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Modify a project's billing settings

If you are a billing administrator on only one billing account, new projects you create are automatically linked to your existing billing account. If you create and have access to multiple billing accounts, you can change the billing account a project is billed to. This article describes how to change the billing account for your project, as well as how to enable and disable billing for a project.

If you want to receive invoices or statements by email, or you want to change who receives them, see Change billing contacts and notifications.

Change the billing account for a project

To change the billing account for an existing project, you must be an owner on the project and a billing administrator on the destination billing account. For more information about billing administrators, see Manage billing administrators.

To change the billing account:

  1. Go to the Cloud Platform Console.
  2. Open the console left side menu and select Billing  Billing
  3. Expand the billing account list at the top of the page and select Manage billing accounts.
  4. Click My projects.
  5. Locate the name of the project that you want to change billing for, and then click the Settings menu next to it.
  6. Select Change billing account, then choose the desired destination billing account.
  7. Click Set account.

Charges already incurred that have not yet been reported in the transaction history will be billed to the former billing account. This can include charges from up to 2 days prior to when the project was moved.

Enable billing for a project

How you enable billing depends on whether you're creating a new project or you're re-enabling billing for an existing project.

New projects

When you create a new project, you're prompted to choose which of your billing accounts you want to link to the project. If you have only one billing account, that account is automatically linked to your project.

If you don't have a billing account, you must create one and enable billing for your project before you can use many Google Cloud Platform features. To create a new billing account and enable billing for your project, follow the instructions in Create a new billing account.

Existing projects

If you have a project that you temporarily disabled billing for, you can re-enable billing:


  1. Go to the Cloud Platform Console.
  2. From the projects list, select the project to re-enable billing for.
  3. Open the console left side menu and select Billing  Billing. You're prompted to select a billing account.
  4. Click Set account.
Disable billing for a project

To stop automatic payments for a project, you need to disable billing for the project. Note that even if you disable billing, you're still be responsible for all outstanding charges on the account, which will be charged to your listed form of payment.

To disable billing for a project:

  1. Go to the Cloud Platform Console.
  2. Open the console left side menu and select Billing  Billing
  3. If you have more than one billing account, select the billing account that the project is currently billed to.
  4. Under Projects linked to this billing account, locate the name of the project that you want to disable billing for, and then from the menu  Settings  next to it, select Disable billing. You are prompted to confirm that you want to disable billing for this project.
  5. Click Disable billing.

Note: If your billing account remains disabled for a protracted period, some resources might be removed from the projects associated with that account. For example, if you use Google Cloud Platform, your Google Compute Engine resources might be removed. Removed resources are not recoverable.

Tip: Instead of disabling billing, you might want to shut down your project. Shutting down a project releases all resources used within the project. Only project owners can shut down or restore projects.

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