Exercise - Create an Azure account

To create and use Azure services, you will eventually need an account. Remember, the account is free - you will not be charged for any services until you convert the account to a pay-as-you-go account.

You will need a valid credit card to create the account. This is used for age and identity validation only. Your card will not be charged until you decide to upgrade the free/trial account to a full subscription.


This exercise is completely optional. You do not need an Azure account to go through most of the Microsoft Learn modules on Azure. If you already have an Azure account, or if you aren't ready to create one now, you can skip this unit.

Sign up for a free account

  1. In a web browser, navigate to azure.microsoft.com, and click Free Account.

  2. On the Create your Azure free account today page, click Start free > button.

  3. Scroll down through the page - it lists the products you can access for free, as well as the free products available for the first year.

  4. Click the Start free > button. You'll be prompted to sign in with your Microsoft account. Sign in with your Microsoft credentials or create a new free Microsoft account.

  5. On the About you page, select your correct country or region, and then enter your first and last names, along with your email address and phone number. Depending on your country, you may see additional fields, such as a VAT number. Click Next to continue.

  6. On the Identity verification by phone screen, select your country code, and type the number of a telephone to which you have immediate access.

  7. You have the option of text or callback to obtain a verification code. Click the relevant button, type the code in the Verification code box, and click Verify code.

  8. If the verification code is correct, you will now be asked to enter details of a valid credit card. Enter the card number, the expiration date, the CVV number, your name, and address, and click Next.

  9. Finally, check the box to accept the subscription agreement, privacy statement, and communications policy. The second checkbox is optional. Now click Sign up.

Congratulations! You have now successfully set up a free account, and should be on the Azure portal home page.