For expenses, for taxes, or for plain old metrics, here are the best apps to help track gas mileage right from your iPhone - no paper trackers required!
Looking for the best iPhone apps to help you accurately track mileage? Anyone who wants to be compensated for travel, be it from an expense account at work or from a deduction on taxes, knows how arduous and can be to keep - and remember to use - a written ledger. Luckily, mileage tracking apps for the iPhone can make it, if no less monotonous, at least a lot more convenient. Whether you're on the job or self-employed, need it for an expense or tax claim, or just want keep track for your own maintenance or metrics, the App Store has several options. The real question is, what mileage tracking apps for iPhone are the absolute best?
Mileage Log+ by Contrast, previously known as Trip Cubby, is hands down one of the most feature packed and easy to use mileage trackers around. Not only can Mileage Log+ track business miles, but charity and medical miles as well. All miles logged will automatically go by standard current IRS rates, unless you change them. Save trips you take frequently for one tap access later, enter a beginning and end point and let Mileage Log+ do the heavy lifting by automatically calculating distance, and much more. When you need to get reimbursed, simply export your reports and send them on their way right within the app.
If you want an easy to use and robust way to log, store, archive, export, and keep track of miles, look no further than Mileage Log+.
Auto Miles takes the hands-off approach to tracking your miles and does it all for you by sensing when you're driving. You can then rest assured that every mile you track is updated and available in Auto Miles. For personal trips that you don't want on an expense report, simply quick swipe to delete them. If you have an iPhone 5s, Auto Miles even uses the M7 for even more accurate tracking data. Once you're ready, just export your data to a spreadsheet for your accountant or for reimbursement from your employer. You can log up to 100 miles for free, after that you can upgrade to full version of Auto Miles for a one time in-app purchase of $4.99.
If you don't remember to log miles, let Auto Miles remember for you.
klicks is all about fast input. Launch klicks, start typing in the end destination, tap on it when it populates the search field, and go — your current location is used as the starting point. You can add reasons for travel, change rates, etc. and once you're done, add it to your log. klicks also automatically records the return journey for you if you have the option enabled it settings. klicks supports exporting trip reports by emailing a .csv to any recipient you want.
If speed is more important to you than details, klicks is a great option.
TaxMileage is strictly focused on recording mileage for expense reports. You can add multiple vehicles and different companies, and use optional GPS to make tracking trips even easier. TaxMileage also attaches decent looking route maps to the entries you make. TaxMileage is free to use but expense reports cost extra. Plans start at $9.99 a year and go up from there.
If you're a contractor or find yourself submitting expense reports to multiple sources, go with TaxMileage.
Triplog is a way to track travel automatically with no additional input required. If you're starting a trip, just open Triplog and start driving. You can also track fuel cost to see exactly what you're paying and get a better overall picture of what kind of fuel economy you're averaging. Triplog also has a great search feature that uses Google Places to give even better results. Triplog also offers iCloud sync of all your data for easy backup and sync. The Triplog app itself is a universal download for both iPhone and iPad.
For anyone who is concerned with tracking fuel economy and the set it and forget method of mileage tracking, Triplog is worth a try.
Your picks for best mileage tracking apps for iPhone?
We know there's lots of you out there that travel for work frequently and bring your iPhones along. What kind of mileage tracking system do you have? Are you using any of the above apps or have you found something that suits your needs better? Sound off in the comments and let us know!
Note: Originally published July 2013. Updated, June 2014.