Why am I being billed for Elastic IP addresses when all my instances are terminated?

Last updated: 2020-03-27

I terminated all my Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances, but I'm still billed for Elastic IP addresses. The Amazon EC2 pricing page says that Elastic IP addresses are free. Why am I being billed?

Resolution

An Elastic IP address doesn’t incur charges as long as all the following conditions are true:

  • The Elastic IP address is associated with an EC2 instance.
  • The instance associated with the Elastic IP address is running.
  • The instance has only one Elastic IP address attached to it.

Note: If the address is from a BYOIP address pool, you're never charged for that address.

You're charged by the hour for each Elastic IP address that doesn't meet these conditions. For pricing information, see Elastic IP Addresses on the Amazon EC2 pricing page.

To see the Elastic IP addresses that are provisioned to your account, open the Amazon EC2 console, and then choose Elastic IPs in the navigation pane.

If you don’t need an Elastic IP address, you can stop the charges by releasing the IP address.

Note: When you release the IP address, it might be provisioned automatically by another AWS account. You might be able to recover the Elastic IP address again later, but only if no one else is using it.

If you receive an error when you try to release an Elastic IP address from your Amazon EC2 instance, see How do I resolve the error "The address with allocation id cannot be released because it is locked to your account" when trying to release an Elastic IP address from my Amazon EC2 instance?


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