Charles Schwab app

As more and more traders and investors use their smartphones for trading, it is increasingly important that brokers offer easy-to-use apps that can deliver the same services as desktop platforms.

In this article we'll check whether Charles Schwab's mobile app ticks all the boxes.

Overall, we rate the user-friendliness of the app as better than average.

Charles Schwab mobile app vs. similar brokers
Charles Schwab E*TRADE Firstrade
Mobile app rating (5 is the best) 4.2 stars 4.5 stars 3.8 stars
User-friendliness Great Great Great
2-step authentication Yes No No
Biometric authentication Yes Yes Yes

We're going to take a closer look at search functions, price alerts and order types, so all the little details that determine whether a trading app is user-friendly or downright cumbersome. If you want to read our full review, including fees, deposit options and other platforms (like web and desktop) then skip to the Charles Schwab review.

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Charles Schwab app
Our main checklist for the Charles Schwab app

Let's start with the search functions. Although most brokers do OK in this area, there are some bad apples out there. For example, if you start typing 'Emerging markets', will the software find all the Emerging markets ETFs for you, even if their name doesn't start with 'emerging'? If you only ever traded US stocks and start typing 'Apple', will the AI show you the Apple stock or the obscure Irish stock Applegreen?

Charles Schwab could improve in this area, but it might be OK for general use.

Charles Schwab checklist
Charles Schwab E*TRADE Firstrade
Search functions Mid-range Great Great
2-step authentication Yes No No
Biometric authentication Yes Yes Yes
Price alerts in the app No Yes Yes
Confirmation after successful trade Yes Yes Yes

You cannot set price alerts in the Charles Schwab app. Yes, you can use a third-party app for this, but wouldn't it be much easier to have it in the broker's own app?

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Charles Schwab app
Checklist for nice-to-have features

For some people it might be a deal-breaker if you can't set up a trailing stop limit - we totally get that. Others couldn't care less and also don't get excited if the app is available in 25 languages. Anyway, here is our checklist of minor, nice-to-have features:

Charles Schwab has these order types available in its app: Market, Limit, Stop, Stop Limit.

At Charles Schwab you can use the following order terms & expiry in the app: Good 'til canceled (GTC), Good 'til end of the day (GTD), Immediate or Cancel (IOC), Fill or Kill (FOK), All or Nothing (AON).

The Charles Schwab mobile app currently supports the following languages: English.

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Charles Schwab app
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Ádám Nasli

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Ádám is a motivated finance expert with over two years of experience in banking and investment, and a professional degree in this field. He's eager to help people find the best investment provider for them, and to make the investment sector as transparent as possible.

Ádám Nasli

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Ádám is a motivated finance expert with over two years of experience in banking and investment, and a professional degree in this field. He's eager to help people find the best investment provider for them, and to make the investment sector as transparent as possible.

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