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How to keep Amazon Alexa from spoiling your holiday surprises

Don't let Alexa give away what's under the tree.

Amazon Echo Show 10 Credit: Reviewed / Rachel Murphy

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It’s that time of year when what feels like a bazillion Amazon packages start arriving at your door—especially on the heels of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. If you have an Amazon Echo speaker or smart display in your home, you may have noticed that Alexa announces when a delivery arrives (including what’s inside).

This can ruin the surprise if the present is for someone within earshot of your Echo speaker. To make sure Alexa doesn’t spoil what’s under the tree for your friends and family members, you’ll need to turn off Alexa notifications for Amazon shipments to keep her from reading aloud the name of each item.

How do I turn off Alexa package notifications?

Amazon Shopping alert settings in Amazon Alexa app
Credit: Reviewed / Rachel Murphy

Here's how to adjust your Amazon Shopping notifications in the Amazon Alexa app to keep Alexa from ruining your holiday surprises.

1. Download the Amazon Alexa app. Log in with your Amazon account credentials.
2. Tap More in the bottom right corner >_ Settings_ > Notifications > Amazon Shopping.
3. Under the section titled “Say or show item titles,” tap to toggle the “For items in delivery updates” to off.

Following these steps will block Alexa from announcing or displaying on-screen any of the items from your orders. For an extra layer of protection, you can turn off package alerts in the Delivery Notifications section right below. Disabling this will keep Alexa from letting you know when a certain gift is out for delivery or when it gets delivered. Finally, scroll down and turn off “order updates.”

Am I doing this right?

Echo Show 10
Credit: Reviewed / Rachel Murphy

These settings keep the specifics of your Amazon orders from appearing on an Echo Show smart display like the Show 10 (pictured).

The second best thing you can do to safeguard against Alexa spoiling any surprises this holiday season is to make sure your new settings work as they should. To test it out, say, “Alexa, where’s my stuff?” Typically, she would announce the name of the product you ordered. But, if you’ve turned off the above settings, she will only tell you when the shipment will arrive.

Under non-holiday circumstances, the base of your Echo speaker flashes yellow, alerting you that your order is on its way. When you turn off delivery notifications, the light will no longer blink yellow.

Now you can rest easy knowing that your Echo speaker or Echo Showwon’t ruin any gifts you’ve ordered on Amazon. Just make sure to go back in and adjust the settings after the holidays are over, so you can quickly and easily keep track of your Amazon orders and when they will arrive.

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