All the Accepted Payment Methods on Google Play Store [Ultimate List]

Last Updated: January 4, 2017

Google Play Store evolved from Android market in 2012 and is now home to over two million apps, movies and books. Today, you can purchase apps and other digital content from the Google Play using a wide variety of methods. Google keeps adding a new payment method every once a while to make sure that apps and other content are made accessible to everyone. However, it can be little confusing to figure out what payment methods are available in your country. So, I decided to scoop through the Google help pages and list all the accepted payment methods on the Play Store:

Check If Paid Apps Are Available in Your Country

First, the rudimentary step is to make sure that the ability to buy apps is available in your country. I have put together a list of countries where you can officially buy apps from the Play Store. The current list includes more than 134 countries, so it’s highly possible that paid apps are available in your country.

Note: Google keeps adding support for new countries. In the rare case, your country is not listed, you may want to check back again later. I’ll try my best to keep this list updated.

Countries Where Paid Apps are Available
Albania
Algeria
Angola
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Armenia
Aruba
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Bahamas
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Belarus
Belgium
Belize
Benin
Bolivia
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Botswana
Brazil
Bulgaria
Burkina
Cambodia
Cameroon
Canada
Cape Verde
Chile
Colombia
Costa Rica
Cote d' Ivore
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Estonia
Fiji
Finland
France
Gabon
Germany
Ghana
Greece
Guatemala
Guinea-Bissau
Haiti
Honduras
Hong Kong
Hungary
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Latvia
Lebanon
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macedonia
Malaysia
Mali
Malta
Mauritius
Mexico
Moldova
Morocco
Mozambique
Namibia
Nepal
Netherlands
Netherlands Antilles
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
Norway
Oman
Pakistan
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Qatar
Romania
Russia
Rwanda
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Serbia
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
South Africa
South Korea
Spain
Sri Lanka
Sweden
Switzerland
Taiwan
Tajikistan
Tanzania
Thailand
Togo
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Uganda
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
United States
Uruguay
Uzbekistan
Venezuela
Vietnam
Yemen
Zambia
Zimbabwe

Now that you’ve verified that your country is supported, we shall proceed to learn all the accepted payment methods on the Play Store in your country. But before that, an important question must be answered.

How to Add a Payment Method?

There are two ways to add a payment method — from the Play Store app and the Play Store web interface. First, let’s see how to add a payment method from Play Store app:

  •  Open the Play Store on your Android device. In the app, tap on the hamburger menu.

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  • In the drawer that opens up, tap on “Account“.

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  •  Now, click on the “+” floating button on the lower right side of the screen.

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Here, you can see all the payment methods you can add.

You can also add a new payment method from the Play Store web interface as described below:

  • Head over to the Play Store website and click on “Account” from the left-hand sidebar. Next, click on “Add a payment method“.

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Google Play Payment Methods:

Now that we’ve learnt the basics of adding a payment method, let’s see what are the accepted payment methods on the Play Store:

1. Credit and Debit Cards

The Play Store supports the following types of credit/debit cards:

  • American Express
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
  • Discover (US only)
  • JCB (Japan and US only)
  • Visa Electron (Outside the US only)

Note:

  • Brazil: Play Store doesn’t support any type of debit card, Elo credit cards are supported, though.
  • India: Most of the Indian debit cards rely on 3D secure/verified by Visa which is unsupported on international merchants, including Play Store. Only a few Indian debit cards from banks like Axis bank, ICICI bank etc. work on the Play Store.

2. Direct Carrier Billing

In 2014, Google introduced a new carrier billing option, wherein making any purchases from Play Store will be charged to your phone carrier’s bill. Google has been actively working with carriers worldwide to bring direct carrier billing to as many countries as possible. As of now, direct carrier billing is available in about 45 countries. You can search below and see if your country is supported. Supported carriers are mentioned on the right side.

CountryCarriers
AustraliaOptus, Telstra
AustriaDrei, A1, T-Mobile
BelgiumProximus, BASE Company, Mobistar
BulgariaTelenor
CanadaRogers/Fido, Bell Canada, Telus
Czech RepublicO2, T-Mobile
Denmark3, H3G
EstoniaTele2
GermanyE-Plus, Deutsche Telekom, o2, Vodafone
FinlandDNA
FranceBouygues, Free, Orange, SFR
Hong Kong3, Smartone
HungaryTelenor, Magyar Telecom
IndiaIdea, Airtel and Vodafone rolling out as of 1st Jan 2017.
IndonesiaIndosat, Telkomsel, XL/AXIS
IrelandThree, Vodafone
ItalyTIM, Wind Italy, H3G, Vodafone
JapanDocomo, KDDI, Softbank
KoreaKT, SKT, LGU+
KuwaitOoredoo, Viva, Zain
LithuaniaBite, Tele2
MalaysiaCelcom, Digi, Maxis
MexicoNextel, lusacell
NetherlandsKPN, T-Mobile
New Zealand2degrees
NorwayTelenor
PhilippinesGlobe Telecom, Smart Communications, Sun
PolandOrange, Play, Polkomtel / Plus, TMI
RomaniaOrange Romania
RussiaBeeline, Megafon, MTS, Tele2
QatarOoredoo
Saudi ArabiaMobily, STC, Zain
SingaporeM1, SingTel, StarHub
SlovakiaPPF, Slovak Telekom
SpainMovistar, Orange
South AfricaTelkom
Sweden3, Tele2, Telenor SE
SwitzerlandSunrise, Swisscom
Taiwan遠傳電信 Far EasTone Telecom
台灣大哥大 Taiwan Mobile Telecom
亞太電信 Asia Pacific Telecom
台灣之星 T Star
中華電信_Chunghwa Telecom
ThailandAIS, DTAC
TurkeyTurk Telekom, Turkcell
United Arab Emiratesdu, Etisalat
United KingdomThree, EE, O2, Vodafone
United StatesAT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, Verizon
VietnamViettel

3. Gift Cards

Play Store gift cards date way back to late 2012, but the country support was very limited back then. Gift cards are available in about 30 countries as of now. Type in your country name to see if gift cards are available in your country.

CountryDenominations
Australia$20, $30, $50
Austria15 €, 25 €, 50 €, 15 € to 500 €
Belgium15 €, 25 €, 50 €, 15 € to 500 €
BrazilR$15, R$30, R$50, R$100
Canada$15, $25, $50, $15 to $500
Denmark150 kr, 250 kr, 500 kr
Finland15 €, 25 €, 50 €
France15 €, 25 €, 50 €, 15 € to 250 €
Germany15 €, 25 €, 50 €, 15 € to 500 €
Greece15 €, 25 €, 50 €
Hong KongHK$200, HK$500, HK$1000
India500 INR, 750 INR, 1000 INR, 1500 INR
Indonesia50,000 IDR, 100,000 IDR, 150,000 IDR, 300,000 IDR, 500,000 IDR 
Ireland15 €, 25 €, 50 €
Italy15 €, 25 €, 50 €
Japan
¥1500, ¥3000, ¥5000, ¥10000, ¥15000, ¥20000, ¥1500 to ¥50000
Mexico$200, $300, $600
Netherlands15 €, 25 €, 50 €
New Zealand$20, $30, $50
Norway150 kr, 250 kr, 500 kr
Poland50 zł, 75 zł, 150 zł
Portugal15 €, 25 €, 50 €
SingaporeS$ 30, S$ 50, S$ 100, S$ 150, S$ 200
South AfricaR 150, R 250, R 450, R 150 to R5000
South Korea₩5,000, ₩10,000, ₩15,000, ₩30,000, ₩50,000, ₩100,000, ₩150,000, ₩15,000 to ₩500,000, ₩15,000 to ₩500,000 
Spain15 €, 25 €, 50 €
Sweden150 kr, 250 kr, 500 kr
Switzerland30 CHF, 50 CHF, 100 CHF, 30 CHF to 1000 CHF
TurkeyTRY 25, TRY 50, TRY 100
United Kingdom£10, £25, £50, £10 to £500
United States*$10, $15, $25, $50, $10 to $500

These gift cards are available in various denominations and you can buy them directly from various retail partners. See the supported retail partners in your country here.

  • To redeem a gift card, open Play Store on your device. Next, tap on hamburger menu icon.

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  • Next, click on “Redeem“.

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  • Enter the code from your gift card here.

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You can also redeem your gift card from the web interface. To redeem using the web interface:

  • Head over to the Play Store website and click on “Redeem” from the left-hand sidebar.

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  • You should enter the code from your gift card in this pop-up window.

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4. Google Wallet Balance

Google Wallet is Google’s mobile payment system which allows you to store the digital version of your credit or debit cards securely on your phone. Wallet eliminates the need to store plastic version of your debit or credit cards. Since the Google Wallet service is available only in the US and the UK, buying apps from the Play Store is also limited to these countries. Eventually, as Wallet launches in more countries, we may be able to buy from the Play Store using it.

5. PayPal

Google expanded the payment option for the Play Store by adding PayPal in 2014. So, if you have already linked your bank account with PayPal, it makes sense to purchase apps, books, music using PayPal. You can now purchase digital content from the Play Store using PayPal in about 22 countries while of writing. Below is a list of countries where paying via PayPal is supported. Again, use the search option to see if your country is supported.

Paypal Support
Australia
Austria
Belgium
Canda
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Ireland
Italy
Mexico
Netherlands
New Zealand
Portugal
Russia
Singapore
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
United States
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Unsupported Payment Methods

Google Play doesn’t support payment through the old school wire transfer/bank transfer or the Western Union. Also, using Virtual Credit Card (VCC) is not officially supported, although it may or may not work. I used to purchase content on the Play Store using Entropay, but users have reported that using VCC may result in the transaction method being declined. Using VCC a couple of years ago made sense, but Google offers a lot of alternate payment methods now.

SEE ALSO: 15 Google Play Tips and Tricks To Make The Most Out Of It

Which Google Play Store Payment Method do You Prefer?

I hope this list saves you from the hassle of flipping through the Google Play support pages. I’ll try my best to keep the list of supported countries up-to-date. If you happen to notice a newly supported country, just comment below and I shall add it to the list. Meanwhile, could you let me know what is your preferred payment method on the Play Store?

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