Attention QuickBooks Users: It’s Time to Remove Your Intuit App Center Connection

Jason Mills —  July 18, 2012 — 16 Comments

Dear QuickBooks users, we have important news to share: We’ve taken a stand in the ideological (and business) battle for FREEmium – ensuring that you can use Expensify’s core features for free as long as you want – and because of this, Expensify has been kicked out of the Intuit App Center. But not to worry! We continue to support all versions of QuickBooks, whether online or desktop.

The first question you’re probably asking is, “Am I affected by this?” If you into http://appcenter.intuit.com/ and then connect to Expensify, you’re affected. Or more simply, if you see an Intuit logo in the top righthand corner of any page in Expensify, then you’re also affected and will need to re-connect to Expensify by following the directions below. Otherwise, you’re in the clear!

Important: QuickBooks connections require upgrading to the Team plan or above. If you don’t see Settings > Policies in your Expensify account, then please upgrade.

Remove Your App Center Connection from Expensify

1. Log into your Expensify account and visit Settings Connections.  Click the “delete” button next to your App Center (or Sync Manager) connection. Also make sure to visit Settings > Account > Secondary Logins and delete any secondary logins for “intuit.”

Remove your Intuit App Center connection in Expensify

Delete your App Center (Sync Manager) Connection in Expensify

Fingers crossed! This is hopefully the only step needed to fully disconnect from the App Center! Now we’ll reconnect to Expensify using the Intuit Web Connector (Desktop) or Intuit API (Online).

Reconnect QuickBooks Desktop

1. Initiate your connection to the QuickBooks Web Connector (detailed directions).

Connecting QB Desktop via your Expensify policy

Connect QB Desktop to your Expensify policy

Pro-tips:

  • We recommend creating and initiating your QuickBooks connection via your Expensify policy (Settings > Policies > [Policy Name] > Connections)
  • Also make sure that upon creating the connection, you are logged into QuickBooks using “single-user” mode and that you have full QuickBooks admin rights

Reconnect QuickBooks Online

1. Connect to Intuit’s API (detailed directions). Like QuickBooks Desktop, we recommend creating and intiating your QuickBooks Online connection via your Expensify policy (Settings > Policies > [Policy Name] > Connections).

Connecting QBO via your Expensify policy

Connect QB Online to your Expensify policy

Pro-tips:

  • Make sure to select “No” for login security (which enables you to connect Expensify to your QuickBooks company file)
  • Also verify that you are logged in as the “master account” for QuickBooks Online

Remaining Issues?
We hope that everything has worked flawlessly up until this point. But there’s always a chance that something may go wrong, so we wanted to provide some tips if this is the case:

  • Follow these steps and it didn’t work?  Reboot and try again.
  • Do some accounts not pull into Expensify correctly? If this is the case, then Intuit’s Sync Manager may be interfering with your Expensify connection. For QuickBooks 2010 Release 6 and above, you can clear your sync settings (directions). Or in Sync Manager version 2.6 or above you can remove a company file from the sync list (directions). If you have an older version of QuickBooks or the Sync Manger, you may need to upgrade, and we recommend contacting Intuit about this matter
  • Are your customer/jobs or bank account names missing from your QuickBooks company file? This is likely again the Intuit Sync Manager, and we recommend following the instructions in the paragraph above
  • Have you tried everything else and something still isn’t working? Then you may have to exercise the nuclear option. This option is discussed on the Intuit Community boards (link), and it’s not something we recommend. Only go this route if you don’t use (or intend to use) any other providers from the Intuit App Center: navigate to C:\Program Files\Common Files\Intuit on your Windows computer and rename the folder called “Sync” to “Sync_Disabled”, then reboot your computer.
  • Change your mind and want to use the Intuit Sync Manager after all? See Intuit’s FAQ on everything Sync Manager (link).

If you run into any issues, please email us at help@expensify.com. Thanks for understanding!

16 responses to Attention QuickBooks Users: It’s Time to Remove Your Intuit App Center Connection

  1. 

    You made the right decision. Intuit should set up offices in Somalia, they would be right at home and good at improving their piracy rates. Down the road we will move to Nola Pro, if you keep an eye on their specials you can buy their Quickbooks converter for the price of a couple of Latte’s.

  2. 

    I appreciate your decision and support you, as long as this integration works i’m ok, it it doesn’t work, I’m in trouble.

  3. 

    If settings do not show (Intuit Sync Manger) but only show “Quickbooks Online” is it necessary to do anything at this time?

  4. 

    Hi Brian – You’re connecting directly to Intuit’s API, so you’re good to go!

  5. 

    Please let us know if there is anything we can help with!

  6. 
    Maureen Nielsen July 23, 2012 at 6:50 am

    Love your company and your great support!

  7. 

    Thanks for the kind words Maureen! We’re here to help if you have any questions or concerns.

  8. 

    Good thing this came on a day when I was paying attention. I almost deleted what was there on the Connections page, but then realized what I have is already a WebConnector connection and not sync mgr.

    BTW, I appreciate your decision and wish QB could see the light.

  9. 

    Intuit application center is more likely the most common reason for quick books trouble. But then if you had it unplug then it will likely be fair enough. It’s also a good thing to have known.

  10. 

    What’s up everyone, it’s my first pay a visit at this website, and paragraph is really fruitful in support of me, keep up
    posting such articles.

  11. 

    “Expensify has been kicked out of the Intuit App Center” – we’re developing some internal apps for integrating with QB and this is troublesome. What clauses in the app center agreement were violated with the freemium model?

  12. 

    The issue is you can’t have an app that is permanently free. You can give a free trial, but at some point you’ve got to start charging. (We have an activity-based free threshold, so it’s completely free for companies under a certain size. This is what prevents us from participating in the AppCenter.)

  13. 

    We thought about a freemium model as well for an app were considering development of but alas without the app center marketing channel it would’ve been tough for us to get it off the ground.

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