Pay for your latte with MyBucks, a new Starbucks app for Windows Phone

MyBucks is a new and full-featured Starbucks app for Windows Phone. The app comes to us from Windows Phone developer Elliot Forde, the guy behind popular Instagram and Twitter stat app UnfollowSpy. MyBucks launched a few days ago and is an easy recommendation if you frequent Starbucks.

Version of MyBucks is available in the Windows Phone Store. Look forward to the following features inside the first release of MyBucks:

  • Well-organized dashboard showing stores nearby, Starbucks cards, and your Starbucks Rewards
  • Scan your phone to pay at participating Starbucks stores
  • Shake to pay
  • Download existing cards from your Starbucks Rewards account
  • Add cards to your Starbucks Rewards account or register a digital card
  • Earn Stars - and benefits - all while enjoying your favorite Starbucks beverages and treats!
  • Keep track of your Starbucks card through Windows Phone's Wallet


You can't add "reload cards" just yet from the app, but that's one feature coming in a future update. For now, you can easily add and manage cards with MyBucks. The app is also able to integrate with the Wallet in Windows Phone, which is a nice feature if you have a lot of card apps.


We bought a Starbucks card, loaded it up on our profile and headed down to one of the million local Starbucks to try out the app. The ability to scan your phone to pay worked well for us. The ability to track our nonexistent Star level is also appreciated.

Go to Starbucks a lot or have a ton of Starbucks gift cards laying around? Then you need to use MyBucks for Windows Phone. It's easy to pay for your drinks at Starbucks using MyBucks, and you can consolidate all your gift cards into one little location on Windows Phone.

MyBucks is available for free in the Windows Phone Store, but you can remove ads via an in-app purchase of $0.99 if you'd like. Like the app? Drop some good reviews in the Windows Phone Store after playing around with it.

Thanks for the heads up Tim G!

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Pay for your latte with MyBucks, a new Starbucks app for Windows Phone


Sorry, but I'm from Boston.  What you've just written is akin to heresy, 'round here.  If we ever meet in public, I will be required to behead you to receive 72 Coolatas (Coolatae?) in Heaven.  I am pretty sure I'd be acquitted, too. 


In actual fact, I think Starbucks' coffee tastes like soap.  Dunks is muuuuuch better.  But to each their own.  Can't speak to the donuts, though, as I don't eat them (the kids think they're just fine, though!).  Besides, I'm lazy.  Sometimes I have to walk like a mile to find a Starbucks around here.  But I can just walk into any random storefront and there's probably a 25% chance it'll be a Dunks.  So I'd still like to see a Dunks app.


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Yep I've used SBUX almost from the beginning and I doubt I'll switch to anything else.  I use Starbucks auto-reload feature through their website to reload when I hit $10 so I don't need a reload option.  

I like SBUX too.  But this app does look more Metro-y.  I'm wondering if the picture of the Starbucks card in MyBucks can go landscape like in SBUX.  That's really helpful because sometimes their scanner is placed so it's hard to get my phone under it in portrait mode (my Icon is too long to get it under in portrait at some scanners).  It's why I always scan in landscape mode with SBUX.

I know that the official Starbucks app on iOS has very limited international support. But, as far as I know, as long as the store you go to can take mobile payments, it should work! Try it out and let me know :)

This is working for me in Canada right now. SBUX was working before but it was showing the finds in $US not $CAD. But this new app works fine with local currency.

When I was in Toronto for a few months, my favourite coffee place was Timothy's. Their hot chocolate is top notch (and VERY, VERY hot, too), along with their sandwiches. I miss Canada now ☕ =(

Not likely. I'm in Melbourne too and must ask, with us having the best coffee in the world why would u go to Starbucks? McDonald's crap is far better imo.

I doubt it. I think Starbucks has different card programs in different countries. In Russia, Starbucks supposedly released an official WP app. Why they won't do it here in the U.S. I'll never understand. I would almost expect this from them if they were a S.F. company, but a fellow Seattle neighbor screwing over MSFT like that is pretty unbelievable.

Maybe MSFT should acquire a 10% stake in their stock and then demand they let 'em build a Windows app or threaten to post a slate of directors for election at their next annual meeting. It's time to start thinking outside the box. :D

Not official, which I normally dint care about, except reloading isn't possible.

Oh well, Coffee Bean has been a supporter of the platform for a long time.

Lol, I like what you did there. I seriously have 5 different dunkins that could each be reached in just over 5 minutes from my house. And another 2 or 3 if I had 10 minutes.

I have several around here too but I hadn't been there in years. Like maybe a decade. Until the other week when I wanted a donut and drove by. They have food now! I had no idea. It looked pretty tasty too. I might have to go there just because they have a WP app!

Not to start a debate about it here but dunkin donuts coffee is far better than Starbucks and I don't have to pay 5 bux a cup. Starbucks coffee tastes like recycled dishwashing water to me.

There coffee isn't 5$. Maybe some lattes and or frappes are but you're getting like 10lbs of syrup in those lol. But there large coffee is like 2.50 depending where you live. Not to bad. Dunkin to tastes watered out. And America doesn't run on dunkin. Its just mainly the north east.

Sorry but these morons like ashtray crap and pay 4 to 5 bucks for...awesome and they think its cool..they in need to think that..needy

Most Starbucks I've been to have straight up coffee prices comparable to most other places. Now when you start getting into macchiatos and frappucinos, yes. You're shelling out 4-5 bucks.

I never paid $5 for a cup of coffee at Starbucks, Saturday away from those fuff-fuff drinks and stick with black coffee

They take Arabica beans (possibly with some Robusto in the blend) that have been roasted, grind them, and run hot water through them. If that isn't real coffee, nothing is. Have your arguments about taste all dabut there's nothing about their coffee that's "fake."

Be nice if the set up was country specific too. Had to add a fictional zip code to sign up and then change it in my details. Also country is set at US.

I'll play around with the signup page. I've just been using the US model. Is it okay if I contact you via email for more information?

This is way better than SBUX for the fact that it auto pulls down all your card information. SBUX requires manual enter. And it looks better and has more features.

The thing that I don't like with this is that SBUX lets me pin a card directly to my homescreen. Just one tap and I'm at the barcode. This app doesn't have any way to get to the barcode with just one tap. I can pin a card through the wallet, but it still requires a few more intermediate screens to finally get to the barcode.

In the WP8.1 version, the wallet integration will be updated to the newer APIs, allowing for a more customized look. From here, you'll be able to pin your card from the wallet and the barcode will be available on the main wallet page with only one click. For now, you can open the WP8 version of the app, shake your phone, and your primary card's barcode will appear, only requiring one tap to open the app :)

I know this sounds petty, but unless this provides a way to press a tile on my start screen (and nothing else) to display a barcode, I won't switch from SBUX. It's the feature I use the most. "You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one" ...who wants this.

Yeah such buzz kills they are, maybe when the WP market share improves unless they are conspiring with other companies to keep WP down ;)

Exactly, tons of people in Seattle have windows phones (including me and I don't even work st Microsoft) yet we can't even get a local company to create an official app. That's the state of Windows phone I guess... As someone who also carries an iPhone for work, I can say the apps there make me use IOS a lot more.

Now for an app for Community Coffee. It's a chain like Starbucks only in Louisiana. Same stuff but different taste of coffee.

And out goes MyBux within hours of trying Buckstar. Love how I can see more details about my current rewards and past transactions. MyBux is like a prettier SBux with some extras, then Buckstar takes it up a notch.

In the future, I will add card history to each card in the Wallet. First, I need to update the app to WP8.1 to support the new Wallet APIs, which I'm currently in the process of doing. Sit tight :)

This one downloaded my information correctly including the proper gift card. The sbux card one didn't... On IOS and android the official apps work great and this is the closest thing to it

There's a problem with this app. I read about it on the WP Central app, and thought I'd download it. It will not allow me to log in. It generated an error code of: invalid_grant, 400. Error message: Resource owner credentials could not be validated. Problem is likely my email address, which has a single letter for the domain (hey, it's what my ISP gave me. Complain to them about it). I hope that Elliot Forde will see this and fix the app so that it will allow for a single letter domain name.

I don't think your email address should affect it. If you created your Starbucks account a while ago, you registered with a username rather than an email address. If you forgot your username, click the "forgot username" button and enter your email address and you'll receive an email with your registered username. If this still doesn't work, let me know and I'll see what I can do :)

I do know my username. I could give that a try in the app and see how it works. (I didn't because the watermark said "Email", not "Username".)

Well, what do you know. That worked! OK, I'll give this app a shot. But getting back to my point, if one's username is what's needed to log in, then instructing the user to enter their email address isn't helpful.

Yes, maybe I should change it to "email/username." I didn't want it to be misleading for users who are brand new, making wondering if they have a username haha. The next update will change that :) sorry for the trouble!

I didn't realize that I might be speaking to the author of the app. Other than the confusion as to how to log into it, the app seems a good one! I'm going to my local Starbucks this afternoon, so wil run it through it's paces.

As long as they don't touch the coffee I don't give. A coffee period.

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What did Starbucks do to you? Give you milk instead of cream? You seem to really have a real dislike for them for whatever reason.

Just wondering though if it does end up allowing reloads, what will be the privacy and security safeguards for our credit card info? In fact what is the current safeguard for profile data? Downloaded the app and while I think it is a great app I still have those questions.

So, I'm from southern California, and really enjoy Starbucks coffee. I spent the summer in Connecticut for an internship. I went through the Dunkin Donuts drive thru everyday. The coffee is "fine," but is really really watered down. I would take Starbucks over Dunkin any day of the week.

And they pay no tax in the UK while I'm pursued to the ends of the earth by the department for work and pensions

Do not use if it is not officially from Starbuck. Who know what it does to your cards. They are real cash after all.

I can personally promise you I won't steal your information ;) it uses official Starbucks APIs and simply downloads and saves the data.

hi Elliot,

Great app but i might have found a quirck: it says i have 1 earned reward, but neither or the competing SBUX app list a free drink earned. I think your app is counting a special offer code as an unredeemed reward. is that intentional? Is it possible to distinguish offer code rewards from free drink rewards?

That could very well be it. I'll dig into the code and see if there's an issue. It currently just looks for coupons, so there might be categories of coupons I can use to filter out just the free drink rewards. Thanks for the heads up!

Great app. Used the app last night to get a Grande black & white. The only thing I couldn't do was pay the .99 to go ad free. For some reason it wouldn't process the payment at ATT. Might be an ATT problem though. And it has posted my star point yet but it says it could take 24 hrs.

Perhaps you have a purchase block on att. I put one on years ago, when every other phone bill had some useless "subscription" fee that was initiated by a spam text which I never consented to.

Hey dev, I can't login to my app and I've checked with the mobile site and my password is right, but I can't login to the app. Please help, this is such a good app and I want to use itso bad. I'm from Indonesia by the way

If your account has a username, make sure you're using that. If not, Starbucks Indonesia might be made by another company; I know that Starbucks Mexico and Russia are separate entities. I'll dig around a bit and see if I can find anything

Okay, thank you. It seems that my country's starbucks is made by another company, but, who knows, maybe someday I can use this app. Looking forward for your great job, Sir Elliot :)


I tried putting this app on my Nokia 925 and it's not working.  Is anyone else having this problem and are there any solutions?




looks great, almost like an official if not the ads. i'll use it tomorrow morning. but just one sugestion, if payment can be full screen like Sbux do, to make the barcode biger to make it easier to scan, also, if can automatically make screen fully brightness when try to scan like the official android app does, it would be great.

Can't get it to work on my Lumia 1020 running WP 8.1 update 1. The settings and login button press in but do nothing. Looks like a couple people in the reviews are having the same problem. But it is not happening for everybody.

I downloaded this app back in August. At first I had problems with it, but after that it has become my go to Starbucks app. Today I wanted to share it with my wife, who also has a Windows Phone 8. However, I couldn't find it in the Windows Phone store. What's happened to this app?

I bought it and the ads came back. I removed it and when to reinstall and its gone. Any one have the devs contact info?

The app has been pulled from the Windows Store.  Or perhaps just in the US?  Does anyone have information on why it might not be there?