Upgrade your Azure free account or Azure for Students Starter account

You can upgrade your Azure free account or Azure for Students Starter account to pay-as-you-go rates in the Azure portal.

If you've signed up for an Azure for Students Starter account and are eligible for an Azure free account, you can upgrade to a free account. You'll get $200 of Azure credits and 12 months of free services on upgrade.

Upgrade your Azure free account

When you upgrade your Azure free account, you keep your remaining credit for the full 30 days from when you signed up. For example: If you signed up on 1 November and upgrade on 5 November, any unused credits will be available until 30 November. You also have access to free services for 12 months after the upgrade.

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal

  2. Search for Subscriptions.

    Screenshot that shows search

  3. Select the subscription that was created when you signed up for Azure free account.

  4. In the subscription overview, click Upgrade subscription button in the command bar. If you don't see the upgrade subscription button, click on the upgrade banner at the top of the page.

    Screenshot that shows upgrade button

  5. If you don't have a payment method for your account, you'll be prompted to add one.

  6. You might need to enter a phone number to verify your identity.

  7. Type a name for your subscription.

    Screenshot that shows name

  8. Choose a support plan for your subscription. To learn more about support plans, see Azure support plans.

  9. Click Upgrade.

Upgrade your Azure for Students Starter account

Upgrade to an Azure free account

If you're eligible, use the steps below to upgrade to an Azure free account.

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal

  2. Search for Subscriptions.

    Screenshot that shows search

  3. Select the subscription that got created when you signed up for your Azure for Students Starter account.

  4. In the subscription overview, click Upgrade subscription in the command bar.

    Screenshot that shows upgrade button for students

Upgrade to pay-as-you-go rates

  1. If you're upgrading to pay-as-you-go rates and don't already have a payment method for your subscription, you'll be prompted to add one.
  2. You might need to enter a phone number to verify your identity.
  3. Type a name for your subscription.
  4. Choose a support plan for your subscription. To learn more about support plans, see Azure support plans.
  5. Click Upgrade.

Next steps

Now that you've upgraded your account, see Prevent unexpected charges with Azure billing and cost management.