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How to Set Up an Amazon Account

Updated on January 9, 2015

Follow the Easy Steps in this Tutorial To Teach You How to Set Up an Amazon Account

Amazon is a one stop shopper's paradise that not only has some of the cheapest prices available anywhere for items we need and want, but also makes our lives much more convenient. Do you want to set up an account in a safe way on Amazon and get started shopping today? Setting up an Amazon account is simple. You're credit cards and sensitive information are also hidden away, so you can rest assured that you will have a fun, safe shopping experience. So what are we waiting for? Let's get started and set up your Amazon account today.

Is Amazon Right For You?

Is shopping with Amazon the right choice for online buyers?

Is Amazon right for you? If you'd like to save money on your purchases, have the convenience of one click shopping, and even save some money on gas by having items delivered right to your house, then Amazon is the perfect choice for you. Like other shopping websites, Amazon gives a wide range of choices in the form of payment, but currently does not accept PayPal. This probably has to do with the fact that Ebay and Amazon are ecommerce rivals, and Amazon might lose some credibility and money if it bows before Ebay. While they don't accept PayPal, the checkout process is still secure on Amazon.

How to Start Setting Up Your Amazon Account

Find out how to set up your Amazon account by following these easy steps

Head to to set up your account.

First, you'll want to head over to the You can use the links on this page if it's easier for you. Once you arrive at the Amazon home page, you'll see the shopping navigation, search box, featured items, and most importantly, at the top, the user sign in link. If you are a new customer, click new customers "start here." This should always be right at the top of the screen.

Enter in Your Primary Email Address

Enter the email address you'd like to receive notifications from

Next, Amazon will ask that you enter in your email address. Make sure to check off that you are a new customer and that you do not already have a password. Use an email address that you check often so that you can have shipping updates and notifications sent to this email account. In other words, use your primary email account.

Choose Your Password

Security details for and your account

Once you've entered in your email address, you will be brought to a page to enter in your email address twice to confirm, fill out your date of birth, and choose a password. Again, enter in your email address, then fill out your DOB, then choose a password. When choosing a password, pick something that no one else would guess. Don't choose your kid's name, your dog's name, or your favorite food. Choose something obscure, meaningless, and better yet, include some numbers in the password. Something like "88grittytree7" is a pretty good one. Write your password down in a secure place so you won't lose it, and proceed y clicking the yellow button.

Some of the Items You Can Buy on Amazon Right Now: - A few video games for sale on Amazon today

Amazon Account Page

The home page of your Amazon account

Now that you've entered in your password, you will be brought to your account screen. This will say "hello, (your name here)." We have recommendations for you. Not (your name here)? At any time, you can sign out of your account by clicking the "not (your name here)" link. You should sign out whenever you are about to leave your computer to prevent other people from using your account in your own home, and to protect your Amazon account.

Click the "your account" link at the top right of the screen to proceed to edit your payment options. This is where you'll decide what you'll be using to fund your purchases on Amazon, whether you're using a bank account, credit card, or other form of online payment. Don't worry, we'll try to make this as painless as possible, and as safe as possible!

View Your Account and Add Credit Cards to Your Account

How to add funding options to your Amazon account

On the next page, you're going to see the "Your Account" details page. This is where you can change your funding sources, change your shipping address, change your password if you wish, set up your Amazon Kindle account, view past orders, leave feedback, or return an item. Click the "add a credit card" link to add a credit card to your account to fund your purchases.

Adding a Shipping Address

Changing or adding a shipping address to your Amazon account

To change or add an address to your Amazon account, simply go back to the "your account" page. You should find links to the "your account" page no matter what page you visit on the website, right at the top. Click your account, then find "settings." Under settings, you'll see the option to manage your address book or add a new address. Choose to add a new address. For security purposes, Amazon will ask that you log in again. Continue, then fill out your address. If you live in an apartment complex with mail that is delivered to one central unit, it may be best to leave a trusted friend or relative's address nearby to ship to so that you'll avoid mail theft. If you have a P.O. Box, that's always an option too. Otherwise, enter in your physical address. Some items ship exclusively with UPS, which requires a physical address to ship to.

You're Ready to Shop on Amazon! - It's official! You're Amazon account is set up, and you're ready to shop!

Great news! The hard work is over, and now comes the fun part. You're free to shop on Amazon as you please. Just type in an item you are looking for in the search box located at the top of every page to find the items that you're looking for. Here are some additional things to keep in mind when shopping on Amazon:

  • Many items are sold by Amazon, while others are sold by sellers on Amazon. Know the difference by checking who is selling the item under the item title. It should say "by Nintendo" or "by Nike" if the item is from another company besides Amazon. You can check the seller's reputation by clicking on the name of the seller. This is especially helpful when buying items of high worth.
  • You can view the status of your order by clicking on your account and viewing "my orders." Some sellers will send tracking information to you.
  • You can find more items than just electronics and books on Amazon. The site is now home to every item imaginable, from cereal to toilet paper to computers to cribs.
  • Many items are available with free shipping. Use the "free super saver shipping" at checkout to select ground UPS shipping, which is often times free to you if you spend over a certain amount. This is why it's good to make purchases in bulk to save money on shipping.
  • Check the return policy of the buyer before purchasing. If you think that you might return the item, click on the shipping and return details located in each product listing. This will tell you the individual seller's policies. Amazon itself has a good return policy on most items. View "shipping rates and policies" in the listing to find this information for each seller.
  • If you wish, you can leave negative or positive feedback for the seller after your purchase has been completed. Contacting the seller with any problems also goes a long way in resolving any issues.
  • Never click on emails claiming to be Amazon asking to verify your account, change your password, or log in through the email. This is an attempt from spammers to gain access to your account. Always type in the website,, and log in from there. If you're curious about an email, you can contact Amazon directly through their phishing and spoofed emails page.

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Thanks for dropping by! Hopefully you have set up an Amazon account easily and successfully by this point, and you're on your way to shopping on Good luck! And if you have any questions, feel free to ask them here.

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      kelley andersob 2 years ago

      Well... I have read all your comments and tutorials... I am very excited to get started I just hope it i

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      Kiwisoutback 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      @anonymous: No, you can assign a checking account as a payment option as well:

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      Kiwisoutback 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      @customecommerce: Most of the time your card will be stored and you will not have to re enter until it expires or you are prompted to do so for security purposes.

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      customecommerce 5 years ago

      Oh, it's easy. What's about the credit card information, it's being stored on my account or have to enter while purchasing?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      do you have to have a credit card to have an amazon account or not?

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      Jan 1980 5 years ago

      This is very useful lens but i loose faith in Amazon.They suspend my account because it was hacked and I contact them.It past 30 days until suspend and i contact them via live chat 100 times and I call them 20 times.No success,but anyway good lens for beginners.

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      fashionyahoo 5 years ago

      this is very and very helpful, thanks for sharing

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      riyasherin lm 6 years ago

      Its really helpful.. i liked it.. Many of us getting struggled with maintaining such accounts.. u did it easily :)

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      playercoach 6 years ago

      I search all over and found the information I was looking for in your article. Nice job and well presented!

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      mattseefood lm 6 years ago

      Hi there! Very useful stuff. WHat if I don't input a credit card? How will I get the revenue that I collect from Amazon product links that I put in my lenses?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      How do you find out how much money is on your amazon account if you are using a gift card?

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      Helene-Malmsio 7 years ago

      Am having a much better relationship with Amazon since joining Squidoo - lol! Great lens on helping people open their account with Amazon - big thumbs up from me.

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      EllipticalTrainersGuide 7 years ago

      great information thanks for sharing

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      Susan Deppner 7 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Nice tutorial!

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      FlynntheCat1 7 years ago

      You might want to check the link in your intro ;D

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      Anthony Godinho 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Very helpful and easy-to-understand lens to help people to set up their Amazon accounts. Many people are turning to online shopping because of all the benefits it offers. Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year! **Blessed by a Squid-Angel**

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      julieannbrady 7 years ago

      Yes, indeed! Don't you just LOVE that Amazon? What a great shopping site.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Very helpful information