Understand your bill for Microsoft Azure

To understand your Azure bill, review the invoice with the summary of charges and the separate detailed daily usage file. This article describes most of the terms shown in the invoice and the daily usage file. To get these files, see How to get your Azure billing invoice and daily usage data. If you're using a free trial subscription, you can get your daily usage information but you don't have an invoice.

The charges for Microsoft Azure subscriptions vary by rate plan. Some rate plans, like the Visual Studio Enterprise (MPN) subscribers, include monthly credits that you can use on any Azure service based on your needs.

Up to 24 hours of usage at the end of the previous billing period may show up in your current bill. Also charges listed on billing statements for international customers are for estimation purposes only. Banks have different costs for the conversion rates.

Understand your invoice (.pdf)

The invoice provides a summary of your charges. It’s available for download in the Portable Document Format (.pdf) from the Azure portal. For more information, see How to get your Azure billing invoice and daily usage data.

The following sections list most of the terms that you see on your invoice and descriptions for each term.

Account information

The account information section shows information about your usage and profile.

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Term Description
Invoice No. A unique invoice identifier for tracking purposes
Billing cycle Date range that this invoice covers
Invoice date Date that the invoice was generated
Payment method Type of payment used on the account (invoice or credit card). If you need to update your credit card, see How to change the credit card used to pay for an Azure subscription. If you represent a business, you can pay for your Azure subscription with invoice payment methods like checks, overnight checks, or wire transfers. See Azure Billing - How to invoice.
Bill to Microsoft Azure payments address. Learn how to update your billing information by seeing Change the credit card used to pay for an Azure subscription.
Subscription offer Type of subscription offer that was purchased (Pay-As-You-Go, BizSpark Plus, Azure Pass, etc.). If you want to change Pay-As-You-Go to another subscription offer, see Switch your Azure subscription to another offer.
Account owner email The account email address that the Microsoft Azure account is registered under. To change the email address, see How to change profile information of your Azure account such as contact email, address, and phone number.

Understand the invoice summary

The Invoice Summary section of the bill summarizes transactions since your last bill, and your current usage charges.

invoice summary

The previous balance, payments, and outstanding balance section of the bill summarizes transactions since your last bill.

Term Description
Previous balance The total amount due from your last bill
Payments Total payments applied to your last bill
Outstanding balance (from previous billing cycle) Any bill adjustments (credits or balances) applied to your account since your last bill

Understand the current charges

The Current Charges section of the bill shows details about your monthly charges.

Term Description
Usage charges Usage charges are total monthly charges on a subscription. You are billed for your past month’s usage.
Discounts Service discounts applied to your current bill.
Adjustments Miscellaneous credits or outstanding charges applied to your current bill. For example, if you have the Visual Studio Enterprise with MSDN offer, you see a monthly credit. If you cancel your subscription, you see any monthly usage charges that exceed the monthly credit that you get with your subscription offer. The charges are from the start of your current billing period up to the subscription cancellation date.

Sold to and payment instructions

The following table describes the sold to and payment instructions shown on your invoice.

Term Description
Sold to Profile address that's on the account. If you need to change the address, see How to change profile information of your Azure account such as contact email, address, and phone number.
Payment instructions If you pay by invoice, these instructions tell you where to send checks, wire transfers, or overnight checks. For more information, see Azure Billing - How to invoice

Understand detailed usage charges (.csv)

The usage file shows how much of each resource was used within the current billing period. It’s available in a comma-separated values (.csv) file format that you can open in a spreadsheet application. If you see two versions available, download version 2. That's the most current file format. For more information, see How to get your Azure billing invoice and daily usage data.

Usage charges are the total monthly charges on a subscription minus any credit or discount. You are billed for your past month’s usage.

The following sections describe most of the terms shown in version 2 of the detailed usage file.

Statement

The top section of the file shows the services that you used during the previous month's billing cycle. The following table lists the terms and descriptions shown in this section.

Term Description
Billing Period The billing period when the resource or service was used.
Meter Category Identifies the top-level service for which this usage belongs.
Meter Sub-Category Defines the type of Azure service and can affect the rate.
Meter Name Identifies the unit of measure for the resource being consumed.
Meter Region Identifies the location of the datacenter for certain services that are priced based on datacenter location.
SKU Identifies the unique system identifier for each Azure resource.
Unit Identifies the Unit that the service is charged in. For example, GB, hours, 10,000 s.
Consumed Quantity The amount of the resource used during the billing period.
Included Quantity The amount of the resource that is included at no charge in your current billing period.
Overage Quantity Shows the difference between the Consumed Quantity and the Included Quantity. You're billed for this amount. For Pay-As-You-Go offers with no amount included with the offer, this total is the same as the Consumed Quantity.
Within Commitment Shows the resource charges that are subtracted from your commitment amount associated with your 6 or 12-month offer. Resource charges are subtracted in chronological order.
Currency The currency used in your current billing period.
Overage Shows the resource charges that exceed your commitment amount associated with your 6 or 12-month offer.
Commitment Rate Shows the commitment rate based on the total commitment amount associated with your 6 or 12-month offer.
Rate The rate you're charged per billable unit.
Value Shows the result of multiplying the Overage Quantity column by the Rate column. If the Consumed Quantity doesn't exceed the Included Quantity, there is no charge in this column.

Daily usage

The Daily usage section of the file shows usage details that affect the billing rates. The following table lists the terms and descriptions shown in this section.

Term Description
Usage Date The date when the resource was used.
Meter Category Identifies the top-level service for which this usage belongs.
Meter ID The billed meter identifier that's used to price billing usage.
Meter Sub-Category Defines the Azure service type that can affect the rate.
Meter Name Identifies the unit of measure for the resource being consumed.
Meter Region Identifies the location of the datacenter for certain services that are priced based on datacenter location.
Unit Identifies the unit that the service is charged in. For example, GB, hours, 10,000 s.
Consumed Quantity The amount of the resource that has been consumed for that day.
Resource Location Identifies the datacenter where the resource is running.
Consumed Service The Azure platform service that you used.
Resource Group The resource group in which the deployed resource is running in. For more information, see Azure Resource Manager overview.
Instance ID The identifier for the resource. The identifier contains the name you specify for the resource when it was created. It's either the name of the resource or the fully qualified Resource ID. For more information, see Azure Resource Manager API.
Tags Tag you assign to the resource. Use tags to group billing records. For example, you can use tags to distribute costs by the department that uses the resource. Services that support emitting tags are virtual machines, storage, and networking services provisioned by using the Azure Resource Manager API. For more information, see Organize your Azure resources with tags.
Additional Info Service-specific metadata. For example, an image type for a virtual machine.
Service Info 1 The project name that the service belongs to on your subscription.
Service Info 2 Legacy field that captures optional service-specific metadata.

Tips for cost management

To learn more, see Getting started with Azure billing and cost management.

How do I make a payment?

If you set up a credit card or a debit card as your payment method, the payment is made automatically. On your credit card statement, the line item would say MSFT Azure.

If you use an invoice method of payment, send your payment to the location listed at the bottom of your invoice. For more help, contact support.

How do I check the status of a payment made by credit card?

Create a support ticket to ask for the status of your payment.

What about Marketplace orders or external service charges?

External services used to be called Marketplace orders. External Services are provided by independent service vendors, but are integrated within Azure. To learn more, see Understand your Azure external service charges.

Need help? Contact support.

If you still need help, contact support to get your issue resolved quickly.