Your account's private repositories are locked when you downgrade your paid plan to a free one, or if your paid plan is past due because of billing problems.

You can unlock and access your private repositories by updating your account's payment method and resuming paid status. We do not ask you to pay for the time elapsed in locked mode.

We won't delete your locked private repositories or make them public. After a period of nonpayment, GitHub reserves the right to delete content from locked repositories.

If you need short-term access to the repositories to move them off of the account, contact GitHub Support or GitHub Premium Support.

Unlocking an account locked due to a declined payment

If your account was locked due to a declined payment, you'll need to update your billing information to trigger a newly authorized charge. For more information, see "Adding or editing a payment method."

If the new billing information is approved, we will immediately charge your account, and the account will automatically unlock when a successful payment has been made.

Unlocking an account locked due to a plan downgrade

If your private repositories were locked because your plan was downgraded to free, you can: