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How to use standby mode

Reviewed on 21 February 2024Published on 26 May 2021

Standby mode temporarily stops an Instance. The Instance remains allocated to your account and all data remains on the local storage of the Instance.

Before you start

To complete the actions presented below, you must have:

  • A Scaleway account logged into the console
  • Owner status or IAM permissions allowing you to perform actions in the intended Organization
  • An Instance

How to put an Instance into standby mode

  1. Click Instances in the Compute section of the side menu. The Instances page displays.

  2. Click the Instance you want to put into standby mode. The Overview page for that Instance displays.

  3. Scroll down to the Standby mode section

  4. Click Switch to standby mode. A pop-up displays asking you to confirm the action.

  5. Click Switch Instance to standby mode to confirm.

    Your Instance is now in standby mode.


You are still billed for an Instance in standby mode, as well as for its storage and any flexible IPs attached to it. To avoid being charged for an unused Instance, you can power it off.

Find out when the billing of your Instance starts and stops.

See also
How to migrate InstancesHow to use boot modes
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