You can cancel your Azure subscription as the Account Administrator. After you cancel the subscription, your access to Azure services and resources ends.
Before you cancel your subscription:
- Back up your data. For example, if you're storing data in Azure storage or SQL, download a copy. If you have a virtual machine, save an image of it locally.
- Shut down your services. Go to the resources page in the management portal, and Stop any running virtual machines, applications, or other services.
- Consider migrating your data. See Move resources to new resource group or subscription.
If you cancel a paid Azure Support plan, you are still billed monthly for the rest of the 6-months term.
Cancel subscription using the Azure portal
Select your subscription from the Subscriptions page.
Select the subscription that you want to cancel and click Cancel subscription.
Follow prompts and finish cancellation.
Cancel subscription using the Azure Account Center
Sign in to the Azure Account Center as the Account Administrator.
Under Click a subscription to view details and usage, select the subscription that you want to cancel.
On the right side of the page, select Cancel Subscription.
Select Yes, cancel my subscription.
Click to close the dialog window and return to your subscription page.
What happens after I cancel my subscription?
Once you cancel, billing is stopped immediately. However, it can take up to 10 minutes for the cancellation show in the portal.
After that, your services are disabled. That means your virtual machines are deallocated, temporary IP addresses are freed, and storage is read-only.
Unless you’re on a Free Trial or have credits available, you’re billed for any outstanding usage charges generated between your last billing cycle and the cancellation date. You get your last bill at the end of the billing cycle.
After you cancel your subscription, we wait 90 days before permanently deleting your data in case you need to access it or you change your mind. We don't charge you for retaining the data. To learn more, see Microsoft Trust Center - How we manage your data.
If you cancel your Pay-As-You-Go subscription accidentally, you can reactivate it in the Accounts Center.
If your subscription is not Pay-As-You-Go, contact support within 90 days of cancellation to reactivate your subscription.
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If you still have questions, contact support to get your issue resolved quickly.