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Fix payment issues on your account

If you try to buy something on Google Play but your payment is declined or won't process, try the steps below. 

If you've bought something then have a problem with or question about it, see problems with in-app purchases or returns and refunds for Google Play purchases.

Verify your payment info

Your payments profile might be deactivated. To reactivate your profile, submit your payment information.

  1. Sign in to Google Pay.
  2. At the top, select Alerts Alert.
  3. If you have a red alert, enter your payment information and wait for the team to respond.

  4. Check your email for the review results.

Try to pay with a different payment method

If there's a problem with one payment method, you can try paying with a different one.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Play Store app Google Play.
  2. Go back to the item that you want to buy and tap the price.
  3. Tap the current payment method.
  4. Choose a different payment method or add a new one.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete your purchase.

Fix credit and debit card errors

There may be a problem with your credit or debit card if you see one of the following error messages:

  • 'Unable to process payment: low card balance'
  • 'Unable to complete transaction. Please use another form of payment'
  • 'Your transaction cannot be completed'
  • 'Unable to complete transaction: expired card'
  • 'Correct this card info or try another card'

To fix these errors, try the following steps:

Make sure that your card and address information is up to date

Expired credit cards or old billing addresses are a common reason for payments not to work properly. To update this information, use Google Payments:

Remove or update expired cards

Expired cards cause payments to be declined. To update expired cards:

  1. Sign in to with your Google Account.
  2. Find the payment method that you are trying to use for the purchase.
  3. Check the expiry date of the payment methods listed.
  4. Remove or update any expired payment methods.

Check that your card address matches the address in Google Payments

If your credit card is registered to a different address, this can cause the payment to be declined. Check that the postal code matches your current address. 

  1. Sign in to with your Google Account.
  2. Find the payment method that you are trying to use for the purchase.
  3. Click Edit
  4. Check that the address listed matches the billing address of your card.
  5. If needed, update the address. 

Then, try your purchase again.

Submit any extra information that is requested

If the error message is followed by instructions for submitting additional information to Google, please submit it. We will not be able to process the transaction on your account without this information.

Check that you have sufficient funds for the purchase

Sometimes a transaction is declined because of insufficient funds. Check your account to make sure that you have enough to complete the purchase.

Contact your bank or card issuer

Your card may have specific restrictions which cause the transaction to be declined. Contact the institution that issued your card to ask about the transaction and see if they know the reason for the decline.

Fix errors with other payment methods (direct operator billing, online banking, Google Play Balance, Gift Cards and more)

If you see 'Your payment was declined due to an issue with your account'

If you see this message, it might be because:

  • We saw a suspicious transaction on your payments profile.
  • We need a little more information to protect your account against fraud.
  • We need a little more information to comply with EU law (customers from European Union member states only).

To help fix these issues:

  1. Go to the payments centre.
  2. Take action on any errors or requests in the payments centre.
  3. Make sure that your name, address and payment information are up to date.
If you are trying to pay by direct operator billing (pay through your mobile service provider bill)

If you're having trouble paying through direct operator billing, try the following: 

  • Make sure that you're connected to your operator network, directly or by Wi-Fi.
  • Make sure that you've added direct operator billing as a payment method.
  • Make sure that you're using the local currency.

If you still have problems, contact your mobile phone service provider for help. 

If you can't add a payment method or have a problem with a different payment method

If you're having a problem with a different payment method, go to Google Payments to fix the issue.

  1. Sign in to with your Google Account.
  2. Look for any notifications or requests for information, and provide anything that's asked for. 
  3. Check that your address is up to date.
  4. Check that the payment methods listed are the ones that you want to use.
If a payment method is greyed out
If you see a greyed out payment method while making a purchase on Google Play, that payment method isn't valid for that particular purchase. Use a different payment method to complete your purchase.

If you use dual SIM card devices

Check if the correct SIM card is in slot 1 and remove any SIM card from slot 2. 
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