It’s not possible to import a QuickBooks desktop backup file directly into QuickBooks Online.
If you only have a backup and don’t have QuickBooks desktop installed on your computer, you will first need to install a trial version of QuickBooks on your computer.
Follow the steps below:
- Download and install a QuickBooks Trial:
Windows Desktop Trial Link: http://http-download.intuit.com/http.intuit/Downloads/2012/Latest/Setup_QuickBooksPro2012.exe (License # 7482-8847-2621-492 / Product # 204-992)
Mac Desktop Trial Link: http://http-download.intuit.com/http.intuit/Downloads/2014/Latest/QuickBooksProMac2014Trial.dmg
- Skip (or exit) the “getting started” interview.
In the QuickBooks trial, choose File > Open or Restore Company to open the backup file. (File > Open Company in Mac)
After it’s restored, take these two steps (also read related articles below)
- STEP 1 > In QuickBooks for Windows, choose Help > Update QuickBooks.
- STEP 2 > After the update is complete, restart QuickBooks, choose Company > Export Company File to QuickBooks Online.
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Then, follow the rest of import instructions:
Import into QuickBooks Online from QuickBooks Desktop for Windows
Survival Guide – Import to QuickBooks Online from QuickBooks Desktop
Import into QuickBooks Online from QuickBooks Desktop for Mac