Moving your QuickBooks file from QuickBooks for Mac? We've created this guide just for you.

If you have a version older than 2012, download a free trial here: QuickBooks for Mac 2016 Trial, install it, then follow the import process below.

Using QuickBooks for Windows? See Import into QuickBooks Online from QuickBooks Desktop for Windows (US only).

Before you get started, take note of the following:
  • You must be logged in as Administrator in both your QuickBooks Desktop for Mac company file and your QuickBooks Online account.
  • You can only import QuickBooks Desktop data within the first 60 days of your QuickBooks Online company start date. When you import, your QuickBooks Desktop file will replace your entire QuickBooks Online file and overwrite any existing information.
  • DON'T attempt to import your file if you've already turned on Payroll in QuickBooks Online.
  • Inventory can only be imported from QuickBooks for Windows. If you want to import your inventory, please save your company as a QuickBooks for Windows file, open on a Windows machine, and import using the latest version of QuickBooks for Windows.
  • If you receive any errors regarding the file you're importing, see Fix errors when importing to QuickBooks Online
  • To understand key differences and unsupported features prior to moving, see What's not imported when you move from QuickBooks Desktop to QuickBooks Online?


Import your QuickBooks Desktop Mac file into QuickBooks Online:

In QuickBooks for Mac, select  File Export >  To QuickBooks Online, then sign in to your QuickBooks Online account and follow the on-screen prompts.

That's it. We'll email you when the import is done. This import can take up to 24 hours.

After Import
After you import your data into QuickBooks Online, review  What to do after completing an import to QuickBooks Online from QuickBooks Desktop Mac/Windows (US).