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Payments FAQ

Below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about payments. 

Payment process

Where's my payment?

Complete the steps to getting paid to make sure you are eligible for payments. If you're still having issues, use this troubleshooter to find out where your payment is.

When will I start to receive payments?

You may be required to complete the address verification and phone verification process before you can receive payments.

If your earnings meet the payment threshold and you've completed the steps to getting paid, your earnings will cumulate until the 21st of the month. We'll issue you a payment soon after that. For example, if your earnings reach the threshold at the end of February, we'll send you a payment after March 21st. Learn more about payment schedule.

If your current balance doesn't meet the threshold at the end of the month, we'll roll your earnings over to the following month until the payment threshold is reached.

Please note that if a publisher's account is found to be in violation of Google Terms of Service, we may at any time withhold payment (beginning from when Google initiates its investigation of potential violations), deduct earnings from the developer's account, and/or refund advertisers for clicks received on the developer's app(s). In addition, if a developer is past due on any payment to Google in connection with the Google Ads program, we reserve the right to withhold payment until all outstanding payments have been made.

What's the difference between estimated and finalized earnings?

The estimated earnings that you see in AdMob are estimates of your recent account activity. These earnings aren't finalized until the end of the month and won't necessarily reflect the amount you'll ultimately be paid.

Finalized earnings are accurate earnings amounts that include all revenue you will be paid for validated clicks and impressions. These amounts are equal to the current balance found on your Payments page. After our earnings records are processed and verified by the 2nd of the month, your current balance from the previous month is posted to the Payments page.

What's the difference between earnings and payments?

Earnings are the revenue that you accrue through your participation in AdMob. On your Transactions page, you'll see finalized earnings for any given month. Once your unpaid earnings reach the payment threshold and you've completed the steps to getting paid, Google will pay out your earnings according to the payment schedule. You can see the payment amount for each month that you've reached the threshold on this page.

Can I temporarily hold my AdMob payments?

Yes, you can hold your payments.

Can I change my payment schedule or threshold?

You can increase your payment threshold to a value higher than the default payment threshold if you would like to receive your payments in larger increments.

Complete the following steps to raise your payment threshold.

  1. Sign in to your AdMob account at
  2. Click Settings Payments > Manage settings.
  3. Next to Payment schedule, click Edit.
  4. In the Increase payment threshold field, enter the new payment threshold value.
  5. Click Save.

Currently we do not allow changes to the payment schedule. However, you can temporarily hold your payments.

Why did my test deposit fail?

There are a number of reasons why your test deposit might fail. We have provided a detailed list below.

  • Incorrect bank account number or bank codes (the required information will vary by country).
  • Issues with your account type (we currently do not support savings accounts in the United States).
  • Bank account is closed.
  • Bank is not located in the same country you entered in your AdMob account.
  • Bank account is not in the local currency of the country entered in your AdMob account.
  • Bank account is not set up to receive incoming ACH/EFT.
  • Your bank code changed as the result of a recent bank merger.

If your test deposit has failed, you'll see a 'Deposit failed' message on the Account > Payments > Payment settings page. If you see this message, we encourage you to re-enter your bank information to make sure there wasn't a typo. You may also wish to contact your bank to confirm the exact details that you need to submit and try again.

How do I request a check reissue?

This troubleshooter is designed to enable you to request a check issue if one is necessary. At each step, we'll provide instructions or further questions to help narrow down the issue you're facing. Following the instructions exactly will help ensure the best results.

Can I donate my AdMob revenue to charity?

Right now, we don't offer the option to donate your AdMob earnings directly to a charity from within your account. However, once you receive your AdMob payments you're free to use your earnings as you wish.

As a friendly reminder, if you do choose to donate your earnings, we ask that you avoid placing text on your apps saying that all or some of the ad earnings will go to charity. Because this language can draw undue attention to the ads, and since we can't verify how the earnings are ultimately used, these statements are not permitted by our program policies.

Do you provide an invoice or payment receipt?

Yes, a payment receipt is available in your account whenever we issue you a payment. This receipt is a printable page that contains relevant details about your payment. You can print this page to keep a record of all your payments, to present it to your bank when depositing your AdMob check, or for accounting purposes.

To access the payment receipt for a specific payment:

  1. Sign in to your AdMob account at
  2. Click Settings Payments > Manage settings.
  3. Click View transactions.

You will be directed to your payment receipt. Please note that this receipt should be used in strict accordance with Google Terms of Service.

Address/PIN verification

Why haven't I received my PIN?

There are several reasons why you might not have received your personal identification number (PIN) yet.

  • You have to wait a week after you sign up for an AdMob account for a PIN to be generated and mailed to you.
  • PINs often take up to 4 weeks to reach you by mail, though it may take longer depending on your location. If you've not received your PIN after 4 weeks, you'll need to request a new one.
  • Your payment address is not valid. Take a moment to review and update your payment address.

Can you send a PIN to my new address?

If there is an error in your address, or if you've moved to a new address, you'll need to update your payment address. Once your address has been updated, you can request a new PIN be sent to your updated address.

Can I use my old PIN after requesting a new PIN?

Yes. All replacement PINs issued for your account will be exact duplicates of the original, so you can enter any of the PINs that you receive, regardless of which one arrives first.

Why can't I see the Payments page in my AdMob account?

You may have issues loading the payments page if your browser blocks third-party cookies. To fix this, enable third-party cookies and refresh the page. Learn more about cookies in Chrome and Safari.
 Still having trouble with your PIN & address verification? Learn more.
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