Azure Free Account FAQsStart for free
What do I get when I sign up for a free account?
You get an Azure account, plus a $200 credit to spend on Azure services for 30 days. You can use this $200 credit to try out any combination of Azure services, exploring our cloud for free.
Do I pay anything for the free account?
No. It’s free, plus you get a $200 credit you can spend during the first 30 days.
Do I have to pay after 30 days?
No. You never have to pay anything unless you choose to transition to paid services with a Pay-As-You-Go Azure subscription, which you can cancel at any time. Even after you transition, you can continue using many Azure services that offer a free tier without incurring any charges.
How do I know how much of the $200 I’ve used and how much I have left?
Your remaining credit is shown at the top of the management portal, so you always know where you stand.
What do I need in order to sign up for a free account?
All you need is a phone number, a credit card and a Microsoft Account username (formerly Windows Live ID).
Why do I need to provide a credit card and phone number?
One of the ways we keep prices low is to verify that account holders are real people, not bots or anonymous troublemakers. We use the phone number and credit card for identity verification. We won’t charge your credit card, but you may see a $1 verification hold on your credit card account, which is removed within 3 to 5 days.
What happens once I’ve used all of my $200 free credit?
We will notify you so you can decide if you want to transition to a Pay-As-You-Go Azure subscription. If you do, then great. You start paying for the services you want to use. If not, don’t worry, you won’t be billed, but you will no longer be able to access services.
What happens with the services I’ve created after 30 days?
The $200 credit expires after 30 days, and you can either let any services you’ve deployed be decommissioned (and you won’t have access to them anymore) or transition to a Pay-As-You-Go Azure subscription, paying only for what you use moving forward.
What if I can’t fully use the credit within 30 days?
We can’t extend the expiration date on the $200 credit, sorry.
Is the free account and $200 credit available internationally?
Yes. The free account and $200 credit are available in all countries/regions where Azure is commercially available. 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
- 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
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.
What if I still have questions?
Give us a call, and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have: 1-800-867-1389.
Can I get a quota increase on a free trial subscription?
Free trial subscriptions are not eligible for quota increases. If you have a free trial, you can upgrade to a Pay-as-you-go subscription. For details on how to upgrade see Upgrade Azure free trial to pay-as-you-go.
How many Free Trial subscriptions am I allowed to sign up for?
There is a limit of one Free Trial subscription per new customer.