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Enabling Google Cloud Billing
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Enabling billing for your Google Cloud project is essential to utilizing resources like BigQuery. Always ensure your project has an active billing account associated with it to avoid connectivity issues and make full use of Google Cloud's robust services.

This will guide you in enabling billing for your Google Cloud project. Enabling billing is crucial for the smooth operation of certain services like BigQuery. Without an active billing account, Google prevents the usage of these services.


  1. A valid Google Cloud Platform (GCP) account.

  2. Proper permissions to enable billing for your Google Cloud project.

Step-by-step Guide

Step 1: Sign in to Google Cloud Console

Go to the Google Cloud Console and sign in using your Google Cloud Platform account credentials.

Step 2: Select or Open a Project

You need to select the existing project you want to enable billing. Use the project dropdown to select your project.

Step 3: Open Billing Page

Navigate to the Billing page:

  1. Click on the navigation menu icon (hamburger icon) on the left-hand menu.

  2. Select "Billing" from the dropdown list.

Step 4: Navigate to Manage Billing Accounts

In the Billing section:

  1. Click on "Manage billing accounts."

Step 5: Create a Billing Account

If you don't have a billing account:

  1. Click on "Create account".

  2. Follow the on-screen instructions to create a new billing account. You will be asked to input your business or personal details, including payment information.

Step 6: Link the Billing Account to your Project

If you already have a billing account or after creating a new one:

  1. Return to the Dashboard page and select your project.

  2. Again, navigate to "Billing" through the navigation menu.

  3. Click on "Link a billing account".

  4. Select your billing account and then click on "SET ACCOUNT".

You have now successfully enabled billing for your Google Cloud Project.

Important Notes

Remember that costs are associated with the use of Google Cloud services. Make sure to monitor your usage and set budgets to manage costs effectively. Also, ensure your payment methods are up-to-date to avoid disruption in services.

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