Azure free account FAQ

What is the Azure free account?

The Azure free account includes free access to our most popular Azure products for 12 months, $200 credit to spend for the first 30 days of sign-up and access to more than 25 products that are always free.

The following products are available monthly, for free:

Products Period of free availability
750 hours of Azure B1S General Purpose Virtual Machines for Microsoft Windows Server 12 months
5,000 transactions 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
2,000 transactions with Ink 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 days free per month of QnA Maker 12 months
30,000 transactions with Face standard instance 12 months
2 million characters of any combination of standard translation and custom training with Translator Text 12 months
750 hours of Azure B1S General Purpose Virtual Machines for Linux 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 Blob Storage with 20,000 read and 10,000 write operations 12 months
5 GB of LRS File Storage with 2 million read, 2 million list and 2 million other file operations 12 months
250 GB of SQL Database standard S0 instance with 10 database transaction units 12 months
5 GB of Azure Cosmos DB with 400 reserved in units 12 months
1,500 hours of dynamic public IP addresses for use with B1S Virtual Machines listed above 12 months
15 GB of bandwidth for outbound data transfer with free unlimited inbound transfer 12 months
Azure IoT Central includes up to five devices with 50,000 monthly messages per device 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 Event Grid Always free
Free Azure Container service to cluster virtual machines Always free
50,000 stored objects with Azure Active Directory with single sign-on (SSO) for 10 apps per user 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
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
Free public load-balanced IP with Azure Load Balancer 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
2 million free characters included for Translator Text API Always free
Free 5 GB per month analysis plus 31-day retention period with Log Analytics Always free
50 virtual networks for free with Azure Virtual Network Always free
Unlimited inbound Inter-VNet data transfer Always free

Read detailed offer terms of use for the Azure free account.

Who is eligible for the Azure free account?

The Azure free account is available to all new customers of Azure. If you’ve never tried or paid for Azure before, you’re eligible.

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.

Do I have to pay after 30 days?

At the end of your first 30 days, you can continue to use your free products after you upgrade your account to a pay-as-you-go pricing and remove the spending limit. If you stay within the service quantities included for free, you won’t have to pay anything. The $200 free credit acts as a spending limit.

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 all the free products. If you don’t, your account and products will be disabled, and you’ll need to upgrade to resume usage.

What does it mean to upgrade my account?

When you sign up for an Azure free account, you get a $200 credit that acts as a spending limit – that is, in the first 30 days, any usage of resources beyond the free products and quantities will be deducted from the $200 credit. When you’ve used up the $200 credit or 30 days have expired (whichever happens first), you’ll have to upgrade to a pay-as-you-go account. This automatically removes the spending limit so you can continue to get access to all of the free products included in the free account. With the spending limit removed, you pay for what you use beyond the free amounts and this will be charged to the card you provided.

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

If you decide not to upgrade at the end of the 30 days or once you’ve used up your $200 credit (whichever happens first), any products you’ve deployed will be decommissioned and you won’t be able to access them. You can always come back within the next 30 days to upgrade your account.

How do I know how much of the $200 I’ve used and how much I have left?

Your remaining credit will be shown at the top of the management portal, so you always know where you’re at.

What will happen to my unused credit if I upgrade before the end of the 30 days?

When you upgrade your account to pay-as-you-go pricing, any free credit you have remaining will still be available for the full 30 days after starting your free account. There’s nothing to lose if you upgrade early. When you upgrade, you get to keep building with free products. Beyond the free amounts, you only pay for what you use each month. You can cancel at any time.

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

All you need is a phone number, a credit card, and a GitHub account or Microsoft account username (formerly Windows Live ID).

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

You can sign up with your Microsoft account, or you can use your GitHub account and take your code all the way from repositories to deployment.

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 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 anything, but you may see a one-dollar verification hold on your credit card account, which will be removed within three to five days.

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

For 12 months after you’ve upgraded your account, certain amounts of popular products for compute, networking, storage and databases will be free. After 12 months, any of these products which you may be using will continue to run, and you’ll be billed at the standard pay-as-you-go rates.

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

The Azure free account provides access to all Azure products and does not block customers from building their ideas into production. The Azure free account includes certain products – and specific quantities of those products – 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 the pay-as-you-go rates.

Is the free account, 12 months of free products, 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
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Korea
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macao
  • Macedonia (FYRO)
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Nigeria
  • 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.

What if I still have questions?

Give us a call on 1-800-867-1389 and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.

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

There is a limit of one account with 12 months of free access to products and $200 credit per new customer. You can, however, use as many products as you like beyond the free amounts by upgrading your account 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 products offered for free.

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