Avoid Impulse Buying by Disabling Amazon’s 1-Click Ordering

If you have impulse control issues, it’s a good idea to turn off 1-Click shopping in your Amazon account. Amazon’s patented 1-Click is convenient, but it’s a bit of a trap. Dispensing with the virtual shopping cart that normally allows you to review your items before committing to a purchase means many people will buy things they might not have.

The average shopping cart abandonment rate for online purchases is about 70%. The top reason for abandoning carts: The “extra” costs—shipping, fees, taxes—are too high. You won’t see those fees if you process your purchase with a single click, so here’s how to turn off this ingenious-but-insidious feature. Sober second thoughts are always a good idea when you’re spending money, and they require more than the time it takes to click a mouse.

Disabling Amazon’s 1-Click from a browser

To Amazon’s credit, they’ve recently made it much easier to turn off one-click settings:

  1. In your Amazon account, look for “Accounts and Lists” in the drop-down menu just below your name on the top right of your screen.

  2. Select “My Account” in the drop-down menu.

  3. Then, on the lower left of your screen, under “Ordering and shopping preferences,” click on “1-Click settings.”

  4. You’ll be taken to the “Your purchase preferences” screen; the option to disable 1-Click will be in the top right corner.

    Screenshot disabling Amazon 1-Click

    Credit: Amazon

  5. You can choose to disable one-click buying on the specific device you’re using, or click “Manage 1-Click for your devices” or “Disable 1-Click everywhere.”

Disabling Amazon’s 1-Click from your iPhone

You can turn off instant-ordering from your phone too. Here’s how:

  1. Launch the Amazon app.

  2. Tap the “profile” icon in the bottom center of the screen.

    Screenshot Amazon App Profile

    Credit: Amazon

  3. Tap “Your Account.

  4. Scroll down to “1-Click settings.

Screenshot Amazon disable 1-Click

Credit: Amazon

  1. You can choose to disable the settings on your phone or on all connected devices.


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