Choosing a Region - Amazon Web Services Management Console
Services or capabilities described in Amazon Web Services documentation might vary by Region. To see the differences applicable to the China Regions, see Getting Started with Amazon Web Services in China (PDF).

Choosing a Region

For many services, you can choose an Amazon Web Services Region that specifies where your resources are managed. Regions are sets of Amazon resources located in the same geographical area. You don't need to choose a Region for the Amazon Web Services Management Console or for some services, such as Amazon Identity and Access Management. To learn more about Amazon Web Services Regions, see Managing Amazon Web Services Regions in the Amazon Web Services General Reference.

To choose a Region
  1. Sign in to the Amazon Web Services Management Console.

  2. Choose a service to go to that service's console.

  3. In the navigation bar, choose the name of the currently displayed Region. Then choose the Region to which you want to switch.

To choose a default Region
  1. In the navigation bar, choose the settings icon, and then choose More user settings to navigate to the Unified Settings page.

  2. Choose Edit next to Localization and default Region.

  3. Select your default Region, then choose Save settings. If you do not select a default Region, the last Region you visited will be your default.

  4. (Optional) Choose Go to new default Region to immediatley go to your new default Region.


If you have created Amazon resources but you don't see those resources in the console, the console might be displaying resources from a different Region. Some resources (such as Amazon EC2 instances) are specific to the Region where they were created. To see them, use the Region selector to choose the Region that contains your resources.