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Zoho Expense - Zoho Cliq Integration

With the Zoho Expense - Zoho Cliq integration, you can stay up-to-date with the expenses of your organisation. Configure the Zoho Expense Bot and you can receive instant notifications and execute your everyday tasks directly from Zoho Cliq. Also, you can communicate, collaborate and make decisions on your expense reporting easily, anytime and anywhere.

Integrating Zoho Expense with Zoho Cliq

You need to be a Zoho Cliq user to integrate with Zoho Expense. To create an account in Zoho Cliq, sign up.

If you’re already using Zoho Cliq, you can follow the steps below to integrate Zoho Expense with Zoho Cliq.

Immediately, your Zoho Expense organisation will be integrated with Zoho Cliq.

Note: Only admins will be able to integrate Zoho Expense with Zoho Cliq. Also, if you have multiple organisations in Zoho Expense, only the default organisation can be integrated with Zoho Expense Bot.

Activate the integration

Zoho Expense Bot

After you integrate Zoho Expense with Zoho Cliq, you can subscribe to the Zoho Expense Bot.

It is your virtual assistant that can automate all your actions related to expense reporting. You can add the Zoho Expense Bot to Zoho Cliq to invite users, upload receipts, approve reports and view expense reports effortlessly.

The Zoho Expense Bot can help you to: 

Setting Up your Zoho Expense Bot

Before you set up the Zoho Expense Bot, ensure that you’ve integrated Zoho Expense with Zoho Cliq

After you’ve set up the integration, every member of the Zoho Expense organisation can add the Zoho Expense Bot to their Zoho Cliq.

To add the Zoho Expense Bot to your Zoho Cliq:

  1. Open Zoho Cliq
  2. Click the + icon next to the Bot module on the left sidebar.
  3. Search for the Zoho Expense Bot in the search bar on top.
  4. Click Subscribe.

Setting up your expense bot

Activating the Zoho Expense Bot

After you have added the Zoho Expense Bot, you must activate it to perform actions and receive notifications. You can activate it by typing Hello or Hi in the Zoho Expense Bot.

Roles and Accessibility

Action Admin Approver Submitter
Uploading Receipts Yes Yes Yes
Sharing Expense Reports Yes Yes Yes
Searching Expense Reports Yes Yes Yes
Inviting Users Yes No No
Slash Commands Yes Yes Yes

Uploading a Receipt


You can use the Zoho Expense Bot to upload receipts either from your desktop or your mobile gallery. The uploaded receipts will be automatically forwarded to Zoho Expense.

To upload a receipt:

  1. Go to Zoho Cliq and open the Zoho Expense Bot.
  2. Type hello and press enter.
  3. Click the attachment to the left of the text field. 
  4. Select the receipt and upload it.

The receipt will be automatically uploaded to the Receipt Inbox of Zoho Expense, where you will be able to auto-scan the receipt.

Uploading a receipt

Sharing Expense Reports

You can share your expense reports with Zoho Cliq users who use Zoho Expense. You will be able to share your expense reports on direct messages and channels.

Let’s look at how Yvonne Russell shares her expense report using Zoho Cliq.

Scenario:  Yvonne Russell is the head of the sales and marketing division of Jaxer Wealth Management. She needs to share her expense reports with her finance team for accounting purposes. To make things easier, Yvonne shares her expense report with the finance team’s channel on Zoho Cliq.

To share expense reports:

Example for sharing a report with a single recipient:

@Zoho Expense Share report (ER-00001) with @DejauanLambert

Example for sharing multiple reports with multiple recipients:

@Zoho Expense Share report (ER-00001, ER-00002) with @DejuanLambert, @ManishPatel

Note: If you don’t mention a recipient while sharing a report in a channel, it will be shared to all the members of the channel.

Sharing expense reports

Searching Expense Reports


The Zoho Expense Bot enables you to search and share your individual expense reports.

To search expense reports:

  1. Go to Zoho Cliq and open the Zoho Expense Bot.
  2. Type hello and press enter.
  3. Click Expense Reports.
  4. Choose the report type.
Searching Expense Reports by Using the Slash Commands.

To perform the search for expense reports, type the following format in the text field.

Format: “/zexpense Expense Report STATUS_VALUE SEARCH_TEXT”.


The STATUS VALUE can be as All/Expired/Unsubmitted/Approved/Rejected/Reimbursed/Shared.

The SEARCH TEXT can be the report title or report number for reports.

Example for searching for a report:

 /zexpense Expense Report Approved ER-00001.

Searching expense reports

Inviting a User

If you’re an admin, you can invite employees to Zoho Expense and assign user roles to them. The admin can designate them as a submitter, approver or as an admin depending on their role in the organisation. Let’s look at a scenario to understand this better. 

Scenario: Charles Stone is the regional manager for Tealspaces, a realty firm. Charles is having a chat on Zoho Cliq with Eduardo Vargas, a new sales recruit. Charles needs to add Eduardo as a submitter to Zoho Expense. So, he uses the Zoho Expense Bot on Zoho Cliq to invite Eduardo and designates him as an approver.

Similarly, you can add an user to Zoho Expense directly from Zoho Cliq. To invite an employee as a user to Zoho Expense: 

Type invite @person followed by their user role (admin/approver/submitter) on the text field of the Zoho Expense Bot and press Enter.

For example,

invite @Eduardo Vargas as an approver.

Inviting a user

To invite an employee using their email address 

Type invite (email_address) followed by their user role (admin/approver/submitter) and press Enter.

For example,

invite ( as submitter.

Note: If you have not assigned a user role to an invitee, the invitee will be invited as a submitter, by default.

Slash Commands

Slash commands can be performed in the Zoho Expense Bot as well as in other chats and channels. To perform actions in Zoho Cliq, just type the following format on the text field:



The ENTITY NAME can be expense reports or expenses.

The STATUS VALUE can be as follows:

Entity Statuses
For Expenses All / Expired / Uncategorised / Unreported
For Reports All / Expired / Unsubmitted / Approved / Rejected / Reimbursed /Shared

The SEARCH TEXT can be the report title or report number for reports and category for expenses.

For example,

/zexpense  Expense Report Approved  ER-00001. 

Note: This action can be performed in the Zoho Expense bot, Direct messages and Channels.

Slash commands

Slash commands

Instant notifications from Zoho Expense

You will be able to receive instant notifications on your Zoho Expense Bot when: 

Unsubscribing from the Zoho Expense Bot

If you no longer require the help of an Zoho Expense Bot, there are two ways to unsubscribe the Zoho Expense Bot:

Method 1:

Unsubscribing from the expense bot

Method 2:

Deactivating the Integration

You can also disconnect the Zoho Expense - Zoho Cliq integration if you no longer wish to use Zoho Expense with your Zoho Cliq. To do that:

Deactivate the integration

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