Amazon has revolutionized the world of online shopping, offering convenience and an extensive range of products. It’s the go-to platform for many, especially those with busy lives who can’t spare time for traditional shopping. However, there are times when you need to keep your Amazon orders a secret, like when you’re planning a surprise for a loved one’s birthday. So, how can you hide your order history? Let’s explore.
How to Archive Orders on Amazon
Although you can’t delete your Amazon order history, you can effectively hide your orders by archiving them. Amazon allows you to archive up to 500 orders, even before the items are delivered. Here’s how to achieve it:
- Access the official Amazon website and sign in to your account.
- Click on Accounts & Lists and select Your Orders from the drop-down menu.
- Locate the order you want to archive and click on View order details.
- Scroll down and click on the Archive order button.
- In the popup confirmation prompt, click on Archive order.
After completing these steps, you can go back and confirm that the order is successfully archived. It should no longer appear in your Orders list. It’s worth noting that while you can also archive orders on your smartphone, it requires accessing your Amazon account through a web browser in desktop mode.
To switch to desktop mode on Google Chrome, tap the three dots icon in the top-right corner, and select Desktop Site from the drop-down menu. Then, follow the same steps: Accounts & Lists > Your Orders > View order details > Archive this order > Archive order.
How to Find Archived Amazon Orders
Archived orders remain hidden within your Amazon account, but you can easily retrieve them if needed. Here’s how you can locate your archived orders:
- Visit the official Amazon website and sign in to your account.
- Hover over the Account & Lists option and select Your Orders from the menu.
- Click on the drop-down button next to X orders placed in.
- Choose Archived Orders from the drop-down list. This will display all your archived orders.
- To unarchive an order, navigate to the specific order and click on the Unarchive Order button in the lower-left corner.
The order will be moved back to the Your Orders section. Similarly, on your smartphone, access your Amazon account through a web browser in desktop mode and follow the same steps to unarchive an order.
Drawbacks of Archiving Amazon Orders
While archiving your orders offers some privacy benefits, it’s important to consider its limitations. If your intention is to surprise someone with a gift, archiving it may not be foolproof. Although the orders are hidden on the platform, someone who has access to your Amazon account can still discover the archived orders if they actively search for them.
Furthermore, it’s worth noting that you cannot archive orders using the Amazon app on iOS or Android devices. While these limitations are not major concerns, it’s critical to understand that archiving an order does not remove it from your Buy Again list. The good news, however, is that you can remove items from the Buy Again list too. Follow these steps to remove unwanted items:
- Go to the Amazon order history and select the Buy Again option.
- Choose the order you want to remove from the suggestions.
- Click on the Remove this item button.
Once removed, the item will no longer appear in your Buy Again suggestions, ensuring your surprise remains intact. If you’re curious about whether Amazon notifies someone when you purchase an item from their Wish List as a gift, we have an article that addresses that too.
Maintaining Your Amazon Browsing Privacy
While archiving your orders may hide them from view, it’s essential to consider other aspects of your Amazon activity that can reveal your online shopping history. One such aspect is your Browsing History. If you’re concerned about others discovering what you’ve been up to on Amazon, there are measures you can take to protect your privacy. Deleting specific searches and disabling Amazon from tracking your history are effective ways to guard your browsing privacy.
To delete specific searches from your Amazon Browsing History, follow these steps: Browsing History > View and Edit > Turn off browsing history. By doing so, you prevent Amazon from providing constant product recommendations that may expose your secret shopping endeavors.
Other Methods for Private Shopping
Beyond hiding your order history, there are additional measures you can take to enhance your shopping privacy. One common concern is the risk of family members discovering your Amazon packages before you do. To avoid this, consider changing your delivery location. You can coordinate with a trusted neighbor or friend and have your Amazon orders delivered to their address. Simply update your address in the Your Addresses section of your account. Alternatively, if you have friends or family who are sharing your Amazon Prime account, it might be time to revoke their access.
A convenient option to ensure the privacy of your deliveries is using an Amazon Locker. This service is designed precisely for this situation. Many people aren’t at home throughout the day, and leaving packages unattended on doorsteps can be risky, especially in larger cities. Amazon Locker allows you to pick up your order at a time that is convenient for you. While there may be certain size and weight limitations, the overall experience is efficient. To find an Amazon Locker near you:
- Access your Amazon account and select Your Pickup Location at the top of the screen.
- Enter your zip code to locate lockers closest to your area.
- Choose the most suitable locker, and Amazon will provide you with a six-digit code to use when retrieving your package.
Amazon Respects Your Privacy
When you create an Amazon account and place your first order, your order history becomes an integral part of your account. Even if you deactivate your account, Amazon retains the records. However, Amazon also recognizes the importance of your privacy. Archiving your orders is one step toward maintaining that privacy. Remember, you can only archive up to 500 orders, so it pays to be selective.
While archiving your orders ensures they remain hidden, it’s crucial to be aware of your browsing history and explore various delivery options for added privacy. We hope this guide has been helpful. If you have any other questions or suggestions, feel free to let us know in the comments below.