The Google Play Store evolved from the Android market in 2012 and now hosts over two million apps, movies and books. Today you can purchase apps and other digital content from Google Play using a wide variety of methods. Google continues to add a new payment method every now and then to make sure apps and other content are made accessible to everyone. However, it can be a little confusing to understand what payment methods are available in your country. So, I decided to consult the Google support pages and to list all payment methods accepted on the Play Store:
Check if paid apps are available in your country
First of all, the fundamental step is to make the possibility of buying apps available in your country. I've created a list of countries where apps can be officially purchased from the Play Store. The current list includes further 134 countries, so it is highly possible that paid apps are available in your country.
Note : Google continues to add support for new countries. In the rare case, your country not listed, you may want to check back later. Do my best to keep this list up to date.
|Antigua and Barbuda|
|Papua New Guinea|
|Trinidad and Tobago|
|United Arab Emirates|
Now that you have verified that your country is supported, we will proceed to learn all the payment methods accepted 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 from the Play Store web interface. First, let's see how to add a payment method from the Play Store app:
- Open the Play Store on your Android device. From within, touch the hamburger menu .
- In the drawer that opens, touch " Account ".
- Now, click on the floating button "+" in the lower right part of the screen.
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:
- Go to the Play Store website and click " Account "in the left sidebar. Then, click" Add a payment method ".
Google Play payment methods:
Now that we have learned the basics of adding a payment method, let's see what payment methods are accepted in the Play Store:
1. Credit and debit cards
The Play Store supports the following types of credit / debit cards:
- American Express
- Discover (United States only)
- JCB (Japan and the United States only)
- Visa Electron (outside the U.S. only)
- Brazil: Play Store does not support any type of debit card, however Elo credit cards are supported .
- India: Most Indian debit cards are based on 3D security / verified by Visa, which is not supported by international merchants, including the Play Store. Just some Indian debit cards from banks like the Axis bank, ICICI bank etc. They work in the Play Store.
2. Direct courier invoicing
In 2014, Google introduced a new carrier billing option, whereby each purchase from the Play Store will be charged on your carrier's bill. Google has actively worked with carriers worldwide to bring direct carrier billing to as many countries as possible. As of now, direct operator billing available in approx 45 countries . You can search below and see if your country is supported. Supported carriers are mentioned on the right side.
|Austria||Drei, A1, T-Mobile|
|Belgium||Proximus, BASE company, Mobistar|
|Canada||Rogers / Fido, Bell Canada, Telus|
|Czech Republic||O2, T-Mobile|
|Germany||E-Plus, Deutsche Telekom, o2, Vodafone|
|France||Bouygues, free, orange, SFR|
|Hong Kong||3, Smartone|
|Hungary||Telenor, Magyar Telecom|
|India||Idea, Airtel and Vodafone launched from January 1, 2017.|
|Indonesia||Indosat, Telkomsel, XL / AXIS|
|Italy||TIM, Wind Italy, H3G, Vodafone|
|Japan||Docomo, KDDI, Softbank|
|Korea||KT, SKT, LGU +|
|Kuwait||Ooredoo, Viva, Zain|
|Malaysia||Celcom, Digi, Maxis|
|Philippines||Globe Telecom, Smart Communications, Sun|
|Poland||Orange, Play, Polkomtel / Plus, TMI|
|Russia||Beeline, Megafon, MTS, Tele2|
|Saudi Arabia||Mobily, STC, Zain|
|Singapore||M1, SingTel, StarHub|
|Slovakia||PPF, Slovak Telekom|
|Sweden||3, Tele2, Telenor SE|
|taiwan||Far EasTone remote control|
|Taiwan Mobile Telecom|
|Asia Pacific Telecom|
|turkey||Turk Telekom, Turkcell|
|United Arab Emirates||du, Etisalat|
|UK||Three, EE, O2, Vodafone|
|United States||AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, Verizon|
3. Gift cards
The Play Store gift cards date back to the end of 2012, but the country's support was very limited at the time. Gift cards are available in approx 30 countries at the moment. Type the name of your country to see if gift cards are available in your country.
|Australia||$ 20, $ 30, $ 50|
|Austria||15, 25, 50, 15 to 500|
|Belgium||15, 25, 50, 15 to 500|
|Brazil||R $ 15, R $ 30, R $ 50, R $ 100|
|Canada||$ 15, $ 25, $ 50, $ 15 to $ 500|
|Denmark||150 kr, 250 kr, 500 kr|
|Finland||15, 25, 50|
|France||15, 25, 50, 15 to 250|
|Germany||15, 25, 50, 15 to 500|
|Greece||15, 25, 50|
|Hong Kong||HK $ 200, HK $ 500, HK $ 1000|
|India||500 INR, 750 INR, 1000 INR, 1500 INR|
|Indonesia||50,000 IDR, 100,000 IDR, 150,000 IDR, 300,000 IDR, 500,000 IDR|
|Ireland||15, 25, 50|
|Italy||15, 25, 50|
|1500, 3000, 5000, 10000, 15000, 20000, 1500 50000|
|Mexico||$ 200, $ 300, $ 600|
|Holland||15, 25, 50|
|New Zeland||$ 20, $ 30, $ 50|
|Norway||150 kr, 250 kr, 500 kr|
|Poland||50 z, 75 z, 150 z|
|Portugal||15, 25, 50|
|Singapore||S $ 30, S $ 50, S $ 100, S $ 150, S $ 200|
|South Africa||R 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, from 15.000 to 500.000, from 15.000 to 500.000|
|Spain||15, 25, 50|
|Sweden||150 kr, 250 kr, 500 kr|
|Switzerland||30 CHF, 50 CHF, 100 CHF, 30 CHF to 1000 CHF|
|turkey||TEST 25, TEST 50, TEST 100|
|UK||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 purchase them directly from various retail partners. See the retail partners supported in your country here.
- To use a gift card, open Play Store on your device. So touch the hamburger menu icon.
- Then, click on " Uses ".
- Enter the code from your gift card here.
You can also redeem your gift card from the web interface. To redeem using the web interface:
- Go to the Play Store website and click on " Redeem "from the left sidebar.
- You should enter the code from your gift card in this pop-up window.
4. Google Wallet balance
Google Wallet Google's mobile payment system that allows you to securely store the digital version of your credit or debit cards on your phone. Wallet eliminates the need to archive the plastic version of debit or credit cards. Since the Google Wallet service is available only in the U.S. and UK, the purchase of apps from the Play Store is also limited to these countries. Eventually, with the arrival of Wallet in multiple countries, we may be able to purchase from the Play Store using it.
Google expanded the payment option for the Play Store by adding PayPal in 2014. Therefore, if you have already connected your bank account with PayPal, it is advisable to purchase apps, books, music using PayPal. You can now purchase digital content from the Play Store using PayPal in approximately 22 countries while you write. Below is a list of countries where payment via PayPal is supported. Again, use the search option to see if your country is supported.
Payment methods not supported
Google Play does not support payment by bank transfer / bank transfer or Western Union. In addition, the use of Virtual Credit Card (VCC) not officially supported, although it may or may not work. I used to buy content on the Play Store using Entropay, but users have reported that using VCC may result in the transaction method being rejected. Using VCC a couple of years ago made sense, but now Google offers many alternative payment methods.
Which Google Play Store payment method do you prefer?
I hope this list avoids you from the hassle of browsing the Google Play support pages. Do 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 add it to the list. In the meantime, could you let me know what your preferred payment method in the Play Store?