on user votes to float good ideas to the top, but in order to vote you have to register first, is a bad way to do product request management (I should know - it's my job). Talk about placing barriers and causing friction

  • Rachael HopkinsRachael Hopkins Expensify Success Coach - Admin Posts: 810 Expensify Team

    Hi @DanG2020 Welcome to the Expensify Community! We generally measure the demand for something to determine if it's a feature we would add, as opposed to how long people have been requesting it.

    For insight - across the two Ideas there have been 18 votes in two years, they have had around 400 views combined, and we have 25,000 visitors per month to this Community. So while it's a great Idea, we prefer to focus our development resources in areas where there is a lot of demand.

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