Editing & deleting categories

You can use the Categories page to adjust your categories.  You can change the names, adjust the settings and even assign colors to your categories 🎨

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Steps to edit a category

Head to Settings > Categories
Hover your mouse over the category you want to edit, click on the three-dot menu and select Edit
Here you can manage and edit your category. When you're happy with your edits, click the  Save button. Learn about the various edit options below.

Category edit options

You have the freedom to edit and personalize many aspects of each of your categories. Editing a category can be done from a category's edit window:

There are many options for you here:

Edit a category name 

Make your category name as specific, original or unique as you like!

Choose the refund behavior for a category

Set the refund behavior of a category so that it handles refund or deduction transactions the way you want. The refund behavior will dictate how PocketSmith treats income and expense transactions in the category. Learn more here: Refund behavior options

Edit the color of a category

Choose a color for each of your categories 🎨 These colors will be reflected on your Calendar page, Budget page and other graphs and reports such as the Earning and Spending graph on the Dashboard!

Change a category to a bill category

Change your category to a bill category if you would like the category's budget to reflect that the full amount is usually paid in one transaction, rather than in multiple transactions over a period of time. Learn more here: The difference between bill and non-bill repeating budgets

You can also enable Bill reminder emails from the category edit window. 

Create sub-categories by nesting under parent categories

If you are creating a sub-category, you can nest it under a parent category by selecting a category from the drop-down menu -  Parent category. Learn more about sub-categories and nesting here: Sub-categories and nesting

Change the order that your categories display 

Order your categories in a way that suits you! You can choose the category order straight from the Category Edit window under Category order. We have more information about changing category order here: Change the category order

Include or exclude a category from Safe Balance calculations (Beta feature)

If you're a beta tester and have safe balance enabled on an account you can choose to include/exclude categories for safe balance calculations. Find out more about safe balance here: Safe Balance beta  

Change a category to a transfer category

Transfer categories have transactions assigned to them that are  transferred between  your accounts. Change your category to a transfer category so that its transactions are displayed accurately in PocketSmith. Learn more here: Setting up transfer categories in PocketSmith

Delete a category

You can delete a category and assign all of its associated transactions and budgets to another category.

Head to Settings > Categories
Hover your mouse over the category you want to delete, click on the three-dot menu and select  Delete
You can then choose to re-assign all the transactions and budgets in this category to a new category before deleting. If you'd like to do this, select a new category from the drop-down menu, then click Delete category


If you choose not to re-assign the transactions and budgets from a deleted category to a new one, all its transactions will become uncategorized and the budgets will be deleted.

Bulk deleting categories

If you have a whole stack of categories that you don't want, you can delete them in bulk on the Categories page.

Head to Settings > Categories
Select the checkbox beside the category that you would like to delete
Click Delete from the toolbar and then click YES. 


Choosing this option means that these categories and all of their budgets will be removed. All transactions assigned to these categories will be uncategorized

Change the category order

You may want to adjust the order of your categories so that they are displayed differently in drop-down menus and in some reports, such as the Cashflows and Income & Expense statements. You can change the category order from the category edit window, or you can drag and drop categories following the steps below.


Currently, sub-categories aren't able to be nested within their parent-category in reports such as the Income & Expense statement. However, sub-categories displayed on the Income & Expense statement will be shown in the correct order.

Changing the category order of the Categories page

Head to Settings > Categories

Locate the category you want to move and click and hold on its drag handle


Move the category to the correct position and unclick, to change the order 


Why do categories that I've deleted keep reappearing?

The reason some of your transactions may be getting assigned to the wrong category could be due to  automatic categorization of your transactions from the bank feed

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