Pay for more build or load testing

Your Visual Studio Online account includes free amounts of these services:

  • Build: 60 minutes per month
  • Load testing: 20,000 virtual user minutes per month

When you stay within these free limits, you won't have any charges for using these services in your account. These amounts are shared across your account.

If you need to pay for more capacity, first link your Visual Studio Online account to a Microsoft Azure subscription. Your Azure subscription has the necessary billing information; you won’t set this up separately for Visual Studio Online. After you set up this link, you’ll buy more capacity through the Azure management portal. You'll see this updated capacity on your Visual Studio Online account's home page.

Find out more about pricing for additional Visual Studio Online services.

  1. If you haven't already, set up billing with an Azure subscription.

  2. Go to the Azure management portal. Sign in as the person who set up billing for your Visual Studio Online account.

    Usually, this person owns the Visual Studio Online account and the Azure subscription that's linked to your Visual Studio Online account for billing.

  3. Select your Visual Studio Online account.

    Select your Visual Studio Online account

    Why don't I see my Visual Studio Online account?

  4. Manage your resources.

    Click Scale to manage licenses or resources

  5. Turn on paid builds, load testing, or both. After you do that, you can select a monthly limit.

    Turn on paid builds or load testing. Select a monthly limit, if you want.

  6. Save your changes when you're done. You're not charged until your account goes above the free monthly amounts.

  7. Check your account's resource use in Azure:

    Check resource use in Azure on your account dashboard

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Q & A

Q: Why don't I see my Visual Studio Online account after I sign in to Azure?

A: Only the Visual Studio Online account owner, or the person who owns the Azure subscription used to bill your Visual Studio Online account, or an Azure administrator can see your Visual Studio Online account in Azure.

Q: How do I get charged?

A: You're billed monthly but only for resources used above the free monthly limits:

  • Free minutes reset on the 1st of the month
  • Additional build time is charged per minute
  • Additional load testing time is charged per virtual user minute. This is the number of virtual users specified in the load test run, multiplied by the duration of the run in minutes.
  • Graduated discounts for build and load testing are calculated based on your Azure subscription billing cycle

Find out more about pricing.

Q: Where can I check my bill?

A: Sign in to your Azure subscription as the subscription owner or Azure administrator to see billing information.

Q: What if I have other questions about my bill?

A: Contact Support.