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App of the Week: Stocard

Screenshot of StocardThis week I’m reviewing Stocard, an iPhone app that lets you, erm, stow cards. Specifically, it’s an app that keeps a list of your loyalty cards and their numbers, and it’ll produce barcodes for each one for ease of scanning.

As well as ensuring that you have a record of your cards in case your wallet is stolen, for those cards which use a barcode, such as Nectar and Tesco’s Clubcard, you can simply use your phone instead of the actual card. This also negates the need for a separate app for each card.

On first launch, Stocard asks you where you are so that it can show a list of cards relevant to your country, although you can choose more than one. At present Stocard only works in some EU countries and Oceania – not the US. There’s also a separate category for hotels and airlines, since these tend to be international.

Around 200 card types are supported, although this is far from exhaustive. If a card isn’t supported you can add it manually, however, as I have done with my Subway card. You can add multiple cards for the same brand, provided each one has a unique name, and you can also add some notes to an individual card. And when adding cards, rather than tapping the number in you can use your phone’s camera to scan the barcode.

There’s an Offers tab in the app which will, hopefully, show you offers relevant to the stores that you have cards for. Apparently this takes time to work, and at the time of writing this review I hadn’t received any offers.

There are some limitations. The barcode scanner only works with traditional one-dimensional barcodes, not two-dimensional matrix barcodes like QR Codes, which my Subway loyalty card uses. And you can’t check the points balance of any card in this app, but as far as I’m aware no-one has developed a universal API for this so it’s understandable. I’d also like to see an option to enable a PIN code lock for the app, since there’s quite a bit of personal information in there – a bit like the Dropbox iOS app does.

Whilst I doubt you could bin all of your loyalty cards and use this app instead, it may mean you can leave some at home to free up space in your wallet, or remember numbers in case you lose them. It’s certainly a handy app and easy to use.

Stocard is a free download from the iOS App Store, and will work on iPhone, iPads and iPod Touches.


  1. How well does it actually work in practice? I remember hearing something a few years ago how some supermarket barcode scanners (especially self-checkout ones – I /think/ in Tesco) couldn’t actually read mobile phone produced barcodes.

    • I haven’t tried it; I’ve heard most Tesco stores can accept barcodes from smartphones (and the self checkout machines should be okay) but not all yet.