Your Amazon Wish List Is Public By Default. Here’s How to Make It Private

Amazon’s lists are helpful for keeping track of all the many ways you need to give Jeff Bezos your money. However, by default, your basic wish list is public, and anyone with your email address can look it up. That seems like something worth fixing. Here’s how to change the privacy settings on your wish list.

In fact, you might not realize this, but you have an entire Amazon.com profile page (kind of like a Facebook page, but for shopping) that anyone can see, complete with all your lists and registries. You have two options: you can make certain wish lists private (so no one can see them), and/or you can make your profile private—so you can still send your wish list to people, but they won’t see it on your profile page.

How to Make Your Wish Lists Private

To change your Amazon wish list settings, open up Amazon on the web, hover over Account & Lists and click Wish List.

On this page, click “List settings” in the top right corner.

Next to your Wish List (or any list you want to edit), click the drop down under Privacy and click Private. You can also choose Shared if you want to only share the list with certain people.

Amazon doesn’t go out of its way to let you know that your default wish list is public. You can use the Find a List or Registry tool to search for anyone’s account by email address and view the lists that they haven’t hidden. It’s not difficult to start adding items to your wish list without realizing that your friends or contacts can look up what you’re shopping for, so it’s probably a good idea to make it private.

How to Hide Everything From Your Profile

If you have wish lists you want to keep public, but hide from your profile, you can do that too. Visit your profile by hovering over “Account & Lists” on Amazon.com and clicking “Your Account”.

Click “Profile” under Ordering and shopping preferences. You can go directly to your profile by clicking this link.

To view what the public can see, click the “See what others see” link at the top of the page.

To edit your privacy settings, click “Edit your profile”.

You can change your public name and other information like your email address, occupation, website, location, bio, and social media links here.

Click “Edit privacy settings” at the top of the page to edit your privacy settings.

To hide everything from your profile, check the “Hide all activity on your profile” box and then click “Save”.

While people can’t see these lists from your profile, they can still use the Find a List or Registry page to search for wish lists, wedding registries, or baby registries associated with your email address or name.

Chris Hoffman is a technology writer and all-around computer geek. He's as at home using the Linux terminal as he is digging into the Windows registry. Connect with him on Twitter.


Eric Ravenscraft covers smarthome tech for How-To Geek. He's a problem solver who never learned to say no to a project. When he's not fixing things, he's cosplaying at cons, playing video games, and watching too many comic book movies. You can follow him on Twitter or Instagram.