Enter or update your form of payment

A form of payment 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 form of payment, 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 form of payment.

Add a new form of payment

The steps for adding a form of payment 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

Once 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 , choose Billing, and then click Billing preferences. Billing preferencesBilling tab has moved under gear icon
  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. Billing tab has moved under gear icon
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, then click the Billing settings link on the side of the page. Billing settingsBilling tab has moved under gear icon
  3. Click the Add new form of payment button. New form of payment
  4. The forms of payment available to you will appear. These are based on your business address, your account's currency, and how you pay (automatic or manual payments).
  5. Enter your form of payment information. Select bank account
  6. Click the Save button.
  7. If you pay by automatic payments and you'd like to assign this form of payment as your primary, click the Billing settings link again, find your form of payment, and click the Select as drop-down menu to choose Primary.

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 form of payment

Already have a form of payment but want to change or remove it? Click the links below to make the following changes:

Edit form of payment information
  1. Sign in to your AdWords account at adwords.google.com.
  2. Click the gear icon and choose Billing. Billing tabBilling tab has moved under gear icon
  3. Click the Billing settings link on the side of the page. Billing settings
  4. Find the appropriate form of payment in the Available forms of payment 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 form of payment 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 form of payment. Then, remove your outdated form of payment.
  • 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 form of payment
  1. Sign in to your AdWords account at adwords.google.com.
  2. Click the gear icon and choose Billing. Billing tabBilling tab has moved under gear icon
  3. Click the Billing settings link on the side of the page. Billing settings
  4. Find the appropriate form of payment, and click Remove. Keep in mind that your account will always need at least one form of payment on file.
  5. If you use automatic payments, you'll always need to have a primary form of payment associated with your account. If you ever want to remove this, add a new form of payment and assign it as a primary -- you can then remove your old primary.

Assign a form of payment as a primary or backup

If you use automatic payments, you'll need to have one form of payment 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 form of payment.

Assign a form of payment as a primary or backup
  1. Sign in to your AdWords account at adwords.google.com.
  2. Click the gear icon and choose Billing, then click the Billing settings link on the side of the page. Billing tabBilling tab has moved under gear icon
  3. Find your form of payment, and click the Select as drop-down menu to choose Primary or Backup. Keep in mind that you can only use credit or debit cards for a backup form of payment -- 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 form of payment. If your primary form of payment doesn't work for some reason, we'll charge your backup credit card to ensure your ads keep running.

Re-enable a form of payment

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

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

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 contacting AdWords support.

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