stop Alexa from spilling the beans on items you could have ordered

The redesigned Echo Dots Kids Edition from Amazon

Amanda Ringstad, Amazon

Amazon’s intelligent voice assistant, Alexa, can automatically tell you what’s being delivered if you own an Echo. It’s useful when you want updates on a package, but sometimes it says too much.

For example, Alexa could spill the beans on an incoming Christmas present by saying something like “A new PlayStation 5 just shipped” when your kids are in the room.

If you want to keep the surprise element in the Christmas presents you order for other people, you can deactivate this feature in the Alexa app. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Open Alexa on your phone.
  • Tap Settings.
  • Choose Notifications.
  • Choose Amazon Shopping.
  • Uncheck the “For items in delivery updates” check box under the “Let Alexa say or display titles for items you ordered” section.

You will also find that there is an option to remove updates from items in your cart that are marked as gifts. This means that you can still get updates for other packages. However, this assumes that you properly label gifts when ordering. There is so much going on during the holidays that it might be safer to turn off all notifications in case you forget to mark something as a gift.

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