How to View Your Archived Orders on Amazon
Amazon orders cannot be deleted. Deactivating your account won’t work either, as Amazon keeps track of everything you bought from them. Everything that you order will forever be a part of your digital record.
There is a way to hide your orders from others, despite the fact that Amazon having permanent access to them. This is called archiving and finding the archived orders is a bit tricky for a reason – the whole point is to make your orders harder to dig up.
What Are Archived Orders?
Archived orders are those you no longer wish to see on your Amazon account. Orders on Amazon are not automatically archived so you will have to move them manually. The process of moving your orders is incredibly simple and straight-forward.
If you have purchased a secret gift for someone who also uses the Amazon account, you can archive the order making it less obvious. If you’re running a business and need to remove the orders you’ve already collected the information for, this is an option for you.
If you’ve purchased an item you’d rather not have anyone else see, use this option to hide the details. Just beware, you’ll also need to remove your search history for Amazon as well to maintain secrecy.
Archiving orders on Amazon doesn’t delete the information, it simply moves it to the back burner. Archiving isn’t permanent either, you have the option to move the orders to and from the archive folder as you please.
How to Hide Amazon Orders
If you’ve already made orders on Amazon before, sign in to your account and go to the homepage. There are multiple ways to hide an order, but let’s stick to the most straightforward one – archiving. To archive a past order, follow these instructions:
- Log into Amazon and click ‘Returns & Orders’ in the upper right-hand corner
- Scroll through your orders until you find the one you’d like to archive – You can filter by year in the upper left-hand corner of this page.
- Click on ‘Order Details’ next to the invoice in question.
- Click ‘Archive Order’
- Confirm by clicking ‘Archive Order’ once again.
Although this is a quick and simple solution to hiding the items you’ve ordered in the past, there are other ways to get Amazon to permanently delete your account information. Thanks to user privacy laws, the company will provide you details about your account, or let you permanently delete some information.
Hide Your Search
Let’s now see how to hide the orders properly. You’ve followed the guidelines from the previous section and confirmed that you want to hide the order by clicking Archive order for the second time, in the popup window. While this will remove the order from the default Orders view, your browsing history on Amazon will still show your searches, which makes it easy for someone Amazon-savvy to snoop on your orders.
When ordering something that you’ll want to archive later, do the browsing in the private or incognito mode. You may have to type in your login information every time, but it beats forgetting to remove the browsing history.
If you have used the regular mode in your browser, you’ll want to log into Amazon if you aren’t already logged in and find the Browsing History link towards the top-right part of the Amazon homepage. If you’re having trouble finding this link, click Ctrl + F and type the words “browsing history” to search the phrase on the current page.
When you click Browsing History, you’ll see a list of recent searches. You may have to click ‘Manage History’ in the right-hand corner for the dropdown options to appear. Hit Remove from view for each item that you want to remove from the search history.
You can also turn off ‘Browsing History’ by toggling the switch from orange to grey.
Find Your Archived Orders
Don’t worry, your archived orders are still there. As mentioned previously, they will never go away, even if you deactivate your Amazon account.
To access the archived orders:
- log in to your Amazon account and click on the previously mentioned Orders link in the top right corner of the Amazon homepage.
- Under Your Orders, you’ll see a box with a drop-down menu. It will say ‘[Number] orders place in:’ with ‘Past 6 months’ in the box.
- At the bottom of the list, you’ll see the ‘Archived Orders’ link.
- Click on it and you’ll be redirected to the list of all the orders you’ve hidden.
If you’d like to move your order back to the standard orders page, simply click ‘Unarchive Order’ in the lower left-hand corner. There’s no need to confirm this, once you click the option your order will go back to its rightful place in the account orders tab.
How to Not Get Caught
Whatever the reason for you wanting to hide a particular order or a set of orders, you will need to pay attention not to get caught. Amazon does give you privacy, you have your login information that you aren’t supposed to share with anyone and you can log out after each browsing/ordering session, just to be safe.
This is why it isn’t recommended to share your account information with anyone. If you don’t want to have to log out every time you browse or order on amazon, simply use the private/incognito mode that every browser offers. If you want to share your account info with someone or trust them enough not to pry into your business, browse regularly, and share your information with them.
Viewing the Archived Orders
Archiving your orders is the best way to remove those special orders from the main Orders menu. However, anyone with access to your account can find them by visiting the archives.
Depending on what you’re ordering you can always create a secondary account to maintain privacy. Although this does require another Prime membership if you’d like to keep the benefits. The best way to keep this information secret is to kick anyone off of your Prime account who you don’t want to have access to your orders.