How to use Google Cloud without credit card?

As we saw in the earlier article, there are a number of VPS providers who allow users to take a trial of their VPS with a credit card (see Free VPS | Selection Of Best Offers In Linux & Windows).

There are well known web hosts who don’t insist on any payment information.

Linode is one of them.

Linode offers a free VPS trial (called Linodes) without requiring a credit card or any other payment information.

The detailed procedure for creating an account with Linode without a credit card is explained in the article.

There are others in the list who provide free VPS without demanding a credit card.

Google Cloud Free Server

Google Cloud has a very generous free trial of its cloud severs that it offers.

There is a 12-month free trial with $300 credit to use with any GCP services.

Is a credit card necessary to avail of the Google Cloud?

The answer is no.

A credit card is not necessary to sign up for Google Cloud and avail of the free VPS.

This is made very clear by Google in the FAQ.

It is clearly stated that users with no credit card can also avail of the free trial by providing bank account information instead.

This is what the FAQ says:

If you don’t have a credit card you can provide bank account information instead:

• Google deposits a random small amount to your account.

• You use the deposit amount to finish the sign-up process.

• It might take 2 to 3 days to get the deposit.

Can a debit card be used?

It is stated in the FAQ that the payment methods available to you will depend on your currency and country. You’ll see what payment methods are available to you when you sign up for Google Cloud billing.

Generally speaking, Google Cloud accepts debit cards with the Visa or MasterCard logo.

However, Prepaid cards and Virtual Credit Cards (VCCs) are not accepted for payment.


The ability to avail of a free VPS from Google Cloud worth $300 for 12 months is great and should not be missed by anyone.

The offer is irresistible because even if a person does not have a credit card, he will certainly have a bank account or a debit card which he use to sign up and avail of the free VPS from Google Cloud.

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