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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 $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 25 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 have used your credit, you will continue to receive monthly free amounts of popular services until 12 months after you created your account. After that, if you are using any of these services, they will continue to run and you will be billed for them at pay-as-you-go rates.
  • You start getting monthly free amounts of more than 25 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 will continue to receive monthly free amounts of these services. If you exceed your monthly free amounts for any of these services, you will 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 will never charge you unless you decide to move to pay-as-you-go pricing. If you move to pay as you go, you will 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 will still get monthly free amounts of more than 25 services that are always free, but you will not receive the $200 credit or 12 months of popular services free.
  • We will 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 will keep getting access to all the free services. If you do not, your account and services will be disabled. To resume usage, you will 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 have used up your $200 credit or 30 days have passed (whichever happens first), you will 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 have used up your $200 credit (whichever happens first), any services you have deployed will be decommissioned and you will not be able to access them. To regain access, move to pay as you go in the following 30 days.
  • You can see your remaining credit under Azure Cost Management and Billing in the Azure portal.
  • If you move to pay-as-you-go pricing before the end of 30 days, you will not 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 25 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 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 login 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 is protected by the Microsoft terms of service and is not 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 not 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 have 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 does not 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

Which services are free?

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

Services 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 Recogniser S0 12 months
50,000 transactions with Personaliser 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 5000 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
2 million characters of any combination of standard translation and custom training with Translator 12 months
128 GB of Azure Disk Storage 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 40K read operations, 10K write, 40K protocol and 10K list 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 7-day free trial for first time subscribers and 2 free monthly connected devices Always free
Azure Maps S0 account tiers offer 2,50,000 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 4,00,000 GBs 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 5 users free with Azure DevOps 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 3 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
Free 500 minute of job run time with Azure Automation Always free
Unlimited users and 5,000 catalog 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 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

1Depending 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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