Checking your payment status and account balance

You can monitor your AdWords payments and account balance anytime you'd like. Here's how.

Check your payment status

  1. Sign in to your AdWords account at https://adwords.google.com.
  2. Click the gear icon and choose Billing.
  3. In the gray bar just above the table of information, make sure that Detailed is selected. If it isn't, the box will say Summary -- just click Summary to change it to Detailed.
  4. In the Description column, you'll see a line item for your payment. Here are the different descriptions you might see:
    • Automatic payment scheduled: A payment will happen in the next few days. This status shows for accounts on automatic payments with a bank account listed as the primary form of payment. Once the payment is complete, it'll show as Automatic payment.
    • In progress: A cost, payment, or adjustment is underway. Once the payment has been completed, it'll show as Payment or Automatic payment. It might take a couple minutes until this line item shows up on the Transaction history page after a manual payment has been made.
    • Payment: A payment you've initiated has been applied to your account.
    • Automatic payment: An automatic payment has been applied to your account.
    • Payment declined: Your bank or credit card company declined your payment.
    • Automatic payment declined: Your bank or credit card company declined your payment.

Check your current balance

  1. Sign in to your AdWords account at https://adwords.google.com
  2. Click the gear icon and choose Billing.
  3. On that page, you'll see your Current balance with a negative or positive balance. Here's what each means:
    • Negative numbers show account credit that'll be used for future advertising costs. If you're on automatic payments, you'll see a negative account balance only if you've decided to make a payment for more than your previous balance.
    • Positive numbers show the amount that you owe for ad activity you've already accrued. If you're on automatic payments, your balance will usually be positive unless you've made a payment for more than your previous balance. It's not possible to have a positive balance if you're on manual payments.

Tip

Sometimes a positive balance can appear in brackets in your AdWords account.

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