Accepted payment methods
You can purchase apps and digital content on Google Play using payment methods from your Google account. If it's your first time making a purchase, your payment method will be added to your Google account. Find out how to add and change payment methods at add or edit your payment method.
Available payment methods may vary by location. Select one of the options below to learn more.Credit or debit cards
You can add the following credit/debit cards to your account:
- American Express
- Discover (US only)
- JCB (Japan and US only)
- Visa Electron (Outside the US only)
- Elo (Brazil only)
The types of cards accepted through Google Play may vary by location.
Note: You may notice temporary authorizations on your account when using a credit or debit card.
In the United States and United Kingdom, you can use your Google Wallet Balance to pay for your purchase. Simply make sure there's enough money in your Wallet Balance to cover the total amount of the purchase.
Some mobile devices and service plans can use carrier billing to make app and digital content purchases. Paid app purchases are billed to your mobile account after 15 minutes.
Note: You may see an SMS (text message) starting with "DCB_Association" on your phone when you sign up for direct carrier billing . The DCB_Association message is automatically generated and sent to complete enrollment in direct carrier billing for your Google Play account.Direct carrier billing availability
|Belgium||Proximus, BASE Company, Mobistar||EUR|
|Canada||Rogers/Fido, Bell Canada, Telus||CAD|
|Czech Republic||O2, T-Mobile||CZK|
|Germany||E-Plus, Deutsche Telekom, o2||EUR|
|France||Bouygues, Free, Orange, SFR||EUR|
|Hong Kong||3, Smartone||HKD|
|Hungary||Telenor, Magyar Telecom||HUF|
|Indonesia||Indosat, Telkomsel, XL/AXIS||IDR|
|Italy||TIM, Wind Italy, H3G||EUR|
|Japan||Docomo, KDDI, Softbank||JPY|
|Korea||KT, SKT, LGU+||KRW|
|Philippines||Globe Telecom, Smart Communications, Sun||PHP|
|Poland||Orange, Play, Polkomtel / Plus, TMI||PLN|
|Russia||Beeline, Megafon, MTS||RUB|
|Saudi Arabia||Mobily, STC, Zain||SAR|
|Singapore||M1, SingTel, StarHub||SGD|
|Slovakia||PPF, Slovak Telekom||EUR|
|Sweden||3, Tele2, Telenor SE||SEK|
|Taiwan||遠傳電信 Far EasTone Telecom
台灣大哥大 Taiwan Mobile Telecom
亞太電信 Asia Pacific Telecom
台灣之星 T Star
|United Arab Emirates||du, Etisalat||AED|
|United Kingdom||Three, T-Mobile, O2||GBP|
|United States||AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, Verizon||USD|
If you don't see a carrier billing option, keep in mind:
- Direct carrier billing is only available using the Google Play Store app. It isn't available on the Google Play website on a computer or mobile browser.
- Your account with your carrier must be in good standing.
Check with your carrier to make sure:
- You haven't exceeded your carrier's monthly spending limit.
- Your device and service plan allow premium content purchases.
- Your device can use direct carrier billing.
Purchases that aren't successfully authorized with your carrier are immediately cancelled. For help with unsuccessful direct carrier billing purchases, contact your mobile service provider.
Google Play gift cards and promotional codes are available in select countries. Redeemed gift cards and some promotional codes appear on your account as part of your Google Play balance.
Note: Google Play balance can be used to pay for subscriptions on Google Play Music and Google Play Newsstand but can't be used to pay for other types of subscriptions.
You can use PayPal to buy apps and digital content on Google Play in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United States, United Kingdom.
Google Play can't be used with:
- Wire transfers
- Bank transfers
- Western Union
- Money Gram
- Virtual Credit Cards (VCC)
- Health Savings Account (HSA)
- Transit cards
- Any escrow type of payment
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