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If you manually download and manage your web receipts, bank statements, legal forms and other documents, you would probably benefit from the iOS app and paperless service FileThis.

Currently only available only in the US, FileThis can act as a digital file drawer by retrieving all of your available online documents and receipts, and saving them in your own personal space in the cloud. Available as an online service, FileThis also works as an iPhone and iPad app.

How It Works

FileThis uses bank-level, 256-bit SSL security and encryption and can be used to track correspondence from US companies like Amazon, Comcast, Paypal, Target, Wells Fargo, Citibank, AT&T and many others.

FileThis connections

After registering an account with FileThis, you can add your supported web accounts which allows FileThis to download available documents on a weekly or daily basis, depending on which service plan you use. Like the personal financial service On the iPad Makes It Easy To Track Your Spending On the iPad Makes It Easy To Track Your Spending If one of your New Year's resolutions is to do better at budgeting your money and monitoring your personal finances, is one of the best ways to meet these goals. This popular and well-established... Read More , FileThis does not allow you to perform actions like withdrawing money from bank accounts or purchasing products on Amazon. If you change the login or password for your connected accounts, you will need to update that information on FileThis.

The documents FileThis downloads can be saved either to your FileThis cloud account, or to another cloud service like Dropbox, Box, Google Drive The Cloud Storage Showdown - Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive & More The Cloud Storage Showdown - Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive & More The cloud storage scene has heated up recently, with a long-awaited entry by Google and a revamped SkyDrive from Microsoft. Dropbox has gone unchallenged by the major players for a long time, but that’s changed... Read More , or the popular notebook service Evernote Evernote: A Must-Have App for the iPhone and iPad [iOS] Evernote: A Must-Have App for the iPhone and iPad [iOS] In the last several months, the iOS versions of Evernote have undergone a significant overhaul of their user interfaces, closely mirroring the design and features of the counterpart web and Mac applications. We have added... Read More .

FileThis cloud services

The FileThis cloud server provides better document management and viewing options than other cloud services. FileThis cloud includes automatic (and manual) tagging of individual documents such as bank statements, insurance policies, utility bills, and the like.

FileThis cloud

In both the iOS app and web client, downloaded documents can be sorted by accounts, recently added documents, tagged and untagged items. You can select and copy documents to specific “cabinets” with custom labels, such as Home, Financial, Legal, Health, and Vital Records. Downloaded items are also searchable.

FileThis cabinets

Because downloaded files are in PDF format, they can be shared via email, and to other supported iOS apps. The FileThis cloud service works well for managing and viewing documents, but you might prefer to have it save documents to a service like Dropbox which provides more direct access through desktop apps. It’s worth noting however that Dropbox and other similar services don’t include the tagging and sorting options of the FileThis cloud server.

Other Features

The FileThis iOS app is intuitive to use. You can add a passcode lock for security, and you can disable the (automatically on) email notifications for when new documents are added to your account.

FileThis preferences

The app also displays the amount of storage space available for your chosen service plan, and includes a referral system which adds more storage space to your account.

In addition, the iOS version of FileThis contains an image upload feature for taking snapshots (or importing from your photo library) of receipts and other documents, and manually uploading them to your account. This feature is also available on the web client.

Service Plans

The free FileThis plan allows for up to six account connections, a weekly download of connected accounts and 500MB of FileThis Cloud storage space. For $5 per month, the “ultimate” plan allows for up to 30 connected accounts, with daily downloads, and 10GB of FileThis Cloud storage.

FileThis plans

A Time Saver

If you need to keep track of records for tax or business purposes, FileThis can be a real time saver and provides an additional backup of your important receipts and documents.

Do you use a service like FileThis? Has it saved you time, effort or money? Tell us what you think, below.

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  1. Ramon Neufeld
    July 22, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Does the service allow you to scan documents into your file system (e.g. old tax returns, etc.?

    • Bakari Chavanu
      July 22, 2014 at 11:35 pm

      Ramon, as I point out in the article, you can use your iOS device to snap a photo of a document from within the app and add it to your account. The iOS camera works well for scanning documents, but you can also use a dedicated scanner app and save the scans to your iPhotos library and then import them from inside the app. I should of pointed though that document files can also be uploaded via the online web account. Thanks for asking.

  2. charles simkins
    July 22, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    The easiest thing is to keep your critical information on a hard drive. They are relatively cheap and portable. Copy stuff on a regular basis to a small hard drive and keep it someplace secure and away from your computer; like a safe deposit box in your bank. Then you will have it where essentially no one can get to it except you. Apple can access your information on your iPhone from what I read online, and the government can access stuff in ways we are not aware of, but it takes more than a casual interest in you to get into the bank box. A constant backup scheme for your desktop is simple and easy, there are several different ones like Seagate and Western Digital are selling now which will keep a constant update of your computer files. Then you don't need to rely upon the cloud for security, which means that if someone figures out how to invade the server where your stuff is filed, you won't be a victim.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      July 22, 2014 at 10:15 pm

      Charles, I agree. That's why with FileThis, it might be better to have the service copy downloads to Dropbox. You can also use Hazel to backup downloaded files from Dropbox to a designated external drive. It's always good to have a backup or escape plan for any type of online service. Thanks for your tips.

  3. Justin
    July 22, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    Is it safe to store documents in a place like this without having any paper? I don't want to have a filing cabinet any more.

    Is it safe?

    • Bakari Chavanu
      July 22, 2014 at 7:37 pm

      Justin, I feel as though it's safe. As long as the company stays in business, it should be okay. If they go out of business, tech sites like these usually provide way to export all your content to another site, or to your local computer. You can also select to have your files archived to Dropbox or another personal account, which means they will be available to you even if you decide to close your FileThis account.

  4. Anonymous
    July 22, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Help have been trying to connect with file this but the system falls down before connection.

    Can you please help as I am anxious to use your service.
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    Waiting on your help .

    Thank you.