Glitches to be Fixed
By FamilyMoji Idea
This app is better than most fast food apps when it comes to ease of use, customizing and managing orders. If I had written this review a year ago, it would have gotten more stars; however, there are some growing issues related to limitations on orders that need to be fixed.
The deals being offered are becoming more complicated and causing more and more problems. For example, I created an order that declined to process because a deal I was able to apply to my order was no longer being honored at a particular location at a particular time. This caused me to start over completely, picking another deal that is appropriate to a different order combination. Then, my new order wouldn’t process because the unhonored deal from my first order stopped me from picking a new deal for 24 hours. It would be my recommendation to reprogram the app to not record the use of a deal until a purchase has been completed and change the 24 hour policy to 20 hours so that customers that pick up a daily breakfast at a slightly earlier time than the previous day can use another deal.
Reoccurring glitches in payment processing has also been on a rise of late. Several customers pay with the app and are asked to pay again when going to the drive-up window. My online banking shows I am billed twice and at the end of the day, one of the two transactions are being credited back.
Unable to Even Use the App
I don’t even know what more to do about this app... I guess I just won’t ever get to use the daily deals or use a mobile order since it has NEVER worked on my phone. I have an IPhone 12 Pro that has the newest software update and have tried over and over again to delete the app and re download without any success. Even before I got the 12 Pro I had the X and for over a year now I’ve always gotten a message when I tried logging in that said “Critical Error has Occurred, App needs to restart.” I tried logging into an existing account that I had created a few years back and got this message every single time so I tried signing up for a new account and still received this message. I contacted McDonald’s via phone and someone in their IT department said they would “pass along the information to their developers and hopefully with the next update it would be fixed.” Today I tried to re download the app again since it’s $1 fries for mobile users and I thought just maybe today it will work for me... nope! So now when I download the app it just completely crashed and doesn’t even load. I have missed out on so many deals and feel beyond frustrated that I can’t even do a mobile order for pickup. I researched online and other people have had this same issue without getting it resolved. You would think that with McDonald’s being one of the largest corporations in the world that they would have figured out all these bugs and issues by now. So disappointed 😡
Used to be better
By A user you're about to lose
I have had the McDonald’s app since the beginning and always been an advocate and even encouraged my friends to get it. The thing is I don’t eat anything at McDonald’s besides fries and salads items, occasionally I may get a dessert or chicken item. In the beginning I was really able to take advantage of the $1 fry deals and the $3 off $10 or $1 off $7. As of recently, about 2 months, those deals are no longer there so I really no longer have anything to gain which is quite disappointing because I do love the app and have been such a fan. I just purchased some items that would have been $4 less had I still had my regular deals. If these new changes to the app will be permanent I only wish McDonald’s would consider deals that are frequented by consumers so that they can be tailored and continue to be taken advantage of. Also consider dietary needs and restrictions I used to have 10-20 deal to select from now I have 3-7 that I know I will not use. For example, I have a free any size soft beverage deal in my app right now, I can’t drink soda so I have no use for such a coupon. I have a $1 off a quarter pounder or Big Mac, also something I can’t have so it will go to waste. Then I have 2 others for a total of 4 deals that I cannot even take advantage of. Disappointing, especially because I know how great it used to be.
Used to be great, but now sooooo slooow and very buggy
This started out as a great app, but now, no longer deserves 4-5 stars. They’ve done way too much to make it all fancy, that it makes the app work so slowly, when navigating between the different functions, especially when it first starts up. Also, annoying that certain deals are scan only, mobile only, deliver only...a deal is a deal. Why should it matter if we use it on the app, at the restaurant, or delivery? And stop the restrictions on using one deal for a certain amount of time!!! If I wanna use a deal, and get back to the end of the line to use another deal, I should be able to do so like the app allowed you to do originally! The new updates have not made anything better, but instead made it more buggy. I’ve never had to keep logging back into my account before, but now it seems like the app can’t remember my login, even if I had already logged in 10 minutes prior, which is very annoying when you’re already in line and waiting for the now slow app to load up and then show the deals, with people waiting behind you. There should be a face/finger ID or stay logged in option. And I agree with another user, if I make an order from my phone and want a friend/family member pick it up, there should be a way to do that. If a super basic Little Caesar’s App can do that, then why can’t this one?!!!
No Good Deals
This review is long overdue and after not being able to use the only good coupon I have got on this app in months because my McDonald’s that I always go to is no longer a “participating location,” I finally feel the need to write this review. This app used to be SPECTACULAR and there were always plenty of coupons I could use daily and they were very good deals too! I was able to purchase food for myself and my family without breaking the bank too much. Then randomly one day they changed the entire app and removed all of the good coupons. Now there is one coupon daily (If I’m lucky two) and it can hardly be considered a “deal” as I’m saving like 30¢ rather than the $3-4 I used to save from a coupon. You can also get a coupon from this Plinko style game that you sometimes have to play a few times to even land something in the bag. From my experience you can play until you win however the $1 off coupon you receive after is normally never for anything I want so it’s hardly worth it. Not to mention it seems you have to use this coupon while ordering through the app and sitting in the parking lot, which is not my preferred way to eat at McDonald’s. They should bring this app back to its former glory so that it may have a purpose again because it’s current state is trash and I don’t even feel the need to open it as I wait in line at McDonald’s since I already know there will be no coupons worthwhile.
Good in theory
So I placed my mobile order at 10:19 as per the time stamp on my app and headed to the Duncan SC McDonald’s location. I decided to go through the drive this time as I forgot to order a drink when I originally placed my order. I did have to wait around 5 minutes. I told them which order I was there for and I would also like to purchase a drink. He asked me to wait another minute or so and then asked that I pull around. Pulled around and they were having issues with the card reader so after getting this situation taken care of I pulled up to get my food. I was handed my drinks and told to have a great day! I asked about my food and was told “Any breakfast ordered placed after 10:30 will not be made” I told them my order was placed well before 10:30! The employee at the window took my phone to show my mobile order and when it was placed my phone was then passed to multiple other employees and finally I am told “orders are technically not placed until you pull into the parking lot! Well that couldn’t be because I was in the parking lot well before 10:30 and yet my order was not being placed. I was told I was refunded and was told at the first window which was not true at all! Just know this is a joke and there should be some type of fine print saying this so that you are not lead to believe that your order as been placed when you get a notification “your order as been placed proceed to your McDonald’s location “
Soooo...it sometimes works like it should, but it’s still buggy. And...I’ve experienced that the employees at various locations aren’t well trained with mobile ordering. On more than one occasion I’ve tried to pick up my order in the drive-thru, but the employee couldn’t close it out on their end. My card ends up getting charged several times, and I don’t get my food if I don’t have a way to pay for it on me. Therefore, I usually opt for curbside, which I don’t like doing either. I hate having the employees have to bring my food out to the mobile pickup if the weather is bad. Plus, if the order is wrong, then they have to go inside and come back out.
One feature that is problematic with mobile ordering is that whatever phone you place the order from has to be the one arriving at the location because the app is tracking the phone. Almost all other mobile ordering apps don’t do that. For instance, if another family member is out and about and I’m sitting at home, I can’t order from the app and they pick it up. It tells me I’m not at the location. That’s annoying.
Lastly, the coupon deals are clunky. The coupon codes differ for each location. Therefore, you have to make sure you have the right location selected to get the correct coupon. It’s cumbersome the way that works.
By Minno mama
I’ve now attempted to use this 4 times. The order goes through fine, so maybe it’s actually just the employees in my town, managers included. The first time I used it, they said they didn’t have my order, and then charged my card 2 hours later for the mobile order, after I had already placed and paid for a new order at the store. I tried a different location, the first time the manager told me I had failed to pay for my order so I needed to drive back around to the first window and pay. There is NO OPTION but to make payment in app. The third time, not quite as bad, I had to drive up to the window and tell them my order so they could find it. Third time? I was told repeatedly they didn’t have any mobile orders, I had to go inside to straighten it out. Understand, THERE IS NO WAY TO CHECK IN UNTIL YOU ARE AT THE STORE. It uses GPS to track your location and it won’t check you in until you are almost in the parking lot. I know, I’ve tried. You literally cannot order from the wrong location, so THEY HAVE TO HAVE YOUR ORDER IF YOU CHECK IN. Even now as I type this, they don’t show my order as complete. I picked up my order 22 mins ago, according to my receipt, yet the blue bar at the top of my screen tells me they are still tracking my location! Seriously, if you are going to put the time and effort into making an app, take the time and effort to train the employees how to operate the system.
Worst app ever
Over engineered and poorly executed. Downloaded the app and placed my first order. We were good up to this point. After placing the order and paying with Apple Pay the app went to a page that told me I had to tell the app when I was close so that the order would be prepared. No option to simply say be ready in 30 minutes. My plan was to place the order and have someone else pick it up. Not happening if I have to tell it I am close using my phone. Drive to McDonald’s where the app tracked my location. It did not automatically submit the order for preparation when I was near so I am not sure why they needed to track my location. When I arrived I pressed the I am already here link in the app. It then popped over to a screen telling me I had to select my pickup option. Unfortunately the screen which I assume was supposed to have options was blank. The employees at McDonald’s had no idea what to do and didn’t really care either way. Restarted the app several time but always ended up on the same blank pickup options screen. I was able to cancel the order and reorder from the kiosk inside the store until that failed when I tried to pay at the kiosk. Took me twice as long to get lunch as it would have to just walk in and place my order at the counter. The reason I rated this app so poorly is not only that it failed to perform but that McDonald’s is capable of so much better than this.
It’s coming along
By Britain W.
Regular updates actually do make improvements to ordering (really glad to see drinks ordered by type in the latest update instead of a ten page long menu of every drink in every size), and the CS team was responsive the one time I contacted them.
The sheer scale of McDonald’s locations almost makes a single app a foolhardy idea, but this one works a lot of the time. When it does, it’s fantastic - I like being able to see what’s on a sandwich and specify no (or extra) of a topping, and the Deals are often really good. I also love being able to park in a curbside spot and wait with my radio and AC, rather than wait in the store or at the drive thru lane.
The problem is the menu in the app, which appears to cover all markets and includes items my local stores don't offer. Sometimes it stops you before you place the order, and other times the order just errors out with no explanation. So be wary of ordering any items you wouldn't see on the store's displayed menu, like Sweet Chili or Szechuan dipping sauces, or the Oreo Frappe, which is in there even though my local stores act like it doesn't exist. (And come on, just make me a Mocha Frappe and sprinkle some Oreo crumbs from the Flurry station in it. It's not like the ice cream machine is working today anyway.)