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Quickbooks 2009 to Quickbooks 2019

A recent upgrade to High Sierra OS is incompatible with a my very old Quickbooks 2009. Will the 2019 version find the 2009 data and convert?

QuickBooks Team

Re: Quickbooks 2009 to Quickbooks 2019

Thanks for joining us here in the Community, @dreid.


You've got me here to help share some information about the file conversion from QuickBooks for Mac 2009 to QuickBooks for Mac 2019.


Your data will automatically convert if you'll upgrade your QuickBooks to the latest version, as long as you still have your QuickBooks for Mac 2009 installed on your computer.


Before converting your QuickBooks data, make sure that your computer meets the system requirements. Also, I'd recommend creating a backup copy of your company file, so you can easily restore it in case of data loss. 


Here are some articles that you can check out about QuickBooks for Mac installation for your reference:

However, if you need additional assistance with this process, feel free to reach out to our Customer Care Team. They have tools like screen-sharing that can guide you with the entire procedure. 


These resources should help you convert your data, @dreid.


Don't hesitate to reach back out to me if you have any other questions about file conversion or any QuickBooks issues. I'd be happy to help you out. Have a great weekend ahead.

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Re: Quickbooks 2009 to Quickbooks 2019

When I installed High Sierra, it put my QB 2009 in an “incompatible” folder, so I cannot access it. Will the 2019 version find what it needs anyway? It is backed up (.qbmb), but the last I created this file type was in December. Will it convert from the application or from the backup?

QuickBooks Team

Re: Quickbooks 2009 to Quickbooks 2019

I appreciate your prompt response, @dreid.


Allow me to provide clarifications about file conversion in QuickBooks Desktop for Mac.


Yes, the 2019 version of QuickBooks for Mac will be compatible with your newly installed operating system High Sierra. That said, it is accessible. On the other hand, you'll need to convert your data from the backup copy that you've created. This will only happen if you've already upgraded to the latest version of QuickBooks.


The process goes like this:

  • Upgrade your QuickBooks to the latest version.
  • Restore the backup copy that you have from the 2009 version to the new one.
  • Once done, you'll need to update the data so it will be updated to the 2019 version and start using it.

For the steps in performing this process, please refer to the articles that I've provided above.


Please let me know how it goes or if you have any follow up questions with this concern. I want to make sure you're taken care of. Wishing you all the best.

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