Setting up your AWS Environment


Module 1: Creating Your AWS Account

In this module, you will your AWS root account.


An AWS account is the starting point to allow provisioning infrastructure. In this module, we will cover how to set up your account.

What You Will Learn

  • Signing up for an AWS account
  • Validating contact details via a phone call or sms

 Time to Complete

5 minutes

 Module Requirements

  • An Internet Browser


Step 1

To create a new AWS account, click the Create an AWS Account button at the top of the page if you don't already have an account.

Decide carefully which email address to use for the account. The email and password you choose is extremely sensitive, and should be shared only with people who have access to the credit card that will be used on this account.

Pro Tip: if you are signing up for a personal account, don't use a work email address as you may change jobs at some point. Fill in all the required details, and click on Continue.  Conversely, for business accounts, use an email alias that can be managed as the person setting up the account may at some point change roles, or companies. 


Step 2

Choose either personal or business for the account choices - there is no difference in account type or functionality, only the type of information required to open the account for billing purposes. For a business account, choose a phone number that is tied to the business and can be reached if the person setting up the account is not available. 

Fill out the rest of the details and save these in a safe place - if you ever lose access to the email or your two-factor authentication device, these details will be used to confirm your identity by support. At the end of this form, please read through the terms of the AWS Customer Agreement and click the checkbox to accept them. Click Continue to process to the next screen.


Step 3

Add your preferred credit card to use for payment. The address used for the credit card needs to match what your financial institution has on file as a small validation hold will be placed on the card. When continuing, a hold for a small amount will be placed on the card for 3 - 5 days to confirm it is a valid payment method. Click on Verify and Continue to proceed.


Step 4

To verify the account, you need to either use an SMS, or be able to receive a phone call on the number you are associating with this account. For the SMS option, you will be sent a numeric code to enter on the next screen after you click Send SMS, whereas for the Voice Call option, you will be shown a code on the screen to enter after being prompted by the automated voice verification system. Enter the code as appropriate for your verification choice, then click Continue to proceed to the final step.


Step 5

For the last step, you need to choose which support plan you want with your account. The default, Basic Support, is a free of charge tier. If unsure, select Basic Support as you can always change between tiers at a later date. To see the full list of differences between the tiers, please read Compare AWS Support Plans for the details. To finish creating your account, click on the Complete sign up button.



Congratulations, your account is now set up and in the process of being activated. When activation is complete, you will receive an email from AWS to the email address used to sign up the account. This can take a few minutes to complete, once you receive the email, proceed to the next module on how to secure your root user, and set up additional users to use the account.

Up Next: Secure Your Account

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