Set up a backup credit card

If you use automatic payments, you'll need to have one payment method that's designated as a primary. You can also add a backup credit card to your account, to serve as a safety net. If your primary payment method doesn't work for some reason, then we'll charge your costs to your backup credit card. This ensures that your ads keep running.

Follow these steps to 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 on the Billing settings link at the side of the page.
  4. Find your payment method, and click on the Set as Primary or Set as Backup link.


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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