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This comparison simply includes all savings accounts.

Post Office
Online Saver Account Post Office
Min deposit £1
Term Instant Access
Interest AER 5.06%

Why we like it: MARKET LEADING INSTANT ACCESS ACCOUNT. Choose monthly or annual interest payments. Unlimited deposits and withdrawals. 24/7 access to your savings. Open and manage online. After 12 months the rate will revert to the underlying rate, currently 1.55% gross/AER variable. Post Office Online Saver is provided by Bank of Ireland UK. Must be UK resident. Must be aged 18 or older. FSCS protected

Investec Savings
90 Day Notice Account Investec Savings
Min deposit £5000
Term 90 Day Notice
Interest AER 5.25%

Why we like it: Unlimited deposits and withdrawals. Interest paid monthly: can be added to your Notice Saver or paid to your linked account. Easy application process, you just need a UK mobile phone and UK driving licence or passport. Manage account online. Maximum balance £250,000. Withdrawals subject to 90 days notice. Must be aged 18 or older and have a UK address. Must have a linked UK current account

Hampshire Trust Bank
Online Easy Access Account Hampshire Trust Bank
Min deposit £1
Term Instant Access
Interest AER 4.90%

Why we like it: Unlimited payments and withdrawals. Interest paid annually. Open in a single or a joint name. Maximum deposit £250,000. FSCS Protected. Winner of Platinum Feefo Trusted Service Award in 2021. Must be UK resident and be aged 18 or older

Leeds Building Society
Limited Issue Online Access Account Leeds Building Society
Min deposit £1000
Term Instant Access
Interest AER 4.85%

Why we like it: Interest paid annually. Unlimited deposits and withdrawals. Open and manage online. FSCS Protected. Must be UK resident and be aged 18 or older

Wombat Invest
GB Bank Base Rate Tracker Savings Account brought to you by Wombat Invest
Min deposit £500
Term Easy Access
Interest AER 4.91%

Why we like it: Easy access savings account that tracks the Bank of England base rate. Wave goodbye to the constant cycle of account hopping and forget waiting for banks to pass on higher interest rates. Interest rate moves with the Bank of England base rate, guaranteeing a fixed margin of up to 0.5% below, and adjusts the very next day. Easy access to your money with once a month withdrawals, without notice and without fees. Earn daily interest on your money, and experience the power of compounding to make your savings work harder. Maximum deposit £250,000. Wombat has partnered with GB Bank to bring you the Base Rate Tracker. GB Bank is an award-winning, fully authorised and regulated UK bank. FSCS eligible on your deposits. Must be UK resident. Must be aged 18 or older

Chip
Instant Access Account Chip
Min deposit £1
Term Instant Access
Interest AER 4.84%

Why we like it: A new savings account from Chip built to move with the Bank of England and reward you faster than the banks. Interest paid monthly. Deposit and withdraw almost instantly. No fees or charges for holding account. FSCS eligible on your deposits. Must be UK resident. Must be aged 18 or older.

Yorkshire Building Society
Internet Saver Plus Yorkshire Building Society
Min deposit £1
Term Instant Access
Interest AER 4.80%

Why we like it: Tiered interest: £1 to £10,000 – 4.80% Gross/AER, £10,001 to £50,000 – 4.80% Gross/AER, £50,001 to £500,000 – 4.80% Gross/AER. Unlimited payments and withdrawals. Interest paid annually. Open in a single or a joint name. Maximum deposit £500,000. Open and manage account online. FSCS Protected. Must be UK resident. Must be aged 16 or older

RCI Bank
Freedom Savings Account RCI Bank
Min deposit £100
Term Instant Access
Interest AER 4.75%

Why we like it: Which? Recommended Savings Provider. No notice period. Deposit from £100. Interest paid monthly or annually. Apply in minutes. Your eligible deposits with RCI Bank UK Limited are protected up to a total of £85,000 by the Financial Services. Compensation Scheme (FSCS)

Investec Savings
Online Flexi Saver Investec Savings
Min deposit £5000
Term Instant Access
Interest AER 4.70%

Why we like it: Instant access to your savings. Unlimited deposits and withdrawals. Interest paid monthly, either to a linked current account, or adding it to your Online Flexi Saver account. Easy application process, you just need a UK mobile phone and UK driving licence or passport. Manage account online. Maximum balance £250,000. Must be aged 18 or older and have a UK address. Must have a linked UK current account. Your eligible deposits with Investec Bank are protected up to a total of £85,000 by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS)

Ford Money
Flexible Saver Account Ford Money
Min deposit £1
Term Instant Access
Interest AER 4.60%

Why we like it: Interest paid monthly or annually. Open in a single or joint name. Unlimited deposits and withdrawals. Covered by the FSCS. Must be UK resident. Must be aged 16 or older

RCI Bank
E-Volve 14 Day Notice Account RCI Bank
Min deposit £1000
Term 14 Day Notice
Interest AER 4.80%

Why we like it: All funds deposited into the RCI Bank E-Volve Savings 14 Day Notice Account will be used to fund pure electric vehicles and charging facilities. Interest paid monthly or annually. Manage account online. UK-based support, seven days a week. Which? Recommended Savings Provider. Unlimited withdrawals subject to 14 days notice. Must be UK resident. Must be aged 18 or older. Your eligible deposits with RCI Bank UK Limited are protected up to a total of £85,000 by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS)

Hampshire Trust Bank
Fixed Rate Bond Hampshire Trust Bank
Min deposit £1
Term 6 Months
Interest AER 5.18%

Why we like it: MARKET LEADING 6 MONTH FIXED RATE BOND. Interest paid at maturity. Open in a single or a joint name. Maximum deposit £250,000. FSCS Protected. Winner of Platinum Feefo Trusted Service Award in 2021. Must be UK resident and be aged 18 or older. No withdrawals permitted

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How to open a bank account online

Are you wondering what steps you need to open a bank account online? If so, read on. Opening a bank account online is easier than you might think. In fact, you can get an online bank account up and running in a very short time frame.

What can I do with an online current account?

Online current accounts let you complete a range of everyday transactions without visiting a physical branch. These activities can include making payments to companies and individuals, checking your balance and sending funds from one of your accounts to another. As long as you have an internet connection, you can manage your online current account from anywhere. The vast majority of banks and building societies allow you to use online banking these days. You can also open accounts with many banks that don’t have brick-and-mortar branches.

How do I open a current account online?

It only takes a few moments to open an online bank account. You’ll normally need to go to the bank’s website and complete an application form. The bank will need personal details like your name, age and address. You will also need to provide proof of ID, such as a copy of your driving licence and a recent utility bill. Once you have been approved, you can maintain the account online. Some banks may ask you for details like your income and occupation so they can offer other relevant services to you.

How do I find the right online banking service?

When you’re considering opening an online bank account, you need to find out if there is a fee to pay. There may be other requirements you need to fulfil to qualify, such as paying in a specific amount each month. Find out whether there’s an overdraft facility and what the interest rate is if you do go overdrawn. You should also find out whether you can earn interest on your balance and how much you’ll be paid. Some accounts come with extra features like breakdown cover and travel insurance.

What kind of features do digital bank accounts offer?

Banks with no physical branches are known as ‘digital banks’. Most or all of your banking activities can be completed via an app on your phone, including setting up standing orders. With these services, you’ll be sent notifications that alert you to any spending activity such as a card payment. Some of these services allow you to set aside specific sums for savings and to withdraw cash overseas without being charged a fee. T&Cs apply when you sign up for any banking service, so it’s always worth reading these before you sign up for an account.

A range of online banking options

There are many options available to you whether you’re interested in internet banking only, opening a student account, savings accounts, or if you want to switch your current account. Many banks will give you an overdraft if you have a good credit rating, but avoid going over your arranged overdraft limit as fees can be high. Overdrafts are often repayable on demand. Many surveys into online banking have been carried out over recent years. The results represent the view that more and more people are choosing to manage their money online.

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