I have many rewards cards, but never with me when I need them. I don’t carry keys, so the little cards that attach on the keyring don’t solve the problem. When I recently signed up for the Plenti program, I was nudged towards needing a solution. When I needed my Hilton HHonors info to get free wi-fi recently, push became shove!
I had heard of Key Ring in one of the sessions on handy apps I attended (and Pat mentioned it in an earlier Tech Lister blog post), so I went to the Play Store and grabbed it for my phone. I gathered as many of the rewards cards as I could easily put my hands on, and went to work.
The app is straightforward-you hit the big “+” to add a card, make shopping lists, or follow a store.
When you add a card, the camera on the phone opens to take a picture of the barcode; either snap the picture or select “no barcode” to set up cards without one. You can also take pictures of the front and back of the card if so desired.
Turning on location services allows the app to find stores near you. You also have the option to mark favorites that will appear towards the top of your list of cards. The stores you choose to follow will also appear in the list. When you click an entry, you can see sale flyers, coupons, and other savings information.
You can edit the barcodes and descriptions once you add them to the app. But what if I need passwords that go along with a loyalty program? I found via trial and error that you can add notes to card entries via the web version of Key Ring (keyringapp.com), but only there for some reason. You use the same login and password to log in to this version of Key Ring. In the example below, I entered “the password goes here” in the notes field, to see how it shows up in the app-it is available in the lower part of the screen, but can’t be edited.
I’ve got the cards in, now I need to add passwords and I’ll be ready to go. The info you put in Key Ring can be shared, so I’ll send them to my husband’s phone, too, so he can benefit as well. I already made use of the app in the first week, when I booked a hotel room and had my reward number handy. I will find out if there are problems with scanning the barcodes from the phone when I’m shopping; in those cases, the number has to be entered manually. I’m looking forward to having all this info in one place, we’ll see how it goes!