Add a bank account as primary payment method

Applies to G Suite, Google Drive Enterprise, and other paid subscriptions in your Google Admin console.

Are you adding a bank account to lift a billing account suspension? Follow these steps instead.

To make automatic payments for a Google subscription using a new bank account, add the bank account to your Google billing account and make it your primary payment method. After that, we’ll debit that account for your automatic payments. Paying by bank account is available in the U.S., the U.K., and some other European countries. See Payment options in my country.

Note: You can only add a bank account as your primary payment method, not as a backup method.

Add a bank account

I’m in the U.K.
  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. From the Admin console Home page, go to Billing.
  3. Next to your subscription, click Actions and then Access billing account.
  4. Under How you pay, click Manage payment methods.
  5. Click Add Payment Method.
  6. Select Add a bank account. Then, enter your bank account information and save your changes.
  7. On the screen that appears, click Continue.

    It takes about 2 days to verify your account. During this time, you'll see a Mandate pending alert under your bank account on the Payment methods page. You don't need to do anything if you see this alert. If verification fails, the alert changes to Mandate rejected. Contact your bank for details, or add a credit card as your primary payment method instead. See Add a credit card as your primary payment method.

  8. (Important) After your account is verified: On the Payment methods screen, in the lower-left corner of the bank account entry, click None and select Primary.
I’m in the U.S. or Europe, outside the U.K.

When you add a bank account, it might be several days before we can debit payment from the account. If your monthly payment is due in the meantime, we’ll continue to charge your current primary payment method.

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. From the Admin console Home page, go to Billing.
  3. Next to your subscription, click Actions and then Access billing account.
  4. Under How you pay, click Manage payment methods.
  5. Click Add Payment Method.
  6. Select Add a bank account. Then, enter your bank account information and save your changes.
  7. Verify your bank account like this:

    Within the next 3 days, a small test deposit from Google will appear in your bank account. Enter the exact amount of this deposit on your payment methods page. See Verify bank account with test deposit.

  8. (Recommended) If your current primary payment method can’t be charged, add a credit card as a temporary payment method until your new bank account gets verified (which can take several days). That way, you don’t risk suspension if we have to charge your account in the meantime. See Add a credit card as your primary payment method.
  9. (Important) After your account is verified: On the Payment methods screen, in the lower-left corner of the bank account entry, click None and select Primary.

Questions?

What if my country isn't listed when I try to add my billing address?

In some countries, the billing address you specify for a payment method must be in the same country as the billing country you select when you set up your Google billing account. If that's true for your location, you can't enter any other country in a billing address—nor can you change the billing country associated with your account.

If your billing address isn't in the country you selected for your billing account, you can:

  • Add a new payment method with a billing address that is in your billing account's country.
  • Transfer your account to one of our Google Partners who might be able to change your billing account's country for you.
How long until my bank account can be debited?

Before we can debit your new bank account, we need to verify that it’s yours. How long this takes depends on your location. If you’re in:

  • The U.K.—It takes about 2 days for us to verify your account. No action is required on your part.
  • The U.S. and Europe, outside the U.K.—You must verify the account before we can begin payments. You can do this by making a test deposit. This process can take up to 10 days, but it often happens much sooner.
You can tell whether Google is still verifying your bank account if you see a Verification in progress or Mandate pending message on your Payments page. If you're setting up billing for the first time, your paid service won't begin until we verify your account.
When do automatic payments occur?
  • G Suite, Google Drive Enterprise, and Cloud Identity Premium—Once your free trial ends and your paid subscription starts, we charge your payment method at the beginning of the following month. If your paid service starts in May, for example, we charge you at the beginning of June. After that, charges continue automatically at the beginning of each month.
  • Domain registration—We start charging your payment method at the time of purchase. If you set up your domain for automatic renewal, we renew your domain 7 days before the annual renewal date and charge your payment method at the beginning of the following month.

Learn more about how to understand your monthly costs.

How do I edit my bank account details?

See Update bank account information.

The bank account information you can edit varies by country. If you can’t edit the information you want, you instead need to add the bank account as a new account as described in Add a bank account, above. Then remove the old bank account from your billing account. See Remove a payment method.

Related topic

Remove a payment method.

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