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. Check the recovery point and choose Delete.

  4. If you are deleting more than one recovery point, follow these steps:

    1. Review the list of recovery points that you are deleting.

    2. If you want to edit the list, choose Modify selection.

    3. If your list contains a continuous backup, choose whether to keep or delete your continuous backup data.

    4. To delete all the recovery points listed, enter delete, and then choose Delete recovery points.

      Keep your browser tab open until you see the green success banner at the top of the page.

      Prematurely closing this tab will end the deletion process and might leave behind some of the recovery points you wanted to delete.

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.