Current offers banking features like savings, and debit card options — but is it legit? Find out the pros, cons, and how it compares to Chime.
Current is a digital-only app trying to make banking easier in the modern world. The platform also features a teens-only plan to help young adults learn to manage money.
But how much does it cost? And is it trustworthy?
Learn about the benefits, risks, and costs associated with Current in this review.
What is Current?
Like most digital banks, Current is not an actual bank, but a financial technology company. Current’s legal name is FinCo Services, and it was founded in 2015 by Stuart Sopp, the former Head of Trading at Morgan Stanley and Citi.
Current offers traditional banking features through its online app, including debit cards, and “savings pods,” which are Current’s version of savings accounts (more on these later).
To date, the company has received $402.4M in venture capital funding, including most recently a $220M Series D funding round in April 2021.
Current Pros and Cons
Current’s main drawback, compared to competitors like Ally, Axos, and Chime, is requiring a monthly fee to access the premium features. However, even at $4.99/month, the cost of Current Premium isn’t too bad.
- Up to 15x cash back at 14,000 participating retailers
- Fee-free ATM access at 40,000 locations nationwide
- Automated savings tools
- Biometric security features like Face ID and fingerprint scanning
- Cash deposit availability
- Instant gas hold removals (more on this later)
- No online banking (only accessible within the mobile app)
- $4.99 monthly fee required to access most benefits
How Much Does Current Cost?
Current offers three pricing tiers that come with different features and benefits.
Basic: No Monthly FeePremium: $4.99 per month billed monthlyTeen: No Monthly or Annual Fee
BasicPremiumTeenCostFree$4.99/moNo Monthly/Annual FeeDirect DepositStandardUp to 2 days earlyStandardDebit CardStandard chipTap to Pay chipStandard chipSavings1 Savings Pod3 Savings PodsN/AVisit Current to Learn More
Is Current worth it for you? Check out the complete breakdown of fees and features below.
What Fees Does Current Charge?
Other than the membership fees for the Premium account, Current does not charge any other common fees.
- No minimum balance requirements
- No overdraft fees — customers also receive up to $100 in fee-free overdrafts with Overdrive
- No external or internal money transfer fees
If you use an out-of-network ATM, you will be subject to a $2.50 fee. International ATM withdrawals come with a $3 fee.
How Does Current Work?
To sign up for a Current account, follow these steps:
- Download the app on the Google Play Store or Apple App Store (or enter your phone number on Current’s website to be sent a download link)
- Provide personal information including your name, phone number, email address, mailing address, and Social Security number
- (Optional) Connect Current to a debit card or bank account to fund your account
After signing up, you will be sent a debit card by mail. Your debit card will arrive by USPS within 7-10 business days.
Luckily, you don’t have to wait 7-10 days to start using your account. Current gives you a virtual card that you can add to your digital phone wallet and use while you wait for your physical card to arrive.
Intrigued by what Current has to offer? Below, take a look at some of their popular features to know whether Current is the right banking app for you.
1. Instant Cash Deposit
One impressive feature offered by Current is the ability to deposit cash into your account, but there’s a $3.50 fee per transaction. You can instantly add cash at over 60,000 stores nationwide using your Current account.
How to Deposit Cash with Current:
- Log into the app to locate a cash deposit location near you
- Tap “View Barcode” from the map
- Show the barcode to a cashier at the checkout counter
- Give your money to the cashier
- Instantly view your money deposited into your account
2. Savings Pods: What are They?
Current offers customers the option to open up “savings pods,” which is really just another name for a savings account. Basic Plan customers are limited to one savings pod, but Premium customers can open up to three.
Unfortunately, this is one area where Current falls short.
First, your savings earn no interest past $2,000 per Savings Pod. This is uncommon since digital banks are known for offering customers extremely high APY compared to traditional brick-and-mortar banks.
Second, other digital banks offer a much higher limit on the number of savings accounts you can open.
For example, Ally customers get up to 10 savings “buckets” within a single account to save for specific goals like a vacation, college tuition, a new car, or emergency fund.
3. Current Teen Account
Current also offers a Teen account that doesn’t have a monthly or annual fee. This account helps give parents the ability to teach their children about spending and savings.
With the Teen account, parents can blacklist certain retailers, set spending limits, and automate allowance payments.
Another popular feature offered by Current inside the Teen account is the ability to assign chores and set the payment for each completed chore.
4. Current Gas Hold Removal
When you visit a gas station and pay with a card, a “hold” is typically placed on your account for (usually) $100.
This is because, unlike most point-of-sale transactions, the total amount you are going to spend is unknown until you’re done pumping.
For most banks, this hold remains in place for several days until the transaction is finalized.
However, with Current’s Premium plan, all gas holds are instantly removed — saving you from the possibility of overdrawing your account before the hold is lifted.
5. Additional Features from Current
Current offers more features that might convince you to open up an account. Review the points below to decide if Current is a good fit for your finances.
Faster direct deposits: If you sign up for a Current Premium account and enroll in direct deposit through the Current app, you can get your paycheck up to 2 days earlier.
Cash back: If you use your Current debit card at one of Current’s 14,000 merchant partners, you can earn up to 15x points. These points are redeemable for cash or other items in the Current Shop.
Money management tools: Get insights on your spending habits and patterns on the home screen of Current’s mobile app. Current also offers a money tracker and budgeting tools so you can know where your money is going.
Fee-free overdraft: Current’s “Overdrive” feature gives you fee free overdraft up to $200. To enroll, you must sign up for a Current Premium account and set up a monthly direct deposit of at least $500/month.
Current Customer Complaints
Current boasts universally high average ratings from customers. Many of the reviews are written by parents who have had a positive experience teaching their children about spending and saving using the Current Teen account.
Rating SourceRatingGoogle Play Store4.5 starsApple Store4.7 starsTrustpilot4.3 stars
However, one alarming customer complaint seemed to pop up again and again: fraud risk.
Despite the high ratings overall, negative reviews frequently say that fraudulent charges were made on their account and little-to-no help was provided by Current Customer Support.
Representative Negative Review:
— jdubhair31, Apple App Store Review, 10/24/2020