Pay in a cheque without paying us a visit

All you need is your smartphone

We’re always looking for innovative ways to make your life easier. Getting to a branch in opening hours isn’t always possible, so we’re pleased to tell you there’s a more convenient way to pay in cheques – anytime, anywhere.

How it works

Pay in cheques by using the Barclays app and your smartphone’s camera1. Just take a photo of the cheque and submit it through your app, with the amount and payee details.

You’ll get the money in your account by 23:59 the next weekday2, if you pay the cheque in by 15:59 the weekday before, so there’s no more waiting around for your money to clear.


Which accounts?

Pay into any Barclays sterling current or savings accounts (excluding ISA and Bond accounts, or accounts from other banks)

How much?

Pay in sterling cheques up to £1,000 each – four cheques every seven days if you’re a Personal or Premier customer, and 20 if you’re a Business customer

Is it safe?

It’s just as secure as paying in a cheque at a branch

A step-by-step guide to paying in a cheque with your phone

Step 1

Log in to the Barclays app and select ‘Pay & Transfer’ at the bottom of the screen, then tap ‘Pay in a cheque’.

Step 2

Choose the account you want to pay your cheque into. Enter the amount and a reference if you need one, then select ‘Take photo’.

Step 3

Your phone’s camera will automatically switch on. Place the cheque on a plain background that’s darker than the cheque. Make sure the whole cheque is visible within the corners of the frame. Hold your device steady and the app will automatically take a photo of the cheque. The corners of the frame will change to green when the picture has been taken.

Step 4

Tap ‘Pay in cheque’. That’s it – all done.

Watch a video to learn how to use the Barclays app to pay in a cheque.

Once you've logged in tap ‘Pay and Transfer’, then ‘Pay in a cheque’.

Next, choose the account you want to pay the cheque into.

Enter the amount displayed on the cheque - you can pay in any cheque up to £1000 via the app - and add a reference.

If it's the first time you're paying in a cheque you'll need to read through the terms and conditions.

If you're happy, tap to accept them and tap ‘Take photo’.

Place your cheque on a flat, dark surface so it stands out from the background.

Turn your smartphone into the horizontal position and hold it over the cheque.

so all four corners are visible and inside the gridlines.

If the app takes a long time to take a photo, it will show helpful tips to take a clear and better quality image.

Follow the tips and try again When the cheque is correctly lined up, the screen will turn green like this.

and the app will automatically scan the cheque.

If the photo is blurred or crooked tap ‘Try again’.

Or, if the image looks OK and is within the gridlines, tap, ‘Use image’.

You'll then need to take a photo of the back of the cheque.

Once you've done this and selected ‘Use image’, you'll be taken to the Review screen.

If all the information is correct and you’re happy that all the images are clear, tap ‘Pay in cheque’.

You'll then see this screen to confirm your cheque has been paid in.

If the cheque hasn't been submitted, you'll see an error message.

Finally, tap ‘Done’.

And, if the cheque is paid in by 3:59pm Monday to Friday, excluding UK public holidays, the money will be available by 11:59pm the next working day.

Remember to write ‘Paid in’ and the date you’ve paid it in, on the back on the cheque.

You can pay in up to four cheques every seven days - twenty if you're a Business customer - starting from the day you paid the first cheque in.

If you reach your limit of paying in cheques digitally, please visit your local branch if you wish to pay in more.

If you want to keep track of the cheques you've paid in, tap ‘View cheques paid in’.

select the account you paid the cheques into, then tap on a specific cheque.

If you have any questions, visit our FAQ page.

That's it.


Paying in at a branch

You can still pay in cheques at a branch as normal. We’ve recently upgraded all of our branches, which means your cheque will now clear by 23:59 the next weekday – as long as you’ve paid in the cheque by the branch’s cut-off time on the weekday before.

This means that all cheques now clear faster – so don’t get caught out when you write one. Make sure you always have enough money in your account to cover them. Learn more about the cheque clearing cycle and the future of cheques.

What else can your app do?

The Barclays app4 is here to help you manage your money on the go – safely and securely. But there’s much more to it than that.