Creating an access key and a secret key for your Amazon S3 account requires some little work. SimpleBackups needs S3 keys that allow both, read and write permissions to be able to store and retrieve backups under your S3 account.

In this tutorial I will highlight the steps to follow and also provide some screenshots for additional help.

Simply follow these steps:

Step 1. Log in to your AWS Console and go to

Step 2. Click Users from the left side bar then click Add user

Step 3. Type in a user name and choose Programmatic access as shown then proceed

Step 4. Click Attach existing policies directly then filter by S3 as shown and choose AmazonS3FullAccess (this is discouraged, and not recommended actually, so please check this link for the minimum permissions needed).

Step 5. Confirm you can see the highlighted policy and click Create user

Step 6. Finally you will see the newly created Access Key and Secret Key that allow full read and write to S3. Please use these two values when adding your storage to SimpleBackups

Note: If Amazon has changed their UI or you can no longer create a new key by following this tutorial, please email us at [email protected] or chat with us below and we will be glad to help.

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