Track New Warranties With Warranty Saver
The holiday season is winding down and there are lots of new things in our homes. Keeping track of the warranties for all those items can be a real hassle. I went searching for an app to help me with this task and after taking a look at several, I decided on Warranty Saver.
For each item I want to track, I can enter the name, purchase date, warranty length, model number, serial number, and any additional comments I want. Now, there is one major problem with the warranty length and I’m hoping they will correct this. As of right now, you can only enter the warranty length in years and only as whole numbers. That means if your warranty is only 90 days you can’t enter it correctly in this app in that field. I tried entering it as a decimal and as a fraction and it defaults back to 1 year. However, you can easily add the information correctly in your notes. While it changes part of the functionality of the app, it still allows me to keep all of this data together in one easy spot so I’m forgiving that oversight.
If you are using this on an iPhone 4, you can use the built-in camera to take and store up to six photos of each item. Not only could you use the camera to take a picture of the item, but also of the receipt and the box UPC if need be. Don’t forget you can use the Genius Scan app I told you about last week to make those photos even clearer.
Once you have all of your data for your items entered into Warranty Saver, then you can easily sort your items by their name, status, or how many days left are under warranty. The app also color codes your items under the categories of – Covered, Expires Soon, Expires Today, Expired, and Unknown (if you didn’t put in a purchase date). You can also easily send an email which will contain all the data you have entered and even any photos you have added. Simply click the email icon and it will pull up an email ready to go, you just add the recipient’s address and hit send.
Even little things have warranties these days and many people forget about them or lose track. Things like fish (Hubby has aquariums) have a warranty for so many days. Also those plants and trees you buy in the springtime at many home centers have a one-year warranty with them (which my black thumb has caused me to use often). Then you have all the electronics, your computer, monitor, cell phone, TV, DVD player, iPods, etc. Keeping track of all of these in one convenient place is sure to make your life easier.
Warranty Saver is currently priced at $1.99 in the app store and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPads. It requires iOS 4.0 or later.