Getting started - AWS Billing and Cost Management

Getting started

The following steps discuss a few of the most common tasks that you're likely to perform when using the Billing and Cost Management console.

Step 1: Review your usage

Billing and Cost Management offers you a number of different ways to view and monitor your AWS usage. Here's how to quickly check to see what you have used so far in the current month.

To open the Billing and Cost Management console and review your usage and charges

  1. Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the Billing and Cost Management console at https://console.aws.amazon.com/billing/. The console opens to the Dashboard, where you can see your current month-to-date usage graphs.

  2. On the navigation pane, choose the applicable option:

    Cost Explorer

    Choose Cost Explorer to track and analyze your AWS usage. Cost Explorer is free for all accounts. For more information about Cost Explorer, see Analyzing your costs with Cost Explorer.

    Budgets

    Choose Budgets to manage budgets for your account. For more information about budgets, see Monitoring your usage and costs.

    You can also check the status of your free tier with the provided AWS Free Tier usage alerts using AWS Budgets. For more information about AWS Free Tier usage alerts, see AWS Free Tier usage alerts using AWS Budgets.

    Bills

    Choose Bills to see details about your current charges.

    Orders and Invoices

    Choose Orders and invoices to see your past payment transactions.

Step 2: Turn on reports

In addition to the features described in step 1, AWS Billing and Cost Management offers a set of billing reports about your AWS usage. The reports show you which AWS services you used, the amount of time that you used them, the amount of data that you transferred in and out of storage, the average storage space that you used, and more.

To learn more about how to set up your reports, see Creating Cost and Usage Reports in the Cost and Usage Report Guide.

Step 3: Download or print your bill

AWS Billing and Cost Management closes the billing period at midnight on the last day of each month and then calculates your bill. Most bills are ready for you to download by the seventh accounting day of the month.

To download your bill

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

  2. On the navigation pane, choose Bills.

  3. For Date, choose the month of the bill you want to work with.

  4. Choose Download CSV to download a comma-separated variable file or choose Print.

Step 4: Set up budgets to monitor your account

If you use the AWS Free Tier, Billing and Cost Management automatically provides AWS Free Tier usage alerts through AWS Budgets. With free tier usage alerts, AWS Budgets notifies you if you exceed any one of the free tier quotas. It also notifies you if you're forecasted to exceed any of the free tier quotas. AWS Budgets sends these notifications to the email address that you used to create your account.

In addition to the free tier usage alerts, you can use AWS Budgets to notify you if your cost or usage exceeds or is forecasted to exceed a threshold that you set. For more information, see Creating a budget

By default, IAM users can't access billing information, and therefore don't have access to budgets. If you're logged in to AWS as an IAM user, verify that the account owner granted IAM users access to AWS Budgets. For more information about IAM restrictions, see AWS Identity and Access Management for AWS Billing and Cost Management.

Step 5: Get answers to questions about your bill

If you have questions about your bill, see the AWS Knowledge Center. If you don't find the answer that you're looking for in the Knowledge Center, you can access account and billing support free of charge. For more information about AWS Support, see Getting help with AWS Billing and Cost Management. For information about closing your account, see close your account.

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