A Cloud Billing account defines who pays for a given set of Google Cloud resources, and it can be linked to one or more projects. Your project usage is charged to the linked Cloud Billing account.
To use Google Cloud services, you must have a valid Cloud Billing account linked to your projects. You must have a valid Cloud Billing account even if you are in your free trial period or you only use Google Cloud resources that are covered by the Always Free program.
You also need a Cloud Billing account to pay for your use of the Google Maps Platform APIs.
Billing on Google Cloud can be configured in a variety of ways to meet different needs.
- The onboarding checklist contains best practice guidance for configuring your Google Cloud resources and Cloud Billing.
- The how-to guides contain information on setting up and managing your billing account, monitoring and analyzing your costs, paying your invoices, and more.
- Our Cloud Billing Support specialists are available to respond to any questions about your Cloud Billing account or settings, invoices, payments, and more.
Several Cloud Billing APIs are also available.
- The Cloud Billing Account API provides methods that you can use to programmatically manage billing for your projects.
- The Cloud Billing Catalog API provides programmatic access to the entire public Google Cloud catalog consisting of billable SKUs, public pricing, and relevant metadata.
- The Cloud Billing Budget API provides methods to view, create, and manage Cloud Billing budgets programmatically at scale.