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Turn on the new AWS region

how to turn on off aws region

As you already know, in the AWS cloud you create your resources in a specific region. It is similar in other clouds. However, did you know that not all regions are available by default?

AWS doesn’t allow you to use all regions by default. However, that’s not a problem, if you want, it’s very easy to turn them on and use them.

This article explains how to enable or disable a new region. However, I wanted to remind you of a few important things before:

  • You can turn new regions on and off, but you can’t turn off regions that are turned on by default.
  • Before disabling a region, you should remove all resources from it, as you won’t be able to access them anymore and you won’t be able to see them, but they will still exist. This means that they can generate billing.

How to enable a new region

Just go to Account. In ‘AWS Regions’, click ‘enable’ next to the region you are interested in and confirm your choice.

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AWS Regions

Is it worth turning on other regions?

Is it worth turning on other regions, why do it:

  • Sometimes must. Sometimes it is required by the provisions of the GDPR, governmet contract stating that the data should be in a specific country, or region.
  • Each region has a different price list. The new region may turn out to be cheaper, it is worth checking.
  • Not all services are available in all regions. Some services are not available in all regions. It is worth checking this before creating the infrastructure so that you do not have to waste time and migrate everything later.
  • Access time. So the closer to clients, the faster it works, clients have shorter access times when resources are closer to them.


Whatever the reason, it’s worth knowing that there is a possibility that new regions can be simply turned on and off. Once again, I remind you that before you disable a region, make sure you remove resources from it. Nobody likes paying for something they don’t use.

It’s a shame you can’t disable the default regions that easily. Fortunately, you can block the ability to create resources in them. Want to know how? Read the blog regularly, the answer will appear 🙂