Overview of managing access permissions - AWS Cost Management

Overview of managing access permissions

Granting access to your billing information and tools

The AWS account owner can access billing information and tools by signing in to the AWS Management Console using the account password. We recommend that you don't use the account password for everyday access to the account, and especially that you don't share account credentials with others to give them access to your account.

Instead, you should create a special user identity called an IAM user for anyone who might need access to the account. This approach provides individual sign-in information for each user, and you can grant each user only the permissions they need to work with your account. For example, you can grant some users limited access to some of your billing information and tools, and grant others complete access to all of the information and tools. (We recommend that the account owner also access the account by using an IAM user identity.)

By default, IAM users do not have access to the AWS Cost Management console. You or your account administrator must grant users access. You can do this by activating IAM user access to the Billing and Cost Management console and attaching an IAM policy to your users. This can be either managed or custom. Then, you need to activate IAM user access for IAM policies to take effect. You only need to activate IAM user access once.

Note

IAM is a feature of your AWS account. If you are already signed up for a product that is integrated with IAM, you don't need to do anything else to sign up for IAM, nor will you be charged for using it.

Permissions for Cost Explorer apply to all accounts and member accounts, regardless of IAM policies. For more information about Cost Explorer access, see Controlling access for Cost Explorer.

Activating access to the Billing and Cost Management console

IAM users and roles within an AWS account can't access the Billing and Cost Management console pages by default. This is true even if the IAM user or role has IAM policies that grant access to certain Billing and Cost Management features. The AWS account root user can allow IAM users and roles access to Billing and Cost Management console pages by using the Activate IAM Access setting.

On the AWS Cost Management console, the Activate IAM Access setting controls IAM user and role access to the following pages:

  • Home

  • Cost Explorer

  • Reports

  • Rightsizing recommendations

  • Savings Plans recommendations

  • Savings Plans utilization report

  • Savings Plans coverage report

  • Reservations overview

  • Reservations recommendations

  • Reservations utilization report

  • Reservations coverage report

  • Preferences

For a list of pages the Activate IAM Access setting controls for the Billing console, see Activating access to the Billing console in the Billing User Guide.

Important

Activating IAM access alone doesn't grant IAM users and roles the necessary permissions for these Billing and Cost Management console pages. In addition to activating IAM access, you must also attach the required IAM policies to those users or roles. For more information, see Using identity-based policies (IAM policies) for AWS Cost Management.

The Activate IAM Access setting doesn't control access to the following pages and resources:

  • The console pages for AWS Cost Anomaly Detection, Savings Plans overview, Savings Plans inventory, Purchase Savings Plans, and Savings Plans cart

  • The Cost Management view in the AWS Console Mobile Application

  • The Billing and Cost Management SDK APIs (AWS Cost Explorer, AWS Budgets, and AWS Cost and Usage Reports APIs)

  • AWS Systems Manager Application Manager

By default, the Activate IAM Access setting is deactivated. To activate this setting, you must log in to your AWS account using the root user credentials, and then select the setting in the My Account page. Activate this setting in each account where you want to allow IAM user and role access to the Billing and Cost Management console pages. If you use AWS Organizations, then activate this setting in each management or member account where you want to allow IAM user and role access to the console pages.

Note

The Activate IAM Access setting isn't available to IAM users with administrator access. This setting is available only to the root user of the account.

If the Activate IAM Access setting is deactivated, then IAM users and roles in the account can't access the Billing and Cost Management console pages. This is true even if they have administrator access or the required IAM policies.

To activate IAM user and role access to the Billing and Cost Management console

  1. Sign in to the AWS Management Console with your root account credentials (specifically, the email address and password that you used to create your AWS account).

  2. On the navigation bar, choose your account name, and then choose My Account.

  3. Next to IAM User and Role Access to Billing Information, choose Edit.

  4. Select the Activate IAM Access check box to activate access to the Billing and Cost Management console pages.

  5. Choose Update.

After you activate IAM access, you must also attach the required IAM policies to the IAM users or roles. The IAM policies can grant or deny access to specific Billing and Cost Management features. For more information, see Using identity-based policies (IAM policies) for AWS Cost Management.