Download and Install QuickBooks Desktop 2021

QuickBooks Desktop 2021 was released into the market by Intuit around September 2020. In this article read how to download QuickBooks 2021 and install it. Soon after the release of QuickBooks 2021, Intuit put out various versions of QuickBooks Desktop 2021 into the market as well.

The catch during that time that Intuit introduced though was that these versions would work on a subscription basis. They would act as a more powerful, or a ‘Plus’ version of the QuickBooks Desktop 2021 application.

How do i Download QuickBooks 2021 Pro, Premier, Accountant, or Enterprise for free

To install one of the Pro, Premier, Accountant, and Enterprise versions of QuickBooks Desktop, the user needs to select the type of the product when they are purchasing from the QuickBooks website. Once they have chosen the product, the user can follow the download process mentioned below to download QuickBooks 2021 on their workstation.

  • After that, if you want to use QuickBooks Desktop on multiple computers then click on Yes, Other wise click on No or Not Sure.
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  • And then select your country– US, Canada or UK
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  • Thereafter choose QuickBooks product– Pro, Premier, Accountant, Enterprise, Accountant or MAC
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  • Now, choose QuickBooks Desktop version 2021 then Click on Search button/option
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  • Lastly, Click on Download button to download QuickBooks 2021 version.
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Download QuickBooks 2021 Pro Version- US or Canada

The 2021 version of QuickBooks Desktop Pro includes various features, and it has been designed to better cater to the needs of all kinds of businesses in general, rather than focusing on specific industries.

It has 64-bit computing power, and it offers features like bill pay, and they also come with a mobile application, which makes it easy to track income, expenses, etc. It does not support industry-specific tools or forecasting. Up to three users can use the application. QuickBooks Desktop Pro is a bit cheaper. This is because of fact that it is a more general kind of application that serves a better purpose for general accounting needs.

  • Go to the QuickBooks Download and Update page
  • Then choose Multi-user mode (using QuickBooks Desktop on multiple computers at the same time)
  • After that select your Country >> then product QuickBooks Desktop Pro
  • And then select version year QuickBooks Desktop Pro 2021.
  • Click on Download button to download QuickBooks Desktop Pro 2021.

Download QuickBooks 2021 Premier- US or Canada

The 2021 version of QuickBooks Desktop Premier includes various features, but it has been designed to better cater to the needs of companies in the manufacturing, contracting, and professional services industries. Multiple users (up to five) can use the application, but each user must have paid for their subscription.

It has 64-bit computing power, and it offers features like bill pay, and they also come with a mobile application, which makes it easy to track income, expenses, etc. QuickBooks Desktop Premier is a bit more expensive, but it is justified because it is extremely capable of performing more intricate functionalities.

  • Go to the QuickBooks Download and Update page
  • Then choose Multi-user mode (using QuickBooks Desktop on multiple computers at the same time)
  • After that select your Country >> then product QuickBooks Desktop Premier
  • And then select version year QuickBooks Desktop Premier 2021.
  • Click on Download button to download QuickBooks Desktop Premier 2021.

Download QuickBooks 2021 Enterprise- US or Canada

The Enterprise version is perhaps the most expensive version of QuickBooks Desktop 2021. It supports a maximum of 40 users at a time.

It also has other great features like users being able to export Accountant’s copy, manage sales taxes, manage inventory, account for more than one currency, track unpaid bills, compare actual to estimated costs by job, etc. On the flip side, it does not support functionalities like toggling to pro, premium, and industry editions, accessing the accountant center, and importing an accountant’s copy. Users can create 200+ reports, and the list limit for the Enterprise version is 14,500 items.

  • Go to the QuickBooks Download and Update page
  • Then choose Multi-user mode (using QuickBooks Desktop on multiple computers at the same time)
  • After that select your Country >> then product QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise
  • And then select version year QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise 2021.
  • Click on Download button to download QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise 2021.

Download QuickBooks 2021 Accountant- US or Canada Edition

The Accountant version of QuickBooks Desktop 2021 is priced into two categories, namely, Accountant Desktop, and Enterprise Accountant. It supports a maximum of 5 users (Accountant Desktop) and 40 users (Accountant Enterprise) at a time.

It also has other great features like users being able to import an Accountant’s copy, manage sales taxes, manage inventory, account for more than one currency, track unpaid bills, compare actual to estimated costs by job, etc. It also supports functionalities like toggling to pro, premium, and industry editions, accessing accountant centers, etc. Users can create 150+ reports, and the list limit for the Enterprise version is 14,500 items.

  • Go to the QuickBooks Download and Update page
  • Then choose Multi-user mode (using QuickBooks Desktop on multiple computers at the same time)
  • After that select your Country >> then product QuickBooks Desktop Accountant
  • And then select version year QuickBooks Desktop Accountant 2021.
  • Click on Download button to download QuickBooks Desktop Accountant 2021.

How to Install QuickBooks 2021 Pro, Premier, Enterprise or Accountant

  • After Downloaded QuickBooks Desktop 2021 Pro, Premier, Enterprise or Accountant application, you need to install or setup it.
  • The user also needs to keep their license number and product number in hand.
  • The user then needs to run the ‘QuickBooks.exe’ file that they downloaded.
  • Then the user needs to follow the on-screen instructions and accept the terms and conditions.
  • Next, the user needs to enter their license number and product number.

Express Install

  • To perform an ‘Express’ install, the user must Select Express and then Next.
  • Then they must select ‘Install’. When the installation finishes, the user must select ‘Open QuickBooks’.

Custom and Network install

  • To perform a ‘Custom and Network’ install, the user must select ‘Custom and Network Options’ and then select ‘Next’.
  • Then the user must choose how they will be using QuickBooks.
  • After that, the user needs to select ‘Change the install location. The user must select ‘Browse’ to decide where they want to put the QuickBooks folder.
  • Finally, the user can select ‘Next’ to start the installation.
  • Once the installation is complete, the user can select ‘Open QuickBooks’.
  • Once the installation has been completed, the user will just have to activate their QuickBooks.

How to Download and Install QuickBooks Desktop 2021 for MAC

First, the user must make sure that their workstation meets the various system requirements that are listed below. If they do, the user can proceed to the next steps.

  • Then the user needs to download the QuickBooks Desktop 2021 application from the QuickBooks store.
  • Go to the QuickBooks Download and Update page
  • Then choose Multi-user mode (using QuickBooks Desktop on multiple computers at the same time)
  • After that select your Country >> then product QuickBooks Mac Desktop
  • And then select version year QuickBooks Desktop MAC 2021.
  • Click on Download button to download QuickBooks 2021
  • After that, the user must download their QuickBooks Desktop for Mac version or use the CD installer.
  • Then user also needs to keep their license number and product number in hand.
  • The user will then need to close all applications.
  • After that, the user needs to open the installer or insert the disc into the Mac CD drive.
  • The QuickBooks installation window will open automatically.
  • The user must then drag the QuickBooks icon to the Applications folder.
  • The Applications folder opens automatically.
  • After that, the user can select the QuickBooks icon to open the application.

Update Download QuickBooks 2021 Pro, Premier, Enterprise, MAC or Accountant

If you’re using QuickBooks Desktop, it’s important to keep your software up-to-date. QuickBooks Desktop Update that fixes several issues. It includes improvements to the user interface, performance, and security. Additionally, it fixes a problem where some customers were not able to open QuickBooks after installing the latest update.

This will ensure that you have the latest features and security enhancements. You can update your software automatically or manually. We recommend that you update your software every month. This will help to protect your data and lower the risk of malware attacks.

For manual updates

  • First, the user must close all the company files and also the QuickBooks application.
  • Next, the user must open the start menu.
  • In the search bar at the bottom, the user must search for ‘QuickBooks Desktop’.
  • Then they must right-click on it and run it with administrator privileges.
  • After that, the user must go to the ‘Help’ option from the menu bar and select ‘Update QuickBooks Desktop
  • Then the user must go to the ‘Options’ tab.
  • In the ‘Options’ tab, the user must select ‘Mark All’ and then ‘Save’.
  • After that, they must go to the ‘Update Now’ tab and select the ‘Reset Update’ checkbox.
  • Finally, the user needs to select ‘Get Updates.
  • Once the update has been downloaded, the user must reopen QuickBooks Desktop.
  • The user must select ‘Yes’ to install the update.
  • Once the installation finishes, the user should restart their computer.

System Requirements for QuickBooks Desktop 2021

Following are the requirements that any workstation that wishes to run QuickBooks 2021 needs.

Operating System: QuickBooks demands that the Windows operating system is installed natively and not through an emulator or a virtual environment. Any one of the following operating systems should be sufficient.

  • Windows 10, all editions including 64-bit, natively installed
  • Windows 8.1, all editions including 64-bit, natively installed
  • Windows Server 2019, Standard and Essentials
  • Windows Server 2016, Standard and Essentials
  • Windows Server 2012 R2, Standard and Essentials
  • Database Server for natively installed Windows:
    • Windows 10, all editions including 64-bit, natively installed
    • Windows 8.1, all editions including 64-bit, natively installed
    • Windows Server 2019, Standard and Essentials
    • Windows Server 2016, Standard and Essentials
    • Windows Server 2012 R2, Standard and Essentials
    • Windows Server 2012, Standard and Essentials
  • Database Server for Linux:
    • OpenSuse Leap 15.1, 15.2
    • Fedora 31, 32
    • Red Hat Enterprise 8 (RHEL 8)
  • Browser: QuickBooks Desktop 2021 demands an active internet connection and the 32-bit version of the Internet Explorer application to be installed on the workstation. 
  • Hardware and operating system requirements:
    • Processor: A 2.4 GHz minimum processor is required.
    • RAM: A 4GB minimum RAM is required, but the recommended RAM for best performance is 8GB.
    • Server RAM requirements: The server RAM requirements depend on the number of users:
      • 1-5 Users: 8GB RAM
      • 10 Users: 12GB RAM
      • 15 Users: 16GB RAM
      • 20 Users: 20+GB RAM
    • Disk space:
      • A minimum of 2.5GB of disk space is required, with some additional space as well, that may be required for data files.
      • Additional 60MB for Microsoft .NET 4.7 Runtime, which is provided on the QuickBooks CD.
      • Additional requirements for Intuit Data Protect in QuickBooks Connected Services offerings:
        • Require a minimum of 4.0GB RAM
        • Twice the size of the largest file set to back up + 100MB or twice the size to restore. The space is only required from the work folder LocalApplicationData+” Intuit\Intuit Data Protect”.
    • Windows:
      • US version of Windows.
      • Administrator rights are required for the server computer in order to host multi-user access.
      • Natively installed Windows, and it doesn’t need to run in a virtual environment or emulation software.
    • Optical drive:
      • A 4X DVD-ROM drive is required for physical CD installations.
    • Screen resolution:
      • Display optimised for 1280 x 1024 screen resolution or higher with up to 2 extended monitors is required.
      • Best optimised for Default DPI setting for a given computer.
    • Additional for Warehouse Manager users:
      • Zebra TC20/TC25/TC51 Mobile Computer is recommended (Android 4.4 & above)
      • Zebra MC40 Mobile Computer (Android 4.4 & above)
      • Enterprise also supports Honeywell Voyager 1602g Pocket Barcode Scanner, Socket Mobile CHK 7CI, and the Symbol CS3070
    • Integration with other applications: Following are the applications with which QuickBooks Desktop 2021 can be integrated:
      • Microsoft Office 2019.
      • Microsoft Office 2016 (including Outlook 2016) both on 32 and 64-bit.
      • Microsoft Office 2013 and 365 (including Outlook 2013) both on 32 and 64-bit. Note: Microsoft 365 is only supported when it’s locally installed, not the web version.
      • Email estimates, invoices, and other forms with Microsoft Outlook 2016-2019, Microsoft Outlook with Microsoft 365, Gmail, Yahoo Mail and Outlook.com, and other SMTP-supporting email clients.
      • Preparing letters requires Microsoft Word 2019, 2016, 2013, or Microsoft 365 (includes 64-bit).
      • Exporting reports requires Microsoft Excel 2019, 2016, 2013, or Microsoft 365 (includes 64-bit).
      • Contact Synchronisation with Microsoft Outlook requires Outlook 2019  (32-bit), 2016, or 2013.
      • Syncing with Outlook requires QuickBooks Contact Sync for Outlook. Note: Contact Sync doesn’t work with the Microsoft Business Contact Manager Outlook plug-in, so syncing could cause duplicate records.
      • QuickBooks Point of Sale V19.0, and V18.0.
      • TurboTax 2020, 2019, and 2018 (Personal and Business).
      • Lacerte 2020, 2019, and 2018.
      • Pro-Series tax years 2020, 2019, and 2018.
      • Quicken 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, and 2016.
      • QuickBooks Desktop for Mac 2021, 2020, 2019, and 2016.
      • Adobe Acrobat Reader: Business Planner, Payroll, and viewing forms require Adobe Acrobat Reader 9.0 or later.
      • Payroll and other online features and services require Internet access with at least a 56 Kbps connection speed (1 Mbps recommended). DSL or cable modem is recommended.
      • Gmail, Yahoo Email, Windows Mail, Hotmail and AOL (i.e Mozilla Thunderbird Email Client which supports the plain text version).
      • Internet Explorer 11.
    • Antivirus software:
      • McAfee
      • Avast
      • Bitdefender
      • Norton
      • Kaspersky
      • Trend Micro Security
      • Webroot
      • ESET
      • Panda Dome
      • Sophos
      • Avira
      • Symantec
      • F-Secure
    • Antimalware software:
      • Bitdefender
      • AVG
      • Malwarebytes
      • Spybot
      • Emsisoft
      • McAfee
      • Avast
      • Webroot
      • ZoneAlarm
      • Kaspersky
      • F-Secure

QuickBooks Desktop 2021 Features

There were a bunch of new core features that Intuit introduced in their QuickBooks Desktop 2021 application. These features were available for all versions of the QuickBooks Desktop 2021 application, including the Pro, the Pro Plus, the Premier, the Premier Plus, the Accountant, and the Enterprise (all subscription levels).

Bank Feeds

The first feature that has been provided with significant improvements is the Bank Feeds. The Bank Feeds feature is an online banking feature in QuickBooks Desktop 2021 application that allows the user to connect to their financial institutions so that the users can download transactions and use other online services.

Through the Bank Feeds feature, the users can easily process their bank and credit card transactions in a much more efficient manner, which also gives the user some extra time for their other business needs that also require their attention. Earlier on, there were many complaints made by the user regarding the Bank Feeds feature. Their issue with the Bank Feeds feature was that the users had to manually categories their bank feed transactions into accounts. These transactions are the transactions that were not present in the user’s books.

The ‘Advanced Mode’ was introduced in QuickBooks Desktop 2021. It decreases the number of limitations present and aims to improve efficiency for the user. The ‘Advanced Mode’ feature automatically organizes the user’s transaction. It does this through a set of rules that have been set and enhanced through artificial intelligence algorithms. Even though the ‘Advanced Mode’ feature is great, it was kept as an optional feature as there was an observation that many users preferred the older style of the bank feeds. But users can easily enable the ‘Advanced Mode’. To enable it:

  • First, the user must be logged in as the administrator in QuickBooks.
  • Then the user must choose ‘Edit’ which can be found in the menu bar in the QuickBooks Desktop Application. In the ‘Edit’ menu, the user must select ‘Preferences’. 
  • Under ‘Preferences’, the user must select ‘Checking’, and then they must click on the ‘Company Preferences’ option. In the ‘Company Preferences’ option, the user must choose the ‘Advanced Mode’ option, which is located under ‘Bank Feeds’. 

Users can also access the Improved Bank Feeds. To do so:

  • First, the user must select ‘Banking’, which can be found in the menu bar in QuickBooks. In the ‘Banking’ menu, the user must choose ‘Bank Feeds’, and then go on to select the ‘Bank Feeds Centre’.

QuickBooks’ Improved Bank Feeds is capable of automatically categorising a majority of downloaded transactions into the proper accounts and asking users to review them if they can not be automatically matched.

Another great feature that has been rolled out by Intuit is the Automated Statements feature. Unlike before, QuickBooks can now create statements, so that the user can review those statements and send them to their customers.

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