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P Reader (for PRESTO cards)

P Reader is an application that allows PRESTO card users to view their card summaries. With it, you can view the balance available on your PRESTO card, in addition to the recent card activity.

All this is presented in a simple, yet elegant manner.

Why does it occasionally take so long to update my card activity?

The card activity is fetched from the official PRESTO servers. Unfortunately, this means that we have no control over how fast the information is retrieved or how quickly the activity is updated after card usage.

We recommend contacting PRESTO directly if you have any complaints regarding reloads, card usage discrepancies, or any related issues.

Want the ability to get periodic notifications about your balance? Or how about warnings when your card is running low on funds?

We've got you covered! Simply enable the balance updates or warning feature in the app settings and you're good to go!

Want the ability to tap your PRESTO card against your device to launch the app?

We've got that too! Simply tap the card against your device and link it to any of the added accounts. After that, you'll be able to launch the app and switch to the account instantly - just by tapping the card.

Is this the official PRESTO app?

No. Unfortunately, this is not the official PRESTO application.
This app is our attempt at making the PRESTO service more accessible and easier to use.

Want to try out the latest features first?

Enroll in our beta program! https://play.google.com/apps/testing/com.umbraltech.prestoreade

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Reviews (30)

A. G. u. Feb 20, 2020     

this app constantly has so many glitches. It's a good app, but it would be beneficial if the app made it a default setting to give the user notifications when their balance is low because reloading online takes up to 24hours. I like that the app allows you to see your transit history, but it is really inconvenient that the balance notifications don't work (at least for me). I've tried to figure it out several times, but it never notifies me. Lately, it's not letting me sign into my account!

A. G. u. Aug 3, 2019     

PRESTO is a complete nightmare for me. i used bus tickets for years because they're easy to keep track off, you either got them or you don't. there's no costumer service hotline to talk to a living human being and you have to go through elaborate and unessarily difficult processing to activate anything on the card. IF YOU HAVE MOBILITY ISSUES PRESTO IS DEAD WEIGHT. i don't have mobility issues and i just missed an important as appointment because the autofund feature didn't work. so great job!

A. G. u. Jan 4, 2019     

The idea of tracking where you board on the bus and get off is really good but the update of it takes so long like you boarded at around 6:10 am (e.g.) the time it will reflect sometimes in the afternoon or worst the next day. When you load the money online it will not reflect right away you have to use it or tap before it activates. The concept of this is really promising but needs a lot more improvement.

A. G. u. Jan 21, 2020     

I wish the time could be updated immediately so that a person can know how much to rush in order to be within the two hour transfer time limit. Yesterday, I was 1 minute past the two hours, and therefore charged an extra fare. If I had known that, then I could've used the second fare charge to stop and shop for a few things and still get on. I basically got screwed and feel that I should get a refund. The time of entrance should be updated right away like a bank does. Hope this helps. Thanks.

A. G. u. Oct 4, 2018     

This is an ok app, main thing I use it for is trip tracking to make sure I didn't overspend on a trip and that I get the transfer discount between GO, TTC and YRT. The balance updating isn't imediate so not useful in keeping track of spending as you tap and so it's balance and minimum notifications aren't very useful if you're a daily user. As presto doesn't have an official app this is at least better that having to login on their site just to check these things. PS. For some reason it doesn't show TTC transactions, I don't know if this is a presto problem or if its the app but it used to be in the app and it's kind of annoying.

A. G. u. Jan 9, 2019     

initially when i installed this app, i had no issues. however, after about 1 month i noticed the card amount info was not being updated as regulrly as i needed. then it stopped updating all together as of nov30th - As of today's date, it just started working again. i dont know who is managing this interface or what the partnership is between the dev.team and metrolink's servers, but there is a definite disconnect - in every sense of the word. that's what requires attention IMO

A. G. u. May 8, 2019     

It is good application to check your balance, however, it would be better if 1- allow instantaneous transactions/balance update 2- allow to add credit to account. One other idea to work on, is to have in same app or create new one to notify announcements updates on trains/buses activities like delays/arrivals/cancellations, etc. and that one could be planner application as well

A. G. u. Apr 27, 2019     

The reason why its less is because this app is not ready at all. I usually do the monthly pass, and there is no option on this app to choose or find out the information of that. On the other side, its very incomplete. You cannot look for stuff. The only thing one can do is check balance and that too is not correct sometimes.

A. G. u. Sep 15, 2018     

Updated: Cannot sign in. Cannot add funds on app. Go onto website on mobile, I cannot auto fill my credit card. Don't want to take out credit card on bus and input. Will have to wait until home to do and then wait 24 hours to load. Also the app did not alert me at my set low balance indicator. Useless. Also, no I won't go through Metrolinx. Bad user experience.

A. G. u. Jan 18, 2019     

Not a reliable app. I trusted it to tell me when I was low on funds. It didn't warn me. It can be useful if we could add funds through it and if it actually gave proper warnings when funds are low. Until this app is updated, it's useless.

A. G. u. Jan 15, 2019     

It is an ok app. The fact that the app can track my whereabouts is cool, considering they have no tie with presto or Metrolinx. However, 50% of the time the bus it tells me I was on is wrong. But, that's not why I downloaded this app anyway. I got this app to update me on how much fare I have left instead of always having to sign into presto. That works fine.

A. G. u. Dec 4, 2018     

I can see all my transactions which I like to see. I can see my balance which is helpful. The balance is not updated right away, but it updates once or a couple times a day. When I check it, for the most part it reflects my updated balance.

A. G. u. Nov 16, 2018     

It works well enough, but you only have the choice of a version with ads. There's no option to pay for ad free, so I ditched this in favour of Presto Companion. For now PC appears to be ad free.

A. G. u. Feb 12, 2019     

Allow instant updates or else this is not a useful app. I would have thought like all other apps it would update Live. Especially when using transport. If I'm not near a station to check the balance on a machine this app is no good to me.

A. G. u. Feb 28, 2019     

App doesn't update properly for days, so not reliable to keep track of your balance. Sometimes it seems like money is missing on Presto card, shows usage where there was none. Don't use this app. Get the Metrolinx verified one.

A. G. u. Feb 14, 2019     

Poor functionality (only showing activities and cards balance even with late updating!), no menu, no top up possible, no travel planner - quite a let down... Hint: have a decent look at AU Sydney's OPAL app - it's doing nicely!

A. G. u. May 8, 2019     

App crashed several times and I had to uninstall and then reinstall then clear the cache before it started to work again. It would be a great idea to be able to uodate the card balance using NFC.

A. G. u. Dec 28, 2018     

It only shows you your card balance. Which is useless because it takes 3-4 days for it to update. Because there aren't card readers at every bus stop, and sometimes I forget to read my balance on my card when I tap it, I need this app to update my card balance within seconds of me tapping it, just like the Tim Hortons or Starbucks app. So that needs to be fixed. You also need to allow us to add money onto our cards like we can online.

A. G. u. Mar 29, 2019     

The app works well in providing the status in the morning the next day. But same limitation as on the web site. some times the information te usage is not up to date but it seems as though the total money on the card is correct. i do like being able to quickly check the current status in the morning so that i can add finds if necessary.

A. G. u. Mar 17, 2019     

Better UI than the Metrolinx app. Clearer fare tracking, no unnecessary tabs or submenus. I only reload at the Presto machines due to the 24hr processing delay with online loading, so I have no issue with this app not offering that function.

A. G. u. Dec 11, 2018     

It doesn't update, doesnt show transactions and when you add money and does not let me add from the app. It's like the TTC; exists and somewhat convenient while simultaneously being frustrating, illogical and an utter waste of time.

A. G. u. Jan 29, 2019     

It's a good app to view your balance but it desnt give you the option to add more funds onto your account. Presto needs to update that option soon so that people don't need to go to a customer service desk or do it online with the funds getting uploaded with a 24 hour delay.

A. G. u. Feb 11, 2019     

It doesn't update... I put money on it and it takes weeks for it to show the money that has been deposited to it,, very frustrating... The online one is the same thing... If it's like that what's the purpose of the app and internet site??? They are really no help to keep track of the money in the card...

A. G. u. Feb 20, 2019     

I feel like I spent more money than metropass, everytime I went to machine to load my pass it took away my 3 bucks for no reason. I'm really fed up of all the fees that presto charges, it isn't convenient at all. takes such a long time to upload the money, and sometime when I board the bus it would tell me I have no money left in the pass, even though I literally loaded my pass 24 hours ago. i really think this system isn't working at all.

A. G. u. Dec 28, 2018     

It's always freezing. Didn't tell me when I was low even though I had a warning level set. Trying to find out balance and keep giving me the spinning wheel. Not impressed.

A. G. u. Sep 16, 2018     

It just sign me out and i can't sign in. This is very frustrating i rely on this app to know when i might need to top up no i have to go to the website on the laptop and computer everytime i need to check they really need to have like a seperate backend from Metrolink because this is the reason why you guy get very bad reviews.

K. R. Nov 22, 2020     

While I understand that if the central database is not updated then this app cannot show the latest entries of card activity, but then, really, what's the point of having the app when you cannot access this particular info? No real-time updates on card activity, fine... But no update within the past 2h? i.e.Do I have time to go to this store or I should just hop on the tram before I get charged again? Oh well...But not even an update about activity that occured 5h ago because it's the weekend?

A. G. u. Oct 28, 2018     

Definitely appreciate the effort to come up with this app. While Metrolinx charges its customers $6 just for the Presto card but could not even come up with such a basic app, individuals like you put the time and effort to develop this app. I loaded my card yesterday at a TTC station and the machine showed me the new balance. But the Presto card.ca, the official metrolinx website didn't update until this morning. Your app obviously relies on metrolinx database for updates and cannot be held responsible for lazy updates from metrolinx. Metrolinx should stop charging the customers $6 for the card until they can come up with their own app and have instant updates from the Presto machines to their database and website. Thanks for the app.

A. G. u. Feb 29, 2020     

Infuriating app! When it does work, it is very handy. However, it constantly has issues. Randomly signed me out and wouldn't allow me to sign back in or recover my account.

A. G. u. Oct 15, 2019     

Comes handy when you need to check balance only. However, takes longer time to update or display the information. Cannot upload balance through the app. It's just better to visit the website on phone and check and upload the balance - quicker than this app.