Good and bad
I’ve used Walgreens photo app for a few years now. It’s convenient and fairly easy to navigate. However, most times it takes FOREVER to upload, which is an issue if your phone sleeps before its finished. The color is typically good and photos are clear, which is why I gave three stars.
My biggest issue is that so much of the picture is cut off each time. I’ve been told to go to the crop option and adjust the edges, but it still doesn’t help. For example, a few of my students wanted a selfie of us. We knew those on the edges would have a tiny bit cut off, but on the original it’s a little hair not in the frame. Even after checking the crop feature to make sure the frame was as large as possible, it cut the people off on each side so much that we each had half a face! Seriously, it went from being fully in the picture (minus a little hair), to each of us having the entire side of our faces, including one eye and half a nose, completely gone. My six year old students have been very disappointed. This has been an ongoing issue with multiple photos. Walgreens employees have not been successful in helping, so something needs done farther up in the co.
Lastly, why can’t an order be saved, so if it glitches everything isn’t lost? Again tonight I spent over an hour editing over a hundred photos. When I clicked next it glitched and was gone. Because of this, I changed it to two stars. This has happened WAY too many times.
You're going to hate this app with a passion!
If you try to use this app to schedule a covid-19 vaccination you're in for a world of hurt. You're going to have to spend hours each day typing city names, county names, zip codes and if you are extremely lucky to tap at the right time, you'll get a green "Vaccines Available!", and then you fill out a form and at the moment you think you've hit pay dirt, you get stopped cold, and they tell you to try again, so you keep hitting the button, and keep getting rejected, until you get tired, and your session times out and you have to go back to very beginning and start the process all over again. At some point Walgreens' server can't handle millions of people doing the same thing you are doing and you can't even connect.
The problem is that their system doesn't remember that they told you that appointments are available and don't reserve one for you. You're actually racing against thousands of other people to the finish line for a few open spots. It's like an airline telling you that seats are available on a particular flight and not booking you at that moment, but rather telling you to hurry on over and when you get there, they tell you there's no seats and you should try again some time.
What their system doesn't have is conversational transactions. It doesn't use enqueues to prevent separate transactions from accessing the same data at the same time. That's fine for filling prescriptions, but awful for making reservations.
So buggy to the point that it’s almost useless
This app is the worst. It used to be great, but all of the changes they’ve made over the past 6 or so months have made it so buggy that it’s barely useable. For the past several months, I’ve been unable to use Walgreens Express to order my prescriptions for delivery- despite the fact that the prescriptions are fully eligible. I have to instead call the store to have them do it manually. I’m completely unable to do it on both the app and on the website from my laptop or phone. It’s hit or miss if the app even properly loads my medication status. It doesn’t always submit refill requests for me. Now, most recently, I can’t even get the app to sign me in! It’s just been saying “service unavailable” for the better part of a week. How am I supposed to use this to manage my medication when it’s so horrendously unreliable. If you’re going to overhaul an app that people rely on for medical reasons, you need to have better testing in place to make sure that it’s stable.
Update: It’s been broken for months. I still can’t use the app for basic things. I’ve decided to delete the app and just stick to calling the store instead. It takes way longer and is infinitely less convenient because Walgreens’ phone systems are awful too, but at least the people who work at my pharmacy know what they’re doing and are used to hearing customers say that the app and website don’t work anymore, so they’re happy to accommodate.
Photo is a hassle
I wanted to make a card stock photo card for my friends birthday. After uploading the pictures, filling in and deciding on the text, and signing the card (more on that later) I selected the premium card for 3.99. It alerts me that this premium style card is not available at my selected Walgreens store. I decided it would be worth two extra minute drive to get the card from another Walgreens store. The problem is, in order to select a different store, the only way to get back to the Home Screen is by “starting over”. This means that I had to go through the whole design process again. Eventually, I just made dummy cards until I located a store that could print the premium style card. This could have been fixed by allowing customers to “save” projects.
Secondly, Walgreens template allows you to hand sign the card using your finger. There is no zoom in or eraser options to help you clean up any finger signing mishaps! This means that if you don’t like how you signed one letter, you have to restart the signature over from the beginning. I was signing several names. It would have been better if I could have erased my mistakes or been able to zoom to write a little more precisely. This was not an option. I like the quality of the photo product overall, but I think the app needs work.
Looks great, not user-friendly at all
Since the upgrade, the app doesn’t allow me to check off progress on my selected healthy choice challenges. I communicated the issue and provided the very specific details that were requested, to be forwarded to IT. That was 2 weeks ago. Nothing has changed, yet. I can access the challenges on my Chromebook, but had a difficult time locating how to access them on the website. Today, I placed an order for contact lenses. It must have taken me over an hour. I had to keep going back and forth between the app and the website because neither would process the order once the items were in the cart. I wanted to upload the doctor’s prescription, but .pdf’s are not accepted. Why???? So, back to my phone. Two options were available - upload from photos or take a photo at that time. I tried both methods, but neither was successful. So, I had to skip that advantage. Then when I entered the credit card information at checkout, it did not process, stating I needed to call them. Nope! I attempted a different card’s info., which was finally accepted. (There was no account-based reason for the 1st card not being accepted.) Why would developers release a new website and app that hadn’t been “tested” to assure that all aspects worked? FYI: I use an iPhone SE 2020 and an HP Chromebook 2019. Come on, Walgreens! You can do better!!
Filling prescriptions on file
I have several prescriptions I take daily. When I visit my doctor for followup, he writes new prescriptions for those prescriptions. If I’m not quite out of any of them I just go ahead and have my Walgreens pharmacy put them on file for future filling through my Walgreens app. I’ve been using it several years now and love it!! It’s so convenient and easy to use. I only have one issue. When I try to fill a prescription that I have on file, the app puts that prescription in a category that “requires action”. Most of the time I’m also refilling a prescription. I go get my prescriptions when the app notifies me they are ready, get home and then realize I don’t have one of my prescriptions. Looking back on my app it show that prescription needs attention. That requires me to call, talk to someone, then it’s filled. But I’m already home.
It would be much more helpful and convenient for prescriptions such as this to go ahead and be filled so customers aren’t inconvenienced or possibly miss taking a medication because they didn’t realize their requested prescription is stuck in a black hole. The pharmacy personnel have no idea these prescriptions requiring attention even exist. Hope you can fix this issue. Thank you for this awesome app!
Update to include Photo Order Status
The app could be better by allowing you to have access to photo order information/history. I do like the app for prescription status. Why can’t they do the same for photos. I don’t even know if my order is processed or even ready. I placed photo order from my iPhone XsMax at 900am. I received email but never received text or email that order was ready. I called the store at 12:14pm to confirm the order. Many times the store says the system gets backed up and can’t download the photos. I should not have to call store to confirm order. I couldn’t even find and record of my order on this app. I think Walgreens trying to consolidate things on the app but I have to go thru many steps (even logged on to the website) to find or locate info. #hassle. Thinking that my order didn’t get processed, I resent the photo order to another Walgreens.
Update: When I called the lady at my neighborhood Walgreens said the order was ready but the tag printed on the photos says 12:14pm which was the same time I called. The second Walgreens photo order was processed and ready in 15-20 minutes. All I just ask is that the Walgreens app be updated to include photo order status. I hate being in a rush and stop at my neighborhood Walgreens and they tell me that the photo machine is backlogged because it can’t download the photo orders. #2019not1999
Walgreens doesn’t know how to keep my monthly Perscription in stock
It’s pretty sad I get My Prescription every month and it’s too early to drop off the prescription so I set a reminder to drop my monthly prescription on The 15th of every month. I use a paper script because if my dr sends my prescription electronically at my monthly appointment it’s too early and Walgreens rejects it so when the 15th comes around (that’s when The Walgreens Pharmacist they told Me I can drop off the script each month) If I come on the 14th they can’t take my paper prescription so I have to come back and try again. When I came in on the 15th of this month they said I would have to come back on the 17th. I called today and they still don’t have my script that I’ve been on for close to 20 years. I ask myself is Walgreens really that operationally dumb in supply chain management that they can’t predict that I will need my meds on the 15th? It’s not a non linear equation it’s simple to predict that I will need my meds on the 15th of every month. I already brought my other prescriptions to Walmart in Delray because Walgreens in Boca Raton on Clintmoore and Military further screws my prescription up and can’t tell Me when they will have it. It’s weak that they can’t predict that I will need My Prescription even though I get it in the 15th of every month for years. If they can’t tell Me when they will have it soon. I will have to reward Walmart with My Business instead.
If I could give a zero I would. The New App updated process is completely & utterly a mess. Disappointing & frustrating to say the least. Ongoing months with this migration with the platform & numerous updates that have failed. The pharmacy section has taken the worse turn ever & I really don’t have any confidence in the improvement @ this point. It doesn’t keep accurate tally of my refill amounts (so I don’t have to notify the doctor for refill submittals to the pharmacy which is a major task for approvals) redundant or missing prescriptions from the app. All my prescriptions have become delayed or NEVER notified to the pharmacy to become a working order/lost in the system/have to do everything @ the counter/refund my manufacturer discounts that’s also applied in addition to my insurance coverage discounts (they somehow how frequently lose the attachment record in the system & have to rework the invoice in the store/reprint new ones. Can’t pay in advance so I can just pick up - still end up swiping in the store when my payment authorization is on record in the store along with my rewards card info. These prescriptions are time sensitive to be filled (people’s lives in jeopardy being off some medications). This should have had a major team working on this after months of online testing to correctly migrate. I don’t have any confidence @ this point after months of this monotony.
Works but you need to learn the quirks
This app is handy for renewing prescriptions which is what I use it for. To get the most out of it you need to learn the quirks. (1) Enter prescription renewals as if each one was the only one. If you enter multiple renewals on one order you will only get the first one. All others will be lost! They keep telling me this has been fixed but it hasn’t. (2) It likes to text you when you’re due for a renewal but it won’t tell you which medicine needs to be renewed - you’ll have to figure that out (the pharmacists won’t know either). And, fairly frequently, it will text me that a prescription is due for renewal and when I figure out which one and renew it, quite often the renewal is too soon for the insurance. Better to renew on your own timetable. (3) The app will want to text you when your prescription is ready but it’s better to check by logging in and looking at the prescription status. Sometimes you think it will be ready and it’s not for a reason you’re not expecting and only by logging in will you find this out. Or the prescription has only been partially filled - but the app won’t text you that it’s been partially filled - you have to log in for that information. Other than that it works well enough.