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Copying snapshots from one AWS Region to another in Lightsail

Last updated: November 28, 2018

Amazon Lightsail lets you copy instance snapshots and block storage disk snapshots from one AWS Region to another, or within the same Region. Copy snapshots between Regions if you created and configured resources in one Region, but later decide that a different Region is more appropriate. Or, if you want to replicate your resources across multiple Regions. This guide describes the process of copying Lightsail snapshots.

Prerequisites

Create a snapshot of the Lightsail instance or block storage disk that you want to copy. For more information, see one of the following guides:

Copy a Lightsail snapshot

You can copy instance snapshots and block storage disk snapshots from one AWS Region to another, or within the same Region.

    To copy a Lightsail snapshot

  1. Sign in to the Lightsail console.

  2. From the Lightsail home page, choose the Snapshots tab.

  3. Locate the instance or block storage disk that you want to copy, and expand the node to view the available snapshots for that resource.

  4. Choose the Action menu for the desired snapshot, then choose Copy to another Region.

    Copy snapshot to another Region in the Amazon Lightsail console.
  5. On the Copy a snapshot page, in the Snapshot to copy section, confirm that the snapshot details displayed match the specifications of the source instance or block storage disk.

    Snapshot to copy in the Amazon Lightsail console.
  6. In the Select a Region section of the page, choose the Region for your snapshot copy.

  7. Name your snapshot copy, then choose Copy snapshot.

    Copy snapshot in the Amazon Lightsail console.

    Your snapshot copy should be available soon. It depends on the size and configuration of the source instance. You can check the status of your snapshot copy by browsing to the Snapshots tab on the Lightsail home page, and looking for the snapshot with a status of Creating as shown in the following screenshot. The status will change when the snapshot is ready.

    Creating snapshot copy in the Amazon Lightsail console.

Next steps

Here are a few additional steps you can perform after copying a snapshot to another Region in Lightsail:

  • Create a new instance from the copied snapshot after it’s available. For more information, see Create a Lightsail instance from a snapshot.

  • Delete the source snapshot if you no longer need it. Otherwise, you will be billed for storing the snapshot.