I signed up for an Amazon Lightsail plan, but I'm being charged more than I expected. Why might this be, and how can I fix it?

Here are a few ways this could happen:

  • You signed up for the Lightsail plan that comes with the one-month free trial, but the free trial has expired.
  • You accidentally signed up for a more expensive Lightsail plan than you meant to.
  • You signed up for Lightsail accidentally.
  • You exceeded your monthly data transfer limit.

For all of these cases, because Lightsail is billed per hour, you can delete your Lightsail instance and any associated snapshots to stop further charges from accruing.

To stop charges related to active Lightsail infrastructure from accruing, delete your Lightsail resources.

Note: Lightsail instance snapshots cost less per hour than running instances, and you can use snapshots to relaunch an identical instance later on. If you want to save your work, consider taking or keeping snapshots as a backup.

Start by deleting any Lightsail instances and static IPs you don't need:

  1. Open the Lightsail console.
  2. Under Resources, open the drop-down menu next to any resources you don't need and choose Delete.

Next, delete any Lightsail snapshots you don't need:

  1. Select the Snapshots pane in the Lightsail console.
  2. Open the drop-down menu next to any snapshots you don't need and choose Delete.

Once you've deleted all your Lightsail resources, no further Lightsail charges will accrue.

If you have any questions about your Lightsail bill, see the Lightsail pricing page or contact AWS Support.

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Published: 2017-04-26