AWS Billing and Cost Management
User Guide (Version 2.0)

Enabling Cost Explorer

You can enable Cost Explorer for your account using this procedure. After you enable Cost Explorer, AWS prepares the data about your costs for the current month and the last three months, and then calculates the forecast for the next three months. The current month's data is available for viewing in about 24 hours. The rest of your data takes a few days longer. Cost Explorer updates your cost data at least once every 24 hours.


If your account is a member account in an organization, the master account must enable Cost Explorer. For more information, see Consolidated Billing for Organizations.

Cost Explorer is enabled for your account automatically if you are signed up to receive detailed billing report with resources and tags through programmatic billing access. Enabling Cost Explorer, however, does not enable programmatic billing access.

To sign up for Cost Explorer

  1. Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the Billing and Cost Management console at

  2. On the navigation pane, choose Cost Explorer.

  3. On the Welcome to Cost Explorer page, choose Enable Cost Explorer.

For more information about controlling access to Cost Explorer see Controlling Access for Cost Explorer.