Bank Feeds is the online banking feature in QuickBooks Deskop that allows you to connect to your financial institution to download transactions and use other online services. QuickBooks lets you record and do bank and credit card transactions more efficiently, so you’ll have more time for your other business needs.

This article is part of a series that covers basic information about Bank Feeds in QuickBooks Desktop for Windows.

What you need to get started

The two primary requirements are:

  • Access to the internet.
  • A banking account at a financial institution that offers services for QuickBooks.

    To find out if your financial institution supports online services for QuickBooks, go to Banking > Bank Feeds > Participating Financial Institutions.

Currently, there are over 1400 financial institutions (FI) across the US and Canada that offer online banking services in QuickBooks. If your bank or credit card company does not offer online banking import or download services for QuickBooks, you can ask your FI to sign up through

Your financial institution controls what and how information is received by QuickBooks. Before you set up online banking, it is highly recommended that you coordinate with your bank so you’ll know what connection method they support, what the fees are (if any), and what information you need to set up and use the feature. Note that you cannot add online services to a QuickBooks account until you have received all the information required by your FI.