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Secret: Hide what you buy on Amazon and have it delivered to a temporary address

Secret: Hide what you buy on Amazon and have it delivered to a temporary address
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You may not know this yet but your Amazon account's entire purchasing history on the online shopping giant's site is recorded and all activity is likewise tracked.

While this is great for reviewing all your past orders or for checking old receipts and transactions, there may be times when this need shall arise - you will want to hide items you've bought, browsed or searched for in your Amazon history for one reason or another.

This might pose a problem for homes where all family members share a single Amazon account for browsing and purchasing.

Hiding your Amazon history can be necessary for a variety of things. It could be for a personal reason, like bought or searched items you're too embarrassed to reveal, or for something with an altruistic twist.

Most of the time, you just don't want to reveal spoilers for gifts you've bought for your loved ones.

Here are a few tips that should help you hide your activity on Amazon and even have your items delivered to an address other than your home.

Amazon Household

One way to avoid Amazon gift spoilers and hide your purchases from your family is by setting up an Amazon Household Account. This is available for Amazon Prime members and it allows you to share all the Amazon Prime perks and your library of purchased digital content with another adult in your household.

With this, you and your significant other can have separate Amazon accounts, each with its own respective shopping history, wish lists and notifications.

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Your Amazon Household can have up to six members:

  • Two adults, each with a separate Amazon account.
  • Up to four child profiles (used for Amazon's service for kids called FreeTime). Child profiles are disabled from making purchases on Amazon.

The two adult accounts can also manage the household's child profiles.

To share your Amazon Prime membership, go to Account Settings >> Manage Your Content and Devices >> Settings >> Holds and Family Library >> Invite Adult.

For non-Amazon Prime members

For non-Amazon Prime members, don't despair. If you're sharing the same Amazon account with another family member, there are still ways to hide purchases and searches to avoid potentially heartbreaking gift spoilers.

Archive an order

One is archiving an order. Not only will this action hide gift purchases from your order history, it can also hide items that you no longer want to reference or simply embarrassed to reveal.

To archive an order, go to your Amazon account's "Your Orders" section, locate the particular item you want to archive then select "Archive Order."

This will remove the item from immediate viewing within your order history. Note: Archived orders can still be viewed by going to "Your Account" page and selecting "View Archived Orders." These items can also be restored by selecting "Unarchive Order."

Remove items from browsing history

To avoid revealing your potential gift ideas to your household, you can remove an item from your browsing history or even clear it out entirely.

To do this, go to your Amazon account's "Your Browsing History" section then click "Remove" on each item you'd like to clear. You can also clear every item out by clicking "Remove all items."

Note: You can also turn off your account's Browsing History entirely by selecting "Turn off browsing history."

Remove items from your Recommendations

Another source for potential gift spoilers is Amazon's Recommended List. This list is automatically populated with what Amazon thinks you'll be interested in based on your prior purchases, including gifts.

To exclude certain purchases from influencing your recommendations, go to your Amazon's account's "Improve Your Recommendations" section, locate the particular item you want to exclude then select "Don't use for recommendations" or "This was a gift."

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