If you enable auto-renewal for your ApsaraDB RDS for PPAS instance, you do not need to manually renew your subscription or be concerned about business interruptions caused by subscription expiration.

If your RDS instance uses the subscription billing method, the subscription will expire. If you do not renew your subscription before the expiration, your business is interrupted and data may be lost. For more information, see Impact of expiration and overdue payment.

Note RDS instances that use the pay-as-you-go billing method do not expire and therefore do not require renewal.

Precautions

  • If you enable auto-renewal, the first time when the system deducts fees from your Alibaba Cloud account comes at 08:00:00 on the third day before your RDS instance expires. If the deduction fails, the system will attempt to deduct the fee every day in the next two days.
    Note Make sure that the balance of your Alibaba Cloud account is sufficient. Otherwise, the renewal fails. If the automatic fee deduction fails all three times, you must manually renew your RDS instance in time to avoid business interruption and data loss.
  • If you manually renew your RDS instance before the automatic fee deduction, the system will automatically renew the instance next time before the expiration.
  • After you enable auto-renewal, it takes effect the next day. If your RDS instance is due to expire the next day, renew it manually to avoid business interruption. For more information, see Manually renew an RDS PPAS instance.

Enable auto-renewal when you purchase an RDS instance

Note If you select auto-renewal when you purchase an RDS instance, the system automatically renews the instance based on the selected renewal cycle. The renewal cycle is one month or one year. For example, if you select auto-renewal when you purchase a six-month RDS instance, the system automatically renews the instance for one month each time the instance is due to expire.
When you purchase a subscription RDS instance, select Auto-Renew Enabled.

Enable auto-renewal after you purchase an RDS instance

Note After you enable auto-renewal, the system automatically renews the subscription based on the selected renewal cycle. For example, if you select a three-month renewal cycle, you are charged for a three-month subscription in each renewal cycle.
  1. Log on to the ApsaraDB for RDS console.
  2. In the top navigation bar, choose Expenses > Renewal Management.Renew
  3. Click the Manual or Nonrenewal tab. Specify the filter conditions to find the target instance. You can enable auto-renewal for a single or multiple instances at a time.
    • Enable auto-renewal for a single instance.
      1. Find the target instance and click Enable Auto Renewal in the Actions column.Enable auto-renewal for a single instance
      2. In the dialog box that appears, select a value for Unified Auto Renewal Cycle and click Auto Renew.Settings for enabling auto-renewal for a single instance
    • Enable auto-renewal for multiple instances.
      Select multiple instances and click Enable Auto Renewal.Enable auto-renewal for multiple instances
    • In the dialog box that appears, select a value for Unified Auto Renewal Cycle and click Auto Renew.Settings for enabling auto-renewal for multiple instances

Change the auto-renewal cycle

  1. Log on to the ApsaraDB for RDS console.
  2. In the top navigation bar, choose Expenses > Renewal Management.Renew
  3. Click the Auto tab. Specify the filter conditions to find the target instance. Click Edit Auto Renewal in the Actions column.Modify auto-renewal
  4. In the dialog box that appears, change the auto-renewal cycle and click OK.

Disable auto-renewal

  1. Log on to the ApsaraDB for RDS console.
  2. In the top navigation bar, choose Expenses > Renewal Management.Renew
  3. Click the Auto tab. Specify the filter conditions to find the target instance. Click Enable Manual Renewal in the Actions column.Disable auto-renewal
  4. In the message that appears, click OK.

Related operations

Operation Description
Create instance Creates an RDS instance.
Note Enable auto-renewal when you create an RDS instance.
Manual renewal Renews an RDS instance.
Note Enable auto-renewal after you create an RDS instance.