Getting started - AWS Billing

Getting started

This section provides information that you need to get started with using the Billing console.

Step 1: Sign up for AWS

If you're new to AWS, create an AWS account. For more information, see Getting Started with AWS.

Step 2: Attach the required IAM policy to an IAM identity

AWS account owners can delegate access to specific IAM users who need to view or manage the Billing data for an AWS account. To start activating access to the Billing console and AWS Cost Management console, see IAM tutorial: Delegate access to the billing console in the IAM User Guide.

For detailed information about IAM policies specific for Billing, see Using identity-based policies (IAM policies) for AWS Billing.

To reference a list of Billing policy examples, see AWS Billing policy examples.

Step 3: Review your bills and usage

Use features in the Billing console to view your current AWS charges and AWS usage.

To open the Billing console and view your usage and charges

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

  2. Choose Bills to see details about your current charges.

    Choose Payments to see your historical payment transactions.

    Choose AWS Cost and Usage Reports to see reports that break down your costs.

For more information about setting up and using AWS Cost and Usage Reports, see the AWS Cost and Usage Reports User Guide.

Step 4: Download or print your bill

AWS Billing closes the billing period at midnight on the last day of each month and 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 console 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 5: Learn more about the Billing features

Understand the features available to you in the Billing console.

What do I do next?

Now that you can view and pay your AWS bill, you're ready to use the features available to you. The rest of this guide helps you navigate your journey using the console.

Optimize your spending using AWS Cost Management features

Use the AWS Cost Management features to budget and forecast costs so you can optimize your AWS spends and reduce your overall AWS bill. Combine and use the Billing console resources to manage your payments, while using AWS Cost Management features to optimize your future costs.

For more information about AWS Cost Management features, see the AWS Cost Management User Guide.

Using the Billing and Cost Management API

Use the AWS Billing and Cost Management API Reference to programmatically use some AWS Cost Management features.

Learn more

You can find more information about Billing features including presentations, virtual workshops, and blog posts on the marketing page Cloud Financial Management with AWS.

You can find virtual workshops by choosing the Services drop-down and selecting your feature.

Get help

If you have questions about any Billing features, there are many resources available for you. To learn more, see Getting help with AWS Billing and Cost Management.