Accepted payment methods

You can purchase apps and digital content on Google Play using payment methods you've added to Google Wallet. If you don't have a Google Wallet account already, you'll be asked to create one when you make your first purchase.

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 Google Wallet:

  • American Express
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
  • Discover (US only)
  • JCB (Japan and US only)
  • Visa Electron (Outside the US only)

The types of cards accepted through Google Wallet may vary by location.

Note: You may notice temporary authorizations on your account when using a credit or debit card.

Google Wallet Balance

In the United States, 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 for the total amount of the purchase.

Direct carrier billing

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.

Direct carrier billing availability
Country Carriers Currency
Australia Optus, Telstra AUD
Austria Drei, A1 EUR
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 HKD
Hungary Telenor, Magyar Telecom HUF
Indonesia Indosat, Telkomsel IDR
Ireland 3, O2 EUR
Italy TIM, Wind Italy EUR
Japan Docomo, KDDI, Softbank JPY
Netherlands KPN, T-Mobile EUR
New Zealand 2degrees NZD
Norway Telenor NOK
Philippines Globe Telecom, Smart Communications PHP
Poland Orange, Play, Polkomtel / Plus, TMI PLN
Romania Orange Romania RON
Russia Beeline, Megafon RUB
Saudia Arabia STC, Zain SAR
Singapore M1, SingTel, StarHub SGD
Slovakia PPF EUR
Spain Movistar, Orange EUR
Sweden 3, Tele2, Telenor SE SEK
Switzerland Swisscom CHF
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
中華電信_Chunghwa Telecom
Thailand AIS, DTAC THB
Turkey Turkcell TRY
United Arab Emirates Etisalat AED
United Kingdom Three, T-Mobile, O2 GBP
United States AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, Verizon USD
Direct carrier billing troubleshooting

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.

Cancelled purchases

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

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. Learn more about Google Play balance uses & restrictions.


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, Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United States, United Kingdom.

You can't use PayPal for purchases that use Google Wallet outside of the Play Store.

Unsupported payment types

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

Note: For more information about how to update your payment methods, go to edit your payment method.

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