Release an instance

Last Updated: Apr 03, 2018

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

Note: 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.

A Subscription instance is released automatically after the billing cycle ends and no renewal occurs. You do not have to release it manually.

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

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

    Note: The ECS instances that have automatic release schedule are released at a five minutes interval. Therefore, charges may not stop at the specified release time.

This article describes how to release a Pay-As-You-Go instance and how to enable or disable the schedule for automatic release.

Release an instance now

To release an instance now, follow these steps:

  1. Log on to the ECS console.

  2. In the left-side navigation pane, click Instances.

  3. Select a region.

  4. Select an instance, and in the Actions column, select More > Release.

  5. In the dialog box, select Release Now.

  6. Click Next, and click OK.

Enable automatic release

To automatically release an instance at a scheduled time, you must use the Timed Release feature.

To enable auto release, follow these steps:

  1. Log on to the ECS console.

  2. In the left-side navigation pane, click Instances.

  3. Select a region.

  4. Select an instance, and in the Actions column, select More > Release.

  5. In the dialog box, select Timed Release, turn on the Automatic Release Setting switch, and specify the release date and time.

  6. Click Next, and click OK.

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 console.

  2. In the left-side navigation pane, click Instances.

  3. Select a region.

  4. Select an instance, and in the Actions column, select More > Release.

  5. In the dialog box, turn off the Automatic Release Setting switch.

  6. Click Next, and click OK.

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