Change how often you're charged

With automatic payments, we charge you whenever your account reaches a certain amount, known as your payment threshold, or exactly the same day of the month as your last automatic charge -- whichever comes first. Keep in mind: If your previous payment fell on the 29th, 30th or 31st of the month, then your next month's automatic payment may occur sooner to allow for shorter months.

Your payment threshold might rise if you tend to reach that limit before your next automatic charge. For example, if your threshold is $50 and you reach that amount multiple times, the threshold might raise to $200 or more.

Find your account's payment threshold

You can find your account's payment threshold by following these steps:

  1. Sign in to your Google Ads account.
  2. Click the tools Google Ads | tools [Icon] icon and beneath "Billing" choose Summary. You'll land on the "Summary" page, which shows your current balance.
  3. Under the grey progress bar you'll find your threshold and the amount that has been reached.
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Change how often you're charged

If you'd like to be charged automatically in larger increments or less frequently, here's what you can do:

  • Make a payment to cover a longer period of time.

    Making a manual payment helps control the timing of your next automatic charge. If you make a large enough payment, it can cover your costs for a longer amount of time. See the following example: 

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Let's say you have a billing threshold of $500, and you've accrued $400 in advertising costs. If you make a manual payment of $1,000, this means you'll have an extra $600 in your account and that you can accrue $600 in costs before you owe anything and can be automatically charged again on the same date as last month's automatic charge. If you make a manual payment of $1,000, this means you'll have an extra $600 in your account and that you can accrue $600 in costs before any new costs will be applied to your next automatic charge.

Keep in mind: If you owe any costs at all, you'll still be charged on the same date each month as your last automatic payment, even if you haven't reached your threshold yet.

Some users may have an option to increase their payment threshold above the amount recommended by the system. This option will enable fewer (although possibly higher) charges each month.

To see if this option has been enabled in your account and make changes to your threshold value, use the following steps: 

  1. Sign in to your Google Ads account.
  2. Click the tools icon Google Ads | tools [Icon] and beneath "Billing," choose Summary. You'll land on the "Summary" page, which shows your current balance.
  3. Under the grey progress bar next to your current spend threshold amount, click Edit threshold.
  4. You’ll land on the “Settings” page. Under “How you pay” in the Payment account section you’ll see your current threshold limit
  5. To see the recommended threshold amount for your account and to change it, click the pencil icon Edit setting, pencil icon.
  6. To set your payment threshold at the recommended amount, click “Use recommended amount” and then click Save
  7. You can also set any payment threshold amount up to a recommended value. Once done, click Save.

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