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Manage your payment methods

A payment method is what you use to pay for AdWords. For example, you could pay with a credit card, bank account, or other methods, depending on your country and currency.

This article will show you how to add, remove, or update an existing payment method in your account. 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.

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.

If you're entering billing information for the first time

After you've created an AdWords account, here's how to enter your billing information:

  1. Sign in to your AdWords account at adwords.google.com.
  2. Click the gear icon then click Billing.
  3. Choose the country or territory of your business address. Click Continue. Select a country
  4. Enter your business address. Click Continue.
  5. Make your billing selections and enter your billing information. The options you see will depend on the country of your billing address and the currency you've decided to use. Click Continue. Billing selection
  6. Review and accept the AdWords Terms and Conditions.
  7. Click Submit and Activate.
    • What to expect - automatic payments: 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.
    • What to expect - manual payments: Your ads will run once you have money in your account. Click the gear icon and choose Billing, then click the Make a payment button to add money.

Here's how to enter your billing information while you’re creating your AdWords account:

  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.

Update or remove a payment method

Use the following if you already have a payment method but want to change or remove it.

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.

Re-enable a payment method

If your payment method is ever declined, it'll be disabled in your AdWords account. Use these steps to re-enable that payment method.

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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