Using the AWS Free Tier - AWS Billing

Using the AWS Free Tier

When you create an AWS account, you're automatically signed up for the AWS Free Tier for 12 months. The AWS Free Tier allows you to try some AWS services free of charge within certain usage limits.

For the list of services that offer AWS Free Tier benefits and their Free Tier usage limits, see AWS Free Tier.

For more information on how to avoid charges while you’re eligible for the AWS Free Tier, see the following resources:

Eligibility for the AWS Free Tier

Your AWS usage stays within the AWS Free Tier limits when all of these conditions are met:

  • You’re within the first 12 months of creating your AWS account.

  • You use only AWS services that offer AWS Free Tier benefits.

  • Your usage stays within the AWS Free Tier limits of those services.

If you use AWS services beyond one or more of these conditions, then that usage exceeds the Free Tier limits. You're charged at the standard AWS billing rates for usage that exceeds the Free Tier limits.

To learn more about the AWS Free Tier limits, see AWS Free Tier.

Note

For AWS Organizations, the AWS Free Tier eligibility for all member accounts begins on the day that the management account is created. For more information, see the AWS Organizations User Guide.

Avoiding unexpected charges after the AWS Free Tier

Your eligibility for the AWS Free Tier expires 12 months after you first create your account. You can’t extend your Free Tier eligibility after this time.

Note

You can continue to use Always Free offers, even after your Free Tier eligibility expires. To learn more about available Always Free offers, see AWS Free Tier.

As the expiration date of your AWS Free Tier eligibility approaches, we recommend that you terminate any resources you no longer need. After your eligibility expires, you’re charged at the standard AWS billing rates for usage.

Even if you aren’t regularly logging in to your account, you might have active resources running. Use the following procedure to identify your account’s active resources.

To identify your account’s active resources

  1. Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the Billing console at https://console.aws.amazon.com/billing/.

  2. Next to Details, choose Expand All.

  3. Review the list under AWS Service Charges. This list shows you the services with active resources by AWS Region.

Note the services and AWS Regions with resources that you no longer need. For instructions on how to terminate those resources, see the documentation for that service.

You might decide to close your AWS account. To avoid generating future charges, we recommend that you retrieve the content you want to keep and terminate any remaining resources before you close your account. Closing your account might not automatically terminate all your active resources and you might continue to incur charges. Make sure to review your content and resources across different AWS Regions. For more information and important considerations, see close your account.