Millions of people living on this dying planet have their own Amazon account.
If you consider yourself one of them then there is a good chance that you still have not managed to get a hang of all the features, services, labyrinthine categories and menus along with settings screens that are on offer.
But don’t worry.
We have written this guide especially for people like you.
People who want to know how to get the best out of their Amazon account.
In this guide, we will take a look at a total of 19 different tips that you can use right now in order to use your Amazon account to its maximum potential.
Counting the actual cost
Assuming that you have gone to the official website of Amazon and have logged into your account via a web browser, you should click on the option that says Your Account.
After that you should click on Your Orders.
Once you do that, you should have no problems in seeing everything that you have purchased from Amazon in the last six months or so.
There is also a drop-down list available near the top of the screen which allows you to browse your items by year.
So use that.
With such tools at your disposal you should have no problems in knowing more about how you have spent your money in the past.
There is also the page called Order History Reports.
Use this page and export all or just some of the data that you see on the screen is a nice CSV (spreadsheet-friendly) format.
All of your audio content in the cloud
While you are at it, you should try to not forget about the AutoRip feature.
Some of you may still not know much about this feature.
But that is only because it did not exist before 2013.
A good number of vinyl albums and CDs that users purchase via Amazon come with their own digital copies as well.
You may not know this but Amazon automatically deposits those right in your own Amazon Music Locker.
Fundamentally speaking, Amazon auto rips them into MP3s.
So what you need to do now is to look for the logo that says AutoRip while you are in the process of buying some physical albums on Amazon.
Any audio that you have bought on Amazon since 1998 supports this feature.
Get unlimited storage for your photos
It is highly likely that you are uploading a ton of pictures to your iCloud and/or Google Photos.
However, did you know that if you have a valid Amazon Prime subscription, you should have no problems in getting an unlimited amount of cloud storage.
So use it for all of your pictures.
To know more about how the service works in detail you need to make your way to Amazon Photos here.
Now, with that said, if you want to have the ability to automatically back up all of the photos as you are taking them then you need to make sure that you get the official Amazon Photos app for your iOS and Android devices.
Take advantage of features that allow you to deregister your old devices
From the standpoint of device security, we think it is always a great idea to unlink your official Amazon account from devices that you consider old or have sold or have lost.
To do that, you will need to select the option that says Your Account from the official Amazon website menu.
When that is done, you will need to go to the option that says Manage Your Content and Devices.
Then you need to switch to the tab that says Devices in order to see each and every one of your gadgets that you have logged into.
From the same screen, you should be able to deregister any and all of your older hardware.
Change the status of some orders to hidden
Now, this tip can do wonders for those people who happen to share a valid Amazon account with another person but do not really want the sharing partner to know anything about the gift that they have just purchased for a future event.
You can hide your purchases on Amazon account.
What you need to do is to first go to Your Orders Amazon page and then from there select the option that says HideOrder.
Once you do that, you should see the order disappearing from your view.
Do take note that even if you ‘hide’ an order, it will still show up if a user searches for something.
Moreover, it will also show up if a user clicks the link for Hidden orders which is available via the main screen for your Amazon account.
What are you sharing? Double check
Most Amazon users still tend to forget that with an Amazon account you also got an Amazon profile page.
It is just like the profile page that you would have on any other social media websites.
And while it is true that the Amazon profile page will never close to as many view as one’s Twitter or Facebook profile but that does not mean it does not exist.
In fact, we think it is worth the effort to just keep a check on it to make sure that you are not broadcasting to the world something that you don’t really want to.
So what you need to do here is to click on the page that says Your Account and then click the Your Amazon Profile option.
When you get to that page you have a couple of options available to perform a check on the things that you are sharing with the public.
There are options related to your current location as well your Amazon product reviews.
Wishlist and beyond
In other words, we want you to think beyond simple wishlists.
By default, each and every Amazon account comes with a wishlist section.
However, the same page also allows you to create your own custom lists as well.
To do that, you will need to click on Your Lists.
When that is done, you should perform a click on the option that says Create a List.
It goes without saying that you should do this on a mainstream web browser for security reasons.
Now, you should also know that there are a total of three separate types of lists to choose from.
You do not need to think too hard on this because all the list work in pretty much the same way.
First you have the shopping lists.
Then you have the second type which is known as wish lists.
Then there are some others.
Finally you have the ideas list.
You probably do not need us to tell you that you can use the ideas list to inspire others in the wider Amazon community to help with their shopping.
Lists and shared lists
You can, if you want to, share lists with other online consumers as well.
So where can this feature come in handy?
Well, it can come in handy if you have a desire to give other people appropriate gift ideas for an upcoming event in your family.
Maybe you want them to bring a specific gift the next time they come to your house for the holidays.
To get started on this, you should first create a list and then click the button that says Public.
Once you do that, you will effectively make the list visible to other online consumers.
Not only that, but you will also get a shareable URL for more convenience.
On the other hand, you can also decide to click on the More button.
After that, you should click on Manage List option in order to make the list completely public which is current present on the list page.
Binge-watch: control it
We’re not saying that this is the biggest change you will ever make in your life.
But it might just manage to make a significant difference in your viewing habits.
Pretty much like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video also provides you with a feature which queues up the very next episode of the TV show that you are watching automatically.
More precisely, it does that at the exact moment the user finishes the current given TV episode.
To get your streaming habits on track, what you need to do is to first go on the web and access your Prime Video account.
From there you need to click the option that says Settings.
After that, you should click on Playback in order to find the option.
Make sure that you have applied the choice across each and every one of your internet-enabled devices.
It is time to go to the real world with your Amazon account
There are lots of ways you can make use of the official Amazon app.
You can check out the prices at the store first and then compare it to what Amazon wants you to pay and then go for the one that offers the greatest discount.
All that you really need to ensure here is to scan the barcode on the given item by making use of your smartphone device’s camera.
Make sure that you do that via the official Amazon store application.
Of course, if you do not want to scan the barcode then you can simply take a picture of the item that you are interested in.
Once you do that, the official Amazon app will look for any and all matching products along with the prices of those products in the company’s sprawling databases.
Get the best recommendations
If you feel like Amazon can do a better job of recommending you things then you are try and tweak it a little bit.
That way Amazon will serve you more relevant items in the future.
To get started on purchasing things that you will actually like, you need to first log in to your Amazon account.
Then you need to perform a click on the option that says Account & Lists.
After that, click on Your Recommendations.
If you take a look at your Amazon Browsing History you will come to know that you can actually wipe various items right off your record.
Not only that, but you can also take advantage of options such as Improve Your Recommendations.
This option, as the name suggests, allows users just like you to rate your past Amazon purchases and then rank them.
Once you do that, Amazon will put its algorithms to work and improve future recommendations for you.
Use Amazon allowance for someone else’s gift.
We’re not sure but this tip seems best suited to those people who want to have available a digital pocket money distributor in order to manage their kids who may shop online once in a while.
However, there could be many other applications as well.
Use Amazon allowance to gift specific amounts of allowance to individual Amazon users.
You will have to pick out users via their valid email addresses.
Once you do that, Amazon Allowance will make it easy for you to give them some cash in the form of Amazon gift cards.
Amazon gives you the choice of how much money you want to give to the other person and with what regularity.
When finished, trust Amazon to take good care of the rest of the process.
Get your laptop the new Alexa app
You might know this already but Amazon has started to offer the official Alexa app for the Windows platform as well.
If you happen to have an Echo device but do not have it close by then you can use the official Alexa app for Windows in order to get work done.
Of course, you will first have to sign in with your official Amazon account.
With the help of the official Alexa app you have the option of managing your online shopping orders.
Not only that, but you can also perform checks on one or more of your upcoming schedules.
Needless to say, the functions that we have mentioned above are in addition to the standard set of features that you get with Amazon Alexa.
At the time of writing this report, Amazon had no developed an official app for Amazon Alexa on the Apple Mac platform.
However, there are plenty of web tools that Mac users can take advantage of to get the same benefits.
Before you purchase books, try them
Take it from us that the book preview feature which Amazon offers users with is worth checking out.
Of course, we’re assuming here that you still have not managed to find the time to check the feature out.
The first thing you should know about the book preview feature is that this option is only supported on specific book listings.
You have the option of clicking the option that says Look Inside.
Most of the time, this option appears just over the cover art of the given book.
So how much can you read via the preview feature?
It turns out, that depends on the book and the category of the book that is involved.
However, almost all supported books give you enough material to give you a reasonable feel for the format and style of writing.
Get real assistance in picking gifts
May be you have this tendency of getting stuck while trying to purchase something for someone you know.
Maybe that is not the case but you want some assistance while choosing gifts.
Whatever your case may be, you can now get assistance with the help of Amazon Gift Finder.
The great thing about this feature is that it is available via the web.
People who want to make use of this feature can start things off by specifying the type of person that they are trying to shop for.
To take an example, the Amazon Gift Finder tool may ask you the age of your gift recipient.
Once you are done doing that, all you really need to do is to follow the on-screen prompts.
That will further narrow down your search for the perfect gift for your friend/family/whatever.
With that said, we should mention that the tool is not perfect.
In simpler terms, it doesn’t always help you a ton.
However, as mentioned before as well, it is definitely good enough to merit a look.
Maybe it won’t spit out the best gift for your friend but it can give you some inspiration from time to time.
You also have the option of filtering the gift that you are interested in by price.
Use your Amazon account to give something back to the online community
A lot of people do not like to pen their own reviews of any of the products that they have purchased via the Amazon site.
And that is okay.
What we want such people to do is to at least make an effort to review the Amazon reviews.
If you do that, you will actually be helping the community by making sure the better and more helpful reviews are the ones which are near to the top of various specific product pages.
To get started, what you need to do is to view an item from a listing and then perform a click on the button which says Helpful and is present right beneath the review which you are interested in.
Of course, you first have to make sure that the review really has hit the mark if we are talking about offering readers an accurate description of what the seller is offering for sale.
Keep track of all the stuff coming from your favorite authors.
It should come as no surprise to you that just like social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook, Amazon enables users to follow the authors that they like a lot or are interested in.
The major advantage of following a writer is that Amazon informs the user whenever there is some literature one sale from the author.
Now, in order to get started on that, what you need to do is to head down to the page that says Follow Recommendations.
On this page you should see a complete selection of all the writers based on all your previous purchases and the popularity rank of those writers.
We should also mention that you can find Follow button pretty much on all the authors’ individual pages.
Subscribe to save
An Amazon account also lets you have access to a Subcribe and Save page.
What does this Amazon website page do?
Well, it comes in handy for those users who want to make sure they are saving money on their regular shopping.
The name should give it away that this feature requires the user to subscribe to specific items.
It doesn’t really matter what those items are.
They can be cleaning products or food.
Once you subscribe, Amazon makes sure that it delivers them to you on a schedule and automatically.
Our research shows that you have the option of saving up to a total of 15 percent on your items’ standard prices.
Another feature that more people need to know about is the free Kindle apps.
Or rather Kindle apps for platforms such as,
Now, we will mention though that the reading experience these apps provide you is not as good as the one you would get from Amazon’s dedicated Kindle ereader from an overall perspective.
However, the great benefit of using the Kindle app is that it seamlessly syncs the user’s ebook reading progress between different devices.
This feature can come in handy when you want to read some extra pages but don’t have the dedicated Kindle device with you.