As a Bank of America customer for almost ten years, I can give you a lot of reasons to hate them. But I must admit that the Android app isn't one. While initially a little shaky, the app has gently evolved into something that's perfectly serviceable, and today it gets another substantial update. The biggest addition is the ability to send or receive money through email addresses or phone numbers. Yes, that's exactly how PayPal works, but if you do it via BOFA, you won't have to wait 2-3 business days for another transfer. And look! It's only three months behind the iOS version.

To set up this feature, head to this BOFA website and enter your information. Payments can be made to anyone with a U.S. bank account, and setup and receiving instructions are sent to their phone number or email address. Payments made between mutual Bank of America users, or anyone who's set up to receive BOFA payments already, should be instant.

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The app update also adds the ability to add, edit, or delete Bill Pay accounts without using the BOFA website, the Call Me Now perk for Platinum Privileges members (who get to talk to real people!) and the usual bugfixes. The app is free to use for any Bank of America customer.

What’s New in This Version
  • * Make payments to your credit card using your checking accounts at other banks (note: external account must already be set up in Online Banking)
  • * Add/edit/delete your Bill Pay accounts
  • * Add your own email/mobile number to receive money from others
  • * Send money to people and small businesses via their email addresses or mobile phone numbers
  • * Call Me Now feature now available for Platinum Privileges clients
  • * Minor enhancements, fixes

P.S. I see a lot of people complaining about the app crashing when scanning checks for mobile deposit. Try this, it works for me: don't use the tap-to-autofocus feature to focus your photo beforehand, just press the shutter button and let it focus automatically.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Furyswrath

    I Agree, When Scanning pics dont tap to focus.. Hopfully they will fix that issue someday. Ive been using the app for 6+ years. But not that they are selling my Morrgage to some other bank I guess I wont be using them anymore lol Cause thats the only reason I had a Checking account with them was to pay my Mortgage.

  • victorvics

    I am not seeing this update!!! staged rollout???

  • Anona

    Chase has been doing this for over a year now, its called QuickPay

  • One An9ry N00b

    I used to have BoA, till they sold to another bank in my area, and now I miss the BoA app. Now the current banks app is about as janky as it gets, its not a native app, I think it uses web page loading, looks like it was ported (badly) from iOS, in about 10 minutes, no check cashing through the phone, in fact all it can do is check balances, or make a transfer. It just overall sucks.

  • Seth Thompson

    It wont deposit checks if you have developer tools turned on. And, it's a feature it's not a bug, I asked. So, it's not going away. Turned mine off and it deposits fine again, then I turn it back on when I need it again.

  • Greg Hitch

    One more reason to never work with Paypal again!

    When will Paypal and the Board of Directors at eBay tell the world about their decision to partner with online adult companies to process their dirty transactions. As of last June Paypal decided to break their own acceptable use policies regarding prohibited activities.

    e) items that promote hate, violence, racial intolerance, or the financial exploitation of a crime, (f) items that are considered obscene, (g) items that infringe or violate any copyright, trademark, right of publicity or privacy or any other proprietary right under the laws of any jurisdiction, (h) certain sexually oriented materials or services

    No wonder why they decided not to tell their shareholders. I found the entire story here: paypalhassecrets.blogspot.com

    I am done with Paypal. They can't have it both ways. They will do anything for money.

  • Ash

    Can this be added to a website?