This topic describes how to release an elastic IP address (EIP). After you release an EIP, you are no longer charged for it.


Before you release an EIP, make sure that the following requirements are met:

Background information

Note the following limits before you release an EIP:
  • You can only release EIPs that are charged on a pay-as-you-go basis. You cannot release subscription EIPs.
  • You cannot release EIPs that are locked due to security issues.
After you release an EIP, you may still receive bills, but you are no longer charged for the EIP.
  • Bills for pay-by-data-transfer EIPs are generated on an hourly basis. The bill for data usage within the current hour is generated the next hour.

    For example, if you release an EIP at 10:30, the bill is generated at 11:00, which covers fees incurred from 10:00 to 11:00.

  • Bills for pay-by-bandwidth EIPs are generated 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 released an EIP on January 1, 2019, the bill was generated at 00:00 January 2, 2019, which covers fees that were incurred during January 1, 2019.


  1. Log on to the EIP console.
  2. In the upper-left corner, select the region where your EIP is created.
  3. On the Elastic IP Addresses page, choose More > Release in the Actions column.
  4. In the Release Elastic IP dialog box, click OK.
    If you release an EIP that belongs to a continuous EIP group, all EIPs in the group are released. Select I have read and understood the preceding information, and want to release the continuous EIP group and all EIPs in it, and then click OK.