How to import IIF file into QuickBooks

October 17, 2022

How to import IIF file into QuickBooks

Are you looking for a way to import IIF file into QuickBooks? If so, you've come to the right place! In this article, we will show you how to import IIF files into QuickBooks and make the process as easy as possible. We'll also provide some tips on how to troubleshoot any errors that may occur during the import process. So don't wait any longer - let's get started!

How do I import IIF files into QuickBooks 2019?

Importing IIF files to Quickbooks desktop is a two-step process. The first step is to prepare the IIF file for import, and the second step is to import the file into QuickBooks.

 

To prepare the IIF file for import:

1. Open the IIF file in a text editor (such as Notepad or TextEdit).

2. Remove any extraneous characters or lines of text that are not needed for import.

3. Save the file.

4. Exit the text editor.

 

To import the IIF file into QuickBooks:

1. Open QuickBooks and go to the File menu.

2. Select Import from the drop-down menu.

3. Choose IIF Files from the list of import options.

4. Select the IIF file that you prepared for import.

5. Click Open.

6. Follow the prompts to complete the import process.

 

You may need to import your IIF file into QuickBooks more than once if you make changes to the file or if you add new transactions. Importing an IIF file overwrites any existing data in QuickBooks, so be sure to back up your QuickBooks data before importing an IIF file.

What is an IIF File in QuickBooks?

An IIF file is an Intuit Interchange Format file used by QuickBooks. IIF files are used to import and export data between different versions of QuickBooks or between different accounting software programs.

IIF files must be in a specific format in order to be imported into QuickBooks. You can use the IIF Import Kit tool to create and format IIF files for import into QuickBooks.

Once you have prepared your IIF file for import, you can follow the steps above to import IIF file into QuickBooks.

What are IIF files used for?

IIF files are used to import and export data between different versions of QuickBooks or between different accounting software programs.

IIF files must be in a specific format in order to be imported into QuickBooks. You can use the IIF Import Kit tool to create and format IIF files for import into QuickBooks.

Once you have prepared your IIF file for import, you can follow the steps below to import IIF file into QuickBooks.

 

How do I import an IIF file into QuickBooks?

1. Open QuickBooks and go to the File menu.

2. Select Utilities from the drop-down menu.

3. Select Import from the next drop-down menu.

4. Select IIF Files.

5. Click OK.

6. Select the IIF file you want to import and click Open.

7. Click OK when you see the message that says your import was successful.

 

You can also import IIF files into QuickBooks Online by following the steps below:

1. Go to the Gear icon  and select Import Data.

2. Select Timeless Time & Expense from the import type drop-down menu.

3. Click Browse, select the IIF file you want to import, and click Open.

4. Click Next.

5. Map the data fields from your IIF file to the corresponding QuickBooks Online fields and click Next.

6 Select the import options you want and click Next.

7. Click Import.

 

You can view your imported IIF data by going to the Timeless Time & Expense menu and selecting Timesheets or Expenses. You can also run reports to see your imported data in QuickBooks Online.

How to open QuickBooks import/export file (.ii)

Once you import IIF file into QuickBooks, you can open the file by going to File > Open Company. Then, in the Open Company window, select the import file (.ii) and click Open.

You can also export data from QuickBooks to an IIF file. To do this, go to File > Export > Lists to IIF Files. In the Export List dialog box, select the list that you want to export and click OK. 

You will then be prompted to save the IIF file. Choose a location for the file and click Save. Once the file is exported, you can import it into another QuickBooks company file.

Can I import an IIF file into QuickBooks online?

Much like you can import IIF file into QuickBooks desktop, you can also import them into QuickBooks Online. The process is a little different, but the end result is the same. To import an IIF file into QuickBooks Online, go to the Gear icon > Import Data > Transactions.

On the next screen, select iif File. Then click on Browse and locate the IIF file you wish to import. Once you’ve selected the file, click Next. 

On the next screen, you will be able to map the data from your IIF file to the appropriate fields in QuickBooks Online. Make sure that all of the data is mapped correctly and then click Import. 

You have now successfully imported an IIF file into QuickBooks Online!

How do I convert IIF File from Excel to QuickBooks?

If you have an IIF file that is in Excel format, you can convert it to a QuickBooks-compatible IIF file using the IIF Transaction Creator. This is a free tool that can be downloaded from Intuit’s website. 

To use the IIF Transaction Creator, open the Excel file and select the sheet that contains the data you want to convert. Then click on File > Save As and select Text CSV as the file type.

Once the file has been saved as a CSV, open the IIF Transaction Creator and click on File > Open. Locate the CSV file and click Open.

On the next screen, select the type of transactions that are in the CSV file. Then map the columns in the CSV file to the appropriate fields in QuickBooks.

Once you have finished mapping the fields, click on File > Save As and save the file with a .iif extension.

Finally, open QuickBooks and go to File > Utilities > Import > IIF Files. Locate the IIF file you just created and click Open. QuickBooks will now import the transactions from the IIF file.

How LiveFlow can help

LiveFlow allows you to import real-time Quickbooks data into Google Sheets without needing to export and import IIF files. This means that you can have your Quickbooks data in a format that is easier to work with and share with others.

Using LiveFlow, you can also automatically sync QuickBooks data with other applications such as Salesforce and Hubspot. This gives you a complete view of your business data in one place.

To learn more about how LiveFlow can help you import QuickBooks data into Google Sheets, book a demo today.

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