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If you’re an HSBC customer in the market for a mobile banking app, you could do worse than HSBC’s own mobile banking app. To get going with the app, all you need is your online banking login details, though if you haven’t already set up online banking you can do so in the app itself by tapping “Register for mobile and online banking” from the app’s main menu. Once you’re in your account, you can use the app to:
The easiest way to apply to open a new account with HSBC is online. Go to the HSBC website to open a sole or joint account, open a second account or switch your existing account to HSBC.
HSBC’s mobile banking app doesn’t have a budgeting feature, however HSBC’s other app, the “Connected Money” app does. With this app, you can view all of your bank accounts, regardless of what bank they’re with, in one place. Though still in its beta phase, the app boasts a fair few features. These include the “spending insights” feature, which offers the user a breakdown of their spending in categories, echoing other apps with a similar capacity. There’s also a “balance after bills” feature, showing you how much money you have left after paying bills, and also a savings feature which will round up transactions and put the difference into a savings account. You can read our full review of HSBC’s “Connected Money” app here.
The Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) is an independent statutory fund set up to safeguard consumer finances in the event of a bank being unable to meet its payment demands. HSBC has full FSCS protection, which provides compensation for the loss of up to £85,000 – as is the standard for UK bank accounts.
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