Enter or update your payment method

A payment method is what you use to pay for AdWords. For example, you might be paying with a credit card, bank account, or other methods. If you ever want to add, remove, or update your payment method, go to the gear icon , click Billing, then click the Billing settings link on the side of the page. Once you're there, you'll be able to make changes to your payment method.

Add a new payment method

The steps for adding a payment method are different depending on whether or not this is the first time you're entering your billing information into AdWords. Click the link below that applies to you.

If you're entering billing information for the first time

While you’re creating your AdWords account, here’s how to enter your billing information when prompted:

  1. Choose the country or territory of your business address.
  2. Fill out the page. The options for “How you pay” and “What you pay with” depend on the country you’ve chosen.
  3. Click Save and continue.
    • What to expect: Once your account is activated and your billing information has been processed, any new ads and campaigns you create can begin running on Google. If you don't want them to run immediately, be sure to pause your campaigns.

Note

If you select your billing country from the drop-down menu and aren’t prompted to enter your billing information, then you’ll need to enter it in AdWords once you’ve finished creating your account. Your ad won’t be able to show until you’ve submitted your billing information. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Choose the country or territory of your business address. If you aren't asked for billing information, click Save and continue.
  2. On the “Review” page, click Finish and create.
  3. Sign in to your AdWords account at adwords.google.com.
  4. Click the gear icon in the top corner.
  5. Choose Billing, and then click Billing preferences to complete your billing information.
If you've already set up billing information
  1. Sign in to your AdWords account at adwords.google.com.
  2. Click the gear icon and choose Billing. Go to Billing
  3. Click the Billing settings link on the side of the page. Billing settings
  4. Click the Add new payment method button. New form of payment
  5. The payment methods available to you will appear. These are based on your business address, your account's currency, and how you pay (automatic or manual payments).
  6. Enter your payment method information. Select bank account
  7. Click the Save button.
  8. If you pay by automatic payments and you'd like to assign this payment method as your primary, click the Billing settings link again, find your payment method, and click the Set as primary link.

The options shown in these steps don't include some payment methods that are only available in certain areas, such as fund transfers or country-specific payment services. To see what your local options are, use the payment option finder. To make a payment using one of these other methods, go to Billing > Make a payment.

Note

If you just recently entered your billing information, it may take a few hours for your account to become active.

Update or remove a payment method

Already have a payment method but want to change or remove it? Click the links below to find out how.

Edit payment method information
  1. Sign in to your AdWords account at adwords.google.com.
  2. Click the gear icon and choose Billing. Go to Billing
  3. Click the Billing settings link on the side of the page. Billing settings
  4. Find the appropriate payment method in the "Available payment methods" section, and click Edit.
  5. Enter your updated information. Edit credit card information
  6. Click Save when you're done.

Keep in mind

  • You can edit all details for your payment method except for the credit card or bank account number.
  • If your credit card has expired and you receive a new credit card with the same account number and an updated expiration date, you'll want to edit your card details -- not add a new one.
  • If the number of your credit card or bank account has changed, we consider this to be a new credit card or bank account. You'll need to add it as a new payment method. Then, remove your outdated payment method.
  • You don't need to re-enter your CVV number if your credit card number stays the same or your CVV number changes.
Remove a payment method
  1. Sign in to your AdWords account at adwords.google.com.
  2. Click the gear icon and choose Billing. Go to Billing
  3. Click the Billing settings link on the side of the page. Billing settings
  4. Find the appropriate payment method, and click Remove. Keep in mind that your account will always need at least one payment method on file.
  5. If you use automatic payments, you'll always need to have a primary payment method associated with your account. If you ever want to remove a primary payment method, add a new payment method and assign it as a primary. You can then remove your old primary.

Tip

You can stop accruing costs at any time by pausing all your campaigns or canceling your account. You can always resume a canceled account by signing in to your account and clicking the red banner.

Assign a payment method as a primary or backup

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.

Click the link below to see steps for adding a primary or backup payment method.

Assign a payment method as a primary or backup
  1. Sign in to your AdWords account at adwords.google.com.
  2. Click the gear icon and choose Billing. Go to Billing
  3. Click the Billing settings link on the side of the page. Billing settings
  4. Find your payment method, and click the Set as Primary or Set as Back up link. Keep in mind that you can only use credit or debit cards for a backup payment method -- not a bank account. Select primary form of payment
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Tip: Add a backup credit card

To avoid having your ads stop because of a declined payment, 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 your ads keep running.

Re-enable a payment method

If your payment method is ever declined, it'll be disabled in your AdWords account. If you'd like to re-enable that payment method again, click the link below to see how.

Re-enable a payment method
  1. Sign in to your AdWords account at adwords.google.com.
  2. Click the gear icon and choose Billing. Go to Billing
  3. Click the Billing settings link on the side of the page. Billing settings
  4. Find your payment method, and click the Re-enable payment method link.
  5. Check to make sure that all the details are correct for this payment method. Call your bank or credit institution to ensure that you can use the payment method in your AdWords account, if necessary.
  6. Once you've made sure that the payment method will work, click the Re-enable payment method link.

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