How to pay your bill for Microsoft Azure

This article applies to customers with a Microsoft Customer Agreement (MCA).

Check your access to a Microsoft Customer Agreement.

There are two ways to pay for your bill for Azure. You can pay with the default payment method of your billing profile or you can make a one-time payment called Pay now.

If you signed up for Azure through a Microsoft representative, then your default payment method will always be set to check or wire transfer. Automatic credit card payment isn't an option if you signed up for Azure through a Microsoft representative. Instead, you can pay with a credit card for individual invoices.

If you have Azure credits, they automatically apply to your invoice each billing period.

Pay by default payment method

The default payment method of your billing profile can either be a credit or debit card, or a check or wire transfer.

Credit or debit card

If the default payment method for your billing profile is a credit or debit card, it's automatically charged each billing period.

If your automatic credit or debit card charge gets declined for any reason, you can make a one-time payment with a credit or debit card in the Azure portal using Pay now.

If you want to learn how to change your default payment method to check or wire transfer, see How to pay by invoice.

Check or wire transfer

If the default payment method of your billing profile is check or wire transfer, follow the payment instructions shown on your invoice PDF file.

Alternatively, if your invoice is under the threshold amount for your currency, you can make a one-time payment in the Azure portal with a credit or debit card using Pay now. If your invoice amount exceeds the threshold, you can't pay your invoice with a credit or debit card. You'll find the threshold amount for your currency in the Azure portal after selecting Pay now.

Bank details used to send wire transfer payments

If your default payment method is wire transfer, check your invoice for payment instructions. Find payment instructions for your country or region in the following list.

Pay now in the Azure portal

To pay invoices in the Azure portal, you must have the correct MCA permissions or be the Billing Account admin. The Billing Account admin is the user who originally signed up for the MCA account.

  1. Sign into the Azure portal.
  2. Search on Cost Management + Billing.
  3. In the left menu, select Invoices under Billing.
  4. If any of your invoices are due or past due, you'll see a blue Pay now link for that invoice. Select Pay now.
  5. In the Pay now window, select Select a payment method to choose an existing credit card or add a new one.
  6. After you select a payment method, select Pay now.

The invoice status shows paid within 24 hours.

Check access to a Microsoft Customer Agreement

Check the agreement type to determine whether you have access to a billing account for a Microsoft Customer Agreement.

  1. Go to the Azure portal to check for billing account access. Search for and select Cost Management + Billing.

    Screenshot that shows an Azure portal search for Cost Management + Billing.

  2. If you have access to just one billing scope, select Properties from the menu. You have access to a billing account for a Microsoft Customer Agreement if the billing account type is Microsoft Customer Agreement.

    Microsoft Customer Agreement, Billing Account Type, Properties, Microsoft Azure portal

  3. If you have access to multiple billing scopes, check the type in the billing account column. You have access to a billing account for a Microsoft Customer Agreement if the billing account type for any of the scopes is Microsoft Customer Agreement.

    Microsoft Customer Agreement, Billing Account Type, Billing account list, Microsoft Azure portal

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