QuickBooks Error Code OL 222: Fix It Now!

QuickBooks Error Code OL 222: Fix It Now!

When you import a QBO file from your financial institution to QuickBooks for Mac, you may witness the QuickBooks error code OL 222 pop-up. This error affects your accounting activity on the software badly bringing your critical accounting project to a halt all of a sudden. You might want to contact your financial institution in this case or, simply, refer to this guide on tried and tested ways to fix error code OL 222 in QuickBooks. 

What Are the Main Causes of QuickBooks Error OL 222?

QuickBooks OL 222 error may pop up on your screen due to the following reasons:

  • The name of the QBO file is against the Open Financial Exchange (OFX) rules.
  • Outdated version QuickBooks Desktop.
  • QBO file format is not valid.
  • Some errors conflicting with QuickBooks company files.
  • Other third-party programs are creating conflicts with OFX operations.

How to Fix Error Code OL 222 in QuickBooks?

You can create a backup of QuickBooks company files, update QuickBooks Desktop, change the file format of the QBO file, and replace the FIDIR.txt file with a new one on QuickBooks for Mac.

For better understanding, we are here listing each method with a manual procedure. Let’s check them all out: 

Method 1: Update QuickBooks Manually

Before jumping on to anything, it is recommended to update the QuickBooks Desktop manually. Thereafter, you can backup your QuickBooks company files.

Update QuickBooks Desktop to the Latest Release
  • Launch “QuickBooks Desktop”.
  • Click on the “QuickBooks Updates & Download” page.
  • Select your country, version, and product using the drop-down menu.
  • Click on the “Search” option.
  • Ensure that you mark “Critical Fixes”.
  • Go to the “Get Updates” button.
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  • Then, you can download and install the files.
Backup QuickBooks Company File
  • Click on the “File” menu.
  • Then, click on the “Backup Company” option.
  • Here, you will see options; Online backup and local backup. Choose the “Local Backup” option.
  • Hit the “OK” button.
  • Choose a location to save the backup file in your system.
  • Click the “Save” button.

Once you are done updating your QuickBooks software and creating a backup for company files, you can start importing QBO files. However, if you still face the same OL 222 in QuickBooks error, try another method.

Method 2: Correct QBO File Format

Having one or more characters in the QBO file name is one of the common reasons why you are receiving QuickBooks error OL 222. These characters go against the OFX rules. Hence, it is important to correct the format of the QBO file.

  • Click right on “QuickBooks Company File”.
  • Then, select the “Edit” button using the drop-down.
  • Now, open the file in a preferred text editor.
  • Click the “Find” option in a text editor.
  • Select the unwanted characters such as “&amp” text. Then, remove it all.
  • Once done, click on the “File” menu.
  • Click the “Save” button.

After following these steps, you can close the edited file. Later, you can try importing QuickBooks Online file to verify if the QuickBooks error code OL 222 is fixed.

Method 3: Replace FIDIR.txt File

If no above method works effectively then you can delete the old FIDIR file and replace it with a new one. Before doing so, make sure that you create a backup of your company files. Also, it should be noted that all the QuickBooks windows are closed. 

Download QuickBooks for Mac
  • Hold down the “Control” key.
  • Then, click on the version of your QuickBooks for Mac (that you are using currently to download the right file).
  • Now, download “QuickBooks for Mac”.
  • Select the “Download Linked File As” and save it to your desktop.
Delete Old FIDIR.txt File

Here, you can select the old FIDIR.txt file to the Trash. This can be done in two different ways on Mac PC.

Way 1: Remove FIDIR.txt File from Download Folder

  • Press the “Option” key.
  • Go to the “Finder” menu.
  • Click on the “Go” button and select the “Library” option.
  • Now, search the “Download” folder.
  • Drag the “FIDIR.txt” file and move it to the “Trash” folder.
  • Empty your “Trash” folder as well.

Way 2: Remove FIDIR.txt File from Resource Folder

  • Click on the “Go” button located on the top menu bar.
  • Go to the “Applications”.
  • Use the “Control” key.
  • Choose the “QuickBooks 20XX” [XX represents the version of your QuickBooks software].
  • Now, choose the “Show Package Contents” from the contextual menu.
  • Click twice the “Contents” folder.
  • Find and drag the “FIDIR.txt” file to the “Trash” folder.
  • Empty your “Trash” folder as well.

Once you are done following these steps, you can copy the FIDIR.txt file that you saved on your desktop and paste it to both Download and Resources folder. This will surely fix the QuickBooks OL 222 error and then you can import your QBO file.

To Sum Up

Hope the aforementioned guide helped you deal with the error code QuickBooks OL 222 effectively. However, in case, you are still facing any issue fixing the error you can get in touch with us or drop your query in the comment box. Our representatives will get back to you with a solution shortly. 

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