How do I recover a lost or forgotten AWS password?
Last updated: 2022-04-19
I forgot the password that I use to sign in to AWS and want to recover or change my password.
To reset a password, you need one of the following, depending on how you sign in to AWS:
- Your AWS account root user email address. This is the email address that you used to create the account.
- Your AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) user name. Your account administrator sets the user name and password for IAM users.
- Your AWS account number.
If you can't find any of this information, then see I can't sign in because my credentials don't work.
Note: If you know your password but you want to change it, see Changing the AWS account root user password.
To reset a root user password
If you no longer have access to that email address, then you can't receive a password reset email. For some strategies that can help you recover a password for an email address that you no longer have access to, see Troubleshooting general IAM issues.
Important: If your AWS account and Amazon.com retail account share the same login information, then updating the root user credentials (including the password) for one account updates both accounts.
To reset an IAM password
If you sign in as an IAM user, then your account administrator manages your credentials. If you can't change your own IAM password, then contact your account administrator.
For information about resetting an IAM user's credentials as an account administrator, see Managing passwords for IAM users.
To reset the password for an account that you created using AWS Organizations