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Mobile Apps for Tracking Mileage Readings

various apps for tracking mileageThe days of using paper for record keeping are quickly coming to an end. For nearly any task you can think of, there is an  Android or iPHone app to make the job easier. And of course there are also apps for tracking mileage.


There are some easy apps available to help employees keep track of odometer readings for their mileage records. This is great news because employees have to track their mileage if they are reimbursed by their employers for mileage or if they plan to claim tax deductions for the use of their vehicle for business purposes.

In order to get reimbursed by the IRS for mileage that was not reimbursed by your employer, you need to track mileage. The IRS doesn’t mind if you write down your odometer readings or let an app do the work for you, but if you choose to do the job manually, you have to do some minor calculations to figure out the mileage. To make the process quicker, you can have the app do it for you.

These apps can track your mileage based on the speed the vehicle is going, via geolocation, by measuring the distance you travel as you drive, or by calculations based on you odometer entries. Either way, you’re just getting the number of miles you drive on work related trips for tax purposes.

iPhone Apps

Free apps:

  • Trip Cubby – This is a pretty feature rich mileage tracking app for iPhone.
  • TripLog – This app works for both iPhone and Android and it’s free.This mileage app tracks mileage and also tolls, parking fees, fuel, and other expenses and compiles them into a report for the IRS.

There are many more options if you don’t mind paying a few bucks. Check out this list for iPhone mileage apps.

Android Apps

Free apps:

  • TripLog – This is the same app as above but for Android.
  • My Car Tracks – This app will track your trips automatically without having to click start and stop. It also manages fleets and location of vehicles.
  • Copernicus Mileage Tracker – This is a simple app for mileage tracking for tax or reimbursement purposes. Simply enter the odometer value and drive.

As with the iPhone, there are a lot of apps to choose from, costing between .99 cents and 3 dollars. You can find them on the Play Store.

 

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13 Comments

  1. Philip Kruger
    Philip Kruger July 16, 2014

    In the past i have used tripcubby and triplog but I will have to agree with Mike on this, I have been using Vezma for 6 months now and have been a happy customer ever since. I love how flexible the application is, to use on my blackberry as well as a Nokia Lumia 630 (windows phone) that i use. Their premium plans are quite light on my pocket too ;). You can probably check out their website http://www.vezma.com to know more about the schemes they are offering.

    Also, could you please review the top ten best business applications when you have the time? thanks.

    • Timesheets
      Timesheets July 16, 2014

      Thank you for your input! I would be happy to write a to ten business applications post. Although, I have to say, the best business applications for any business does vary quite a bit depending on the type of business. But I’ll try to come up with something most businesses can find useful.

  2. stevenbooks
    stevenbooks November 21, 2014

    TrackMyDrive is another app for tracking your business mileage automatically. I am the developer of the app so let me know if you have any questions.

    • Timesheets
      Timesheets November 24, 2014

      Thanks for adding your app! For anyone interested, here is the website with the TrackMyDrive app: https://trackmydrive.com/
      Feel free to point out anything about your app that makes it unique. One thing I already learned on your blog is that you provide excellent customer service!

  3. Dmitry Bezdetny
    Dmitry Bezdetny November 4, 2016

    I absolutely love brand new mileage tracker – http://milecatcher.com

    That one can do all types of tracking & logging mileage. Free and unlimited trip log. My cousin deduct rate on Toyota Auris is 20% comparing with last month.

  4. James R. Willard
    James R. Willard February 1, 2018

    Having a mileage tracker app is very helpful and it lessens the pain of writing your logs on paper and it will make sure that all the information you need will be noted. I’ve been using MileGo tracking app and it really helps me a lot.

  5. […] Gas costs are covered in the rate the IRS sets for mileage reimbursement so you don’t have to add up your employee’s gas receipts. Just pay employees based on their mileage. You can either map their route on Google maps and use that mileage as your guide or use the mileage your employee gives you. Employees need to be keeping records of their mileage driven for work anyway in a log book or mileage recording app. […]

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