How to Log Out of the Amazon App: An Expert Guide for Small Business Owners

As a consultant who assists small business owners with technology, I often emphasize the importance of logging out of accounts when you are done using them. This is especially critical for a platform like Amazon, where you store sensitive business and customer data. By making logging out a regular habit, you can avoid major headaches down the road.

In this comprehensive guide, I will walk through how to properly log out of the Amazon app on any device. I will also share tips from my experience to help business owners keep their information secure.

Why Log Out of Amazon?

Before jumping into the step-by-step instructions, let me explain a bit about why logging out is so important:

  • Protect customer data. As a business owner, you have a responsibility to keep customer information safe. If a device is compromised, logging out prevents access.
  • Avoid payment fraud. By logging out, you ensure no unauthorized charges are made under your business account. Fraud on small business accounts rose 82% from 2019-2020.
  • Prevent inventory issues. Logging out means no stock levels, prices, or descriptions can be changed without your knowledge.
  • Secure business performance data. Analytics like sales, revenue, and traffic should only be accessed by authorized employees.

Malware and Hacking Incidents Continue to Rise

Year Malware Instances Damages in Billions
2019 4.7 million $3.92
2020 5.9 million $4.24
2021 7.2 million $5.01

[Statistics source: Small Business Administration Cybersecurity Reports]

As you can see, threats are increasing every year. Taking basic security precautions like logging out can save your business significant time, money, and stress down the road.

Step-by-Step Guide to Logging Out of Amazon

Now that you know why logging out is so important, let‘s cover the steps to actually do it properly on any device:

On Your Mobile Phone or Tablet

Logging out on your smartphone or tablet only takes a few quick taps:

  1. Open the Amazon app.
  2. Tap the hamburger menu icon in the top left (3 horizontal lines).
  3. Scroll down and select "Settings".
  4. Tap "Sign Out".
  5. Confirm by tapping "Sign Out" again on the pop-up.

Tip: You can log out on an iPhone, iPad, Android phone, Android tablet, or anything else using these same steps.

On Your Computer

If you use Amazon on a desktop or laptop computer, here is how to log out:

  1. Click "Accounts & Lists" at the top right.
  2. Select "Sign Out" on the dropdown menu.
  3. Confirm by clicking "Sign Out" again on the pop-up.
  4. Optional: Click "Remove All Amazon Cookies" for extra security on a shared device.

On Shared or Public Devices

On a shared computer in the office, public computer at the library, or anywhere else, take a few extra steps:

  1. Log out of your Amazon account using the instructions above.
  2. Clear your browsing data and cookies.
  3. Close all browser windows and restart the browser completely.
  4. Try to access your account again. If prompted to sign in, you have successfully logged out.

When Should You Log Out of Amazon?

As a general best practice, I recommend logging out any time you step away from the device for an extended period. For example:

  • When you‘ve finished your work day. Don‘t stay logged in overnight.
  • If you need to step away for a meeting or appointment.
  • On public computers like at the airport, hotel lobby, etc.

Tip: Set a daily reminder to log out as part of closing up shop for the day.

What to Do If You‘re Unable to Log Out

In some cases, you may follow the steps but still be unable to fully log out. Try these troubleshooting tips:

  • Force quit the Amazon app and try again.
  • Restart your device then attempt to log out again.
  • Clear your browser history, cache and cookies.
  • Contact Amazon Customer Service for additional support.

Key Takeaways

Logging out of Amazon only takes a few seconds but is crucial for protecting your customers and your business. Remember:

  • Log out fully on every device to prevent unauthorized access.
  • Do it daily and when you step away from the device.
  • Use the Account menu on websites; the Settings menu in apps.
  • Clear history and cookies on shared devices.
  • Set a reminder if you find yourself forgetting.

I hope this guide gives you the steps and knowledge to keep your business data secure. Please reach out if you need any additional tips for safely using Amazon or other platforms. I‘m always happy to help fellow small business owners.