Enter or update your form of payment

A form of payment 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 form of payment, go to your billing summary page and click Billing settings to make changes.

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

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 http://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 form of payment if you've already set up your billing information
  1. Sign in to your AdWords Express account at http://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 form of payment.
  5. Select your form of payment and enter your information.
  6. Click Save.
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Update or remove a form of payment

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

Edit form of payment information

  1. Sign in to your AdWords Express account athttp://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 form of payment in the "Available forms of payment" section, and click Edit.
  5. Enter your updated information.
  6. Click Save when you're done.
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Remove a form of payment
  1. Sign in to your AdWords Express account athttp://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 form of payment, and click Remove. Keep in mind that your account will always need at least one form of payment on file. 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.
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More details about updating your form of payment

  • 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 form of payment.
  • 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.

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

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 Express account at http://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 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.
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Re-enable a form of payment

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

Re-enable a form of payment

Tip

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

  1. Sign in to your AdWords Express account at http://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 form of payment and click Re-enable. 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 Express account, if necessary. Once you've made sure that the form of payment will work, click the Re-enable form of payment link.
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