Ashwin shows you how to
access the member accounts
associated with AWS Organizations


I used AWS Organizations to create a member account in my organization. How do I access it?

When you create a member account with AWS Organizations, you must specify an email address, an IAM role, and an account name. If a role name isn't specified, a default name is assigned—OrganizationAccountAccessRole. You can switch to the IAM role to access the member account through the AWS Organizations console.

In the AWS Organizations console, member accounts are listed under the Accounts tab. Make a note of the account number, email address, and IAM role name of the member account you want to access. You can access the member account two ways: using the IAM role or using the root user credentials.

Using the IAM Role

  1. Sign in to the master account, and open the AWS Management Console.
  2. Choose your account name at the top of the page, and select Switch Role.
  3. Enter the account number and role name for the member account.
    Note: You can enter a custom display name (max 64 characters) and a display color.
  4. Choose Switch Role.

Using the root user credentials

When you create a new member account, Organizations sets an initial password that cannot be retrieved. To access the account as a root user, follow the account recovery process.

  1. Go to the sign-in page of the AWS console at, and choose Forgot your password?
  2. Enter the email address of the member account.
  3. After you receive the reset password email, choose the reset password link.

After resetting the password, you can sign in to the AWS Management Console using the root user and the new password.

Note: We recommended that you use the root user only to create IAM users, groups, and roles, and we recommend using multi-factor authentication for your root user.

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Published: 2017-07-20