Lifecycle - AWS Backup


Specifies the time period, in days, before a recovery point transitions to cold storage or is deleted.

Backups transitioned to cold storage must be stored in cold storage for a minimum of 90 days. Therefore, on the console, the retention setting must be 90 days greater than the transition to cold after days setting. The transition to cold after days setting can't be changed after a backup has been transitioned to cold.

Resource types that can transition to cold storage are listed in the Feature availability by resource table. AWS Backup ignores this expression for other resource types.

To remove the existing lifecycle and retention periods and keep your recovery points indefinitely, specify -1 for MoveToColdStorageAfterDays and DeleteAfterDays.



The number of days after creation that a recovery point is deleted. This value must be at least 90 days after the number of days specified in MoveToColdStorageAfterDays.

Type: Long

Required: No


The number of days after creation that a recovery point is moved to cold storage.

Type: Long

Required: No


If the value is true, your backup plan transitions supported resources to archive (cold) storage tier in accordance with your lifecycle settings.

Type: Boolean

Required: No

See Also

For more information about using this API in one of the language-specific AWS SDKs, see the following: