Enter or update your payment method

A payment method is what you use to pay for AdWords Express. For example, you might be paying with a credit card or bank account. If you ever want to add, remove, or update your payment method, go to your billing summary page and click Billing settings to make changes.

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 Express. Click one of the links below for instructions to set up your billing info.

Set up billing for the first time

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

  1. Sign in to your AdWords Express account at https://adwords.google.com/express/
  2. At the top right corner, click the gear icon and select Billing from the dropdown menu.
  3. Choose the country or territory of your business address. Click Continue.
  4. Enter your business address. Click Continue.
  5. Make your billing selections and enter your billing information. Click Continue.
  6. Review and accept the AdWords Express Terms and Conditions.
  7. Click Submit and Activate.
    • If you use automatic payments: Once your account is activated and your billing information has been processed, any new ads and ads that you create can begin running on Google. If you don't want them to run immediately, be sure to pause your ads.
    • If you use manual payments: Your ads will run once you have money in your account. Go to your billing summary page and click Make a payment to add money.
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Add a new payment method if you've already set up your billing information
  1. Sign in to your AdWords Express account at https://adwords.google.com/express/
  2. At the top right corner, click the gear icon and select Billing from the dropdown menu.
  3. Click Billing settings.
  4. Click Add new payment method.
  5. Select your payment method and enter your information.
  6. Click Save.
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Update or remove a payment method

Already have a payment method but want to change or remove it? Click one of the links below for instructions to change or delete your payment method.

Edit payment method information
  1. Sign in to your AdWords Express account athttps://adwords.google.com/express/ New Window.
  2. At the top right corner, click the gear icon and select Billing from the dropdown menu.
  3. Click Billing settings.
  4. Find the appropriate payment method in the "Available payment methods" section, and click Edit.
  5. Enter your updated information.
  6. Click Save when you're done.
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Remove a payment method
  1. Sign in to your AdWords Express account athttps://adwords.google.com/express/ New Window.
  2. At the top right corner, click the gear icon and select Billing from the dropdown menu.
  3. Click 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. 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 this, add a new payment method and assign it as a primary -- you can then remove your old primary.
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More details about updating your payment method

  • If you update your AdWords Express payment method, but you also have AdWords ads with the same account, you'll update the payment method for both AdWords and AdWords Express.
  • 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 this, add a new payment method and assign it as a primary -- you can then remove your old primary payment method.
  • 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.

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. We recommend it! In case there's ever a problem with your primary payment method, your backup credit card will keep your ads running.

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 Express account at https://adwords.google.com/express/ New Window.
  2. At the top right corner, click the gear icon and select Billing from the dropdown menu.
  3. Click the Billing tab, then click Billing settings.
  4. Find your payment method, 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 payment method -- not a bank account.
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Re-enable a payment method or resolve a declined credit card

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

Re-enable a payment method

Tip

You can stop accruing costs at any time by pausing all of your ads.

  1. Sign in to your AdWords Express account at https://adwords.google.com/express/
  2. At the top right corner, click the gear icon and select Billing from the dropdown menu.
  3. Click Billing settings.
  4. Find your payment method. Call your bank or credit institution to ensure that you can use the payment method in your AdWords Express account, if necessary.
  5. Click Re-enable. Check to make sure that all the details are correct for this payment method. Once you've made sure that the payment method will work, click the Re-enable payment method link.
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