FileThis Fetch Releases iOS App

FileThis Fetch Releases iOS App

FileThisA year ago I wrote about a service that takes most of the pain out of paperless billing called FileThis Fetch.

FileThis allows you to set up connections to a slew of online services such as financial institutions, utilities, and stores, and automatically download statements to a destination of your choosing. I know lots of readers and colleagues that love it.[1]

Today the FileThis folks launched the FileThis Fetch iPhone and iPad app, and I’ve been playing with it since it went live on the app store.[2]

See And Manage Connections

If you are an existing FileThis user, you can see the connections that you have set up with FileThis.

See FileThis Fetch Connections

You can add a new connection right in the app, and choose from one of their many supported services.

Add FileThis Fetch Connection

I believe that by default, FileThis will check your connections for new statements every week. If you’d like, in the app, you can tap the arrow icon to manually kick off a check.

When it finds new statements to download, it will send them right to your destination. Statements are never actually downloaded to your device so you don’t have to worry about data usage or mobile device security.

Manage Destinations

Speaking of destinations, you can manage that in the app as well. You can choose whether you want to use, Dropbox, Evernote, Box, or Google Drive.

FileThis Fetch Destinations

FileThis also supports downloading files to your computer without using a cloud service, but obviously the iPhone app can’t do that.

Paperless Statement Management

We are doing more and more computing on our phones and tablets, so the FIleThis iPhone and iPad apps are nice additions to the FileThis service. It’s a little crazy that you can have all of your paperless statements downloaded without having to touch a computer.

  1. I don’t personally use it much because most of the connections are United States only. If they add Canadian connections to the mix, I’m there.  ↩

  2. I know someone will ask so I will get it out of the way: There is no Android app currently, though they are working on a mobile solution for you guys.  ↩

About the Author

Brooks Duncan helps individuals and small businesses go paperless. He's been an accountant, a software developer, a manager in a very large corporation, and has run DocumentSnap since 2008. You can find Brooks on Twitter at @documentsnap or @brooksduncan. Thanks for stopping by.

Leave a Reply 5 comments

JaBaine - December 28, 2013 Reply

As a Canadian this review made me go looking to see if there is something similar for/in Canada. You know what? there is.. its called "ePost" from Canada Post. It doesn't download to a cloud service but its been around since 2000 or so.

There is an iOS app

It has the larger Canadian Banks and Corporations. You can also pay the Bills from within the app as well if you set it up.

    Brooks Duncan - December 28, 2013 Reply

    ePost is good (I use it for some things), but I don't think it will automatically save the document to somewhere like Evernote or Dropbox do you? You still need to go download it manually, but at least it consolidates it to one place.

    Great tip, thanks.

Suselew - August 25, 2013 Reply

I have been using this service now since you made this post and it's definitely not a perfect service, security issues aside. I have yet to get one of my retirement funds to even connect. Every day I receive an email that one of my connections is problematic. Sometimes it states it cannot log in while I can successfully log in to the website. It's not as hands-free as I would like. On the other hand, when it works, it really works well. I now have my utilities, etc statement downloaded directly to Evernote. I had been racking my brain for a way to capture paperless statements as frankly, it seemed easier to just scan the paper bill. This is the solution for that problem. Now if it just worked better and customer support was more responsive to my support issues.

    Brooks Duncan - August 26, 2013 Reply

    Thanks for your comment. Hopefully they'll get those retirement statement issues sorted out. 

Bruce Williamson - August 13, 2013 Reply

I looked into this kind of service and, if I’m not mistaken, it means giving this company complete access to all of the banking and other financial accounts that I want them to monitor for statements. Huh? Why would any sane person do this? Trust a company they don’t have any experience with to have that kind of unfettered access? Am I missing the point? How in the world do they access my records in order to download statements WITHOUT my login credentials?

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