We’re more than a little excited to announce our first major update of 2018: Settle Up!
It’s taken a dedicated WhatsApp group, two Doodles, five weeks and at least three major destination changes – but the big group holiday is finally a go.
Next stop, Skyscanner, where you find some decent flight prices and – like the self-sacrificing saint you are – offer to book for everyone so you don’t miss them.
A few days later, you call in your debts on the group chat, feeling a bit awkward about the whole thing but, well, you know…rent. Flicking between a banking app and WhatsApp, you paste in your account number and sort code, press send and wait jubilantly for your balance to flourish and prosper.
A few days later, there’s no sign of life, so you chase up. ‘Oh meant to say, there’s a number missing in your account number’, ‘Sorreeee, didn’t have a card reader at home, will do it tonight’, ‘How much was it again?’. Rinse and repeat, ad infinitum.
It doesn’t have to be this hard. In a time of such vast technological bounty, the payback process shouldn’t be this convoluted, awkward and exhaustingly administrative – in fact, we felt so strongly about it that we decided to build a feature to replace it entirely!
The result is Settle Up – a brand new feature we’ve built to make those IOUs between family and friends a simple, streamlined and altogether more speedy affair. We’re on a mission to change the way people pay each other back; no sort code swapping, no awkward chasing texts, no double checking details – just a few taps, a single link, and you’re settled up.
So what’s new in the app?
Jump into the Pay section of the Starling app and you’ll find we’ve rearranged things a little. You’ll now notice a button that says ‘Settle Up’; tap it for the first time and you’ll be prompted to set up your very own Settle Up page. As you’d expect, it’s super quick and like all our features, puts you fully in control of your finances (which means that this page won’t be public until you give us the go ahead).