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 40 other services that are free always.See full offer terms
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 40 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 more than 40 services that are always free, but you won’t receive the $200 credit or 12 months of popular services free.
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 40 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’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:
- 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
- Republic of Cabo Verde
- Republic of the Congo
- 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
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 personalized recommendations and best practices for Azure.||Management and governance||Unlimited||Always|
|Detect anomalies in data to quickly identify and troubleshoot issues.||AI + machine learning||20,000 transactions S0 tier||12 months|
|Manage APIs across all platforms with a hybrid, multicloud platform.||Integration||1 million monthly calls free with Consumption tier||Always|
|Store and manage configurations for all your Azure apps.||Developer tools||1,000 requests per day with 10 MB storage||Always|
|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||Always|
|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|
|Enable identity and access management in the cloud.||Identity||50,000 stored objects with single sign-on (SSO) to all cloud apps||Always|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Host a fully managed, scalable MySQL database in Azure.||Databases||750 hours of Flexible Server—Burstable B1MS Instance, 32 GB storage, and 32 GB backup storage||12 months|
|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 backup storage||12 months|
|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|
|Migrate to simple, distributed, cross-platform file storage without changing code.||Storage||100 GB of LRS transaction optimized, hot, and cool files. 2 million read, list, and other file operations||12 months|
|Deploy and manage containers using the tools you choose.||Compute||Free||Always|
|Manage service providers with Zero Trust access controls.||Management and governance||Free||Always|
|Make it easier to acquire services with a catalog of approved cloud offerings.||Management and governance||Free publishing||Always|
|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|
|Discover, assess, right-size, and migrate your on-premises virtual machines to Azure.||Migration||Free||Always|
|Achieve real-time cloud compliance at scale with consistent resource governance.||Management and governance||Free access to configuration and change tracking features||Always|
|Add real-time communications into your web applications.||Web||20 concurrent connections per unit and 20,000 messages||Always|
|Transfer data inbound and outbound through our robust network of global data centers.||Networking||15 GB outbound||12 months|
|Transfer data inbound and outbound through our robust network of global data centers.||Networking||100 GB outbound||Always|
|Scale your application in the cloud with job orchestration and scheduling for HPC applications.||Compute||Free||Always|
|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|
|Develop intelligent, enterprise-grade bots that scale on demand.||AI + machine learning||10,000 premium channel messages and unlimited standard channel messages||Always|
|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|
|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|
|Extract information such as sentiment, key phrases, named entities, and language from your text.||AI + machine learning||5,000 text records||12 months|
|Extract rich information from images to categorize and process visual data.||AI + machine learning||5,000 transactions for each S1, S2, and S3 tier||12 months|
|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|
|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|
|Easily customize 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|
|Get more value from your enterprise data assets.||Analytics||Unlimited users||Always|
|Compose and manage data services at scale.||Analytics||5 low-frequency activities||Always|
|Simplify on-premises database migration to the cloud.||Databases||Free Standard Compute||Always|
|Enable fast, easy, and lean dev-test environments.||Developer tools||Free||Always|
|Get reliable event delivery at massive scale.||Integration||100,000 operations per month||Always|
|Detect, identify, analyze, organize, and tag faces in images.||AI + machine learning||30,000 transactions S0 tier||12 months|
|Detect, identify, analyze, organize, and tag faces in images.||AI + machine learning||30,000 transactions of Free instance||Always|
|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|
|Embed text reading and comprehension capabilities into applications.||AI + machine learning||3 million characters||Always|
|Extend cloud intelligence and analytics to IoT edge devices.||Internet of Things||Free, open-source edge runtime||Always|
|Connect, monitor, and manage IoT assets with a scalable platform.||Internet of Things||8,000 messages per day and .5 KB message meter size of Free edition||Always|
|Safeguard and maintain control of keys and other secrets.||Security||10,000 transactions RSA 2048-bit keys or secret operations, Standard tier||12 months|
|Build natural language understanding into apps, bots, and IoT devices.||AI + machine learning||10,000 text request transactions S0 tier||12 months|
|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|
|Build automated integration solutions across clouds and on-premises systems.||Integration||4,000 built-in actions with the Consumption plan||Always|
|Develop and run R and Python models on your platform of choice.||AI + machine learning||Free||Always|
|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|
|Index, package, protect, and stream video and audio at scale.||Media||20 output minutes Standard encoder video or audio source file encoding||12 months|
|Deliver content to virtually any device at scale.||Media||5 hours each of Standard Passthrough, Live Transcription, and Standard Streaming endpoint||12 months|
|Gain full observability into your applications, infrastructure, and network.||Management and governance||See Azure Monitor pricing details for free amounts per feature||Always|
|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|
|Send push notifications to any platform from any back end.||Mobile||1 million push notifications with free namespace||Always|
|Accelerate machine learning with curated datasets.||AI + machine learning||Free (egress charges may apply)||Always|
|Deliver rich, personalized experiences for every user.||AI + machine learning||50,000 transactions S0 tier||12 months|
|Privately access services on Azure, keeping your data on the Microsoft network.||Networking||Free||Always|
|Create a conversational question-and-answer bot from your existing content.||AI + machine learning||3 managed documents S0 tier||12 months|
|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|
|Get reliable cloud messaging as a service with simple hybrid integration.||Integration||750 hours and 13 million operations Standard tier base unit||12 months|
|Build and operate always-on, scalable, distributed apps.||Containers||Free||Always|
|Build mixed reality apps that map, share, and persist 3D content.||Mixed reality||10,000 anchors queried||Always|
|Transcribe spoken audio to text.||AI + machine learning||5 audio hours each of Standard, Custom, and Conversation Transcription Multichannel Audio, 1 Custom endpoint hosting model||Always|
|Integrate real-time speech translation into your app.||AI + machine learning||5 audio hours Standard||Always|
|Create a SQL database that delivers intelligence built-in.||Databases||250 GB S0 instance with 10 database transaction units||12 months|
|Build, test, and demonstrate applications in a nonproduction environment.||Developer tools||Free||Always|
|Streamline full-stack development from source code to global high availability.||Compute||100 GB bandwidth per subscription, 2 custom domains and .5 GB storage per app||Always|
|Build apps that convert text to lifelike speech.||AI + machine learning||5 million characters Standard, 500,000 characters Neural, and 5 million characters Custom, 1 Custom endpoint 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|
|Create Linux virtual machines with on-demand capacity in seconds.||Compute||750 hours B1s burstable virtual machines||12 months|
|Create Windows virtual machines with on-demand capacity in seconds.||Compute||750 hours B1s burstable virtual machines||12 months|
|Provision private networks and connect to on-premises datacenters.||Networking||50 virtual networks||Always|
|Boost productivity with a powerful, lightweight code editor for cloud development.||Developer tools||Free||Always|
|Establish secure, cross-premises connectivity.||Networking||750 hours VpnGw1 Gateway Type||12 months|
1Depending on the country in which you sign up for your Azure free account, you may receive this credit in a specified local currency.