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Solved: How can I stop being charged by Azure after deactivating my subscription?

Troubleshooting Question

I have an Azure subscription that I no longer use, and I want to cancel it to avoid paying any fees. I tried to deactivate my subscription, but I still received a bill the next month. I checked my account and saw that all my subscriptions were disabled, but I still had some active services. I don’t know how to cancel these services, and I’m afraid that I will keep getting charged for them.

How can I make sure that I completely terminate my Azure subscription and all its associated services, so that I won’t have to pay anything in the future?

Solution: Preventing Unwanted Azure Charges: A Step-by-Step Guide

You may have deactivated your Azure subscription, but that doesn’t mean you won’t get charged for it. There may be other resources or services that are still running and costing you money.

To avoid getting charged again in the future, you need to cancel all the resources and services that are linked to your Azure account. Here’s how you can do that:

Step 1: Go to the Azure portal and sign in with your account details.

Step 2: On the left side of the screen, click on “All services”. This will show you a list of all the services and resources that you have access to.

Step 3: Look for any services or resources that have a green check mark next to them. This means they are active and may be generating charges. You can also use the search bar at the top of the screen to find specific services or resources by name.

Step 4: For each active service or resource, click on it and follow the instructions to disable or delete it. Be careful and read the instructions carefully, as some actions may have additional costs or consequences.

Step 5: After you have disabled or deleted all the active services and resources, you can cancel your Azure subscription altogether. To do this, go back to the “All services” page and click on “Subscriptions”. Then, select the subscription that you want to cancel and click on “Cancel subscription”.

Step 6: Follow the instructions to confirm your cancellation. Be careful and read the instructions carefully, as some actions may have additional costs or consequences.

Once you’ve completed these steps, you should no longer experience charges for Azure services or resources. Keep in mind that it may take some time for the cancellation to take effect and for any outstanding charges to be processed.

By following this guide, you can take control of your Azure billing and ensure a charge-free experience moving forward.

Alex Lim is a certified IT Technical Support Architect with over 15 years of experience in designing, implementing, and troubleshooting complex IT systems and networks. He has worked for leading IT companies, such as Microsoft, IBM, and Cisco, providing technical support and solutions to clients across various industries and sectors. Alex has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the National University of Singapore and a master’s degree in information security from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also the author of several best-selling books on IT technical support, such as The IT Technical Support Handbook and Troubleshooting IT Systems and Networks. Alex lives in Bandar, Johore, Malaysia with his wife and two chilrdren. You can reach him at [email protected] or follow him on Website | Twitter | Facebook

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