Whatever the reason it might be, Azure makes it relatively simple to delete no longer needed backups to reduce cost and keep things organize. In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to delete an Azure backup when you no longer need the data, or you’re planning to stop protecting a device or server. On a related topic, we’ll also go through the steps to remove a Recovery Services vault when no longer needed, which is only possible after deleting a recovery point.

How to delete a backup created on Azure How to delete a Recovery Services vault on Azure

How to delete a backup created on Azure

To properly delete a backup created with the Microsoft Azure Backup agent on Windows 10 or a Windows Server device, use these steps: Once you’ve completed the steps, the backup data will be removed from Azure, and you’ll no longer be able access the backup from the portal or the Microsoft Azure Backup client on your Windows 10 device or server. Azure portal service search Azure Backup Infrastructure option Azure Protected servers option Select device getting backed up Delete backup from Azure You can double-check that backup files have been deleted from the Backup items page located in the “Recovery Services vault” page. Click the Refresh button, and if you’re still seeing the device, you can may need to repeat the above steps.

How to delete a Recovery Services vault on Azure

After deleting the backup, if you’re not planning to create additional backups in the container, you can also remove the Recovery Services vault from Azure. After completing the steps, the Recovery Services vault that you deleted will no longer be available in Azure. Azure portal service search Delete Recovery Services vault on Azure Recovery Services vault deletion confirmation If you’re not planning to create additional backups, you can uninstall the Microsoft Azure Backup client from Settings > Apps > Apps & features. Microsoft Azure services, requires a subscription, but if you don’t want to commit, there’s a pay-as-go option and you only get charged for the resources you use with no termination fees or up-front cost. Also, if you’re a Microsoft MVP, remember that you get free credits to use Azure services, including for backup and restore devices and data. All content on this site is provided with no warranties, express or implied. Use any information at your own risk. Always backup of your device and files before making any changes. Privacy policy info.