Unlocking Accessibility to the Stock Market

Robinhood adds support for accessibility features

Since the beginning, our overarching mission has been to make financial tools accessible to everyone. We’re proud to have made a significant step toward realizing that future today.

In recognition of the fifth-annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day, we’re excited to announce a major accessibility update to Robinhood. Starting today, the blind and visually impaired can effortlessly access the stock market through Robinhood for iPhone. The entire Robinhood experience, from signing up to trading, is now compatible for people with visual disabilities.

Not surprisingly, the financial industry has historically been a bad actor when it comes to disability compatible products, and we wanted to change this.

To make it all possible, our engineers and designers teamed up with San Francisco-based non-profit LightHouse for the Blind to understand the opportunity and pain points for blind people using financial products. Developing this custom experience was a new challenge for our team, so we were deeply grateful to LightHouse for their invaluable feedback that guided every step of this process.

The update utilizes Apple’s VoiceOver screen reader tool to read text and actions to the investor, requiring extensive labeling on all buttons and actions throughout the app. VoiceOver also shares portfolio and pricing updates, in addition to Robinhood’s own Audible Graphs, which audibly translates the visual charts.

There’s still work to be done, and we welcome all feedback from the accessibility community! 

- The Robinhood Team

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Introducing Robinhood Instant

Stop Waiting Three Days

Today, we’re excited to announce Robinhood Instant, giving you instant access to deposits and immediate access to your funds after selling stocks. Robinhood Instant eliminates the friction from settlement periods or bank transfers, marking another major step in our efforts to create the best investing experience.

Instant Deposits
Bank transfers up to $1,000 into Robinhood are now instantly available for investing. No more waiting for your funds to land in your account anymore.

Instant Access to Funds
Proceeds from a sale are now immediately available to reinvest. Previously, if you sold stock, you had to wait three days for your funds to settle in your account before you could use the proceeds to purchase more stock.

Robinhood Instant is Free
We believe Robinhood Instant will be powerful for all kinds of investors, so we made it free. That’s right: no monthly or recurring fees, no trading commissions, no interest charges, and no account minimums.

How to Upgrade
Starting today, you can unlock Robinhood Instant by sharing your unique referral link found inside the app. The more friends who create accounts with your link, the sooner you will receive Instant. 

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We’re One of the World’s Most Innovative Companies

Fast Company names Robinhood one of the Most Innovative Companies in the world

 Photo by Noel Spirandelli

Photo by Noel Spirandelli

This week, Robinhood was honored as one of the world's Most Innovative Companies in 2016 by Fast Company. This is a tremendous distinction that further validates our mission to democratize access to the stock market. We couldn't have done this without the support of each and every Robinhoodie!

Coming in at number 11, we were recognized for “removing all the barriers to stock trading” and are proud to be featured alongside companies like Facebook, Uber, Netflix, Apple, and Alphabet. Robinhood also topped the list of the Most Innovative Companies in Finance and placed second in Design. Thanks to Fast Company’s editors and writers for including us in this “collection of remarkable organizations that are truly disrupting business-as-usual across the world.” 

Check out the latest issue of Fast Company (on newsstands February 23) to catch snazzy photos of Vlad and Baiju!

- The Robinhood Team

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Smart Notifications

Robinhood adds support for customizable notifications

Last October, we released Cards for Robinhood, a new home for your personalized news and notifications. It was the first major update since we launched, and the motivation was simple: help Robinhoodies keep up with their portfolio and the market.

Today, we are excited to build on that idea with Smart Notifications, a free upgrade. We also added settings to customize price alerts for your positions, watchlist, or both, when securities move by 5% or 10%. Notifications can be sent via push notification, email, or both.

If you aren’t always monitoring the market or keeping an eye on your portfolio, you might miss out on an opportunity or that breaking news story. With Smart Notifications, you won’t miss a beat.

We’ve been tweaking and iterating exactly how to best deliver notifications for several months and we hope you love them as much as we do. As always, we welcome your feedback! 

Next stop: Robinhood Instant!

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Introducing Robinhood for Android Wear


Today, we’re proud to announce Robinhood for Android Wear. This new app brings the Robinhood experience you know and love, straight to your wrist.
View your portfolio performance, scroll vertically to view your entire watchlist, and tap on any stock to view your holdings. Your account and trading notifications appear on Android Wear, enabling you to seamlessly track your portfolio and market movements in real time. The app also features our signature day and night mode to reflect market hours and market moves.

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The Robinhood Team

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watchOS 2 Updates and More

New Apple Watch, iPhone, and Android updates

As part of our ongoing commitment to provide the best trading experience, we’re delighted to announce updates to our Apple Watch, iPhone, and Android apps. 

Following the release of watchOS 2, we’ve introduced two new features that will enhance the Robinhood for Apple Watch experience even more. The app now takes advantage of the Digital Crown, making it much easier to select the number of shares when placing an order. No more repeated tapping -- a simple rotation takes care of it. Also, you can now customize your Watch face by adding your daily performance from Robinhood, so you can better keep track of your portfolio at-a-glance.

Our iPhone and Android apps also now clearly separate your portfolio from your watchlist, and let you (at last!) re-order your stocks to your liking.

Happy Trading,
The Robinhood Team

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