They give a download link, which in the case of Android simply takes you to the Google Play store.Vanguard is introducing a new mobile app in a few short weeks—we're calling it Beacon. We invite you to download it and see what we've built so far.
The color scheme and decorations are stylish. Beacon has a setting that lets me use the fingerprint sensor on my tablet as a log-in credential, instead of a password.
I don't know what the final feature set is supposed to be, but this is just a big bucket of "no." No messaging. No access to the "Support" (auto-answer-search) system. No transaction history. The only activity information is "open orders" and "recently completed." No way to review my 7/15/2021 automatic RMD transactions, in fact no RMD tools at all. No way to call up account statements. No way to review beneficiaries. No way to review bank information. No apparent way to turn dividend reinvestment off or on.
Not only is there no messaging, I can't find Vanguard's phone number, address, or any suggestion of any way to contact them anywhere in this app.
If I click on VTSAX in my "holdings" list on the website, I get a page with roughly forty items of information, plus a link to the full fund description. In Beacon, seven, and no apparent way to get to any of the actual fund data.
The main screen, the portfolio overview, displays approximately five line items of information, plus numbers for stock/bond/short term percentages and numbers of open orders and recently completed orders. Experiment shows that a 24x80 1970s green screen would be easily capable of showing it all at a glance on a single screen. Beacon uses such huge fonts and so much whitespace that takes up about two vertical screenfuls and requires scrolling to see it all. There is no "zoom in/zoom out" provision.
It won't honor landscape orientation so there is basically no way to use my Samsung tablet's keyboard, which attaches to a long edge and holds the tablet in landscape orientation, so Vanguard's Beacon screens display sideways.
It won't show me the totals for the non-Vanguard assets I've hand-entered--"Account data unavailable"--yet it includes them in the grand total anyway.
When I touch "Asset Mix," it appears to be trying to display pie charts for a fraction of a second, then the screen blinks and says "Sorry, something went wrong loading your asset data."
The "comment" and "bug" tools don't allow for file attachments or screenshots, and are limited to 1,000 characters, so I can't send them a video showing the "Asset Mix" bug.