Help Center> Elastic Cloud Server> Billing> Billing Mode Changes> Pay-per-Use to Yearly/Monthly
Updated on 2024-04-18 GMT+08:00

Pay-per-Use to Yearly/Monthly

If you have a pay-per-use ECS that you expect to use for a long time, you can change it to yearly/monthly billing to reduce costs. Doing so will create an order. After you pay for the order, yearly/monthly billing will be applied immediately.

Suppose a user bought a pay-per-use ECS at 15:29:16 on April 18, 2023 and changed it to yearly/monthly billing at 16:30:30 on the same day. After the user paid for the order, yearly/monthly billing was applied immediately. On the Billing Center > Billing page, three line items were generated, one for each of the hours the ECS was used on a pay-per-use basis, and one for the yearly/monthly subscription:

  • Pay-per-use expenditures for 15:29:16 to 16:00:00 on April 18, 2023
  • Pay-per-use expenditures for 16:00:00 to 16:30:30 April 18, 2023
  • A single, yearly/monthly expenditure generated April 18, 2023, 16:30:30


  • The ECS billing mode is pay-per-use.
  • The ECS status is Running or Stopped.


  1. Log in to the management console.
  2. Click in the upper left corner and select your region and project.
  3. Click and choose Compute > Elastic Cloud Server.
  4. In the ECS list, locate the target ECS.
  1. On the top of the ECS list, choose More > Change Billing Mode.
  2. On the Change Billing Mode page, confirm the information and click Yes.

    Figure 1 Change Billing Mode

  3. Select the usage duration, determine whether to enable auto-renewal, confirm the expected expiration date and price, and click Pay.

    Figure 2 Change Subscription

  4. Select a payment method and make your payment. Once the order is paid, yearly/monthly billing is applied.