Eating out with friends can be fun, at least until the check comes. There are plenty of apps to help you split the tip evenly, but what about splitting the whole bill? Plates by Splitwise is a free utility that makes it easy to split the bill with up to ten people in a party. The interface is designed around plates allowing you to enter a check total, and split it evenly among each member.
The best part of Plates, is that it gives you multiple choices in the way you split the bill. You begin by entering the number of people, the bill subtotal, and the tax amount. Then, you can decide to split evenly, or enter big ticket bill items to then drag to specific plates. The total is constantly kept as you divvy up the dish amounts, and you can split appetizers evenly, for example. At any time, you can split the rest between all plates, or a select few. After the subtotal is split up, you can then set the tip amount, and have that divided as well. Each plate shows its final total, which you can tap on to see the breakdown of subtotal, tax, and tip. To round out the app features, you can share the plate breakdown by e-mail, or text message to have each party have their own receipt.
Plates by Splitwise (Free, Universal) is a valuable dining utility that is designed, so that check time isn’t a hassle.