Fix Unauthorized Error 401 in QuickBooks Desktop

Stumbled upon QuickBooks error 401 and unable to decide what to do?  Well,  need not to worry as we have come up with this post, where we will be talking about the causes and quick fixes of the error. This error comes up with an error message stating “The remote server returned an error: 401 unauthorized. Request is unauthorized“. To know more about such issue, make sure to read this post carefully till the end.


Factors causing the QuickBooks error 401

The user might end up in such an issue due to the following factors:

  • In case the user signs into the company file or accountant toolbox
  • Or while registering the QuickBooks installation
  • Another situation can be while sending an invoice from QuickBooks payments 


Steps to fix the QuickBooks error code 401

The QuickBooks error code 401 can be fixed by a few steps. Once the error appears on the screen with the error message, the user needs to carry out the steps below:

  1. First of all, the user needs to opt for No and close the error message window
  2. And after that update the QuickBooks software to the latest version

Steps to update QuickBooks software to the latest version

The user can follow the below steps to update QuickBooks software to the latest version:

  • First of all, the user needs to move to the help menu and select update QuickBooks desktop


  • After that move to the update now tab. It is recommended to select the reset update checkbox and clear all the previous update downloads
  • Also, select get updates to start the download



  • And when the download ends make sure to restart the software
  • The last step is to accept the option to install the new release

Following the above steps would surely work well in fixing the QuickBooks error code 401. However, if by any chance the error continued or in case you get stuck at any point of time, then feel free to get in touch with QuickBooks customer support number­­i.e. 1-800-761-1787.

We are a team of technically sound accounting professionals who work round the clock to provide immediate support services. Give us a call and leave the rest on our QB professionals.

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