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N26 bank review March 2019

N26 is a digital-only German challenger bank that’s arrived in the UK. Does it offer anything different? Here’s what you need to know.

N26 calls itself a bank account for real people; it offers everything you can do with a traditional bank, but N26 says it will be easier, and from anywhere.

The bank officially launched in the UK in November 2018 after carrying out early trials of its app. We’ve highlighted the key features of N26, to help you decide whether it’s the option for you.

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  • Take control of your finances with one app
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  • Set payment limits, change your PIN, lock and unlock your card
  • Make no-fee transactions anywhere in the world

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What is N26?

N26 offers a digital-only current account with a modern banking app that gives you spending insights and lets you control your finances, all on your phone.

N26 is already operating in Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria, Belgium and a wide range of other European countries. It’s now in the UK and has plans to establish itself in the US, too.

Video: Alex Weber, head of international markets, on why N26 is different

How does N26 work?

When you sign up with N26 you will be sent a contactless Mastercard.

N26 offers a free basic current account, plus two premium options that are now also available in the UK. Read our reviews of N26 Black and N26 Metal to find out more about them.

The three of them all operate on the same app, whose features include:

  • Make transfers. Send, receive and even request money from friends instantly.
  • Google Pay. N26 supports Google Pay, so you can use your phone to make payments in stores, and also use Google Pay to make purchases online.
  • International transfers. By partnering with TransferWise, N26 supports international transfers into 19 foreign currencies directly within the app. It claims to be six times cheaper than using traditional banks.
  • In-app security. Set and change daily spend/withdrawal limits, reset your PIN, lock or unlock your card and enable or disable online or foreign payments.
  • Spending statistics. Get automatic categorisation and breakdowns of your purchases. You can also create your own personal tags to organise your transactions.
  • Spaces. Saving up for a particular goal, like a bike or a holiday? Put money into small sub-accounts away from your main spending pot. Like they say – out of sight, out of mind.
  • MoneyBeam. Lets you send money to smartphone contacts, without even knowing their bank account details. Money is sent to fellow N26 users instantly, or within two days if they’re not with N26.
  • UK account number and sort code (only supported in the UK). You’ll be able to set up direct debits and receive and make payments the way you would with a traditional bank like Barclays or Lloyds.

How does the app look?

Using N26 abroad

Cash withdrawals in pounds are free of charge. For ATM withdrawals in other currencies, N26 makes a surcharge of 1.7% of the withdrawal.

You can avoid this fee if you pay for an item with your Mastercard. There is no fee for making purchases in foreign currency.

In addition to this, N26 has partnered with Transferwise, which makes transfers into European currencies seamless.

N26 fees and limits

N26 does have some rates and charges that you should be aware of.

  • UK customers get fee-free cash withdrawals, up to the daily limit of £2,500.
  • If you make foreign cash withdrawals with your debit card, you’ll be charged 1.7% of the amount taken out.
  • The maximum daily limit for in-store or online payments is £5,000.
  • The maximum monthly limit on card payments is £20,000.

Is N26 safe?

Every N26 bank account has deposit protection: the compensation scheme of German banks guarantees up to €100,000 (about £85,000 – the same amount as the UK equivalent scheme).

N26 also offers a Bug Bounty programme. This means cash rewards to encourage security researchers to track down bugs or vulnerabilities.

The app itself has a three-tier security procedure protecting your account and transactions. Your account can only be paired to one smartphone at a time, you must log in to your account using your password or fingerprint, and you must verify all online and offline transactions with your PIN.

Pros and cons of N26

Pros

  • Easy to manage and track your spending real time
  • Your account can be accessed on your phone or via N26’s web app
  • In-app security features such as card lock/unlock
  • All payments, both national and international, completed within one working day
  • Fee-free card transactions abroad
  • Safe and secure.
  • Partnership with TransferWise means seamless transfers from Euros to 19 currencies
  • MoneyBeam lets you transfer money to friends and family instantly
  • Unlimited cash withdrawals in GBP

Cons

  • 1.7% surcharge for foreign currency withdrawals, although this is competitive with other European banks
  • No bank branches so not for you if you like face-to-face service

Compare N26 against its competitors

Updated March 22nd, 2019
Name Product Fees and charges Delivery speed
N26
Free
5-7 working days
App-based bank account that can be used on the go in any EU country. All about the ease of sending and saving money.
Free with finder.com, otherwise card delivery is £4.99
Up to 9 working days
App-based current account with loads of extra features. (e.g. Real time transactions, payment categorisation, save spare change, free international money transfers, buy cryptocurrency)
Free
Between 3-5 working days
Everything you get from a current account, but with new features for mobile living. (E.g. Goals for saving, spending catgorisation, interest on your balances)
None
Between 3-5 business days
A multi-currency mobile banking app that aims to be ‘built around you’. Use it to open a fully functional current account instantly, straight from your phone, all supported by a feature-rich mobile app

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Updated March 22nd, 2019
Name Product Foreign ATM withdrawals ATM withdrawal limit Foreign transactions fee Card cost Delivery speed
N26
ATM fees differ depending on country
€2 after exceeding free withdrawal limit
No fees
Free
5-7 working days
App-based bank account that can be used on the go in any EU country. All about the ease of sending and saving money.
No ATM fees
£200 per month. Anything more is charged at 2% of value of withdrawal.
No fees
Free with finder.com, otherwise card delivery is £4.99
Up to 9 working days
App-based current account with loads of extra features. (e.g. Real time transactions, payment categorisation, save spare change, free international money transfers, buy cryptocurrency)
No ATM fees
£300 per day. Maximum of 6 withdrawals per day.
No fees
Free
Between 3-5 working days
Everything you get from a current account, but with new features for mobile living. (E.g. Goals for saving, spending catgorisation, interest on your balances)
€1 per withdrawal
£300 per day
2% on card spend and ATM usage
Card delivery is free
Between 3-5 business days
A multi-currency mobile banking app that aims to be ‘built around you’. Use it to open a fully functional current account instantly, straight from your phone, all supported by a feature-rich mobile app

Compare up to 4 providers

Updated March 22nd, 2019
Name Product Fees and charges Interest Savings goals
N26
Free
None
n26 'Spaces' feature lets the user open sub-accounts to stash your money away
Free with finder.com, otherwise card delivery is £4.99
No interest
Set budgets in the app
Free
0.5% AER up to £2,000, 0.25% over £2,000 to £85,000
Create up to 10 different spending goals and protect money from daily spending
None
No interest
Not a feature

Compare up to 4 providers

Updated March 22nd, 2019
Name Product Direct debits UK ATMs Payments Freeze your card
N26
Yes
Free
Use MoneyBeam to transfer money instantly. Is partnered with Transferwise so can send money to 16 countries.
Yes: touch of a button in app
App-based bank account that can be used on the go in any EU country. All about the ease of sending and saving money.
Revolut currently only supports direct debits with the Euro IBAN account
Free up to £200 a month
Easy UK payments and can transfer money between 23 countries
Yes: touch of a button in app
App-based current account with loads of extra features. (e.g. Real time transactions, payment categorisation, save spare change, free international money transfers, buy cryptocurrency)
Yes
Free
Pay via bank transfer. Can't pay into paypal currently.
Yes: touch of a button in app
Everything you get from a current account, but with new features for mobile living. (E.g. Goals for saving, spending catgorisation, interest on your balances)
Yes - can cancel with touch of a button too
£1 per withdrawal
Pay via bank transfer, easier to send to another Monese account.
Report lost/stolen in app to be sent replacement
A multi-currency mobile banking app that aims to be ‘built around you’. Use it to open a fully functional current account instantly, straight from your phone, all supported by a feature-rich mobile app

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  1. Default Gravatar
    CourtneyMarch 14, 2019

    What happens about the information of mine you receive if I’m declined to open an account?

    • finder Customer Care
      johnbasanesMarch 15, 2019Staff

      Hi Courtney,

      Thank you for reaching out to Finder.

      If you are asking about the personal information you provided N26 when you applied to open an account with them, it would be best to speak with them directly as to how they handle these information. Hope this helps!

      Cheers,
      Reggie

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    SamanthaFebruary 27, 2019

    Is this just like any ordinary bank account? Is there a monthly charge for this card?

    • finder Customer Care
      JoshuaMarch 3, 2019Staff

      Hi Kendacie,

      Thanks for getting in touch with Finder. I hope all is well with you. :)

      N26 is a bank but it is different from other banks because it comes with other features. For example, N26 is a digital-only current account that comes with banking mobile app. For this reason, you won’t be seeing a physical bank for N26 but rather all your transactions would take place in your app.

      Upon checking, there’s no mention of any monthly charge. However, N26 makes a surcharge of 1.7% of withdrawals made with non-pound currencies.

      I hope this helps. Should you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach us out again.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Joshua

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    GFebruary 7, 2019

    What is the daily cash lodgement

    • finder Customer Care
      ValFebruary 15, 2019Staff

      Hi G,

      Thank you for your inquiry.

      The maximum daily limits (total sum within 24 hours) for card payments are:
      ATM withdrawals: 2.500 GBP
      In-store or online payments: 5.000 GBP

      You can set your own daily ATM withdrawal and payment limits within our limits directly in the app by tapping My Account then Card settings.
      The maximum daily limits (rolling 24 hours) for bank transfers are:
      Incoming transfers: No limit
      Outgoing transfers: 50.000 GBP

      The maximum monthly limits (total sum) are:
      Card payments: 20.000 GBP

      Hope this helps.

      Kind Regards,
      Val

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    TonyJanuary 23, 2019

    May I have more than one N26 account. IE uk in pounds sterling and Spain in Euros?

    May my wife and myself have a joint N26 UK account in Sterling?

    • finder Customer Care
      ValJanuary 25, 2019Staff

      Hi Tony,

      Thank you for leaving a question. The app itself has a three-tier security procedure protecting your account and transactions. Your account can only be paired to one smartphone at a time. If you are planning in opening another account with N26 which would be Spain in Euros then yes this can be paired with a different smartphone.

      Hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Val

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    PeterJanuary 7, 2019

    Why can I not login my account via the web address? My app works fine but I can not login anymore on my computer? Please can you tell me what I do wrong?

    • finder Customer Care
      JhezelynJanuary 8, 2019Staff

      Hi Peter,

      Thank you for your comment.

      There might be several reasons as to why you’re unable to log in to your N26 account into the computer. Since you mentioned that you’re able to log in through the app, it means there’s nothing wrong with your account access, but with your computer. You may try using a different browser, or go incognito and try to access your account. It’s also possible that there is some antivirus blocking the website.

      Should you wish to have real-time answers to your questions, try our chat box on the lower right corner of our page.

      Regards,
      Jhezelyn

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    CediquaDecember 15, 2018

    I just made an account today and the app is working, however, my mum has Barclays Bank account and she transferred me £10 into this account and it’s been 2 hours and I have not received when will I receive it. Please get back to me as soon as you can. Thank you!

    • finder Customer Care
      JoshuaDecember 17, 2018Staff

      Hi Cediqua,

      Thanks for getting in touch with finder. I hope all is well with you. :)

      Transferring money from a bank account to N26 can take up to one business day. If after one day and you still haven’t got your money, you might want to directly get in touch with N26’s customer support.

      I hope this helps. Should you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach us out again.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Joshua

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    JadeDecember 5, 2018

    Can international wire transfer be sent from US banks into my N26 account, and how long will it take to reflect in my account in Italy if yes?

    • finder Customer Care
      JoshuaDecember 11, 2018Staff

      Hi Jade,

      Thanks for getting in touch with finder. I hope all is well with you. :)

      Upon checking, it is not possible to send money from a US bank to your N26 account. As of now, transfers can only be done within European regions.

      I hope this helps. Should you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach us out again.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Joshua

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    MychalOctober 15, 2018

    How long does it take before funds are available once my direct deposit from my salary is paid? Thank you.

    • finder Customer Care
      JhezelynOctober 15, 2018Staff

      Hello Mychal,

      Thank you for your comment.

      Please note that N26 transfer transactions are completed within one banking day. However, due to the opening times of the participating banks, one banking day may stretch to two working days.

      Should you wish to have real-time answers to your questions, try our chat box on the lower right corner of our page.

      Regards,
      Jhezelyn

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    KarinOctober 12, 2018

    What is the Swift/BIC code for paying to N26 bank?

    • finder Customer Care
      JhezelynOctober 12, 2018Staff

      Hello Karin,

      Thank you for your comment.

      SWIFT/BIC code for N26 BANK GMBH, UK BRANCH is NTSBGB21 plus the XXX which is the bank code. You should verify the bank code from your financial institution.

      Should you wish to have real-time answers to your questions, try our chat box on the lower right corner of our page.

      Regards,
      Jhezelyn

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    PeteOctober 4, 2018

    I understand there is a fee for deposits over a certain amount. Does this apply to my salary being deposited by my employer?

    • finder Customer Care
      JhezelynOctober 8, 2018Staff

      Hello Pete,

      Thank you for your comment.

      Upon checking, N26 doesn’t charge any fees to receive transfers or salary payments, so you will receive 100% of whatever amount your employer sends.

      Should you wish to have real-time answers to your questions, try our chat box on the lower right corner of our page.

      Regards,
      Jhezelyn

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