I want to test AWS for my use case using resources covered under the AWS Free Tier. How does the AWS Free Tier work, and what are some things to keep in mind while using it? 

The AWS Free Tier is automatically activated on each new AWS account, and it lasts for one year. While the AWS Free Tier is active, you can try many AWS services for free, giving you the flexibility to experiment and see if AWS is right for you.

Keep the following in mind when using the AWS Free Tier:

Not all AWS services are covered under the AWS Free Tier

Check the AWS Free Tier offerings to make sure the services you intend to use are covered.

Not all free usage is part of the AWS Free Tier

Some services offer a separate free trial option, meaning that it can expire under different circumstances than the AWS Free Tier does. Other services offer some level of service for free, regardless of whether your account is covered under the AWS Free Tier or not. Check the service pricing documentation to find out if it has a free trial option.

AWS does not limit what the accounts covered under the AWS Free Tier can launch

There is no way to programmatically limit usage to what's covered by the AWS Free Tier. You are responsible for the services that you launch. Any usage on your account that's not covered by the AWS Free Tier or another credit or promotion is billed to your account's default payment method at the beginning of the following month. 

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Published: 2016-03-25

Updated: 2018-03-06