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Table of contents
1.
Introduction
2.
Create a new Cloud Billing account
2.1.
Authorization Requests
3.
Verify your email address
4.
Change the Cloud Billing account's mailing address
5.
Rename a Cloud Billing account
6.
Close a Cloud Billing account
7.
Reopen a closed Cloud Billing account
8.
Delete a Cloud Billing account
9.
Frequently Asked Questions
9.1.
What is a Google Cloud billing account?
9.2.
Is a Google billing account free to access?
9.3.
How are cloud services billed?
10.
Conclusion
Last Updated: Mar 27, 2024

Manage Cloud Billing Account

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Introduction

A Cloud Billing account is created and used to specify who is responsible for paying for a certain set of Google Cloud services and Google Maps Platform APIs. IAM roles define who has access to an account for Cloud Billing. A Google payments profile is linked to a Cloud Billing account. There is a payment method on your Google Payments profile that is used to make charges. This blog explains the details of creating a self-serve Cloud Billing account, confirming your email address, updating your Cloud Billing account address, closing a self-serve Cloud Billing account, and re-opening a self-serve Cloud Billing account.

Without further ado, let's get started.

Create a new Cloud Billing account

To create a new Cloud Billing account, you must be a Billing Account Creator if you administer your Google Cloud resources using an Organization node and are a member of that Google Cloud Organization.

To be more precise, you need the following permission if you're a Google Cloud user inside of an Organization in order to complete this action.

  • billing.accounts.create
     

You don't need a special role or authorization to create a Cloud Billing account if you manage your Google Cloud resources or Google Maps Platform APIs using projects rather than being a part of a Google Cloud Organization.

Follow the steps to create a new Cloud Billing account.

  • Log in to the Google Cloud dashboard and visit the Manage billing accounts page.
     
  • To create an account, click Create Account.
     
  1. Type in the account's name for cloud billing.
     
  2. Additionally, choose one of the following based on your configuration:

    • Organization: If you see a drop-down menu for choosing an organisation, you must do so in order to move further.
       
    • Country: In the event that you are asked to choose a country, choose the one that matches your billing mailing address.

      • The next step's payment possibilities are influenced by the country you choose.
         
      • Based on the nation you choose, the currency for your Cloud Billing account is automatically given.
         
      • You cannot alter the nation for a Cloud Billing account once it has been created. You must create a new billing account if you need to change the country on an existing billing account.
         
    • Then click Continue.
       
  • Select the Google payments profile to be linked to this Cloud Billing account. All Google products utilise and share a payments profile (such as Google Workspace, Google Cloud, Google Fi, and more). You have the option of selecting an existing payments profile or creating a new one. If you decide to create, set up your payments profile as directed on the screen.
     
  • Once you've finished configuring all the parameters and options, click Submit to activate billing.
     

The individual who creates the Cloud Billing account is automatically the account's Billing Account Administrator.

Let's have a look at the authorization requests.

Authorization Requests

An authorization request between our billing system and the bank that issued your credit or debit card is currently processing, so you may notice a $0.00 transaction from Google after creating your account. Authorizations cost $1 in several nations (which might be converted to local currency by your bank). For up to a month, these transactions can show up on your bill as pending. Remember that they are merely authorisation requests and not actual charges. If you have any inquiries regarding the authorisation status, we advise you to get in touch with your bank.

Let's look at the procedure to verify the email address of a cloud billing account.

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Verify your email address

The Google Cloud might require you to confirm your email address so that you receive alerts linked to billing. To activate your billing account, click the verification link in the email you chose as your billing account's Primary contact, and then check your Inbox for a verification email sent to that address.

Here's how to ask for a new verification link if you haven't received the email with the link:

  • Log in to the Google Cloud dashboard and visit the Manage billing accounts page.
     
  • To validate a Cloud Billing account, click the name of the account.
     
  • The billing account's Overview page appears.
     
  • Click Payment settings in the Navigation menu for Billing.
     
  • Click Manage payments users under Payments users.
     
  • Locate the email address you want to verify in the Manage users list, then click Resend verification email. Please take note that this link is unavailable if the email address has previously undergone verification.
     

You will get the error "Your primary billing contact isn't receiving critical notifications" in Billing until your primary contact email address is validated.

Let's look at the procedure to change the email address of a cloud billing account.

Change the Cloud Billing account's mailing address

You must be a Billing Account Administrator and have edit access to the Google payments profile in order to modify the mailing address on your Cloud Billing account.

You specifically need to have the following permissions in order to do this activity:

  • On the Cloud Billing account, billing.accounts.updatePaymentInfo
     
  • You must have the permission to Edit payments profile in the Google Payments profile connected to your Cloud Billing account. Find out how to modify your Google Payments profile's permissions.
     

Make the following changes to the Cloud Billing account's mailing address:

  • Log in to the Google Cloud dashboard and visit the Manage billing accounts page.
     
  • To make changes to a Cloud Billing account, click its name.
     
  • The billing account's Overview page appears.
     
  • Click Payment settings in the Navigation menu for Billing.
     
  • To edit the name and address, click the edit icon (edit) next to them under the Payments profile.
     
  • Click Save after updating the mailing address information.
     

The Country of the mailing address is not editable. A new billing account must be created if the nation of the Cloud Billing account's address needs to be changed.

Let's look at the procedure to rename a closed cloud billing account.

Rename a Cloud Billing account

You must be a Billing Account Administrator in order to modify the name of the Cloud Billing account.

You specifically need to have the following permission in order to do this task.

updating the billing.accounts.update the Cloud Billing account

Change the account name for Cloud Billing:

  • Log in to the Google Cloud dashboard and visit the Manage billing accounts page.
     
  • To change the name of a Cloud Billing account, click its name.
     
  • The billing account's Overview page appears.
     
  • Click Account Management from the Billing menu.
     
  • To rename the billing account, click edit at the top of the page.
     
  • For the Cloud Billing account, type a new name.
     
  • To save your changes, click Rename.
     

On the Account administration page, you might have to refresh the page to see the new name.

Let's look at the procedure to close a closed cloud billing account.

Close a Cloud Billing account

You must be the Cloud Billing account's Billing Account Administrator in order to cancel a Cloud Billing account.

You specifically need to have the following permission in order to do this task.

  • billing.accounts.close on the Cloud Billing account's billing accounts

Follow the steps to close a Cloud billing account:

  • Log in to the Google Cloud dashboard and visit the Manage billing accounts page.
     
  • To close a billing account, click the name of the account.
     
  • The billing account's Overview page appears.
     
  • Click Account Management from the Billing menu.
     
  • To close your billing account, click cancel at the top of the page.
     

We will charge you for the usage you racked up before terminating your service when you close your Cloud Billing account. Except in the event that you restart the service, this bill will be the last one you get.

Let's look at the procedure to reopen a closed cloud billing account.

Reopen a closed Cloud Billing account

You must be a Billing Account Administrator. in order to reopen it.

You specifically need to have the following permission in order to do this task.

  • billing.accounts.reopen on the Cloud Billing account
     

Prior to starting, follow the steps below:

  1. You must fix any payment-related problems or suspensions before a Cloud Billing account can be reinstated. For help, refer to the troubleshooter for resolving refused payments.
  2. You must be a Billing Account Administrator. and have the necessary rights to reopen a Cloud Billing account.

Follow the steps below to reopen a closed account :

  • Log in to the Google Cloud dashboard and visit the Manage billing accounts page.
     
  • The account list is initially filtered to only show Active accounts when you access the list of Cloud Billing accounts.
     
  • Clear the Status: Active filter in the filter list Filter row.
     
  • There is a list of all Cloud Billing accounts. To find Cloud Billing accounts, look for the Closed status.
     
  • To reopen a Cloud Billing account, click the name of the account.
     
  • The billing account's Overview page appears.
     
  • Click Account Management from the Billing menu.
     
  • Select the reopen billing account by clicking replay at the top of the page.
     

Let's look at the procedures to delete a cloud billing account.

Delete a Cloud Billing account

The accounts for Cloud Billing cannot be removed. The information associated with your Cloud Billing account is kept for reporting and auditing needs even if your Cloud Billing account is closed. You can terminate a Cloud Billing account or turn off billing for connected projects if you don't want charges to start building up.

You can modify your payment options in the Google payments centre if you want to alter the payment method linked to your Cloud Billing account.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Google Cloud billing account?

In Google Cloud, a Cloud Billing account is created and used to specify who is responsible for paying for a certain set of Google Cloud services and Google Maps Platform APIs. IAM roles define who has access to an account for Cloud Billing. A Google payments profile is linked to a Cloud Billing account.

Is a Google billing account free to access?

You can utilize the free Cloud Billing credits from the Free Trial to pay for any resources used while learning about Google Cloud.

How are cloud services billed?

The Google cloud services subscription fees are computed "per user per month."

Conclusion

In this article, we have extensively discussed the details of creating a self-serve Cloud Billing account, confirming your email address, updating your Cloud Billing account address, closing a self-serve Cloud Billing account, and re-opening a self-serve Cloud Billing account.

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