How Long Does It Take a Mobile Deposit to Clear?

By Jacqueline DeMarco · May 30, 2024 · 5 minute read

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How Long Does It Take a Mobile Deposit to Clear?

Mobile deposits to your account usually take around one business day to clear. This can make it a fast and convenient method to get funds into your bank account.

If you are experiencing delays, there could be an easy explanation for why that’s happening. Read on to learn more about how mobile deposits work and how to avoid delays in their clearing.

How Long Does a Mobile Check Take to Deposit?

Once the account holder uploads their check to the mobile app, the funds usually do not become immediately available (as is the case with depositing cash). It typically takes one business day for the funds to clear and become available for use.

In some cases, it can take a few days for the bank to verify the check. The amount of the check can impact this timeline, as can the rules and processes each bank has surrounding mobile deposits.

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What Factors Might Cause Mobile Deposit Delays?

As briefly noted, certain factors can slow down the mobile deposit process. Knowing how to avoid these delays with future deposits can help speed up the timeline.

Here are a few factors that can slow down deposits (or stop them all together if not fixed):

•   Not endorsing a check before depositing it. Before cashing a check by using a mobile app, it’s vital to always endorse the check before taking the photo of it or the bank won’t be able to accept it.

Along with a signature, it’s also common to need to include a bank account number on the back of the check or to write “for mobile deposit only” under the signature.

•   Forgetting to get both payee signatures. If a check has two people listed on it, both of them will need to endorse the check with their signatures for it to be eligible for a deposit.

•   Uploading blurry images. A steady hand comes in handy as banks need a clear image to complete a mobile deposit. It helps to take a photo of the check on a plain, dark background and in good lighting so the picture is very crisp and clear.

Many banking apps have an auto-capture function that helps to automate the photo-taking process.

•   Adding mismatched amounts. In addition to uploading a photo of the check, the mobile banking app will require the user to manually enter the check amount. That amount needs to match the amount on the check exactly, or your deposit may be delayed.

•   Not indicating a payee. The check uploader needs to make sure their name is on the “Pay to the Order of” line. If this section is blank or doesn’t say the correct name, the check won’t be deposited. Take some time to review that the entire check is filled out correctly.

•   Making a duplicate deposit. Tech glitches occasionally happen, but trying to deposit the same check twice to your bank account can cause confusion. If someone uploads a check for the first time and receives a duplicate error message, they can contact their bank to work through the issue with their checking account.

•   Depositing after the cutoff time. Your banking app will likely tell you what the cutoff time is for mobile deposits to be processed. For example, if you are making a mobile deposit at 10:15pm on a Monday night and the app says the processing cutoff time is 10pm, your deposit probably won’t be available on Tuesday. Rather, it will probably be available on Wednesday, one full business day later.

•   The amount of the check. Checks for large denominations, whether deposited to checking or savings accounts, often take longer to clear than a check that is for a smaller amount. It can require more time to verify that the check is good. You may find that checks in amounts over $5,525 take more time to become available.

•   Receiving a bad check. Just as, when deposited the old-fashioned way, checks can bounce, so too can mobile deposits be returned for insufficient funds in the check issuer’s account or other reasons. It’s always wise to hold onto the physical check and wait for a confirmation from your bank that the check has cleared. If the check doesn’t clear, you will need to contact the issuer about the problem.

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The Takeaway

Mobile deposits typically clear in one business day. And by following a couple of quick checkpoints, you can likely avoid any hitches that could cause a delay. Because in today’s impatient world, there’s usually no need to wait very long to get access to your money.

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Are mobile check deposits available immediately?

It usually takes around one business day for deposits to go through. Following instructions from the bank carefully regarding uploads can help you avoid delays.

How long does it take for a mobile deposit to go in?

It usually takes a business day for a mobile deposit to show up in a bank account, but this can be delayed if the check is for a large amount, is deposited after a bank’s cutoff time, or has issues with the way in which it was submitted.

Why is my mobile deposit taking so long?

Mobile deposit delays can be caused by a variety of factors such as using a blurry photo of the check, entering information incorrectly, or not endorsing the check properly. Double-check all key details before submitting the deposit to speed up the timeline.

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