Intuit Data Protect is a subscription-based tool that allows you to create a backup of your company files and restore them. It also provides additional security to your QuickBooks data files as it prevents your data files from viruses, malware, theft, hackers. You just have to assign a date and time for the backup and the backup will automatically process in the background and you can work on your files at the same time.
This article will provide you the answers for all your general queries regarding the Intuit Data Protect tool. You can also contact us at our toll-free QuickBooks Customer Service Number +1800-567-0425 to know more about the service or if you are having any issue.
If you are facing any issue while using the Intuit Data Protect, see Troubleshoot Common Intuit Data Protect Issues.
|IDP only works on the Windows operating system as it is not supported in Mac yet.|
Intuit Data Protect Basics
What Is Intuit Data Protect?
Intuit Data Protect or IDP basically is a subscription-based service that allows you to secure your data from getting lost or damaged due to the virus, laptop theft, file corruption, fire, and so on. The files get backed up automatically on the scheduled time and you can also create a backup of your files every day. You can choose to backup a single company file or multiple QuickBooks files.
How much will it cost me to subscribe to Intuit Data Protect?
There are multiple options from which you can choose. Most notable, IDP comes with no additional charges will all QB Pro Plus, Premier Plus, and Enterprise Subscriptions.
|Intuit Data Protect Options||Monthly Fee||strong>Annual Fee|
|Back up your QuickBooks file only (Company Data Plan)||$4.95||$49.95|
|Back up your entire PC (Entire PC Plan)||$9.95||$99.95|
Note: 60-days money back guarantee also comes with the annual plan.
How do I change my subscription settings?
To make any changes in your account, you can call us at our toll-free QuickBooks Support Number +1800-567-0425.
Does Intuit Data Protect work with all versions of QuickBooks Desktop?
Intuit Data Protect is only compatible with the QuickBooks Desktop 2016 and later versions. However, the older company files can still be backed up if the IDP is not integrated with the QuickBooks version.
Note: IDP only works on the Windows operating system as it is not supported in Mac yet.
How is QuickBooks Online Backup different from Intuit Data Protect?
IDP is the latest backup service provided by Intuit that works best with the 2016 and later versions of QuickBooks. It comes with the status alerts on the QuickBooks home page that indicates that your data is secured. You can choose a different plan that allows you to protect your data without worrying about the storage limits. You are provided the best backup capabilities that allows you to back up files while you are working on them.
For the QuickBooks Desktop versions, Intuit Data Protect only works with QuickBooks 2016 and later version. However, the QuickBooks Online Backup is compatible with all versions of QuickBooks. Both services can be used at the same time.
Intuit Data Protect Installation and Setup
How to install Intuit Data Protect?
Go to the Create a backup using Intuit Data Protect (IDP) page to know about installing and setting up IDP.
Can I install Intuit Data Protect on more than one computer?
Intuit Data Protect is not a file-sharing service and it is not recommended to use the same IDP subscription on multiple systems.
What type of IP address works with Intuit Data Protect?
To use Intuit Data Protect properly, you are recommended to use a Dynamic IP address. Using Static IPs may cause several issues and can be unstable at times.
Which QuickBooks files get backed up?
While backing up your company files, everything you have to create your company file again and QuickBooks environment is backed up well as well. This includes every single QuickBooks file (templates, letters, logos, and images) associated with your company file, all the files you’ve attached to items in QuickBooks, and your Financial Statement Designer, Cash Flow Projector, Business Planner, and Loan Manager files, if you are using these features.
How do I create or change my backup schedule?
Intuit Data Protect doesn’t require you to create a schedule because everything is already done for you. Backup process in the background and the process will continue even if you are working on the same company file. If your system id off during the scheduled backup time then you don’t have to worry as the backup will automatically start whenever you turn your system on.
How can I remove Intuit Data Protect from my computer?
Intuit Data Protect is preinstalled in the QuickBooks 2016 and later version. You can actually remove Intuit Data Protect from your system as there is no option in QuickBooks or Control Panel to remove IDP.
- The Intuit Data Protect icon will not be visible unless you have signed up and active service of IDP.
- To cancel your service and want to restrict IDP from loading:
- Right-click on the Intuit Data Protect icon from the bottom-right corner of your Task Manager.
- Now, click on Exit Intuit Data Protect
- You also have to remove Intuit Data Protect from your startup folder: go to Start > All Programs > Startup (option names can be different according to the Windows version), then right-click Intuit Data Protect, and delete it.
Backup And Restore
How do I restore a file?
- Run the Intuit Data Protect and then click on Restore from Backup.
- Choose the time and date of the backup that you want to restore and then select your file/s.
- Click on Continue.
- Select the location where you want to restore the file and then click on Restore.
How Can I Check If My Files Are Being Backed Up?
You have the option to check the status of your backup and run IDP at any point of time from the home page of QuickBooks or by right-clicking on the system tray icon and selecting Intuit Data Protect.
Is there a limit on how much data I can back up?
Yes. You can backup of your company file if you have the Company Data plan. However, if you have the whole PC plan then can only use up-to to 100GB of total storage, that includes all 45 days of backups you’ve stored.
Can I manually back up?
Just open the Intuit Data Protect and then click on Back Up Now. To open Intuit Data Protect, right click on the Intuit Data Protect from the system tray (typically by the system clock). Select Open Intuit Data Protect option from the available options.
Do I need to close my company file or can I continue working?
You don’t require to close your QuickBooks Company File. Intuit Data Protect process the backup of your files in background and you can use your company file during the backup. However, if the company file is located on a server then you will have to close the server file for the backup.
It says my backup is only partially successful. Should I be concerned?
You have to check all the backups that are created earlier and see if there are some unsuccessful or not. The partial backups issues can occur if your company file was opened but the server couldn’t opened it. Going into the View Backup History will provide an explained reason for such issues such as Backup failed while backing up QuickBooks data. Make sure that the company file is closed on your server and you should have an active internet connection.
Do I need to leave my computer on so the backup can run?
Your system should be running and you should be logged in to your Windows and connected to the Internet to run a successful backup of your data files. In case if your system is turned off during the scheduled backup, the backup will automatically run whenever you turn your system on next time.
Why is my backup being rescheduled?
In case, your system gets interrupted for some reasons, the Intuit Data Protect will get rescheduled the backup in 30 minutes. You can also skip the backup until your regular scheduled backup runs again. Mostly, the interruptions in backup occurs when there are some internet connectivity issues or if the connection between your system and server gets lost.
Can I see a list of my backups?
Going into the View Backup History will allow you to check the Backup Details page with a chronological list of your backups. The backups you see are from oldest to newest. You can scroll-down and check the history to find the date and timestamp of your backup entries.
Can I backup from more than one PC?
You are not recommended to back up your data in multiple systems using the same account. Every system depends on a separate algorithm and your data can be overwritten in the other PC. If this is happening with you then you can contact our Intuit QuickBooks Support department.
How long do backups take?
The time taken in the backup basically depends on the file size and the speed of your internet connection. Generally, the first backup takes much longer time then the upcoming backups because of the first backup uploads all the files from scratch. Also, while backing up your QuickBooks data, every supporting file is required to re-create your QuickBooks company file and your QuickBooks environment are backed up as well. You can try the following things if the backup is taking too long:
- Select one folder at a time: Some folders can have lots files, or the files itself are too large. Choose one file and then continue with your work. You can always come back and back up other small files.
- Select specific QuickBooks data to back up: All your QuickBooks data files are selected by default. If you have some files that are quite large then you can de-select them and then upload them later. You can back up these files faster if you do it individually. After your initial backups, you have the option to reset the default to backup all your files.
My files are on a server. Are there any limitations I should know about?
Yes. You must have QuickBooks installed and activated on your system to run the QuickBooks Data Protect. However, you can create a back up of your QuickBooks files and other data from your server. While selecting a file for backup, you will have to create a custom category to select any non-QuickBooks files manually that you want to back up from the server. In order for the backup to run, server files must be closed.
Reach Us For Support
Hopefully, the article was helpful for you and you are now clear about all the queries that you had regarding the Intuit Data Protect (IDP). However, to use it properly, the Intuit Data Protect Tool should be updated to the latest release. Sometimes you can face several issues as well while creating a backup of your QuickBooks company file. In such situations, you can get in touch with us at our toll-free QuickBooks Tech Support Phone Number +1800-567-0425 and get an instant resolution for your issues.