Cloud Billing interactive tutorials

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Learn more about Cloud Billing and get hands-on with interactive tutorials available in the Google Cloud console.

Take a tour of Cloud Billing (10 minutes)

Example billing account overview page.

In this tutorial, you will walk through the basics of how to understand and manage your costs using the Google Cloud console.

Launch the billing tour

Understand billing reports (30 minutes)

Example billing reports page.

Learn how to answer cost management questions using intuitive reports available in the Google Cloud console. In this tutorial, you'll familiarize yourself with some of the built-in reports and learn how to customize them to answer questions such as:

  • How much am I spending?
  • What are my cost trends?
  • What are my cost drivers?
  • What is the breakdown of my spend by product?

Launch the billing reports tutorial

Manage payment methods and settings (5 minutes)

Example payment method overview page.

A Cloud Billing account is connected to a Google payments profile. The Google payments profile is a Google-level resource that pays for the charges you incur. In this tutorial, you will walk through the basics of Google payments, including the payment methods for your Google Cloud account and how to manage and update your payments profile.

Launch the payment methods tutorial

Create a Google Cloud budget (10 minutes)

Example budget creation page.

Budgets are the first and simplest way to get a handle on your costs. Once you've put budgets in place, you can launch experiments and production features with better visibility into the costs accruing in your projects. In this tutorial, you'll create a budget and learn about different options to configure your budget.

Launch the create budget tutorial

Analyze billing data with BigQuery (20 minutes)

Example BigQuery query page.

Cloud Billing export to BigQuery enables you to export detailed Google Cloud billing data (such as usage, cost estimates, and pricing data) automatically throughout the day to a BigQuery dataset that you specify. In this tutorial, you will:

  • Create a "Billing Administration" project to hold all exported billing data.
  • Create a BigQuery dataset to hold all exported billing data from all projects linked to the same Cloud Billing account.
  • In Cloud Billing, enable billing data to export to that BigQuery dataset.
  • Run some sample queries through the BigQuery web interface to examine billing data.

Launch the billing data export tutorial