To save cost, we recommend that you release a Pay-As-You-Go instance if you no longer need it.

For a Pay-As-You-Go instance, if the No fees for stopped instances (VPC-Connected) feature is not enabled, charges do not stop until the instance is released.

For a Subscription instance, the instance is automatically released after the billing cycle expires.

To release a Pay-As-You-Go instance, you have two options:

  • Release now: immediately releases the pay-per-order instance.
  • Timed Release: Customizes the release of your Pay-As-You-Go instance. The instance cannot be released automatically in less than 30 minutes from the current time. Applying new schedules overwrites the previous ones.

Release an instance now

To release an instance now, follow these steps:

  1. Log on to the ECS Management Console.
  2. In the left-side navigation pane, click Instances.
  3. Select a region.
  4. Set release:
    • If you want to release an instance: Find the instance that you want to release, in the Actions  column, select More > Release.
    • If you want to release multiple instances: find the Pay-As-You-Go instances according to the  Billing Method, select multiple instances to release. And at the bottom of the list, click Release Setting.
  5. In the dialog box, select Release Now.
  6. Click Next, and then click to Confirm.

Enable automatic release

To enable auto release, follow these steps:

  1. Log on to the ECS Management Console.
  2. In the left-hand navigation bar, click Instances.
  3. Select a region.
  4. Set release:
    • If you want to release a single instance: Find an instance that needs to be released, in the Actions column, select More > Release settings.
    • If you want to release multiple instances: find the Pay-As-You-Go instances according to the  Billing Method, select multiple instances to release. And at the bottom of the list, click Release settings.
  5. In the pop-up window, select Scheduled release.
  6. Turn on the Automatic Release Setting switch, and specify the release date and time. The earliest setting can only be set to automatically release an instance after 30 minutes.

  7. Click Next, and then click Confirm.

Disable automatic release

If you want to cancel the automatic release schedule of a Pay-As-You-Go instance, you can disable the feature.

To disable the automatic release feature, follow these steps:

  1. Log on to the ECS Management Console.
  2. In the left-hand navigation bar, click Instances.
  3. Select a region.
  4. Release settings:
    • If you want to release an instance: Find the instance that you want to release, in the Actions column, select More > Release settings.
    • If you want to release multiple instances: find the Pay-As-You-Go instances according to the Billing Method, select multiple instances to release. And at the bottom of the list, click Release Setting.
  5. In the pop-up window, select Scheduled release.
  6. Turn off the Automatic Release Setting switch.
  7. Click Next, and then click Confirm.

Related APIs

DeleteInstance