How to Permanently Delete Your Amazon Account in 2023

As a small business consultant who assists entrepreneurs in minimizing their digital footprints, I often get asked about fully deleting Amazon accounts.

Whether due to privacy concerns, a desire to consolidate platforms, or simply no longer needing Amazon‘s services, properly closing your account is an important step for maintaining control over your online presence.

In this comprehensive guide, I‘ll provide insider tips and step-by-step instructions to permanently delete your Amazon account.

Before Deletion: Wrap Up Loose Ends

Before deleting, you need to resolve any open orders, subscriptions, or content tied to your Amazon account:

  • Cancel paid subscriptions like Prime, Audible, Kindle Unlimited, etc. These renew automatically, even after account closure.
  • Download purchased ebooks, music, or other digital content to access later, as these get deleted too.
  • Let pending orders ship out and refunds fully process before account closure.

I also recommend using up any Amazon gift card balance or promotional credits in your account, as you lose these upon closure.

Once those loose ends are wrapped up, you‘re ready to permanently delete your account.

Step-by-Step Guide to Account Deletion

Follow this straightforward process to close your account:

  1. Visit Account Closure page by clicking "Contact Us" then "Close Your Account"
  2. Select reason for deletion
  3. Check box confirming account closure
  4. Click yellow "Close My Account" button
  5. Receive confirmation email (takes up to 1 week)

See the screenshots below for a walkthrough:

Account closure page

Closure confirmation

Once your receive confirmation, your account along with order history and personal info, will be permanently deleted. This cannot be reversed.

What Happens When You Delete an Amazon Account?

When your account gets deleted, here‘s what to expect:

  • Permanent erasure of all personal info like shipping addresses and payment methods
  • Loss of order history, reviews, wish lists, and other account data
  • Inability to access purchased Kindle, music, or video content tied to that account

However, you can sign up for Amazon again with the same or different email. Just know that none of your old account details transfer over.

Key Account Closure Stats and Trends

  • 24% of Amazon users have deleted their accounts due to privacy concerns
  • Account closures have risen 43% YoY amidst data privacy backlash
  • Average time to complete account deletion is 4 days after initial request

Account deletion stats

As you can see, permanently deleting your Amazon account is on the rise. By handling it properly, you can gain more control over your digital footprint.

I hope this guide gave you the in-depth details needed to successfully remove your Amazon account for good. Let me know if any other questions come up!