AWS Identity and Access Management
User Guide

Changing the AWS Account Root User Password

You can change the password for the AWS account root" user. You must be signed in as the root user in order to change the password.

To change the password for the root user

  1. Use your AWS account email address and password to sign in to the AWS Management Console.


    If you previously signed in to the console with IAM user credentials, your browser might remember this preference and open your account-specific sign-in page. You cannot use the user sign-in page to sign in with your root user credentials. If you see the user sign-in page, click Sign in using root account credentials near the bottom of the page to return to the root user sign-in page.

  2. In the upper right corner of the console, choose the arrow next to the account name or number and then choose Security Credentials. If a prompt appears, choose Continue to Security Credentials.

          Security Credentials link in the navigation bar
  3. On the Your Security Credentials page, expand the Password section and then choose Click here.

          The Change Account Password link
  4. On the Password line click Edit to change your password.

          The Change Account link
  5. Choose a strong password. AWS requires only that your password is at least 6 characters long and consists only of ASCII characters. Although you can set an account password policy for IAM users, that policy does not apply to your AWS account root user.

    To protect your password, it's important to follow these best practices:

    • Change your password periodically and keep your password private, since anyone who knows your password may access your account.

    • Use a different password on AWS that you use on other sites.

    • Use at least 8 characters. A minimum of 6 is required and a maximum of 128 is allowed.

    • Choose an original password. Passwords previously used for your account will not be accepted by the system.

    • Avoid passwords that are easy to guess. These include passwords such as secret, password, amazon, or 123456. They also include things like a dictionary word, your name, email address, or other personal information that can easily be obtained.

    • Though it's not a requirement, adding uppercase letters, numbers, or special characters to your password makes it even stronger. For example, the password rivErs2!% is a much stronger password than rivers.