Add a new credit card for automatic payments

Are you adding a card to lift a Google Apps billing suspension? Follow these steps instead.

To make automatic payments for a Google subscription using a new credit card, add the card to your Google billing account and make it your primary payment method. Google accepts international payments from Visa, Mastercard, and American Express.

To add a new credit card as your primary payment method:

  1. Sign in to the Google Admin console.
  2. From the dashboard, click Billing.
  3. Next to your subscription, click Settings and choose Access billing account.
  4. At the top of your Billing page, click Billing settings.
  5. Scroll to Your selections and click Add a new payment method.
  6. Select Credit or debit card. Then enter your card number and other information.
  7. (Important) Check the box to make this your Primary payment method.

  8. Click Save.

Once we authorize your card, Google will stop charging automatic payments to your old primary payment method and start charging your new card, instead.

Questions?

When do automatic payments occur?
  • Google Apps: Once your free trial is over and your paid subscription begins, we begin charging your payment method at the beginning of the following month. If your paid service begins in May, for example, we charge you at the beginning of June. After that, automatic charges continue to occur at the beginning of each month.
  • Domain Registration: We debit your account when you initially purchase your domain, then charge your payment method at the beginning of the following month. If your domain is set to auto-renew, we renew your domain 7 days prior to the annual renewal date and charge your payment method at the beginning of the following month.
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 Apps partners who might be able to change your billing account's country for you.
I just added my credit card. How long until it can be charged?

When you add a credit card, we can typically authorize and begin charging it right away. In some cases, however, this might take a few hours.

How long does it take to process a credit card payment?

When setting up a Google billing account

Your service will start running almost immediately after you enter valid credit card information in your new billing account. However, in some circumstances it can take a few hours.

When making a manual payment

When you make a manual payment, we check with your credit card provider right away to see if your card can accept the charge. If it can, we authorize your card almost immediately for the amount of your payment.

If your account was suspended because an automatic payment was declined and you're paying off your balance to lift the suspension, service will resume once your payment is complete.

It might take several hours for the payment to appear in your Transaction history.

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