Want to keep your more personal purchases private from a nosy spouse or child when shopping on Amazon? Amazon’s leaves your purchase history readily accessible through the “Returns & Orders” tab at the top of every page. But you can easily hide orders on Amazon from prying eyes by archiving them.
When you archive an order, it doesn't show up in your regular orders list on the Your Orders page. Your archived orders are stored on the Your Account page instead. The option to archive an order is only available when browsing Amazon on your computer or by using your phone’s web browser in desktop mode. You can’t use an app or Alexa device to perform this function.
1. On your computer go to Amazon.com (see instructions below on how to view a desktop version of the Amazon website on your phone)
2. Click on “Returns & Orders” in the menu bar in the upper right.
3. Find the item you want to hide in your orders list.
4. Below the order with the item you want to hide, click on “Archive order.” Note that you can only archive a whole order, or, if items were shipped in more than one box, a whole box of items in an order.
5. In the pop-up window, click “Archive order” again.
Once your order has been archived, it won’t appear under “Returns & Orders.” If you need to find your order, click on “Account & Lists” in the menu bar in the upper right and select “Archived Orders.” You can choose to “Unarchive Order” if you want to return your order to your regular order list. Amazon limits you to archiving 500 orders.
How to request a desktop website on your iPhone
To view a desktop version of a web page on your iPhone (using the Safari browser app), tap on the double AA in the URL bar and you’ll see “Request Desktop Website.” When you click on a link in desktop mode, you will continue to see the desktop version of the site.
How to request a desktop website on your Android phone
To view a desktop website on your Android phone, tap the triple dots in the upper right of the screen of the Chrome browser app to open the menu. Then tap on “Desktop site.” When you click on a link in desktop mode, you will continue to see the desktop version of the site.
Updated on 11/2/2022 with current screenshots and instructions.
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