Moving money from one bank account to another is now more straightforward than ever, thanks to online banking. Using various techniques, it is possible to transfer money from one bank to another electronically. Although every approach has its advantages and disadvantages, they are all equally effective in the end.
Bank-to-bank transferA straightforward transfer from one bank account to another is a viable choice if you are the owner of both accounts. You can set up the transfer with either the bank sending or receiving the funds. After two or three business days, the money will arrive at its destination. When it comes down to it, the timing is determined by the institutions you work with and whether you are transferring money domestically or overseas. You may be able to make free transfers between related accounts at many financial institutions. Still, it is crucial to verify this information with both financial institutions involved before you do so. You will have to connect your accounts before successfully conducting a transfer. Because this procedure can take up to a week, you should make sure that the link is established well before you need to send money.
Instructions for linking your accounts:
- After successfully logging in to the account from which you intend to send money, look for a menu option that allows you to "add an account," "add external accounts," or "connect accounts." Your bank's Customer Service or Transfers menus may contain these options or something quite close to them.
- Please include the routing number of the other bank and your account number at that institution. Suppose you do not have access to these details. In that case, you can obtain them from a check, from the online banking account associated with that account, or from a bank representative at your institution.
- Following the submission of that information, you could be asked to provide evidence that you are the owner of the external account. You either provide a username and password for that account or confirm a series of tiny "test" transactions between the two banks. Typically, you do this by supplying the username and password.
External transfer feesAs internet banking has become more widespread, the incidence of fees charged for transferring money to accounts held by third parties has decreased. As of May 2020, many well-known financial institutions provided the service at no cost to their customers. The following is a brief list of some of those institutions:
- Bank of America Capital One Chase Barclays
- Bank of Citi & Discover
- Navy Bank of America Federal Credit Union Bank of North Carolina Bank of Synchrony
- Wells Fargo
Applications and tools for making payments onlinePerson-to-person (P2P) payment solutions may be able to meet your requirements if your bank does not support bank-to-bank transfers or if you need to send money to a third party. You will have to connect your bank account to the app or service using the routing number and checking account number associated with your checking account. This is done in the same manner as linking accounts from several banks. When you send money using PayPal, the money is taken directly from your bank account. After that, the monies are transferred to the receiver's PayPal account; the recipient can choose to either use PayPal to make purchases or transfer the money to their bank account.
Numerous possibilities are available:
- One of the most widespread services is known as PayPal. It is so widely used that most senders and recipients already have an active PayPal account, making it possibly the most user-friendly option. If you pay for the transaction using money from your bank account, sending money to loved ones or friends is completely free. However, there is a possibility that fees will be assessed for fund transfers made using a debit card, credit card, or PayPal credit. If a company uses PayPal to process consumer payments, the company may charge the company a fee.
- Most financial institutions now provide Zelle, Popmoney, and other comparable services that enable free or low-cost P2P money transactions. The fees for these services are typically charged to your checking account automatically. While you are logged into your account, look for a section labeled "personal payments" or something similar.
- The popular tool Venmo is owned by PayPal and functions quite similar to that of PayPal. Transfers are free of charge unless the money originates from a credit card. In that case, there is a fee associated with the transfer. After that, there is a cost of three percent.
- You can attach Google Pay to (or use it to pay for) other Google products and services, making it functionally equivalent to the services described above.