Create, Modify, or Close Your Billing Account

Overview

Cloud Billing accounts pay for projects. A project and its service-level resources are always paid for by a single billing account. A billing account operates in a single currency and is linked to a Google payments profile. A billing account can be linked to one or more projects. Project usage is charged to the linked billing account. Note that projects that are not linked to a billing account cannot use GCP services that aren't free.

You can manage your Cloud Billing accounts using the Google Cloud Platform Console. The following topics explain how to set up your billing account, verify your email address, update your billing account address, close a billing account, and reopen a billing account.

If you want to change the billing account linked to a project, see Modify a Project's Billing Settings.

Required Permissions

The permissions needed to manage billing accounts depend on what you are doing and are noted at the start of each topic. To learn which permissions are required to accomplish a task, in the topic section, click the down arrow button ( expand_more) next to Permissions required for this task to view the detailed information.

For more information about billing permissions, see:

If you are looking for information about Google API pricing, refer to the documentation for the API you are using. For information about Google Cloud Platform pricing and the Google Cloud Platform free trial, see Pricing.

Create a new billing account

To create a new billing account, do the following.

  1. Go to the Google Cloud Platform Console Manage billing accounts page and sign in or, if you don't already have an account, sign up.
  2. Click the Create account button.
  3. Enter the name of the billing account, then click Continue. Note that if you see an Organization drop-down, then you must also select an Organization before you can continue.
  4. You might be prompted to select your country. The choice will affect the payment options you have in the next step. The currency for your billing account is based on the country you select.
  5. Choose the payments profile that will be associated with this billing account. You can choose an existing payments profile, or create a new payments profile. If you choose to create, follow the instructions on the screen to set up your payments profile.

    Important: About the Account Type

    • If you are creating a new payments profile, when setting your Account type, be aware that this setting is permanent and may be used for tax (such as value-added tax (VAT)) and identity verification. Select Business if this is for a business, organization, partnership, or educational institution. Otherwise, select Individual.
    • If you are choosing an existing payments profile to be associated with this billing account, select a Business profile for Cloud account.
    • If you want more than one person to be set up as a user of your Google payments profile, then you must set the Account type to Business. Individual account types only allow for one user to be associated with the payments profile.
  6. When you are done setting all the options and details, click Submit and enable billing.

By default, the person who creates the billing account is a Billing Account Administrator for the account.

For information about verifying bank accounts, see Verify Your Bank Account. For information about adding backup methods of payment, see Add, Remove, or Update a Payment Method.

Verify your email address

To ensure you receive billing related notifications, we might ask you to verify your email address.

To verify your email address, look for a verification email in the Inbox for the email address you used as your billing account Primary contact, and then click the verification link in the email to activate your billing account.

If you haven't received the verification email, here's how to request a new verification link:

  1. Go to the Google Cloud Platform Console Manage billing accounts page and sign in.
  2. Select the name of the billing account you want to verify.
  3. From the Billing menu on the left, click Payment settings.
  4. Under Payments users, find the email address you want to verify and click Resend verification email. Note that if the email address has already been verified, this link is not available.

Until an email address is verified, you will see the error "Your primary billing contact isn't receiving critical notifications" in Billing.

Change the billing address

To change the billing address, do the following.

  1. Go to the Google Cloud Platform Console Manage billing accounts page and sign in.
  2. Select the name of the billing account you want to update.
  3. From the Billing menu on the left, click Payment settings.
  4. Under Payments profile, click the edit icon (edit) next to the name and address to open it for edit.
  5. Enter the new billing address information and click Save.

Close a billing account

To close an account:

  1. Go to the Google Cloud Platform Console Manage billing accounts page and sign in.
  2. Select the name of the billing account you want to close.
  3. Click cancel CLOSE BILLING ACCOUNT.

Reopen a closed billing account

To reopen a closed account:

  1. Go to the Google Cloud Platform Console Manage billing accounts page and sign in.
  2. Click Show active accounts only then select Show all accounts.
  3. Click the name of the billing account you want to reopen.
  4. Click Reopen billing account.
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