Set up Bank Account Information and a Test Deposit

Add or edit bank account

When adding or updating your bank account information, you'll need to enter the information exactly as it is on file with your bank. If you need help locating your account information, we recommend contacting your bank representative for additional assistance.

  1. Sign in to Google Play artist hub.
  2. Click the Payments tab, then click Payment Settings.
  3. Enter your bank account information. Ensure your information exactly matches what's on file with your bank.
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    • Account type: Specify whether your bank account is a checking, savings, or business account.
    • Bank name: The name of your bank.
    • Routing number: Your bank's routing number is printed on a check. The routing number will be a 9-digit number.
    • Account number: Your account number for your bank account. This number is printed on a check. The account number will be a 3-17 digit number.

Receiving payouts

You do not need to verify your bank account before you can start processing transactions. Sales of your audio tracks can commence for which you will be paid out at a later date, after your bank account information has been successfully verified.

A slight processing delay may occur between the bank account verification and payout processes. Your bank may take an additional three business days to register the payout in your bank account. To learn more about your bank's turnaround time for electronically-deposited funds, please contact your bank representative. If you still haven't received a payout after waiting at least three business days beyond the fifth business day of the month, please contact us.

Verify bank account

To ensure the security and validity of your information, you will be asked to perform a simple verification process after you add or change your bank account information. Please allow a minimum of one business day for the test deposit to be registered in your bank account before attempting to complete the verification process.

  1. Within two business days, Google will make a single deposit in your bank account. (Your bank may take up to three additional business days to register this deposit in your account.)
  2. View your bank statement or contact your bank to locate this deposit amount. The deposit will be labeled GOOGLE DEPOSIT or something similar.
  3. Review your bank statement or contact your bank to locate this deposit amount from Google.
  4. Sign in to Google Play artist hub.
  5. Click the Payments tab, then click Payment Settings.
  6. Identify the correct account to verify (if you have setup more than one account).
  7. Click Verify account.
  8. Enter the deposit amount exactly as it is displayed on your bank statement. If the deposit amount is $0.05, you should enter 05 or .05 as the deposit amount. Please do not include leading zeros.
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  9. Click Verify deposit.

Having trouble locating your test deposit? Review our troubleshooting tips.

For account security, the number of test deposit attempts is limited. Incorrectly entering the test deposit amount three times will cause the bank account information to become locked. Contact support to have the account reset so that you can re-enter the verification amount.

Test deposits

Deposit amount will be less than $1.10USD (amount will be in localized currency) and will be from ‘GOOGLE DEPOSIT’.

Resetting the test deposit amount

If you have entered the incorrect deposit amount three times and have now located the correct deposit amount in your bank account, please contact us to have your account reset.

If you have still been unable to locate the test deposit amount, please follow the steps above and wait a few more days for the deposit to be registered in your bank account.

Locate a test deposit

If you are unable to locate the deposit amount needed to verify your bank account, try the following:

  • Wait a few more days. It may take up to five business days before the deposit is registered in your bank account. Google will initiate your deposit within two business days, and your bank may require three additional business days to register the deposit in your account. The amount of the test deposit depends on the location of your bank account, but will generally be an amount between $0.05 and $1.10.
  • Contact your bank to confirm your bank account can receive funds electronically; otherwise, you will not be able to receive payments.
  • Verify that your bank account is in a supported country.

Can I sell my music before the account is verified? Yes!

But you will not receive any payments until you complete the verification and complete your tax information. Payment balances will accrue meantime.

Fixing mistakes in the account number and routing number

Should you make a mistake in entering your bank account information, you may add a new bank account at any time. The downside is that you re-trigger the test deposit verification - typically 2-3 business days wait time. Please pay particular attention to specifying accurate routing and account numbers when you add your account. You cannot edit the numbers once you submit for verification. For your security, neither you nor Google support has any access to the numbers to edit them later.

Understanding the verification statuses

When you save a new account in the Payments tab of the Artist hub, you will see one of two statuses:

  1. "We're in the process of making a test deposit into your account. Please check back soon."
  2. Verify test deposit.

During the first status, we are preparing the test deposit and have not yet transmitted it to your bank. Refreshing the page or coming back to the same page later, you will see the status change to Verify test deposit. Google support cannot provide you with the test deposit amount because this would defeat the purpose of ensuring that you get paid.

Finding the deposit in your account:

Google transmits the sub-$1 amount to your bank account using the name GOOGLE DEPOSIT. Your bank may add some text. For example, you may see this deposit posted as: ACH Deposit GOOGLE DEPOSIT. Expect to wait between 2-3 business days for the deposit to arrive in your account. This is the time it takes for the banking ACH system to place the money into your account.

The fastest way to learn the test deposit amount from your bank is to use online banking or to contact your bank directly via a branch, atm or phone.

How do I differentiate multiple test deposits if I claimed more than one Google Play store page?

You have three chances to enter the right test deposit amount. While the deposits into your bank account will all be denoted GOOGLE DEPOSIT, you can try each deposit amount until you find the right one.

What if I try to verify the amount three times and the account becomes locked?

Please contact us. We will reset the number of verification attempts to three.