This topic describes how to switch the billing method of an ApsaraDB for RDS instance from subscription to pay-as-you-go.



After you change the billing method of the instance from subscription to pay-as-you-go, a refund (if applicable) will be returned to your original payment account.

Refund = (Remaining days/Total days) × Order cash amount × 70%

Note The order cash amount indicates the actual amount paid in cash, excluding vouchers or coupons.


Changing the billing method of an instance will not affect its performance.

Note For long-term use, we recommend that you select the subscription billing method because it is more cost-effective than the pay-as-you-go billing method. The longer the subscription period, the larger the discount will be.


  1. Log on to the ApsaraDB for RDS console.
  2. In the left-side navigation pane, click Instances. In the top navigation bar, select the region where the target RDS instance resides.
    Select a region
  3. Find the target instance and click the instance ID.
  4. On the Basic Information page of the instance, find the Status section and click Switch to Pay-as-you-go Billing in the upper-right corner of the section.
    Switch to pay-as-you-go billing
  5. Confirm the instance information, select the terms of service, and then click Pay Now to complete the payment.

Related operation

Operation Description
Modify billing method Changes the billing method of an ApsaraDB for RDS instance.