Create, modify, or close your self-serve Cloud Billing account

The topics described in this article apply only to self-serve, online Cloud Billing accounts, and not to Cloud Billing accounts paid by invoice. The topics explain how to set up your self-serve Cloud Billing account, verify your email address, update your Cloud Billing account address, close a self-serve Cloud Billing account, and reopen a self-serve Cloud Billing account. If you are interested in setting up a Cloud Billing account that is billed by invoice, visit Apply for monthly invoiced billing.

About Cloud Billing accounts

  • Cloud Billing accounts pay for usage costs in Google Cloud projects and Google Maps Platform projects. Cloud Billing accounts do not pay for Google Workspace accounts. Google Workspace customers need a separate Google Workspace billing account.

    Product Billing account needed to pay for product usage costs
    Google Cloud Cloud Billing account
    Google Maps Platform Cloud Billing account
    Google Cloud & Google Maps Platform 1 Cloud Billing account
    Google Workspace Google Workspace billing account
    Google Cloud & Google Workspace 1 Cloud Billing account + 1 Google Workspace billing account
  • A project and its service-level resources are linked to one Cloud Billing account at a time.

  • A Cloud Billing account operates in a single currency and is linked to a Google payments profile.

  • A Cloud Billing account can be linked to one or more projects.

  • Usage costs are tracked by Project and are charged to the linked Cloud Billing account.

    Important: Projects that are not linked to an active Cloud Billing account cannot use Google Cloud or Google Maps Platform services. This is true even if you only use services that are free.

  • If you want to change the Cloud Billing account that you are using to pay for a project (that is, link a project to a different Cloud Billing account), see Enable, disable, or change billing for a project.

  • You can manage your Cloud Billing accounts using the Google Cloud Console. For more information about the Cloud Console, visit General guide to the console.

Pricing information

If you are looking for information about Google API pricing, refer to the documentation for the API you are using.

Required Permissions

The permissions needed to manage Cloud Billing accounts depend on what you are doing and are noted at the start of each topic.

For more information about Cloud Billing permissions, see:

Create a new Cloud Billing account

To create a new Cloud Billing account, do the following.

  1. Sign in to the Manage billing accounts page in the Google Cloud Console.

    Sign in to Manage billing accounts

  2. Click Create account.

    1. Enter the Name of the Cloud Billing account.

    2. Depending on your configuration, you will also need to select one of the following:

      • Organization: If you see an Organization drop-down, then you must also select an Organization before you can continue.
      • Country: If you are prompted to select a Country, select the country that corresponds with your billing mailing address.

        • The country you select affects the payment options available in the next step.
        • The currency for your Cloud Billing account is automatically assigned based on the country you select.
        • After the account is created, you cannot change the country for a Cloud Billing account. If you need to edit the country on an existing billing account, you'll need to create a new billing account.
    3. Click Continue.

  3. Choose the Google payments profile that will be associated with this Cloud Billing account. A payments profile is shared and used across all Google products (such as Google Workspace, Google Cloud, Google Fi, and more). 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 Cloud 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 allow for only one user to be associated with the payments profile.
  4. When you are done setting all the options and details, click Submit and enable billing.

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

About authorization requests

After setting up your account, you might notice a $0.00 transaction from Google which is a pending authorization request between our billing system and the bank that issued your credit or debit card. In some countries, authorizations are $1 (which might be converted to local currency by your bank). These transactions might appear as pending on your statement for up to a month. Please keep in mind they are authorization requests only, not actual charges. If you have questions, we recommend you contact your bank about the authorization status.

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. Sign in to the Manage billing accounts page in the Google Cloud Console.

    Sign in to Manage billing accounts

  2. Click the name of the Cloud Billing account you want to verify.

    The Overview page opens for the billing account.

  3. In the Billing navigation menu, click Payment settings.

  4. Under Payments users, click Manage payments users.

  5. In the Manage users list, 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 your primary contact email address is verified, you will see the error "Your primary billing contact isn't receiving critical notifications" in Billing.

Change the mailing address on the Cloud Billing account

This mailing address is the legally-registered business address that gets printed on invoices.

To change the mailing address on the Cloud Billing account, do the following.

  1. Sign in to the Manage billing accounts page in the Google Cloud Console.

    Sign in to Manage billing accounts

  2. Click the name of the Cloud Billing account you want to update.

    The Overview page opens for the billing account.

  3. In the Billing navigation menu, click Payment settings.

  4. Under Payments profile, click the edit icon () next to the name and address to open it for edit.

  5. Update the mailing address information and click Save.

    You cannot edit the mailing address country. If you need to change the country of the Cloud Billing account's address, you will need to create a new billing account.

Rename a Cloud Billing account

To rename the Cloud Billing account:

  1. Sign in to the Manage billing accounts page in the Google Cloud Console.

    Sign in to Manage billing accounts

  2. Click the name of the Cloud Billing account you want to rename.

    The Overview page opens for the billing account.

  3. In the Billing navigation menu, click Account Management.

  4. At the top of the page, click Rename billing account.

  5. Enter a new name for the Cloud Billing account.

  6. Click Rename to save your changes.

    You might need to refresh the page to see the new name on the Account management page.

Why can't I see or access the Rename billing account button?

If you are on the Account Management page of the Cloud Billing account you want to rename and you don't see or can't access the Rename billing account button, you might not have the permissions needed to rename this Cloud Billing account. Contact your Cloud Billing account admin.

Close a Cloud Billing account

To close an account:

  1. Sign in to the Manage billing accounts page in the Google Cloud Console.

    Sign in to Manage billing accounts

  2. Click the name of the billing account you want to close.

    The Overview page opens for the billing account.

  3. In the Billing navigation menu, click Account Management.

  4. At the top of the page, click Close billing account.

    After you close your Cloud Billing account, we will bill you for the usage you accrued prior to cancelling your service. This bill will be the last bill you receive, unless you reactivate service.

Why can't I see or access the Close billing account button?

If you are on the Account Management page of the Cloud Billing account that you want to close and you don't see or can't access the Close billing account button, the reasons could include the following:

Reopen a closed Cloud Billing account

Before you begin:

  1. Before a Cloud Billing account can be reactivated, you must resolve any payments-related issues or suspensions. Follow the steps in the resolving declined payments troubleshooter for assistance.
  2. To reopen a Cloud Billing account, make sure you have the permissions required to reopen the account; you must be a Billing Account Administrator on the Cloud Billing account.

To reopen a closed account:

  1. Sign in to the Manage billing accounts page in the Google Cloud Console.

    Sign in to Manage billing accounts

    By default, when you first access the list of Cloud Billing accounts, the account list is filtered to display Active accounts.

  2. In the Filter row, clear the Status: Active filter.

    All Cloud Billing accounts are displayed. Look for Cloud Billing accounts with a Closed status.

  3. Click the name of the Cloud Billing account you want to reopen.

    The Overview page opens for the billing account.

  4. In the Billing navigation menu, click Account Management.

  5. At the top of the page, click Reopen billing account.

Why can't I see or access the Reopen billing account button?

If you are on the Account Management page of the closed Cloud Billing account and you don't see or can't access the Reopen billing account button, the reasons could include the following:

  • This account has unresolved payments-related issues or suspensions. You must resolve these issues before you can reopen the account. You might need to update the payment method linked to this Cloud Billing account, or resolve declined payments.
  • You do not have the permissions needed to reopen this Cloud Billing account. Contact your Cloud Billing account admin.
  • Your Cloud Billing account is configured as an invoiced account. To reopen an invoiced Cloud Billing account, contact Cloud Billing Support.

Delete a Cloud Billing account

Cloud Billing accounts cannot be deleted. Even if you close your Cloud Billing account, the Cloud Billing account information is retained for reporting and auditing purposes.

If you want to prevent a Cloud Billing account from accruing charges, you can close the Cloud Billing account, or disable billing on the associated projects.

If you want to change the form of payment associated with your Cloud Billing account, you can manage your payment methods in the Google payments center.

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