70% of UK consumers now use an app to manage their finances

10 May, 2018

10 May 2018 Research by Yolt, the money app backed by ING, claims that 70% of UK consumers now use a financial app to manage their finances – a figure which rises to 89% of millennials.

A marked increase from 2016 research which, showed nearly 40% of adults used apps to manage their money.

The Yolt research also found that nearly half of over-55s use an app to manage their money.  This increased interest in financial apps comes alongside the introduction of Open Banking, which promises to change the way the nation banks.

Consumers using a financial app to manage their finances have already seen benefits from Open Banking, according to the Yolt survey.  6% think there is now more competition between banks and financial service providers since Open Banking was introduced and 20% of respondents said that they are now able to see their different accounts in one place.

However, there is still a lot of work to do before all financial app consumers are aware of the potential benefits of Open Banking. Although 22% of respondents are aware of Open Banking, the majority of consumers haven’t yet seen any changes to the way they manage their money.  60% of consumers said their main bank hadn’t yet communicated the Open Banking changes to them and 22% didn’t know if they’d had any information about Open Banking from their bank.

Leon Muis, from Yolt, said:

“The UK is switched on to the benefits of money apps, from managing their finances, making payments, comparing products and much more.  Nearly three quarters of Brits are now using some kind of app to manage their money.