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Switch bank account

It’s simpler than you think

Already have a current account with us? You can switch your current account to us in the Barclays app1. You’ll need to register for our app before you switch – we’ll do all the paperwork and keep you updated every step of the way.

If you don’t have a current account with us yet, you’ll need to open one first – then you can switch in the Barclays app.

How it works

The Current Account Switch Service is a free service that lets you switch a current account from one participating bank or building society to another, in seven working days. It’s designed to be simple and stress-free, and the full switch option is backed by the Current Account Switch Guarantee.

As part of the full switch, we transfer all your regular payments in and out (such as salary and Direct Debits) to your new Barclays account. We also set up a payment redirection for any credits or debits from your old account for a minimum of three years.

  • Open a current account with us, if you don’t already have one2
  • Give us a few details then choose a full or partial switch3
  • We set it all up and tell you when it’s done

Current Account Switch Guarantee [PDF, 40KB]

Switching to Barclays [PDF, 2.1MB]

Partial Switch Guide [PDF, 115KB]

Find out more about Current Account Switch Service and frequently asked questions


What happens when you switch

In the first two days

We’ll contact your old bank and we’ll be in touch to confirm your switch is underway.

Day three

We’ll send you a letter to confirm the date of your switch and that your old bank has agreed to it.

Day four to six

We’ll be in touch with an update.

Day seven

We’ll let you know your switch is complete.

Full and partial switching

Full switch

With a full switch, we'll move all your regular credit and debit payments, like Direct Debits, standing orders, bills and your salary, to your new Barclays account.

We’ll then close your old account for you and set up a payment redirect from your old account to your new Barclays account for a minimum of three years.

A full switch is covered by the Current Account Switch Guarantee. It’s unlikely, but if something goes wrong with your switch, we’ll refund any interest (that you’ve had to pay, or which you’ve lost) or charges incurred on your old or new account as a result.

Partial switch

With a partial switch3, you’ll need to contact your old bank for a list of the regular payments you make from the account you're switching from. Then, let us know which of those you’d like us to move to your Barclays account and we’ll switch them for you. We won't be able to switch any individual future-dated payments.

We’ll leave your old account open and you'll need to arrange to transfer any incoming payments (like your salary) to your new Barclays account. A partial switch takes longer than seven working days and isn't covered by the Current Account Switching Guarantee.

Already have a current account with us?

Looking to switch an account from another provider?

You can switch to us using the Barclays app4 if you’re registered – it’s quick and easy. All you need is the bank and card details from the account you’d like to switch and we’ll do the rest. 

It’s a slightly different process to switch a joint account – you’ll need to make an appointment.

Don’t have a current account with us?

Take a look at what you could get if you switch to us.

Barclays Bank Account

For flexible, rewarding banking

Apply to open an account that lets you earn rewards for banking with us, and an app that helps you keep your money under control.

Premier Current Account

Access a range of benefits and services exclusive to Premier. Eligibility and conditions apply. 

Switching with an overdraft

You’ll need to repay the overdraft on your old account before you can switch. You can do this in one of two ways:

Apply for an overdraft with us on your new account

We'll need to agree to the amount, and it needs to be enough to clear any overdrawn balance or overdraft so we can close your old account. All overdrafts are subject to application, financial circumstances and borrowing history.

Pay into your new Barclays account

You can pay in enough money to cover your overdraft with your old bank and ask us to transfer it to them when we make the switch.

In both cases, you’ll need to tell us how much you’d like us to transfer to repay the overdraft. You'll be able to change this amount up until 5pm on day six of the switch by visiting a branch.