Clean Up Resources - AWS Backup

Clean Up Resources

After you perform all the tasks in Getting Started with AWS Backup, you might want to clean up what you have created to avoid incurring any unnecessary charges.

Step 1: Delete Restored AWS Resources

To delete AWS resources that you restored from a recovery point, such as Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) volumes or Amazon DynamoDB tables, you use the console for that service. For example, to delete an Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) file system, use the Amazon EFS console.


This refers to restored resources, not recovery points stored in a backup vault.

Step 2: Delete the Backup Plan

If you don't want to create scheduled backups, you should delete your backup plans. You must delete all resource assignments for a backup plan before the plan can be deleted.

Follow these steps to delete a backup plan:

To delete a backup plan

  1. Open the AWS Backup console at

  2. In the navigation pane, choose Backup plans.

  3. On the Backup plans page, choose the backup plan that you want to delete. This takes you to the details page for that backup.

  4. To delete the resource assignments for your plan, choose the radio button next to the assignment name, and then choose Delete.

  5. To delete the backup plan, choose Delete in the upper-right corner of the page.

  6. On the confirmation page, enter the plan name, and choose Delete plan.

Step 3: Delete the Recovery Points

Next, you can delete the backup recovery points that are in your backup vault.

To delete the recovery points

  1. On the AWS Backup console, in the navigation pane, choose Backup vaults.

  2. On the Backup vaults page, choose the backup vault where you stored the backups.

  3. Choose the recovery points and delete them one by one. To guard against accidental or malicious mass deletion, you can only delete a backup vault in AWS Backup after you delete or your backup policy lifecycles all the recovery points in your backup vault one at a time.

Step 4: Delete the Backup Vault

You can't delete the default backup vault in AWS Backup. However, if you created a different backup vault, empty the backup vault by deleting the backups. Then select the backup vault and choose Delete.