Official BBVA Compass banking app finally comes to Windows Phone

Some banks are better than others. My own bank, BBVA Compass is not exactly terrific, but I don’t have an abundance of choices in my small city. One thing I’ve long lamented is the lack of a Windows Phone app to make checking my account easier. Heck, BBVA Compass doesn’t even offer a mobile version of their site, so logging in and checking my stuff on my phone has always taken longer than necessary. Those difficulties finally came to an end this week, as there is now an official BBVA Compass app on the Windows Phone Store.

Start me up

When first booting the app, it asks you to accept the terms of use (that nobody ever reads) before proceeding. As a nice touch, you can email said terms to yourself just in case you actually do want to read them at a later time. From there, you’ll need to go through BBVA Compass’s three-step login process every time you launch the app. Their website works the same way, but at least the interface is far more streamlined here.


The app has four main pages that you can switch between with horizontal wipes:

  • Dashboard: Get a quick overview of your account(s) by viewing available balance and posted balance. It even breaks the information down into a pie chart, something you won’t find on the real website.

BBVA Compass WP app dashboard

  • Accounts: From here you can select an account and see all of your pending and posted transactions. Any transaction that removes money from an account (such as purchases) appears in red with a minus sign in front of it. At first that fooled me into thinking I’d somehow gone over my limit, but thankfully that wasn’t the case. Deposits are listed in blue. You can also swipe to the right and view ‘checks only,’ which should be handy for people who still write checks. Finally, tapping the Filters button at the bottom allows users to filter by time period and toggle deposits or withdrawals on and off.
  • Transfers: People with more than one account can move money between them here.
  • More: Dial the customer service phone number, view a variety of help topics and the terms of use, or find nearby bank locations. The ‘Find Us’ feature uses your phone’s location service to discover any banks or ATMs in the area and display them on a map. The feature accurately located the nearest bank and even one about fifteen minutes away. By tapping on a location, you’ll see its address and phone number. You can even have GPS map directions calculated on the fly.

Overall Impression

BBVA Compass WP app location finder

BBVA Compass is a long-needed app that doesn’t disappoint. Its good, clean Windows Phone App-style UI matches the bank website’s blue and white color scheme perfectly. The app does everything you could want it to do, and so much more efficiently than going through the website on a phone. If you have the misfortune of banking with BBVA Compass (can you tell I love them?), don’t hesitate to grab the app today.

BBVA Compass is a 2 MB free download for Windows Phone 7 or 8. Get it here on the Windows Phone Store.

Thanks to Daniel Marshall for the tip!

QR: BBVA Compass

Paul Acevedo

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  • Nice prepaid card... I wish my bank had one of those.
  • How do you go about getting your local bank to make a Windows Phone app? I'd love my credit union to get one.
  • I would just contact their customer service and end up requesting it. I work for a mobile banking company and we don't offer windows phone apps yet unfortunately, but we have done a mobile site that renders nicely in WP7. It isn't cheap to build mobile banking apps because of all of the integration, but it is real convenient for end users.
  • Lol. My bank was bought out by BBVA Compass, causing a lot of good practices to change. I haven't been a big fan of them, either, but my sister works there and my parents bank there (keeping accounts together is good, since I'm still a college kid). I was extremely happy when I found this app, as the website is terrible to use on the phone. Thanks for the recognition!
  • About damn time!!
  • How does wells Fargo still not have an app?
  • And union bank...
  • I have been waiting for this app since 2010. Thank you!
  • BBVA os also my bank, but it hasn't got that Compass suffix, maybe that's just for USA.
  • The app works for you though?