Create an Azure IoT Central application (preview features)


You're currently viewing the IoT Central documentation for application templates that use preview features. To view the documentation for application templates that use generally available features, go to What is Azure IoT Central?.

This quickstart shows you how to create an Azure IoT Central application that contains preview features such as IoT Plug and Play.


The IoT Plug and Play capabilities in Azure IoT Central are currently in public preview. Don't use an IoT Plug and Play enabled IoT Central application for production workloads. For production environments use an IoT central application created from a current, generally available, application template.

Create an application

Navigate to the Azure IoT Central Build site. Then sign in with a Microsoft personal, work, or school account.

You create a new application either from the list of industry-relevant IoT Central templates to help you get started quickly, or start from scratch using the Custom app template.

Azure IoT Central Create an application page

To create a new Azure IoT Central application:

  1. To create a new Azure IoT Central application from an Industry template, select an application template from the list of available templates under one of the industries. You can also start from scratch by choosing Custom app.

  2. Azure IoT Central automatically suggests an application name based on the application template you've selected. You can use this name or enter your own friendly application name.

  3. Azure IoT Central also generates a unique application URL prefix for you, based on the application name. You use this URL to access your application. You're free to change this URL prefix to something more memorable if you'd like.

    Azure IoT Central Create an application page


    If you're using the Custom app template, you'll see an Application template dropdown field. From here you can switch between preview and generally available templates. You might also see other templates that have been made available for your organization.

  4. Choose if you want to create this application using a 7-day free trial, or use a Pay-As-You-Go subscription.

    • Trial applications are free for seven days and support up to five devices. They can be converted to Pay-As-You-Go at any time before they expire. If you create a Trial application, you need to enter your contact information and choose whether to receive information and tips from Microsoft.

    • Pay-As-You-Go applications are charged on a per device basis, with the first two devices being free. Learn more about IoT Central pricing. If you create a Pay-As-You-Go application, you'll need to select your Directory, Azure Subscription, and Location:

      • Directory is the Azure Active Directory (AAD) in which you'll create your application. An Azure AD contains user identities, credentials, and other organizational information. If you don’t have an Azure AD, one is created for you when you create an Azure subscription.
      • An Azure Subscription enables you to create instances of Azure services. IoT Central provisions resources in your subscription. If you don’t have an Azure subscription, you can create one on the Azure sign-up page. After you create the Azure subscription, navigate back to the Create an application page. Your new subscription will appear in the Azure Subscription drop-down.
      • Location is the geography where you’d like to create your application. Typically, you should choose the location that's physically closest to your devices to get optimal performance. Azure IoT Central public preview is currently available in the United States, or in Europe. Once you choose a location, you can't move your application to a different location later.


      During public preview, the only available locations for preview applications are Europe and United States.

  5. Review the Terms and Conditions, and select Create at the bottom of the page.

Next steps

In this quickstart, you created an IoT Central application. Here's the suggested next step: