Add, update, or remove a credit or debit card for Azure

In the Azure portal, you can add a new credit card, update an existing credit card, or delete a credit card that you don't use. You must be an Account Administrator to make these changes.

Want to switch to pay by invoice? See Pay for Azure subscriptions by invoice.

Add a new credit or debit card to an Azure subscription

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal as the Account Administrator.

  2. Search on Cost Management + Billing.

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  3. Select the subscription you'd like to add the credit or debit card to.

  4. Select Payment methods.

    Screenshot that shows Manage payment methods option selected.

  5. In the top-left corner, select “+” to add a card. A credit card form will appear on the right.

  6. Enter credit or debit card details.

    Screenshot that shows adding a new card.

  7. To make this card your active payment method, check the box next to Make this my active payment method above the form. This card will become the active payment instrument for all subscriptions using the same card as the selected subscription.

  8. Select Next.

If you get an error after you add the credit card, see Credit card declined at Azure sign-up.

Update existing credit or debit card

If your credit card gets renewed and the number stays the same, update the existing credit card details like the expiration date. If your credit card number changes because the card is lost, stolen, or expired, follow the steps in the Add a credit card as a payment method section. You don't need to update the CVV.

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal as the Account Administrator.

  2. Search on Cost Management + Billing.

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  3. Select Payment methods.

    Screenshot that shows Manage payment methods option selected.

  4. Click on the credit or debit card that you'd like to edit. A credit card form will appear on the right.

    Screenshot that shows credit or debit card selected.

  5. Update the credit or debit card details.

  6. Select Save.

Use a different credit card for the Azure subscription

If more than one of your subscriptions have the same active payment method, then changing the active payment method on any of these subscriptions also updates the active payment method on the others.

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal as the Account Administrator.

  2. Search on Cost Management + Billing.

    Screenshot that shows search

  3. Select the subscription you'd like to add the credit or debit card to.

  4. Select Payment methods.

    Screenshot that shows Manage payment methods option selected.

  5. Check the box next to the card you'd like to make the active payment method.

  6. Click Set active. Screenshot that shows credit or debit card selected and set active.

Remove a credit or debit card from the account

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal as the Account Administrator.

  2. Select Cost Management + Billing on the left side of the page.

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  3. Under Billing, select Payment methods.

    Screenshot that shows Manage payment methods option selected.

  4. Check the box next to the card that you want to remove.

  5. Click Delete.

If your credit card is the active payment method for any of your Microsoft subscriptions, you can't remove it from your Azure account. Change the active payment method for all subscriptions linked to this credit or debit card and try again

Frequently asked questions

My subscription is disabled. Why can't I remove my credit card now?

After your subscription is disabled or canceled, we wait 90 days before permanently deleting your subscription. We keep your payment method on file during the retention period in case you want to reactivate the subscription. After that, the subscription is permanently deleted.

If you need to remove your credit or debit card before the 90-day retention period ends, reactivate your subscription. If you can't reactivate, contact Azure support.

Why do I keep getting "Your login session has expired. Please click here to log back in"?

If you keep getting this error message even if you've already logged out and back in, try again with a private browsing session.

How do I use a different card for each subscription I have?

Unfortunately, if your subscriptions are already using the same card, it's not possible to separate them to use different cards. However, when you sign up for a new subscription, you can choose to use a new payment method for that subscription.

How do I make payments?

If you set up a credit card or a debit card as your payment method, we automatically charge your card after each billing period. You don't need to do anything.

If you're paying by invoice, send your payment to the location listed at the bottom of your invoice.

How do I make a one-time payment?

Unfortunately, Azure currently doesn't support one-time payments for credit or debit cards.

How do I change the tax ID?

To add or update tax ID, visit Profile in Azure Account Center, then select Tax record. This tax ID is used for tax exemption calculations and appears on your invoice.

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