How to hide orders on Amazon and clear your browsing history

Ray Fernandez

Aug 21, 20236 min read

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Sharing your Amazon account with your partner, family, or even your children has many benefits. But there may be times when you don’t want everyone in the house to see what you bought and how much you paid for it. Fortunately, there are two main ways you can retain the benefits of sharing an account without sacrificing your privacy. Here’s how to hide orders on Amazon and how archived Amazon orders work.

How to hide your orders on Amazon

So, how do you remove orders from Amazon history? It’s actually a lot easier than you might expect. To hide your Amazon orders, you have two options. The first is to manually delete each order you want to hide. The other is to open an Amazon Household account. 

How to delete Amazon order history using Archived orders

Can you delete your Amazon order history? Yes. But you should note that every order needs to be deleted individually and manually, and they are not truly deleted but archived. 

Here’s how to archive Amazon orders on your computer:

  1. Log in to your Amazon account and click Returns & Orders on the right side of the menu bar.
  2. Scroll down and find the item or items you want to hide.
  3. Select Archive Order on the bottom left.
  4. Do the same with every purchase you want to hide (you can hide up to 100 items, and you can use the search feature to find multiple items on your orders page).
  5. Click Archive again to confirm the operation.
  6. Once archived, the item or items are immediately hidden from your order history page.

To find archived orders, hover your mouse over Accounts & Lists in the menu and then go to Your Accounts. On that page, you will find the Archived orders link in the Ordering and shopping preferences area.

How to hide Amazon orders on your phone or with Alexa

If you have the Amazon app installed, you can archive orders using your iPhone, Android smartphone, or tablet.

Here’s how to archive orders on the Amazon app on mobile devices:

  1. Open the Amazon app.
  2. Log in to your Amazon account if necessary.
  3. On the menu, tap on Accounts and Lists.
  4. Select Order History to open your orders.
  5. Choose the order you would like to archive.
  6. Select Archive Order at the bottom of the description box.
  7. Confirm by clicking Archive Order again.

To locate all your archived orders on your smartphone: 

  1. Go to the Amazon app and log in.
  2. On the menu, click on Accounts and Lists.
  3. Select Your Orders.
  4. Tap on Past Six Months.
  5. Scroll down and tap on Archived Orders.
  6. Upon opening, you will find your list of archived orders.

You can also hide orders in Alexa. To do this:

  1. Open the Alexa app.
  2. Navigate to Settings.
  3. Find Notifications and then tap on Amazon Shopping.
  4. Locate the Say or Show Item Titles option and toggle the feature off.
  5. Alexa will still notify you of deliveries but will not specify which product is set to arrive.

How to hide orders on Amazon with a Household Account

By using Amazon Household, you can share your account with other adults, teens, and children. The benefits of this feature for parents are evident. Adults and teens can share a lot of content, including Prime benefits and digital content, using the Family Library. They can also link the account with their home Alexa device. Teens in the Amazon Household can also share select Prime benefits.

An Amazon Household can be made up of:

  • Up to 2 adults (aged 18 and over), each with their own Amazon account
  • Up to 4 teens (ages 13 through 17), who can have their own Amazon login to shop or stream content while keeping their parents informed
  • Up to 4 children, who will not be permitted to shop on Amazon

How to create an Amazon Household

Creating a Household account will make every user’s purchase and Amazon browsing history private. Users have their own login despite sharing the same payment and account information. This is the most comprehensive way to keep things personal among family and partners.

To create your Amazon Household:

  1. Go to Amazon Household.
  2. Create your Amazon Household.
  3. Select Add Adult to add an adult (you can either send an email invitation or sign up together to verify your accounts).
  4. Select Add a Teen or Add a Child to send an email invite (the teen must accept the parent’s invitation to set up their login).
Screenshot: How to create an Amazon Household

When you create your Amazon Household, you’ll be asked to review your content sharing settings through Family Library. If you don’t wish to share any content, uncheck all of the boxes next to the content types. The content sharing feature does not include your recent purchases, so even if you share content with the entire family, your orders will be private and only accessible through your account. Remember that Household accounts share payment options.

You can also create a Household using an iPhone or Android device through the Amazon app.

To set up an Amazon Household on your smartphone:

  1. Download the Amazon Shopping app from the App Store for iPhone or Play Store for Android.
  2. Open the Amazon app and log in or create an account.
  3. Go to Account Settings and tap Manage Your Household.
  4. Follow the steps above to add an adult, teen, or child.

How to manage your Amazon browsing history

Like a web browser, Amazon will store your history and recently viewed items. So if you’ve gone through all the trouble of deleting purchases, you might also want to clear your browsing history. Note that if you have a Household account, this is unnecessary, as every member of the Household has their own login and webpage.

How to clear your Recently Viewed on Amazon

You can delete specific items from your Amazon history or wipe the entire record clean. You can also disable the tracking that allows Amazon to build these lists and lets you search your Amazon history.

To clear the Amazon search history on your computer:

  1. Go to the Amazon homepage and log in.
  2. Hover your cursor over Accounts & Lists at the top-right of the page and click Browsing History in the drop-down.
  3. Click Remove from view below each item in your history that you’d like to remove.
  4. To remove all items, select Manage history in the top right and select Remove all items from view.
Screenshot: How to manage your Amazon browsing history

How to clear Amazon search history on your mobile device, iPhone, iPad, or Android:

  1. Open the Amazon app and log in.
  2. Tap the profile icon in the bottom menu.
  3. Select Your Account.
  4. Scroll down to Personalized Content and tap Browsing History.
  5. To delete individual items, tap Remove from view.
  6. To clear your history, tap Manage and then Remove all items from view.
  7. Done! All your Amazon search history is now deleted.

How to turn off search history on Amazon

As mentioned above, you can also turn off your search history on Amazon. This is helpful if you constantly remove items from your browsing history. Plus, it adds a layer of privacy if you share an account.

To turn off Amazon’s search history on a laptop:

  1. Log in to your Amazon account and go to Browsing History.
  2. Select Manage history.
  3. Toggle the Browsing History option off.
Screenshot: How to turn off Amazon browsing history

To turn off Amazon’s search history on a mobile device:

  1. Open the Amazon Shopping App and log in if necessary.
  2. Select the profile icon in the bottom menu, then Your Account.
  3. Scroll down to Personalized Content and tap Browsing History.
  4. Tap Manage.
  5. Toggle the Browsing History option off.

Whether you are trying to keep gifts a secret from your children or your partner, or you’d just prefer not to be tracked while online shopping, there are several things you can do. Now that you know how to manually manage your Amazon account for more privacy and create an Amazon Household account, keeping things private on Amazon will be simple. And if you’re interested in further protecting your privacy, check out our guide to hiding your iPhone photos from prying eyes.

Ray Fernandez Ray Fernandez
Ray has been covering tech and cybersecurity for over 15 years. His work has appeared on TechRepublic, VentureBeat, Forbes, Entrepreneur, and the Microsoft Blog, among others.