Releasing A Static IP In Compute Engine

Compute Engine allows static IPs to be reserved, even if no VM is attached. However, IPs that are unattached to VMs or load balancers are charged at $0.01 per hour. To avoid this charge, it’s a good idea to release IPs that are no longer in use.

To release a static IP, first go to the Compute Engine section of the Google Cloud Console. Select the Networks option:

A list of the IPs allocated to the project will be displayed:

Select the IP to remove and click the link labeled Release IP address:

You’ll see a confirmation box next. Press Yes.

The console will need a few moments to release the IP: