Using a backup credit card

  • A backup credit card serves as a safety net. If your primary payment method doesn't work for some reason, we'll charge your costs to your backup credit card. This ensures that your ads keep running.
  • You can use a backup credit card if you're using the automatic payment setting (you get charged after your ads run).

Follow the steps to add a backup payment below.

Set up a backup payment method

  1. Sign in to your Adwords account.
  2. Click the gear icon and choose Billing. Go to Billing
  3. Click the Billing settings link.
  4. In the "Your selections" section, click Add a new payment method.
  5. Fill out your payment information, then click Save.
  6. When you're directed back to the "Billing settings" page, find the credit card you just added and click the Set as Back up link.


  • A backup credit card will be charged only if your primary payment method doesn't work.
  • You can designate a credit card or (in most countries) a debit card as a backup, but not a bank account.
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