This page describes some of the Cloud Billing issues you might encounter and provides guidance on how to resolve these issues.
If you're using Google Workspace, see Troubleshoot issues with Google Workspace billing.
If you need help with your Cloud Billing account, Google Cloud offers free Cloud Billing Support to all customers. If you'd like to talk to a support representative about a Cloud Billing question or a billing-related issue that you are having, please visit our Cloud Billing Support page for contact options.
Understand why you've been charged
This section describes a few common questions about when you're charged.
Charges that occur more than once a month
For accounts on an automatic payments billing cycle, if your accrued balance exceeds your payment threshold, you are charged on that day. In addition, you're charged on the first of the next month for any additional costs that you accrue.
For example, if your threshold is €500, you're charged every time that your costs reach €500. So if your costs total €1675 EUR in a month, you're charged €500 three times (3 x 500 = 1500). In addition, you are charged on the first of the next month for the outstanding balance of €175.
Charges after making a manual payment
If the billing cycles for your Cloud Billing account is set to automatic payments, and you make a manual payment, you might still be charged on your automatic billing cycle. Here are some possible reasons:
An automatic payment was already in progress when you initiated your payment: The automatic payment cycle is punctual, so if you made your payment when this process was underway, you might still be charged. This is most likely to happen if you make a manual payment when you're close to your billing threshold, or at the end of the calendar month.
You reached the end of your billing cycle: After you make a manual payment, your account returns to its usual billing cycle. You'll receive an automatic charge after your account costs reach your billing threshold, and on the first day of the month.
If the total of your charges and manual payment is greater than the amount you owe, the remaining balance is added as a credit to your account.
Unrecognized Google Cloud or Google Maps Platform charges
If you received an unexpected invoice for Google Cloud or Google Maps Platform services, or you see charges for Google services that you do not recognize, submit a Cloud Billing Support ticket through the Unknown Google Cloud Charge Inquiry form.
If you've contacted your bank to dispute a charge, the bank treats the dispute as a chargeback.
In such cases, your bank notifies Google of the disputed charge. After being notified, Google does the following:
- Alerts you via email that your dispute was received.
- Reviews the details of the dispute and the documentation or evidence you provided.
- Submits a decision to your bank, based on the results of that review. This information may agree or disagree with the dispute you filed.
Depending on the decision, you might see one of these changes on your Cloud Billing account:
If Google agrees with your disputed charge: The charge is corrected in your Cloud Billing account. You can see the correction in your transaction history, and you don't need to take any action.
If Google does not agree with the disputed charge, and the card-issuing bank does not resolve the chargeback in your favor: The charge won't be returned to you. Your account will remain active.
If Google does not agree with your disputed charge, and the card- issuing bank resolves the dispute in your favor: Your account will have an overdue balance. You can continue service on your account by making a manual payment.
Missing Cloud Billing transactions or documents
Cloud Billing documents and transactions are accessible in the Google Cloud console.
- Learn how to find your Cloud Billing documents, such as invoices, statements, and payment receipts.
- Learn how to view your transaction history.
If you can't find a specific document or transaction related to a Google Cloud service or Google Maps Platform API, contact Cloud Billing Support for assistance.
Request a refund
If you have unused funds in your account, for example, if you made an early payment and have funds left over, you might be eligible for a refund.
We don't offer refunds in these cases:
- You have credit left over in your billing account from a promotional code.
- You have an outstanding balance. If you're not sure whether this is the case, select a billing account and then click the Payment overview tab to see if there's an outstanding balance in your billing account.
You must be a Billing Administrator on the Cloud Billing account to request a refund.
To request a refund:
In the Google Cloud console, sign in to the Payment overview page for your Cloud Billing account.
At the prompt, choose the Cloud Billing account for which you want to request a refund. The Billing Payment overview page opens for the selected billing account. If you have a credit on the account, you see the Request a refund button.
Click Request a refund.
Confirm the payment method to receive the refund. Refunds are issued to your original payment method.
If your refund request is processed, your refund is credited back to the payment method associated with the Cloud Billing account.
Viewing credits and adjustments
When Google needs to modify your account balance, you receive adjustments. Adjustments come in the form of credits and debits, which reduce your account balance or create additional invoices you must pay.
If your account is configured for monthly invoicing, you might also receive documents called memos when an adjustment is issued.
- Credit memos can apply to existing invoices and reduce the amount you need to pay, or may remain on your account as unapplied to be applied to invoices at your discretion. If you have unapplied payments or credits, they will appear above your invoices. To apply an unapplied payment or credit, contact our collections team and let them know how you want to apply it.
- Debit memos act as additional invoices that you must pay.
Separately, you may also have promotional credits applied to your account. Promotional credits differ from adjustments and are applied to future use charges.
Understand memos and adjustments
Credit and debit memos describe credit and debit adjustments that have been issued to your invoiced Cloud Billing account.
- Credit memos describe adjustments that reduce the amount you need to pay for the month in which the credit adjustment is applied.
- Debit memos describe adjustments that increase the amount you must pay for the month in which the debit adjustment is applied.
The month a memo is issued can be different from the month the adjustment is applied to your invoice. Memos can be applied to a previous, current, or future invoice. For example, a credit memo could be issued in April that documents a credit adjustment applied to a March invoice. Similarly, a credit memo could be issued in May describing a credit adjustment to be applied to your June invoice.
When a credit memo is applied to an invoice, the invoice shows the credit memo amount as an amount paid, reducing the outstanding balance owed on the invoice.
The following table describes how credit and debit memos are reflected in each page, report, or output.
|Page, report, or output||Description|
|Cloud Billing Documents page||
Access documents issued for your Cloud Billing account, where you can view detailed information about individual debit and credit memos and the correlating adjustments.
|Cost table report||
Lists the individual adjustments so you can see the credit and debit memos applied during the invoice month. Does not include memos issued but not applied during the invoice period.
Data in the cost table report can be downloaded to CSV.
|Cost report||When viewing your charges by invoice month, adjustments are aggregated so you can see the total of the credit and debit memos applied during the invoice month. Does not include memos issued but not applied during the invoice period.|
|Cost breakdown report||Adjustments are aggregated so you can see the total of the credit and debit memos applied during the invoice month. Does not include memos issued but not applied during the invoice period.|
|Cloud Billing data export to BigQuery||In your exported data, credit and debit memos reflect the month the adjustment was issued. However, the exported data does not include information about when and where the memos are applied. To learn if and where an adjustment is applied, review the details of the invoice and credit or debit memo documents available in the Cloud Billing Documents page.|
View invoices, adjustments, and memos applied to your account
Invoices, adjustments, and memos are viewed on the Documents page in Cloud Billing.
In the Google Cloud console, go to the Documents page.
At the prompt, choose the Cloud Billing account you want to view.
On the Documents page:
- You will see a table with all of the documents that have been issued for your Cloud Billing account.
- You can use filters and search tools to locate specific documents.
- For more information on the features and functionality in the documents page, see Get a Cloud Billing document such as an invoice, statement, or receipt.
Look at the details of an invoice or memo
From the Documents table, click the row of the invoice or document for which you want to view details. A pop-up opens, showing you document header details including the invoice or memo number, amount, status, purchase order number, account details, and more.
- In the Document Activity section, you can see information including the addresses where the document was mailed and emailed, as well as invoices or credit/debit memos that apply to the document.
- In the Associated documents section, you can see a list of documents and document types that apply to the document you are viewing.
View promotional credits applied to your account
Promotional credits are viewed on the Billing Account Overview tab in the Billing Overview page of the Google Cloud console.
In the Google Cloud console, go to the Billing Account Overview page.
At the prompt, choose the Cloud Billing account you want to view.
The Billng Overview page opens, with the Billing Account Overview tab selected.
On the Billing Account Overview tab:
- If your billing account has any credits, a summary of remaining credits appears in a Credits section. Credits that have expired or been fully used do not appear in this summary.
- Select Credit details to see a more detailed list of all your credits, including expired and exhausted credits. For each credit, you will see the Credit name, the Status of the credit (available or expired), the Remaining value and Original value, the Type (recurring or one-time), the Credit ID that appears on invoices, the Scope if the credit is restricted to particular services or SKUs, and the Start date and End date.
- If Credits does not appear on the account overview page, it means this billing account does not have any promotional credits.
Resolving declined payments on self-serve (autopay) accounts
Sometimes payments are declined, and when they are, we might stop running your services until your payment can be processed. You can get your services running again in just a few steps.
Find out the reason for the decline. You can view declined payment information for your billing account on the Transactions page. In your transaction history, you can see the date of the decline, the amount, and, if your bank shared it with us, the reason for the decline. (Keep in mind that Google doesn't decline payments; your bank or credit card institution does.)
Contact your bank or credit card company. If you can't figure out why your payment was declined or if you can't solve the issue, contact your bank or credit card company. Give them the date and amount of the declined payment, and they should be able to tell you what the problem is and help you fix it.
Re-enable your form of payment. After you've contacted your bank and made sure that the form of payment will work, here's how to re-enable it:
In the Google Cloud console, go to the Payment method page.
At the prompt, choose the Cloud Billing account you want to manage.
On the Payment method page, find the form of payment and check to make sure that all of the details are correct for this form of payment.
Below the information for the form of payment, click Fix.
Make a payment. After you've contacted your bank and made sure that the payment method will work, you can make a manual payment. If you're using a bank account, the amount might be subject to a delay in posting.
Note the following:
- After you have re-enabled your form of payment, you might need to manually restart some services. For more information, see Restarting Google Cloud Services.
- While your Cloud Billing account is inactive, your BigQuery exports are paused. When you re-enable your form of payment, your BigQuery export isn't backfilled with data for the duration that your account was inactive.
- Re-enabling your form of payment without making a manual payment will automatically trigger a charge for your outstanding balance. It may take a few hours to process the payment. If the payment isn't successful within one business day after you re-enabled your form of payment, reactivate your account by making a manual payment or adding a new payment method. For more information, see Add, remove, or update a payment method or Make a Manual Payment.
- You can keep your services running by entering a backup credit card. We'll charge your backup card only if your primary form of payment is declined. For more information, see Add, remove, or update a payment method.
- If your billing account remains invalid for a protracted period, some resources might be removed from the projects associated with your account. For example, if you use Google Cloud, your Compute Engine resources might be removed. Removed resources are not recoverable.
(Customers in India) Automatic payments declined due to Reserve Bank of India (RBI) regulations
Due to Reserve Bank of India (RBI) regulations, for new Google Cloud accounts, we might be unable to charge you automatically for one of these reasons:
- Your card doesn't support automatic payments.
- Your usage costs are over ₹5,000, which is the limit that the RBI has set for automatic payments.
In these cases, you get this error message: Your card does not support automatic recurring payments.
To keep your services running, if your automatic payments are being declined, we recommend one of these options:
- Make manual payments for your usage. You can also make manual payments to proactively add credit to your account.
- Try adding a different card.
- Consider working with a local reseller, who might be able to accept more forms of payment, or help you switch to invoiced billing. Find a list of resellers on the Google partners page.
Changes to card information stored in Google
Starting October 1, 2022, due to Reserve Bank of India (RBI) card storage regulations, Google can no longer save your card details in the current format. Depending on your card, you can authorize us to save your card details in a format that complies with RBI regulations.
Other Cloud Billing issues
If you are stuck and you'd like to talk to a support representative about a Cloud Billing question or a billing-related issue that you are having, visit Cloud Billing Support for contact options.