AWS Management Console
Getting Started Guide (Version 1.0)

Working with the AWS Management Console

Welcome to the AWS Management Console. This guide provides a short introduction to working with the console. To learn how to work with individual services in the console, see AWS Documentation.

What is the AWS Management Console?

The AWS Management Console is a web application for managing Amazon Web Services. The console provides an intuitive user interface for performing many AWS tasks, such as working with Amazon S3 buckets, launching and connecting to Amazon EC2 instances, setting Amazon CloudWatch alarms, and so on. Each service has its own console, which you can access from the AWS Management Console. The console also provides information about your account and about billing.

Parts of a typical console

Getting Started with a Service

To access a service in the console

  1. Click Services to open a full list of services.

    Services page
  2. Click or hover over a category, such as Compute & Networking, to see a list of available services in the category.

    Compute and Networking Services page
  3. Click a service name to open the console for that service.

Adding and Removing Shortcuts

You can add shortcuts for the consoles you use most.

To add a shortcut

  1. On the navigation bar, click Edit.

    Edit menu showing service shortcuts
  2. Drag a service from the menu to the navigation bar.

    You can add more shortcuts and drop them onto the navigation bar in any order that you want.

    Shortcuts for several services

To remove a shortcut

  • Click Edit and then drag the shortcut off the navigation bar.

Selecting a Region

For many services, you can select a region that specifies where your resources are managed. You do not select a region for the AWS Management Console or for some services, such as AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM).

To select a region

  1. In the AWS Management Console, click a service to go to that service's console.

  2. In the navigation bar, click the name of the currently selected region.

    Region selector

    When you've selected a region, that region becomes the default in the console.


If you have created AWS resources that are in a specific region (such as an Amazon EC2 instance), but you don’t see those resources in the console, the console might be displaying resources from a different region. Use the Select a Region list to see instances in a specific region.

Changing Your Password

You can change your AWS account password from the console.

To change your password:

  1. In the navigation bar, click your account name.

    Identity menu on the navigation bar
  2. Choose Security Credentials.

  3. The page you see varies with the type of account you used to sign in. Follow the console instructions to get to the page for changing your password.

  4. Enter your current password once and your new password twice.

    The new password must be at least 8 characters long and must include a symbol, a number, an uppercase letter, and a lowercase letter.

  5. When you've completed the password form, click Change Password or Save changes.

Getting Billing Information

You can get information about your AWS charges from the console.

To get your billing information

  1. In the navigation bar, click the list under your account name.

  2. Select Billing & Cost Management.

  3. You'll arrive at the AWS Billing and Cost Management console, where you'll find a summary and a breakdown of your monthly spending. To learn more, see the AWS Billing and Cost Management User Guide.

Using the Device of Your Choice

The AWS Management Console has been designed to work on tablets as well as other kinds of devices:

  • Horizontal and vertical space is maximized to show more on your screen.

  • Buttons and selectors are larger for a better touch experience.

The AWS Management Console is also available as an app for Android and iOS. This app provides mobile-relevant tasks that are a good companion to the full web experience. For example, you can easily view and manage your existing Amazon EC2 instances and Amazon CloudWatch alarms from your phone.

Here's what the Android app looks like running on a Kindle Fire HDX 7":

Account Activity menu option

You can download the AWS Console mobile app from Amazon Appstore, Google Play, or iTunes.


Fix Page Load Issues with Internet Explorer 11

If you use the AWS Management Console with Internet Explorer 11, the browser might fail to load some pages of the console. This is a problem related to Internet Explorer's Compatibility View. To address this issue, in Internet Explorer, open Compatibility View Settings and disable Display intranet sites in Compatibility View.

For more information, see Fix site display problems with Compatibility View.