You can release an Elastic IP address. After an Elastic IP address is released, it is no longer billed.

Prerequisites

Before you release an Elastic IP address, complete the following tasks:

Background information

The Elastic IP address that you want to release must meet the following requirements:
  • You can only release pay-as-you-go Elastic IP addresses. You cannot release subscription-based Elastic IP addresses.
  • Elastic IP addresses that are locked due to security reasons cannot be released.
After an Elastic IP address is released, it is no longer billed. However, you may still receive bills.
  • The pay by traffic billing method generates bills on an hourly basis. A bill is generated on the hour and contains fees that are incurred during the last hour.

    For example, if you release an Elastic IP address at 10:30, you will receive a bill at 11:00. This bill contains fees incurred during 10:00 to 11:00.

  • The pay by bandwidth billing method generates bills on a daily basis. A bill is generated at 00:00 every day and contains fees that are incurred during the last day.

    For example, if you release an Elastic IP address on January 1, 2019, you will receive a bill at 00:00 January 2, 2019. This bill contains fees that are incurred during January 1, 2019.

Procedure

  1. Log on to the VPC console.
  2. In the left-side navigation pane, click Elastic IP Addresses.
  3. Select the region of the target Elastic IP address.
  4. On the Elastic IP Addresses page, place the pointer over Click the More icon in the Actions column, and then select Release.
  5. In the message that appears, click OK.
    If the Elastic IP address belongs to a continuous EIP group, all Elastic IP addresses in the group are released. Confirm and select the I have read and understand the preceding information, and want to release the continuous EIP group and all Elastic IP addresses in it. check box, and then click OK.