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Desktop App not working

Starting about 2 weeks ago, when I sign in through the desktop app, it opens but if you try to use a new tab or open a new window it crashes. Quite by accident I discovered that if I immediately go to  Reports menu and click on All Reports, I get the Woops QBO Error, but it then gives a choice of Restart or ReLaunch. If you choose Relaunch (NOT RESTART) It will relaunch to a properly working opening. One way to tell is if you use the favorites star in the right hand corner for any reports (which are essentially tabs) when it is not working the ones you have saved will not show, but will show when you relaunch. Also getting to this point through this method, while it works is very slow.

QuickBooks Team

Re: Desktop App not working



Currently, we've received several reports about users' desktop application crashing when opening a new tab. But I have a workaround you can consider.
Our engineers have already been informed about this ongoing issue and are on top of resolving this as soon as possible. I want to assure you that they'll provide you with a permanent resolution and get you back to business.
In the meantime, you can access your account through a supported web browser. This way, you can proceed with pulling up your reports without trouble.
Also, I suggest reaching out to our QuickBooks Online Support team. This way, they can add you to the list of affected users.
Once you're on the list, you'll be receiving email updates about this ongoing concern. You may follow the steps below on how to contact them:
  1. Log in to your account using a supported web browser.
  2. Click on Help.
  3. Select Contact Us.
We appreciate your patience while we're fixing this. Please let me know if you have any other concerns.
Level 1

Re: Desktop App not working

Hi - Thank you for your quick reply. Unfortunately using the reset app data did not work. My method of getting it to relaunch works, yours does not. I have not attempted reload as it shows up on more than one separate machine, I don't have the time and having read the other users comments about doing the reload, I don't think it would do anything. Also, how do you do the right click  sign in as administrator? That does not come up at all when I right click to open the app. I somewhat suspect at this point that this problem may have something to do with a program glitch concerning the opening with showing the tabs as you left it when you close - this is not happening either. Only when I get it to ReLaunch will it ask to do this and then doesn't! I will continue with my work around until you get this fixed!


Re: Desktop App not working

Good day, MICKEY F.


I appreciate you performing the workaround. I've looked into this further and confirmed that there was a related investigation about QuickBooks Online (QBO) Windows App crashes when opening a new tab. The post above has already been updated by my colleague, Alessandra_B.


Our engineers are continuously working to implement a fix with the utmost urgency. Rest assured that they are doing the best to deliver one that'll prevent this from happening again. However, the workaround as of now is to open multiple tabs using a browser.


While this is still ongoing, I recommend giving us a quick call by following the steps above. When you do, provide this escalation number: INV-31308.


From there, our team will update you through email as soon as resolution has been released for this issue.


Thanks for your patience. Reach out to me if there's anything else I can assist you with. I'm always glad to help.

Level 1

Re: Desktop App not working

Has a fix been found for this yet? I've been having the same issue for the past 2 months.
QuickBooks Team

Re: Desktop App not working

Hi Greg1979,


Currently, our engineers are still gathering data for their investigation. If you haven't already, I recommend contacting our Customer Care Team so you'll be listed in our list of affected users.


In the meantime, you can access your account via a supported browser. Here are the lists of supported browsers:

  • Safari
  • Internet Explorer
  • Google Chrome
  • Firefox

You might also want to check this article for future reference: QuickBooks App General Support.


Reach out to us anytime if you need help with anything else.

Level 1

Re: Desktop App not working

Anyone else have an issue with it signing you out automatically within an hour or less of signing in? You'll sign in, leave it open for a bit, come back and see an "Unexpected error" message. Then when you click reload, you get the whole "our shoe came untied" message. And then it just completely signs you out. You then have to go through the whole sign in process again like it has no idea who you are... captcha, etc. What's the point of using the desktop app if it just keeps signing you out. Oh and if I try to "clear cache" it crashes.
Not applicable

Re: Desktop App not working

Welcome and thanks for joining our forums, @JamesLarsen,


I've checked my resources and verified that there is an ongoing issue with the QuickBooks Desktop App.


Our engineers are already investigating why some users are kicked out and are prompt to log back in when clicking the Open a New Tab option. We don't have the exact turn around time on when this will be fixed. Rest assured, our support team sends an update about the status rolled out to everyone in stages. Once available, you will be notified through email.


In the meantime, I would recommend giving our Quickbooks Online Support Team a quick call to add you to the list of affected users. You can have them add you to the ticket number INV-31308.


Here's how to get our contact information:


  1. Click the (?) Help menu at the top right section of your QBO Dashboard.
  2. Tap the Contact us button.



Please update me call goes or if you have any other questions. I'm here to lend you a hand anytime. Have a nice day.

Level 1

Re: Desktop App not working

Thank you! At least I know it's not just me now!
Level 1

Re: Desktop App not working

Hi Mickey, Thanks for the fix to this issue. It's a godsend. I have been dealing with this issue for months and even called tech support. They told me the usual BS "we are aware and we are working on it". It has been almost close to 4 months since I have been dealing with this issue. I also find it strange that they have not updated the app for many months. This workaround not only fixes the multiple tab issues but it also fixes the terrible and consistent JSON error which forces you to log back in quite often. I have gone overnight without the JSON error which is an eternity for this app. Having said all that what's taking the QB engineers to fix this. They can just look and see what setting get changed by hitting the "Relaunch" button and work backwards. Sometimes you just need to reverse engineer things. I have a feeling they don't people using the desktop app and thus they are not fixing it intentionally. It is sad because they have no problem charging your credit card every month for a product that is not ready for primetime.
Level 1

Re: Desktop App not working

James follow the workaround suggested by Mickey on the very top of the thread. It works like a charm. It definitely stabilizes the app. Good luck!!
Level 1

Re: Desktop App not working - when printing, it closes

When printing from the Quickbooks app, it crashed the app each time we print .  It happens no matter what is being printed, invoice, checks etc.

QuickBooks Team

Re: Desktop App not working - when printing, it closes

Let me help you sort this out, @SHCI.


To start with, may I ask if you received any error message while working with QuickBooks? Any further details would be a great help to isolate this issue.


In the meantime, I've identified some additional steps that may help to resolve the error. Start by clearing the Window App's Cache one more time for good measure. You'll find the instructions for doing so below:


Here's how:

  1. lick Help on the navigation bar at the top.
  2. Select Reset App Data.
  3. Allow a moment for the process to complete, and then close the app.
  4. Be sure to right-click the app and Run as Administrator when re-opening.




Keep me posted if you have other questions. I'm always here to help.