Amazon has perfected the art of online shopping. There’s nothing you can’t find on Amazon and have delivered to your doorstep. It’s by far the easiest way to shop, since most people live hectic lives and don’t have time to run around the mall.
But if you’re trying to surprise a family member for their birthday, you don’t want them to accidentally see the Amazon order. That’s why archiving the order means the surprise won’t be ruined. But how exactly do you archive an order?
Archiving an Amazon Order
Archiving an Amazon order doesn’t mean deleting it. In fact, there really is no way to remove your Amazon order. Once you’ve purchased something via Amazon, it stays on your account forever.
The company reserves the right to do things that way so they can recommend products to you and simply track everything. But archiving the order is more like hiding it, they just don’t call it that. Here’s what you need to archive a particular Amazon order:
- Sign in to your Amazon account and go to your home page.
- In the upper right corner, select “Orders”.
- You’ll see the entire list of your previous orders, organized by date.
- Select the order you want to archive.
- At the bottom of the list of actions, select “Archive order”.
- When the pop-up window appears, select “Archive order” again in order to confirm.
After you’re done, you can go back and check if the order is really archived. It should be completely gone from your “Orders” list. At the moment, Amazon limits the number of archived orders to 100.
Finding the Archived Orders
Since your archived order still exists, only it’s tucked away in your Amazon account, you can always find it again. Perhaps you want to order the same exact product, and that’s the fastest way to do it. Or if you archived the order with the intent of hiding it, this means that someone can track it down if they want to.
But where are the archived orders exactly? All you have to do is go to your Amazon account and select the “View Archived Orders” option. Once you’re there, in case you’ve changed your mind and you don’t want that specific order in the archived list, select “Unarchive Order”.
Hide the Browsing History
Here’s the thing, there’s more than one way for someone to figure out what you’ve been up to on Amazon. Even if your order is now hidden, curiosity can lead a member of your household to try and figure out what you’ve been ordering. An easy way to do this is to review your Browsing History.
But rest assured – you can also prevent that. Not by erasing the entire history, that would be too suspicious. But by deleting the specific searches you’ve made on Amazon. Another thing you can do is to disable Amazon from tracking your history.
This way you won’t get constant recommendations about products. Those are always an easy give away. To do that, follow these steps Browsing History>View and Edit>Turn off browsing history.
Other Ways to Shop Privately
Apart from the obvious thing, and that’s not to share your Amazon account information with anyone, there are other ways you can shop with more privacy. One of the bigger problems when it comes to online shopping is getting home before your family to grab the brown package that’s sitting on your doorstep. If you truly want to hide your Amazon order, you can’t take that chance.
Therefore, you should change your delivery location. You can make arrangements with a neighbor, a friend, and have the Amazon deliver to them. All you need to do is go to your account and then enter the new address in the “Your Addresses” field.
Another convenient way to solve this problem without involving anyone else is to utilize the Amazon Locker. This is a pretty fantastic idea designed for this sole purpose. Many people aren’t home all day, and they don’t want their orders sitting on the doorstep. This is even more complicated in larger cities. Amazon Locker lets you pick up your order whenever suits you the best.
There are some size and weight limitations, but overall, it’s an excellent option. To find an Amazon Locker that works for you, this is what you need to do. Go to your Amazon account and then select “Your Pickup Location” on the top of the screen.
Your zip code will give Amazon the information it needs to find the locations of lockers that are closest to you. You select the one you want, and Amazon will send you a six-digit code to use when picking up the package.
Amazon Knows Everything, but No One Else Has to
Once you create your Amazon account and place the first order, Amazon will make sure to remember it. Even if you deactivate your account, it’s still there. But you’ve made your peace with it. And sometimes you just need to hide or archive an order, and there’s no reason why anyone shouldn’t have that kind of privacy. And, after all, you can only archive 100 orders anyway. But you should also be mindful of your browsing history and explore other ways for delivery.
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