AWS Backup
Developer Guide

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Editing a Backup

After you create a backup using AWS Backup, you can change the lifecycle or tags of the backup. The lifecycle defines when a backup is transitioned to cold storage and when it expires. AWS Backup transitions and expires backups automatically according to the lifecycle that you define.


Editing the tags of a backup using AWS Backup is only supported for backups of Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) file systems. You can still edit the tags of other services' backups using the service’s console or API.

Backups that are transitioned to cold storage must be stored in cold storage for a minimum of 90 days. Therefore, the “expire after days” setting must be 90 days greater than the “transition to cold after days” setting. When you update the “transition to cold after days” setting, the value must be a minimum of the backup’s age plus one day. The “transition to cold after days” setting cannot be changed after a backup has been transitioned to cold.

The following is an example of how to update the lifecycle of a backup.

To edit the lifecycle of a backup

  1. Sign in to the AWS Management Console, and open the AWS Backup console at

  2. In the navigation pane, choose Backup vaults.

  3. In the Backups section, choose a backup.

  4. On the backup details page, choose Edit.

  5. Configure the lifecycle settings, and then choose Save.