This topic describes the instance recycle bin and the related operations. RDS instances are locked when they expire or have overdue payments. You can unlock, recreate, or release instances in the recycle bin.

Renew and unlock an instance

When an RDS instance is locked due to expiration or overdue payments, you can go to the recycle bin to renew and unlock the instance.

Instances that have been locked due to expiration or overdue payment are described as follows:
  • Subscription instances are locked and cannot be accessed within seven days after they expire.
  • Pay-as-you-go instances cannot be accessed from the second to eighth day after your Alibaba Cloud account incurs overdue payments.

The procedure is as follows:

  1. Log on to the ApsaraDB for RDS console.
  2. In the upper-left corner of the page, select the region where the instance is located.
    Select a region
  3. In the left-side navigation pane, click Locked Instances.
  4. Find the locked instance and click Unlock to renew the instance.

    The instance is unlocked after renewal.

Release an instance

When an RDS instance is locked due to expiration or overdue payments, you can release the instance in the recycle bin.

The procedure is as follows:

  1. Log on to the ApsaraDB for RDS console.
  2. In the upper-left corner of the page, select the region where the instance is located.
    Select a region
  3. In the left-side navigation pane, click Locked Instances.
  4. Find the instance and click Destroy.