Total Score: 27.5
In my area, there is pretty much a Walgreens within easy driving distance of where ever I am. I stop there often for a quick pick up of items and they are my go-to store for prescriptions. Exploring the Walgreens iPhone and iPad apps has helped me to see that I can improve the quality of my shopping experience by taking advantage of the various features. I have used it to renew prescriptions and it was incredibly easy.
Price Rating = 5 Free. You would expect that from an app sponsored by a business.
Ease of Use Rating = 5 It is easy to move around in both the iPad and iPhone app.
Readability Rating = 5 The font size is readable in both apps. Some options on the iPhone require that you zoom in on text.
Will You Use It Rating = 4 You will certainly find the pharmacy options handy and probably the photo ordering as well. Your own personal needs will dictate how much you use the other features.
Downsides Rating = 0 I didn’t identify any.
Consumer Review Rating = 4.5 There are over 59,000 ratings and the average is four and one-half stars. While there may be some small problems found over time, this shows a generally happy audience.
Why Do You Need This App Rating = 4 If you are a Walgreens shopper you will find this app helpful.
How does it work?
- When you open the iPad app you will see a prescription refill screen. This is a valuable option, but there is more for you to explore. On the left hand side of the screen is a Walgreens symbol. Clicking that will allow you to set your store. Or, once it is set, provide you with the phone number and hours of your selected store. With this selected they can offer you store specials. When you open the iPhone app you can choose functionality using a set of icons. On the second screen you will find the settings icon and you can use that to sign in.
- On the iPad, the second symbol is an apothecary icon – clicking it offers you more prescription information. This does require that you be signed into your account. You can scan your pill bottles or refill by account. When you select refill by account it will show you a list of eligible prescriptions. From that point it is as simple as choosing the prescription, choosing a pickup/mail option and selecting a date and time. This icon is on the top row of the iPhone app on the left. The iPhone app also has a refill by scan icon. You can find this functionality in either the Pharmacy or Refill by Scan icon.
- The third icon on the iPad allows you to upload photos and get prints or create cards. Again, to use this option you need to be signed into your account. The first step, after signing in, is to create a name for your album. Once you do that you will be prompted to select one of your albums as the source and then to select a photo to upload. The upload process took a minute or so. An indicator at the bottom of the screen lets you know the progress. On the iPhone, this icon is on the top row in the middle.
- The magnifying glass is a store finder option. It is very easy to set your store. You can enter your address or zip code and it will show a map of all the Walgreens in your area. You can choose the one you shop at the most. On the iPhone, this icon is on the top row on the right.
- The last symbol in this grouping on the iPad looks like a briefcase, but actually represents the current weekly ad flier for your local Walgreens. I assume you could bring your iPad to the store and they could scan the coupons from your screen. I haven’t tested this. The iPhone app has a Coupons icon. Clicking it brings up instant, in-store mobile coupons. You can also view the weekly ads through the weekly ad icon on the iPhone. The flier is very small and can be enlarged.
- The iPhone app also has a scanner icon. I haven’t tested this, but I assume it is to get product prices in the store. I can see this being very useful.
- The iPhone has a shopping list icon. It has pretty much the standard list making functionality. You type the item and add additional info if you wish.
- To get the full benefit of all of the options you will need a Walgreens account. I set mine up online. There were a lot of security questions and steps to verify your information. I found that reassuring. Personally, I did not give them all the information they asked. My interaction with Walgreen’s is usually in person. I didn’t see a need for my credit card number. Perhaps when I order photos from them, as I have before, I will consider providing that information. I do find the text messages relating to prescription pick-up (not necessarily connected to the app) helpful.
Like many of the shopping apps, your usage will depend on how much you use this store. For me, shopping at Walgreens is a regular thing for me and I find the apps useful. What is your experience with this app?
Devices: This app is compatible with the iPad, iPhone and iTouch. It requires iOS 4.0 or later. This app was developed by Walgreen’s Co.