Azure free account FAQ
What is the Azure free account?
Creating an Azure free account is one way to access Azure services. When you start using Azure with a free account, you get USD$2001 credit to spend in the first 30 days after you sign up. In addition, you get free monthly amounts of two groups of services: popular services, which are free for 12 months, and more than 55 other services that are free always.
Frequently asked questions
When you create your Azure free account, you start getting monthly free amounts of certain types of services. If you move to pay-as-you-go pricing within 30 days or after you’ve used your credit, you’ll continue to receive monthly free amounts of popular services until 12 months after you created your account. After that, if you’re using any of these services, they’ll continue to run and you’ll be billed for them at pay-as-you-go rates.
You start getting monthly free amounts of more than 55 other services when you create your Azure free account. If you move to pay-as-you-go pricing after 30 days or after you use your credit, you’ll continue to receive monthly free amounts of these services. If you exceed your monthly free amounts for any of these services, you’ll be billed for them at pay-as-you-go rates.
You can apply your credit to try services that aren't in the free list, or to use more than your free amounts of any services.
The Azure free account is available to all new Azure customers who haven't previously had an Azure free account and received a USD$200 credit.
No. Starting is free. You won't be charged anything unless you decide to move to pay-as-you-go pricing.
We’ll never charge you unless you decide to move to pay-as-you-go pricing. If you move to pay as you go, you’ll only be charged for services that you use above the free monthly amounts. You can check your usage of free services in the Azure portal.
At the end of your first 30 days or after you spend your USD$200 credit (whichever comes first), we'll ask you if you want to move to pay-as-you-go pricing. If you move to pay as you go, you'll keep getting free services and you'll only pay for what you use beyond the free monthly amounts. If you don't move to pay as you go, you can't purchase Azure services beyond your USD$200 credit—and eventually your account and services will be disabled.
Yes. You can sign up directly for pay as you go. This will enable you to immediately use services beyond the free amounts at pay-as-you-go rates. You'll still get monthly free amounts of popular services for 12 months2 and more than 55 services that are always free, but you won't receive the USD$200 credit.
We’ll notify you so you can decide if you want to move to pay-as-you-go pricing, enabling you to purchase Azure services beyond free amounts. If you do, you’ll keep getting access to all the free services. If you don’t, your account and services will be disabled. To resume usage, you'll need to move to pay as you go.
When you sign up for an Azure free account, you get USD$200 credit. In the first 30 days, any services you use beyond their free amounts will be deducted from that USD$200 credit. When you've used up your USD$200 credit or 30 days have passed (whichever happens first), you'll need to upgrade by moving to pay-as-you-go pricing. That way, you can keep getting free amounts of services and purchase services beyond their free amounts as needed. The cost of those services is charged to the payment method you provide.
If you decide not to move to pay-as-you-go pricing after your first 30 days or once you've used up your USD$200 credit (whichever happens first), any services you've deployed will be decommissioned and you won't be able to access them. To regain access, move to pay as you go within the following 30 days.
If you move to pay-as-you-go pricing before the end of 30 days, you won’t lose your credit. When you move to pay as you go, any credit you have remaining will still be available for the full 30 days from when you created your free account.
Once you move to pay-as-you-go pricing, certain types of popular services are available in free monthly amounts for 12 months. If you're using any of these services after 12 months, they'll continue to run and you'll be billed at pay-as-you-go rates. You'll continue to receive monthly free amounts of more than 55 services that are always free.
All you need is a phone number, a credit card or a debit card (non-prepaid), and a Microsoft account or a GitHub account. Only credit cards are accepted in Hong Kong and Brazil.
We use the phone number and credit card or debit card for identity verification to validate that account holders are real people and not bots. We don't charge your credit card or debit card anything when you sign up for Azure, but you may see a one-dollar verification hold on your credit card or debit card account. The hold is temporary and will be removed, never charged to you.
You can sign up with either a Microsoft account or a GitHub account.
Use the "Sign in with GitHub" option on the Azure sign-in page. When you first sign into a Microsoft product with your credentials, GitHub will ask for your permission to consent. GitHub will share with Microsoft the name and public and private email addresses on your GitHub account to check if you already have a Microsoft account. If it looks like you already have an account, you’ll have the option to use that account and add your GitHub account as a login method. Otherwise, a new account will be created and linked to the GitHub account.
Microsoft is committed to user privacy. The request for profile information is used to check for the presence of an existing Microsoft account and to create an account if needed. Once your information enters the Microsoft ecosystem, it’s protected by the Microsoft terms of service and isn’t shared without your permission. Connecting a GitHub identity to a Microsoft account will not give Microsoft any code access.
The Azure free account provides access to all Azure services and does not block customers from building their ideas into production. The Azure free account includes certain types of specific services—and certain amounts of those services—for free. To enable your production scenarios, you may need to use resources beyond the free amounts. If you choose to move to pay as you go, you’ll be billed for those additional resources at pay-as-you-go rates.
No, your credit can’t be applied to Azure Marketplace offers. However, many Azure Marketplace partners offer free trials and/or free tier plans for their solutions.
You can only purchase products on Azure Marketplace once you’ve moved to pay-as-you-go pricing.
There is a limit of one account with free services and USD$200 credit per new customer.
The Azure Hybrid Benefit cannot be combined with the free credit. If you move to pay-as-you-go pricing at the end of your first 30 days or after you spend your credit, then you will be able to use your Azure Hybrid Benefit.
No, but after you use your credit, you can move to pay as you go and purchase Spot Virtual Machines at deep discounts compared to pay-as-you-go pricing for virtual machines.
Are the free account, free services, and USD$200 credit available internationally?
Yes. These are available in all countries where Azure is commercially available (but doesn’t include sovereign cloud products in US Government, Azure China, and Azure Germany regions). Azure is currently commercially available in 140 countries/regions including:
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Brunei Darussalam
- Cayman Islands
- Costa Rica
- Côte d'Ivoire
- Czech Republic
- Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- Faroe Islands
- Hong Kong
- Macedonia (FYRO)
- New Zealand
- Palestinian Authority
- Puerto Rico
- Republic of Cabo Verde
- Republic of the Congo
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Saudi Arabia
- South Africa
- Sri Lanka
- Trinidad and Tobago
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
- United States
- Virgin Islands of the United States
Take advantage of free products
These products are free up to the specified monthly amounts. Some are always free to all Azure customers, and some are free for 12 months to new customers only.
Take advantage of free products
These products are free up to the specified monthly amounts. Some are always free to all Azure customers, and some are free for 12 months to new customers only.
|Azure service||Description||Type||Free monthly amount||Free period|
|Advisor||Get personalized recommendations and best practices for Azure.||Management and governance||Unlimited||Always|
|API Management||Manage APIs across all platforms with a hybrid, multicloud platform.||Integration||1 million monthly calls free with Consumption tier||Always|
|App Configuration||Store and manage configurations for all your Azure apps.||Developer tools||1,000 requests per day with 10 MB storage||Always|
|App Service||Quickly create powerful apps for any platform or device using your choice of tools including Node.js and PHP.||Compute||10 web, mobile, or API apps with 1 GB storage 1 hour per day||Always|
|Archive Storage||Store and manage rarely accessed data with locally redundant storage (LRS) or geo-redundant storage (GRS).||Storage||10 GB LRS storage, 10 GB LRS or GRS write and retrieval, and 100 reads||12 months|
|Automation||Simplify cloud management with process automation.||Management and governance||500 minutes of job runtime||Always|
|Azure AI Anomaly Detector||Detect anomalies in data to quickly identify and troubleshoot issues.||AI + machine learning||20,000 transactions S0 tier||12 months|
|Azure AI Bot Service||Develop intelligent, enterprise-grade bots that scale on demand.||AI + machine learning||10,000 premium channel messages and unlimited standard channel messages||Always|
|Azure AI Content Safety||Moderate text and images to provide a safer, more positive user experience.||AI + machine learning||10,000 transactions S0 tier to moderate or review||12 months|
|Azure AI Customer Vision||Easily customize computer vision models for your unique use case.||AI + machine learning||10,000 predictions S0 tier, one training hour, two projects with 5,000 training images each||12 months|
|Azure AI Document Intelligence||Automate the extraction of text, key/value pairs, and tables from your documents.||AI + machine learning||500 pages S0 tier||12 months|
|Azure AI Immersive Reader||Embed text reading and comprehension capabilities into applications.||AI + machine learning||3 million characters||Always|
|Azure AI Language||Extract information such as sentiment, key phrases, named entities, and language from your text.||AI + machine learning||5,000 text records||Always|
|Azure AI Metrics Advisor||Embed AI-powered monitoring features to proactively diagnose issues.||AI + machine learning||25 time series||Always|
|Azure AI Personalizer||Deliver rich, personalized experiences for every user.||AI + machine learning||50,000 transactions S0 tier||12 months|
|Azure AI Translator||Add real-time, multi-language text translation to your apps, websites, and tools.||AI + machine learning||2 million characters S0 tier||12 months|
|Azure Arc||Extend Azure management and services.||Hybrid + multicloud||Free Azure control plane functionality for resources outside Azure, search and indexing for Azure Arc-enabled resources||Always|
|Azure Attestation||Verify the identity and security posture of trusted platform modules and trusted execution environments.||Security||Free||Always|
|Azure Cosmos DB||Build modern apps at any scale using a fast NoSQL database with open APIs.||Databases||400 request units per-second provisioned throughput with 25 GB storage||12 months|
|Azure Cosmos DB||Build modern apps at any scale using a fast NoSQL database with open APIs.||Databases||1,000 request units per-second provisioned throughput with 25 GB storage||Always|
|Azure Database for MySQL||Host a fully managed, scalable MySQL database in Azure.||Databases||750 hours of Flexible Server—Burstable B1MS Instance, 32 GB storage, and 32 GB backup storage||12 months|
|Azure Database for PostgreSQL||Build intelligent, scalable apps with fully managed database for PostgreSQL.||Databases||750 hours of Flexible Server—Burstable B1MS Instance, 32 GB storage, and 32 GB backup storage||12 months|
|Azure DevOps||Build apps in any language using Git repos, CI/CD, and build and release automation.||Developer tools||5 users with unlimited private Git repos||Always|
|Azure Files||Migrate to simple, distributed, cross-platform file storage without changing code.||Storage||100 GB of LRS transaction optimized, hot, and cool files. 2 million read, list, and other file operations||12 months|
|Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)||Deploy and manage containers using the tools you choose.||Compute||Free||Always|
|Azure Lighthouse||Manage service providers with Zero Trust access controls.||Management and governance||Free||Always|
|Azure Managed Applications, Service catalog||Make it easier to acquire services with a catalog of approved cloud offerings.||Management and governance||Free publishing||Always|
|Azure Maps||Create location-aware web and mobile applications using geospatial services, APIs, and SDKs.||Internet of Things||1,000 to 5,000 transactions for specific mapping and location insights features||Always|
|Azure Migrate||Discover, assess, right-size, and migrate your on-premises virtual machines to Azure.||Migration||Free||Always|
|Azure Policy||Achieve real-time cloud compliance at scale with consistent resource governance.||Management and governance||Free access to configuration and change tracking features||Always|
|Azure Resource Mover||Simplify how you move multiple resources between Azure regions.||Management and governance||Free (ingress and egress charges may apply)||Always|
|Azure SignalR Service||Add real-time communications into your web applications.||Web||20 concurrent connections per unit and 20,000 messages||Always|
|Bandwidth (Data Transfer)||Transfer data inbound and outbound through our robust network of global data centers.||Networking||15 GB outbound||12 months|
|Bandwidth (Data Transfer)||Transfer data inbound and outbound through our robust network of global data centers.||Networking||100 GB outbound||Always|
|Batch||Scale your application in the cloud with job orchestration and scheduling for HPC applications.||Compute||Free||Always|
|Blob Storage||Use massively scalable object storage for any type of unstructured data.||Storage||5 GB locally redundant storage (LRS) hot block with 20,000 read and 10,000 write operations||12 months|
|Cloud Shell||Manage Azure resources in a browser-based shell using popular command-line tools and programming languages.||Management and governance||5 GB free storage in Azure Files for 12 months||Always|
|Cognitive Search||Include a cloud search service in your web and mobile application.||AI + machine learning||50 MB storage for 10,000 hosted documents and 3 indexes per service||Always|
|Computer Vision||Extract rich information from images to categorize and process visual data.||5,000 transactions for each S1, S2, and S3 tier||12 months|
|Container Apps||Build and deploy modern apps and microservices using serverless containers.||Containers||180,000 vCPU seconds, 360,000 GiB seconds, and 2 million requests||Always|
|Container Registry||Store and manage container images across all types of Azure deployments.||Containers||1 Standard tier registry with 100 GB storage and 10 webhooks||12 months|
|Cost Management||Monitor, allocate, and optimize cloud costs with transparency, accuracy, and efficiency.||Management and governance||Free||Always|
|Data Catalog||Get more value from your enterprise data assets.||Analytics||Unlimited users||Always|
|Data Factory||Compose and manage data services at scale.||Analytics||5 low-frequency activities||Always|
|Database Migration Service||Simplify on-premises database migration to the cloud.||Databases||Free Standard Compute||Always|
|DevTest Labs||Enable fast, easy, and lean dev-test environments.||Developer tools||Free||Always|
|Event Grid||Get reliable event delivery at massive scale.||Integration||100,000 operations per month||Always|
|Face||Detect, identify, analyze, organize, and tag faces in images.||30,000 transactions S0 tier||12 months|
|Face||Detect, identify, analyze, organize, and tag faces in images.||30,000 transactions of Free instance||Always|
|Functions||Process events with a serverless code architecture.||Compute||1 million requests||Always|
|Health Bot||Build and deploy AI-powered, compliant, conversational healthcare experiences at scale.||AI + machine learning||3,000 messages (up to 10 messages per second)||Always|
|Health Data Services||Unify and manage health data and protected health information (PHI) in the cloud.||Integration||1 GB structured and blob storage, 50,000 API requests, .5 GB transformation operations, 100,000 events||Always|
|IoT Edge||Extend cloud intelligence and analytics to IoT edge devices.||Internet of Things||Free, open-source edge runtime||Always|
|IoT Hub||Connect, monitor, and manage IoT assets with a scalable platform.||Internet of Things||8,000 messages per day and .5 KB message meter size of Free edition||Always|
|Key Vault||Safeguard and maintain control of keys and other secrets.||Security||10,000 transactions RSA 2048-bit keys or secret operations, Standard tier||12 months|
|Language Understanding (LUIS)||Build natural language understanding into apps, bots, and IoT devices.||AI + machine learning||10,000 text request transactions S0 tier||12 months|
|Load Balancer||Instantly add scale, availability, and network performance to your applications.||Networking||750 hours, 15 GB of data processing, and up to five rules with Standard Load Balancer||12 months|
|Logic Apps||Build automated integration solutions across clouds and on-premises systems.||Integration||4,000 built-in actions with the Consumption plan||Always|
|Machine Learning||Develop and run R and Python models on your platform of choice.||AI + machine learning||Free||Always|
|Managed Disks||Get high performance, durable block storage for Azure Virtual Machines with simplified management.||Storage||2 64 GB (P6) solid state drives SSD storage, plus 1 GB snapshot and 2 million I/O operations||12 months|
|Media Services, Encoding feature||Index, package, protect, and stream video and audio at scale.||Media||20 output minutes Standard encoder video or audio source file encoding||12 months|
|Media Services, Live and on-demand streaming||Deliver content to virtually any device at scale.||Media||5 hours each of Standard Passthrough, Live Transcription, and Standard Streaming endpoint||12 months|
|Microsoft Entra ID (formerly Azure AD)||Enable identity and access management in the cloud.||Identity||50,000 stored objects with single sign-on (SSO) to all cloud apps||Always|
|Monitor||Gain full observability into your applications, infrastructure, and network.||Management and governance||See Azure Monitor pricing details for free amounts per feature||Always|
|Network Watcher||Monitor, diagnose, and gain insights into your network performance and health.||Networking||5 GB storage with 1,000 checks, 10 tests, and 10 connection metrics||Always|
|Notification Hubs||Send push notifications to any platform from any back end.||Mobile||1 million push notifications with free namespace||Always|
|Open Datasets||Accelerate machine learning with curated datasets.||AI + machine learning||Free (egress charges may apply)||Always|
|Private Link||Privately access services on Azure, keeping your data on the Microsoft network.||Networking||Free||Always|
|Resource Manager||Simplify how you manage your app resources.||Management and governance||Free||Always|
|Security Center||Prevent, detect, and respond to threats with increased visibility and control over the security of your Azure resources.||Security||Free policy assessment and recommendations||Always|
|Service Bus||Get reliable cloud messaging as a service with simple hybrid integration.||Integration||750 hours and 13 million operations Standard tier base unit||12 months|
|Service Fabric||Build and operate always-on, scalable, distributed apps.||Containers||Free||Always|
|Spatial Anchors||Build mixed reality apps that map, share, and persist 3D content.||Mixed reality||10,000 anchors queried||Always|
|Speaker Recognition||Accurately verify and identify speakers by their unique voice characteristics.||AI + machine learning||10,000 transactions each of speaker verification, speaker identification, and voice storage||Always|
|Speech to Text||Transcribe spoken audio to text.||AI + machine learning||5 audio hours each of Standard, Custom, and Conversation Transcription Multichannel Audio, 1 Custom endpoint hosting model||Always|
|Speech Translation||Integrate real-time speech translation into your app.||AI + machine learning||5 audio hours Standard||Always|
|SQL Database||Create a SQL database that delivers intelligence built-in.||Databases||100,000 vCore seconds of SQL database serverless usage per month with 32 GB of storage||Always|
|SQL Server 2019 Developer Edition||Build, test, and demonstrate applications in a nonproduction environment.||Developer tools||Free||Always|
|Static Web Apps||Streamline full-stack development from source code to global high availability.||Compute||100 GB bandwidth per subscription, 2 custom domains and .5 GB storage per app||Always|
|Text to Speech||Build apps that convert text to lifelike speech.||AI + machine learning||5 million characters Standard, 500,000 characters Neural, and hosting model||Always|
|Virtual Machines—Linux||Create Linux virtual machines (VMs) in seconds to meet your workload and budget needs.||Compute||750 hours each of B1s, B2pls v2 (Arm-based), and B2ats v2 (AMD-based) burstable VMs||12 months|
|Virtual Machines—Windows||Create Windows VMs in seconds to meet your workload and budget needs.||Compute||750 hours each of B1s, B2pls v2 (Arm-based), and B2ats v2 (AMD-based) burstable VMs||12 months|
|Virtual Network||Provision private networks and connect to on-premises datacenters.||Networking||50 virtual networks||Always|
|Visual Studio Code||Boost productivity with a powerful, lightweight code editor for cloud development.||Developer tools||Free||Always|
|VPN Gateway||Establish secure, cross-premises connectivity.||Networking||750 hours VpnGw1 Gateway Type||12 months|
|Web PubSub||Build real-time, two-way communication into your web and mobile apps.||Web||20,000 messages per unit per day and 20 concurrent connections per unit (1 unit max)||Always|