You may see an unfamiliar charge after signing up for a free trial or pre-ordering paid content on YouTube. This charge is an authorization hold.
What is an authorization hold?
When you place an order, we contact the issuing bank to make sure your payment method is valid. Your bank reserves the funds until the transaction processes or the authorization expires.
Authorization holds are not actual charges. They’re removed by your bank after a short time, which may vary by bank. Your order is not canceled when your authorization hold is refunded.
Authorization hold differences by payment method
If you use a debit card, you might see authorization holds as charges on your online statement. Your bank will automatically reverse these charges.
If you have questions about the way your card handles authorization requests, or you find that you’ve been charged more than once, contact your bank.
Unified Payments Interface (India only)
Unified Payment Interface (UPI) purchasers can encounter issues if their account is charged before their payment is successful. In these cases, you can see a charge on your account, but can’t access your purchase. This charge is not an authorization hold.
If your transaction fails, the charge on your account will be automatically refunded by your bank. Learn more about our refund timelines.