Importing bank files into PocketSmith
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Preparing bank files to import into PocketSmith
If you are importing bank files into PocketSmith, it is best to have your bank files prepared. Most online banking services provide export options for bank files in OFX, QFX, QIF or CSV format. You will need to have your files exported from your online banking website before they can be imported into PocketSmith.
Learn how to export your bank files from your online banking website here: Preparing your bank files & accepted file types
Once you have exported the bank files from your online banking, you are ready to import them into PocketSmith!
Importing bank files from the checklist
If you have just signed up to PocketSmith, you'll see your checklist. From here you can import bank files to set up new bank accounts.
If you are importing a CSV file, you'll also need to choose or create a CSV format
Importing bank files on the Account Summary page
If you want to import a QFX, OFX, QIF or CSV bank file after you have completed your checklist and once you're set up in PocketSmith, it's easy to do from the Account Summary page ( Accounts > Account Summary) page.
Importing bank files into a new offline account
If you want to import a bank file into a new account that belongs to a new bank which doesn't exist in your PocketSmith account, you'll just need to add the bank before following these steps.
On the Account Summary page, select +New Bank from the left sidebar, enter the name of the bank, select the option Accounts from a file import, and click Save. This bank will now show as an option when choosing New offline account > From a file import
Importing bank files into an existing bank account
Head to the Account Summary page ( Accounts > Account Summary)
Bank file import options
Transaction overlap options
When uploading a bank file into an existing bank account, PocketSmith can pick up overlapping transactions - these are transactions that have the same dates as transactions already in the account.
You are able to select what PocketSmith does about these:
- Leave overlapping transactions out
This keeps the original transaction and prevents the new transaction from being imported
- Replace existing transactions with overlaps
This is useful if the overlapping transaction has other new information you would like to import and replace and older transaction
- Keep both existing and overlapping transactions. This may result in duplicates
We do not recommend this option
Amounts in the statement file are reverse
This checkbox should only be selected when the transaction amounts are incorrectly imported as expense or income. This option is available because some credit card providers show debit amounts as a credit or credit amounts as debit. For more information about this check out our article: Expense transactions are showing as income (or vice versa) after importing my bank file
Payee and memo field
If you have imported a bank file and you notice some information is missing from the Merchant column, this may be because some banks separate merchant details into a memo field and a merchant field. To fix this, you can import the file again and select the checkbox Join the payee and memo fields together. Just remember to change the overlap options to Replace existing transactions with overlaps!