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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 $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.

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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 $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 $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 $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 $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 $200 credit. In the first 30 days, any services 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 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 $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.
  • You can see your remaining credit under Microsoft Cost Management in the Azure portal.
  • 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 SAR 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 log-in 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 $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.
  • Contact Sales by chat, phone, or email and we'll be happy to answer any questions you have.

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
  • 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
  • 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

Which services are free?

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

Azure service Description Type Free monthly amount Free period
Get personalised recommendations and best practices for Azure. Management and governance Unlimited Always
Anomaly detector
Detect anomalies in data to quickly identify and troubleshoot issues. AI + machine learning 20,000 transactions S0 tier 12 months
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
Simplify cloud management with process automation. Management and governance 500 minutes of job runtime Always
Azure Active Directory (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
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 back up 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 back up 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 optimised, 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 catalogue
Make it easier to acquire services with a catalogue 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 centres. Networking 15 GB outbound 12 months
Bandwidth (Data Transfer)
Transfer data inbound and outbound through our robust network of global data centres. Networking 100 GB outbound Always
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
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
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
Cognitive Service for Language
Extract information such as sentiment, key phrases, named entities and language from your text. AI + machine learning 5,000 text records Always
Computer Vision
Extract rich information from images to categorise 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
Content moderator
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
Cost Management
Monitor, allocate and optimise cloud costs with transparency, accuracy and efficiency. Management and governance Free Always
Custom Vision
Easily customise 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
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
Detect, identify, analyse, organise, and tag faces in images. 30,000 transactions S0 tier 12 months
Detect, identify, analyse, organise, and tag faces in images. 30,000 transactions of Free instance Always
Form Recogniser
Automate the extraction of text, key/value pairs and tables from your documents. AI + machine learning 500 pages S0 tier 12 months
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
Immersive Reader
Embed text reading and comprehension capabilities into applications. AI + machine learning 3 million characters 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 metre 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
Metrics Advisor
Embed AI-powered monitoring features to proactively diagnose issues. AI + machine learning 25 time series Always
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
Deliver rich, personalised experiences for every user. AI + machine learning 50,000 transactions S0 tier 12 months
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, Customised, and Conversation Transcription Multichannel Audio, 1 Customised 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 250 GB S0 instance with 10 database transaction units 12 months
SQL Server 2019 Developer Edition
Build, test and demonstrate applications in a non-production 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 customised 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
Add real-time, multi-language text translation to your apps, websites and tools. AI + machine learning 2 million characters S0 tier 12 months
Virtual Machines – Linux
Create Linux virtual machines with on-demand capacity in seconds. Compute 750 hours B1s burstable virtual machines 12 months
Virtual Machines – Windows
Create Windows virtual machines with on-demand capacity in seconds. Compute 750 hours B1s burstable virtual machines 12 months
Virtual Network
Provision private networks and connect to on-premises data centres. 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

1Depending on the country in which you sign up for your Azure free account, you may receive this credit in a specified local currency.

212 months of popular services free is currently not available to customers who sign up directly for pay as you go in China or India.

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