Add payment methods to your Google Account

You can add payment methods to your Google Account to use when making purchases across Google.

Accepted payment methods

The payment methods you can add vary by location and Google service. Select one of the options below to learn more.

Credit & debit cards
  • American Express
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
  • Discover (US only)
  • JCB (Japan and US only)
  • Visa Electron (Outside the US only)
  • Elo (Brazil only)

The types of cards accepted by Google services vary by location.

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

Bank account

In the United States and the United Kingdom, you can add a bank account to your Google account.

In the United States, you can use the money in your bank account to make payments or send money. 

Direct carrier billing (DCB)

Some mobile devices and service plans can use carrier billing to make purchases on Google Play.

Learn more about direct carrier billing


In some countries, you can use PayPal to buy apps and digital content on Google Play.

Learn more about using PayPal for Google Play purchases

Google Play gift cards & promotional codes

Google Play gift cards and promotional codes can be used to make purchases on Google Play in select countries.

If you've redeemed a gift card or promotional code, it will show in as your Google Play balance.

Learn how your Google Play balance can be used.

Google Wallet Balance

In the United States and the United Kingdom, you can use your Google Wallet Balance to pay for your purchase as long as you have enough in your balance to cover the purchase.

Learn more about Google Wallet Balance.

Unsupported payment types

You can't add these payment methods to your Google Account:

  • Wire transfers
  • Bank transfers
  • Western Union
  • Moneygram
  • Virtual Credit Cards (VCC)
  • Health Savings Account (HSA)
  • Transit cards
  • Any escrow type of payment

Add a payment method

You can add a credit card, debit card, or bank account from Google Payments.

Other payment methods, like Direct carrier billing, PayPal, and Google Play gift cards, can only be added through Google Play. Learn about the accepted payment methods for Google Play.

Credit & debit cards
  1. Sign in to Payment methods.
  2. Click Add a credit or debit card.
  3. Enter your card's information.
  4. Add a nickname for the card.
  5. If you want to use this as your default card for all purchases, check the box next to "Set as default."
  6. Click Save.
Bank account

If you're in the United States or the United Kingdom, you can link one bank account to your Google Account.

Add a bank account

  1. Sign in to Payment methods.
  2. At the top of the page, click Add a payment method > Link a bank account.
  3. Enter your routing & account numbers.
  4. Click Next. You'll get further instructions if any other information is required.

Verify your account

Once you've linked your bank account, we need to verify that it belongs to you. If your bank supports it, you'll see the option to choose instant verification.

If your bank doesn't support instant verification, Google will make a small deposit to your bank account which you should be able to see after 2-3 days. After you see the deposit amount, verify your account by visiting

See the payment methods you've added

  1. Sign in to Payment methods.
  2. From here, you can view, edit, and delete the payment methods you've added.

Troubleshoot issues with adding payment methods

I'm having problems with instant verification of my bank account

If instant verification isn't working for your bank account, here are a few things to check:

  • Name of your bank.
  • Routing number.
  • Sign in with your bank credentials, not your Google Account. 
  • Make sure you're using a bank in the United States that supports instant verification. 

If instant verification still doesn't work, try using the test deposit instead.

I was charged when I added my credit card

You may see a small charge from Google on your credit or debit card or bank statement when you add your credit card to your account.

This is a pending authorization request between our billing system and the bank that issued your credit card. You won't be charged for this amount.

Safety tips

When you're managing payment information online, it's important to take extra safety precautions. Here are a few tips for changing payment information safely:

  • Make sure your browser shows a secure connection. You can usually tell if a page is secure by looking for the lock icon in the address bar.
  • Check the URL of the site you're on. Make sure not to enter payment information on sites whose URL you don't recognize.
  • Keep in mind that Google will never ask you for account information over email.

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