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Back up and protect data in the cloud with an Azure free account

Get started with Azure Backup and 12 months of free cloud services

What do I get?

With your Azure free account, you get all of this – and you won’t be charged until you choose to upgrade.

12 months

of popular free services


$200 credit

to explore Azure for 30 days

$200 credit

to explore Azure for 30 days


Always free

25+ services

What can I do with my free account?

Here are just a few ideas of all you can do with Azure

Eliminate unnecessary costs

Back up Azure Virtual Machines, SQL workloads and on-premises VMware machines without additional infrastructure costs.

Simplify data recovery

Restore data with application consistency using Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) snapshot for Windows and fsfreeze for Linux.

Protect against ransomware and human error

Encrypt data and keep it for extended periods, even after legitimate deletion, through multifactor authentication.

Four more Azure services, now free for 12 months

Plus, now get Azure Logic Apps free, always.

Azure Database for PostgreSQL
Azure Database for MySQL
Azure Key Vault
Azure Media Services

Which products are free for 12 months?

These products are free for 12 months, up to the monthly limits. Availability is based on resource and region.

Managed Disks


64 GB x 2

P6 solid-state drives (SSD)

Blob Storage


5 GB

locally redundant storage (LRS) hot block

File Storage


5 GB

LRS file storage

SQL Database


250 GB

Azure Database for PostgreSQL NEW


750 hours

of Flexible Server Preview – Burstable B1MS Instance, 32 GB storage and 32 GB backup storage

Azure Database for MySQL NEW


750 hours

of Flexible Server Preview – Burstable B1MS Instance, 32 GB storage and 32 GB backup storage

Key Vault NEW


10,000 transactions

RSA 2048-bit keys or secret operations, Standard tier

Media Services – Encoding NEW


20 output minutes

Standard encoder video or audio source file encoding

VPN Gateway


750 hours

VpnGw1 gateway type

Load Balancer


750 hours, 15 GB data processing, 5 rules

Standard Load Balancer

Azure Cosmos DB


400 request units per second provisioned throughput

With 25 GB of storage

Service Bus


750 hours, 13 million operations

Standard tier base unit

Which products are always free?

These products are always free, up to the specified amounts. Availability is based on resource and region.

Azure Cosmos DB


1000 RU/s

provisioned throughput with 25 GB of storage

Azure App Service



web, mobile or API apps with 1 GB storage

Azure functions


1 million

requests per month

Azure Event Grid



operations per month

Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)



Azure Logic Apps NEW



built-in actions with the Consumption plan.

What else do I need to know?

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

No. Starting is free, plus you get a $200 credit which you can spend during the first 30 days.

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

We’ll notify you so you can decide if you want to upgrade to pay-as-you-go pricing and remove the spending limit. If you do, you’ll have access to free products. If you don’t, your account and products will be disabled, and you’ll need to upgrade to resume usage.

What happens at the end of the 12 months of free products?

For 12 months after you upgrade your account, certain amounts of a number of products are free. After 12 months, you’ll be billed at the standard pay-as-you-go rates.

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

All you need is a phone number, a credit card or debit card (not pre-paid), and a GitHub account or Microsoft account username (formerly Windows Live ID). Only credit cards are accepted in Hong Kong and Brazil.

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

Who can I talk to if I have questions?

Get personalised guidance and answers to questions that you might have whether you’re evaluating the cloud, starting your first project or migrating to Azure.

Ready when you are – let’s set up your free account