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

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

Keep the following in mind when using the Free Tier:

Not all AWS services are covered under the Free Tier

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

Not all free usage is part of the Free Tier

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

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

There is no way to programmatically limit your usage to what's covered by the Free Tier; you must be careful about what you launch. Any usage incurred on your account that's not covered by the 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: 2017-04-26