How to delete an AWS account?

In this article, we'll show you how to delete an AWS account. We also recommend some best practices before deleting an account.

Delete AWS account
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AWS, or Amazon Web Services, is a cloud computing platform that offers a variety of services, including storage, computing, and networking. AWS is a popular choice for businesses of all sizes, but sometimes you may need to delete your AWS account. In this article, we'll show you how to delete an AWS account.

A step-by-step guide to deleting an AWS account

Deleting an AWS account is a permanent action that cannot be undone. Be sure that you really want to delete your account before proceeding.

1. To delete your AWS account, log in to the AWS Management Console using the root account.

2. Navigate to the Account page.

AWS menu

3. On the Account page, scroll down to the "Close Account" section

4. Read and check all acknowledgment boxes. Then click on the "Close Account" button.

5. You will be displayed a confirmation pop-up dialog box. Confirm that you want to delete your account by clicking on the "Close Account" button again.

Close account dialog

6. Your AWS account will now be permanently deleted.

Check for active resources

  1. In the navigation pane, on the left side of the screen, choose Bills.
    The Details section shows all the charges incurred by various AWS services on your account. Note the services that have active resources.
  2. Under Details, expand each service to identify the Regions where the services have incurred charges. You must terminate the resources in those Regions.
AWS Bill page

Things to keep in mind before deleting an AWS account

  1. All data associated with your AWS account will be permanently deleted. This includes any Amazon S3 data, Amazon EBS snapshots, Amazon RDS databases, and more.
  2. If you have any outstanding charges on your AWS account, you will need to pay them before you can delete your account.
  3. Once you delete your AWS account, you will not be able to use any of the AWS services. If you decide you want to use AWS again, you will need to create a new account.
  4. You can't create new AWS accounts using the email address that was associated with your account at the time of its closure.
  5. You can still sign in and file an AWS Support case or contact Support for 90 days. After 90 days, any content remaining in your account will be permanently deleted, and AWS services that aren't already terminated will be terminated.
Follow best practices before deleting AWS account

Alternatives to AWS

There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as the best cloud provider for a given organization depends on several factors, including the specific needs of the organization, the type of workloads being run, and the budget. If you're looking for alternatives to AWS, there are a few other cloud computing platforms you can consider. Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure are two popular options.

Conclusion

In this article, we showed you how to delete an AWS account. Be sure to keep in mind that this action is permanent and cannot be undone. Before you delete your account, be sure that you have a backup of any data you want to keep.