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 back-up 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 account at https://adwords.google.co.uk
  2. Click the gear icon and choose Billing, and then click the Billing settings link.
  3. In the Your selections section, click Add a new payment method.
  4. Fill in your payment information, then click Save.
  5. When you're directed back to the Billing settings page, find the credit card that you've just added and click the Select as... drop-down menu.
  6. Select Backup.
  7. Click Save.
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Tips

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

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