Getting started with AWS Backup - AWS Backup

Getting started with AWS Backup

This tutorial shows you the generic steps for using AWS Backup features and functionality. As with any part of this technical documentation, you should follow along with the AWS Management Console in the other window.


Before you begin, ensure that you have the following:

  • An AWS account. For more information, see Setting up AWS for the first time.

  • At least one resource supported by AWS Backup.

  • You should be familiar with the AWS services and resources that you are backing up. See the list of supported AWS resources and third-party applications.

    When new AWS services become available, enable AWS Backup to use those services.

    To configure the AWS services to use with AWS Backup
    1. Sign in to the AWS Management Console, and open the AWS Backup console at

    2. In the navigation pane, choose Settings.

    3. On the Service opt-in page, choose Configure resources.

    4. On the Configure resources page, use the toggle switches to enable or disable the services that are used with AWS Backup. Choose Confirm when your services are configured. Make sure that the AWS service you're opting in is available in your AWS Region.

    See Assigning resources to a backup plan for additional information. The AWS Backup console allows a user to assign a resource type to a backup plan; this will be included even if the opt-in is not enabled for that particular service.

  • Make sure that the resources you're backing up are all in the same AWS Region.

To complete this tutorial, you can use your AWS account root user to sign in to the AWS Management Console. However, AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) recommends that you not use the AWS account root user. Instead, create an administrator in your account and use those credentials to manage resources in your account. For more information, see Setting up AWS for the first time.

The AWS Backup console provides different options to back up your resources. You can create a backup on-demand, schedule and configure how you want the resource backed up, or configure resources to back up automatically when the resource is created.