Azure Active Directory data retention

In this article, you learn about the data retention policies for the different activity reports in Azure Active Directory (Azure AD).

When does Azure AD start collecting data?

Azure AD Edition Collection Start
Azure AD Premium P1
Azure AD Premium P2
When you sign up for a subscription
Azure AD Free The first time you open Azure Active Directory or use the reporting APIs

If you already have activities data with your free license, then you can see it immediately on upgrade. If you don’t have any data, then it will take up to three days for the data to show up in the reports after you upgrade to a premium license. For security signals, the collection process starts when you opt-in to use the Identity Protection Center.

How long does Azure AD store the data?

Activity reports

Report Azure AD Free Azure AD Premium P1 Azure AD Premium P2
Audit logs Seven days 30 days 30 days
s Seven days 30 days 30 days
Azure AD MFA usage 30 days 30 days 30 days

You can retain the audit and sign-in activity data for longer than the default retention period outlined in the previous table by routing it to an Azure storage account using Azure Monitor. For more information, see Archive Azure AD logs to an Azure storage account.

Security signals

Report Azure AD Free Azure AD Premium P1 Azure AD Premium P2
Risky users No limit No limit No limit
Risky sign-ins 7 days 30 days 90 days


Risky users are not deleted until the risk has been remediated.

Can I see last month's data after getting an Azure AD premium license?

No, you can't. Azure stores up to seven days of activity data for a free version. When you switch from a free to a premium version, you can only see up to 7 days of data.

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