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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
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
  • Discover (US only)
  • JCB (Japan and US only)
  • Visa Electron (Outside the US only)
  • Elo credit cards (Brazil only)

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

Brazil info: debit cards of any sort (MasterCard, Visa, Elo, etc.) cannot be used for Google Play purchases. 

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

Google Wallet Balance

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.

Direct carrier billing

With some mobile devices and service plans, you can charge app and digital content purchases to your carrier bill. When you buy an app, you'll see the charge on your carrier 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
Country Carriers Currency
Australia Optus, Telstra AUD
Austria Drei, A1, T-Mobile EUR
Belgium Proximus, BASE Company, Mobistar EUR
Bulgaria Telenor BGN
Canada Rogers/Fido, Bell Canada, Telus CAD
Czech Republic O2, T-Mobile CZK
Denmark 3, H3G DKK
Estonia Tele2 EUR
Germany E-Plus, Deutsche Telekom, o2, Vodafone EUR
Finland DNA EUR
France Bouygues, Free, Orange, SFR EUR
Hong Kong 3, Smartone HKD
Hungary Telenor, Magyar Telecom HUF
India Airtel, Idea, Vodafone INR
Indonesia Indosat, Telkomsel, XL/AXIS IDR
Ireland Three, Vodafone EUR
Italy TIM, Wind Italy, H3G, Vodafone EUR
Japan Docomo, KDDI, Softbank JPY
Kuwait Ooredoo, Viva, Zain KWD
Lithuania Bite, Tele2 EUR
Malaysia Celcom, Digi, Maxis MYR
Mexico Nextel, lusacell MXN
Netherlands KPN, T-Mobile EUR
New Zealand 2degrees NZD
Norway Telenor NOK
Philippines Globe Telecom, Smart Communications, Sun PHP
Poland Orange, Play, Polkomtel / Plus, TMI PLN
Romania Orange Romania RON
Russia Beeline, Megafon, MTS, Tele2 RUB
Qatar Ooredoo QAR
Saudi Arabia Mobily, STC, Zain SAR
Singapore M1, SingTel, StarHub SGD
Slovakia PPF, Slovak Telekom EUR
Spain Movistar, Orange EUR
South Africa Telkom ZAR
Sweden 3, Tele2, Telenor SE SEK
Switzerland Sunrise, 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 Turk Telekom, Turkcell TRY
United Arab Emirates du, Etisalat AED
United Kingdom Three, EE, O2, Vodafone GBP
United States AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, Verizon USD
Vietnam Viettel VND
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 how to check your Google Play balance or the 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, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United States, United Kingdom.

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


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