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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 $200 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 25+ other services that are always free. Free services are based on resource and region availability.

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Certain types and amounts of these services are available for free each month:

Products Period of free availability
5,000 text records with Text Analytics standard instance 12 months
20,000 transactions of Anomaly Detector standard instance 12 months
500 pages of Form Recognizer S0 12 months
50,000 transactions with Personalizer S0 12 months
10,000 transactions of Content Moderator standard instance to moderate or review 12 months
10,000 predictions with Custom Vision standard instance including one training hour and two projects with 5,000 training images each 12 months
5,000 transactions with Computer Vision for each S1, S2 and S3 tier 12 months
10,000 Text Request transactions with Language Understanding (LUIS) 12 months
Three managed documents with QnA Maker 12 months
30,000 transactions with Face standard instance 12 months
Two million characters of any combination of standard translation and custom training with Translator 12 months
128 GB of Managed Disks as a combination of two 64 GB (P6) SSD storage, plus 1 GB snapshot and 2 million I/O operations 12 months
5 GB of LRS-Hot Azure Blob Storage with 20,000 read and 10,000 write operations 12 months
5 GB of LRS Azure File Storage with 2 million read, 2 million list and 2 million other file operations 12 months
250 GB of Azure SQL Database standard S0 instance with 10 database transaction units 12 months
15 GB of bandwidth for outbound data transfer with free unlimited inbound transfer 12 months
750 hours of Azure B1S General Purpose Azure Virtual Machines for Microsoft Windows Server 12 months
750 hours of Azure B1S General Purpose Azure Virtual Machines for Linux 12 months
750 hours, 15 GB of data processing and up to five rules with Standard Azure Load Balancer 12 months
1 Standard tier registry with 100 GB storage and 10 webhooks for Azure Container Registry 12 months
1,500 hours of dynamic public IP addresses for use with B1S virtual machines 12 months
750 hours and 13 million operations of Azure Service Bus Standard tier base unit 12 months
400 RU/s provisioned throughput and 25 GB storage for Azure Cosmos DB 12 months
750 hours of Azure VPN Gateway with gateway type VpnGw1 12 months
10 GB of LRS Azure Archive Storage, 10 GB LRS (locally redundant storage) or GRS (geo-redundant storage) write and retrieval, and 100 reads 12 months
750 hours of Azure Database for PostgreSQL Flexible Server B1MS, 32 GB of storage and 32 GB of backup storage 12 months
750 hours of Azure Database for MySQL Flexible Server B1MS, 32 GB of storage and 32 GB of backup storage 12 months
10,000 transactions of RSA 2048-bit keys or secret operations for Azure Key Vault 12 months
20 output minutes of video or audio source file encoding on Azure Media Services 12 months
1000 RU/s provisioned throughput with 25 GB of storage for Azure Cosmos DB Always free
Azure IoT Central includes a seven-day free trial for first-time subscribers and two free monthly connected devices Always free
Azure Maps S0 account tiers offer 250,000 monthly map tile loads and 25,000 monthly service calls Always free
5 GB of bandwidth for outbound data transfer with free unlimited inbound transfer Always free
10 web, mobile or API apps with Azure App Service with 1 GB storage Always free
1 million requests and 400,000 GB s of resource consumption with Azure Functions Always free
100,000 operations for event publishing and delivery with Azure Event Grid Always free
10,000 premium channel messages and unlimited standard channel messages from Azure Bot Service Always free
1,000 requests per day with 10MB storage from Azure App Configuration Always free
Free access to configuration and change tracking features in Azure Policy Always free
20 concurrent connections per unit and 20,000 messages from Azure SignalR Service Always free
5 GB storage with 1,000 checks, 10 tests, and 10 connection metrics from Azure Network Watcher Always free
10,000 anchor queries from Azure Spatial Anchors Always free
50,000 stored objects with Azure Active Directory with single sign-on (SSO) to all cloud apps and MFA Always free
50,000 active users per month (MAU) with Azure Active Directory B2C Always free
Free Azure Service Fabric to build microservice apps Always free
First five users free with Azure DevOps Always free
Unlimited nodes (server or platform-as-a-service instance) with Application Insights and 1 GB of telemetry data included per month Always free
Unlimited use of Azure DevTest Labs Always free
Azure Machine Learning with 100 modules and 1 hour per experiment with 10 GB included storage Always free
Free policy assessment and recommendations with Azure Security Center Always free
Unlimited recommendations and best practices with Azure Advisor Always free
Free Azure IoT Hub edition includes 8,000 messages per day with 0.5 KB message meter size Always free
5 free low frequency activities with Azure Data Factory Always free
50 MB storage for 10,000 hosted documents with Azure Cognitive Search including three indexes per service Always free
Free namespace and 1 million push notifications with Azure Notification Hubs Always free
Unlimited Azure Batch usage for job scheduling and cluster management Always free
500 minutes of free job runtime with Azure Automation Always free
Unlimited users and 5,000 catalogue objects with Azure Data Catalog Always free
30,000 transactions per month processing at 20 transactions per minute with Face API Always free
Free 2 million characters included for Translator Always free
4,000 built-in actions when using the Azure Logic Apps Consumption plan Always free
50 virtual networks for free with Azure Virtual Network Always free
Unlimited inbound Inter-VNet data transfer Always free
Free Azure Container Service to cluster virtual machines Always free

Who is eligible for the Azure free account?

The Azure free account is available to all customers who have never tried or paid for Azure before.

Do I pay anything to start with the Azure free account?

No. Starting is free, plus you get $200 credit to spend during the first 30 days and free amounts of services.

Do I have to pay after 30 days?

At the end of your first 30 days or after you spend your $200 credit (whichever comes first), you’ll only pay for what you use beyond the free monthly amounts of services. To keep getting free services after 30 days, move to pay-as-you-go pricing. If you don’t move to pay as you go, you can’t purchase Azure services beyond your $200 credit – and eventually your account and services will be disabled.

What happens once I’ve used my $200 free credit or I’m at the end of 30 days?

We’ll notify you so that 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.

What does it mean to upgrade my account?

When you sign up for an Azure free account, you get $200 credit. In the first 30 days, any services that you use beyond their free amounts will be deducted from that $200 credit. When you’ve used up your $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 that you provide.

What happens with the services if I don’t upgrade?

If you decide not to move to pay-as-you-go pricing after your first 30 days or once you’ve used up your $200 credit (whichever happens first), any services that you’ve deployed will be decommissioned and you won’t be able to access them. To regain access, move to pay as you go in the following 30 days.

How do I know how much of the $200 credit I have left?

You can see your remaining credit under Azure Cost Management and Billing in the Azure portal.

What will happen to my unused credit if I upgrade before the end of the 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 that you have remaining will still be available for the full 30 days from when you created your free account.

What do I need to sign up for a free account?

All you need is a phone number, a credit card or a debit card and a Microsoft account or a GitHub account.

Do I need a Microsoft account to sign up for Azure?

You can sign up with either a Microsoft account or a GitHub account.

How does the sign-up process work using GitHub?

You can now sign up using the “Sign-in options” link on the Azure sign-in page. When you, as a GitHub user, first sign into a Microsoft product with your credentials, GitHub will ask for your permission to consent. GitHub will share the name and public and private email addresses on your GitHub account with Microsoft to check whether 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.

What GitHub information will be shared with Microsoft?

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.

Why do I need to provide a credit card and phone number?

One of the ways we keep prices low is by verifying that account holders are real people and not bots. We use the phone number and credit card for identity verification. We don’t charge your credit card anything when you sign up, but you may see a one-dollar verification hold on your credit card account. The hold is temporary and will be removed, never charged to you.

What happens at the end of the 12 months?

Once you move to pay-as-you-go pricing, certain types of popular services – including compute, networking, storage and databases – are available in free monthly amounts for 12 months. If you’re using any of these services after 12 months, they will continue to run and you’ll be billed at pay-as-you-go rates for any usage beyond the free amounts.

Can the Azure free account be used for production or only for development?

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 services – and certain amounts of those services – for free. To enable your production scenarios, you may need to use resources beyond the free amounts. You’ll be billed for those additional resources at pay-as-you-go rates.

Are the free account, free services and $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:

  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Bulgaria
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Cayman Islands
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Côte d’Ivoire
  • Croatia
  • Curaçao
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Estonia
  • Ethiopia
  • Faroe Islands
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Greece
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong SAR
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Korea
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macao SAR
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Nigeria
  • North Macedonia
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Palestinian Authority
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Puerto Rico
  • Qatar
  • Republic of Cabo Verde
  • Republic of the Congo
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • Virgin Islands of the United States
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Can I apply any of my $200 credit towards Azure Marketplace offers?

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.

How many free account offers am I allowed to sign up for?

There is a limit of one account with free services and $200 credit per new customer. You can, however, use as many products as you like beyond the free amounts by moving to pay-as-you-go pricing.

Can I use my Azure Hybrid Benefit within the Azure free account?

No. The Azure Hybrid Benefit cannot be combined with the services offered for free.

Can I spend my credit on Azure Spot Virtual Machines?

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.

What if I still have questions?

Call us on 1-855-270-0615 and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.

*Depending on the country in which you sign up for your Azure free account, you may receive this credit in a specified local currency.

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