Submit billing information
To get your ads up and running, start by submitting your billing information. You might have several ways to pay for AdWords, depending on your currency and the country where your business is registered. See the options available to you using our payment options finder.
Submit your billing information
Once you've decided how you'd like to pay for AdWords, you're ready to submit your information. Here's how you do it:
- Sign in to your account at https://adwords.google.co.uk
- Click the gear icon and choose Billing preferences.
- Select your country or the territory where your billing address is located, from the drop-down menu. You'll see all the billing options that are available for your location and currency.
- Make your selection and follow the steps to enter your billing information.
Add a backup credit card
If you're on automatic payments (meaning you pay after your ads run), a backup credit card helps keep your ads running if your automatic payment is declined. We highly recommend setting up a backup credit card. If your primary payment method doesn't work for some reason, we'll charge your backup credit card to ensure that your ads keep running.
Tip: If you have a promotional code (coupon)
If you've got a promotional code, check out how to use it. Most promotional codes have an expiry date, so you might need to apply it soon after creating your account. Bear in mind that you can't request a promotional code.
When your ads will start running
For certain payment methods, your ads will be ready to start appearing on Google immediately after you enter billing information. With other payment methods, it might take up to a week before ads can begin running, due to payment verification and processing times. You'll see information in your account about verification and processing times. Of course, other things can affect when your ads start running, such as the ad approval process. Learn how to find out if your ad is running.