How to Delete Amazon Order History

How to keep your shopping secrets safe

It’s hard enough to keep a secret without our digital shopping footprint giving away our surprises.Whether you have an Amazon Prime account, or not, there are ways to clear your Amazon order history from the default view.

Your entire Amazon account's purchasing and browsing history are continuously tracked and recorded through Amazon's highly-refined artificial intelligence system. While the ability to access your purchasing details can come in handy when placing reorders, or for tracking down receipts, if this information is leaked to the wrong eyes, Christmas and birthday surprises can be ruined.

Your order history and browsing activity are also used by Amazon's bots to help anyone browsing on the site to offer more clues to your activity, with its simple, 'you may also like' messages.

While it's impossible to completely delete your order history, there are some steps you can take to make it tougher for other Amazon account holders to see what you've purchased, browsed for, and saved to lists.

These instructions apply to desktop users, so you'll need to access Amazon.com from a computer to follow along.

Hide Orders Using an Amazon Household Account

The easiest way to hide your purchases from your family is through an Amazon Household Account. This option is for Prime members only, allowing you to share Prime benefits with one other adult, as well as teens, and children in your household.

Screenshot of the Amazon Household sign-up page, with buttons to Add Adult, Add a Teen, or Add a Child

A Household Account allows you to keep your purchase history, recommendations, and lists private and separate from teens and kids. Both adults still have the advantage of share select Amazon Prime benefits and digital content through a Family Library. Amazon Household can contain up to ten members with the following stipulations:

  • Two adults, ages 18 and over, each with their own Amazon account.
  • Up to four profiles for teens, ages 13-17.
  • Up to four child profiles, ages 12 and under.

How to Hide Amazon Orders Without Prime

If you don't have a Prime membership, no worries. There are still some options that can help you add a layer of privacy to your Amazon account activity. These include archiving orders, hiding browsing history, changing your shipping address, and using an Amazon Locker for delivery.

Archive Your Amazon Orders

Archiving an order does not delete an item completely, but it does hide the item from your default order page. However, archived items will still show up if they are specifically searched for on the order page.

  1. Log in to your Amazon account and click on Returns & Orders, located on the right side of the menu bar.

  2. Once opened, scroll down to find the item(s) you want to hide, then select Archive Order, located on the bottom left. Archive each purchase you would like to hide—up to 100 items. You can use the search feature to find multiple items on your orders page.

    Archiving an order on Amazon.
  3. As soon as you select the archive button, a window will pop up asking you to confirm that you do want to Archive the Order. Once archived, the item is immediately invisible on your default order history page.

  4. If you need to look at the order detail of any archived orders, hover your mouse over Accounts & Lists in the menu, and then go to Your Accounts. On that page, find the Archived orders link in the Ordering and shopping preferences area.

    To restore an archived order to your default order history view, select Unarchive Order.

Hide Your Browsing History

Your browsing history also holds a trail of breadcrumbs that will give snoops insight into what items you may have purchased, or are thinking of buying. By editing your browsing history, you can delete specific items or delete your entire history. You can even disable Amazon's ability to continuously track your browsing history entirely, which might be a good idea for the months leading up to the holidays.

  1. Go to the Amazon homepage and hover your mouse over Browsing History.

    Editing your Amazon browsing history.
  2. Click View and Edit in the pullout menu.

  3. Click Remove from view to hide an item from the history page. Click Manage history to access two additional options: Remove all items from view and Turn Browsing History on/off.

Change Your Delivery Location

Nothing creates an immediate sense of mystery like a brown Amazon box delivered to your doorstep. To keep the surprise under wraps—ask Amazon to send your package somewhere else—a friend's house or your work address.

Screenshot of Amazon option to edit delivery addresses

Use the Accounts & Lists menu at the top of Amazon to access Your Account. Select Your addresses from the Ordering and shopping preferences section and then choose Add Address.

Use an Amazon Locker

Another stealth delivery option is to use an Amazon Locker. This is a free delivery option and gives you the opportunity to pick up your package when it's convenient for you. The lockers are self-serve delivery kiosks, located strategically around your city. Your packages are kept in a security-coded locker until you pick it up.

  1. To find and select an Amazon Locker, go to the Amazon Locker Delivery page and click Find a locker near you.

    Amazon Locker delivery page.
  2. You can search by address, zip code, landmark, or locker/store name to find an Amazon Locker.

    Amazon Locker search page.
  3. When you place an order, the Locker will appear as an address option. If you select the locker delivery, Amazon will email you a unique six-digit code you'll need to open the locker. Then you'll have three calendar days to pick up your item before it will be returned to Amazon for a refund.