Here’s a nifty, little known service offered by Amazon: text message (i.e. SMS) notifications of when an Amazon order is delivered to your door, as well as when an order has been shipped, when a refund has been posted to your account, etc.. In this day and age of so-called ‘porch pirates’ (people who follow the UPS truck and steal your packages as soon as they are delivered) this is proving to be a very useful service! (Relatedly, here’s What to Do if Your Amazon Order Never Arrives but They Say it Was Delivered.)
Amazon Text Message Notification of Delivery
As Amazon explains: You will receive an SMS text message between 7 AM and 8 PM Pacific time when your package is shipped, out for delivery, delivered or encounters a problem. Frequency based on user orders. Message and data rates may apply. For additional information, text HELP to 262966. You may opt-out at any time by sending STOP to 262966. Messages will be sent to the following mobile number (your number).
Amazon Text Message Notification of Order Out for Delivery
This really has proved to be a valuable service, and why Amazon hasn’t made a bigger deal about it, so that more people know about it, it beyond us.
Amazon Text Message Notification of Order Shipped
Amazon Text Message Notification of Delayed Delivery
Amazon Text Message Notification of Refund
So here’s how to sign up to get those text messages.
How to Get a Text Message from Amazon when Your Order is Delivered, Shipped, Delayed, or Refunded
This nifty little feature is buried waaaaay down in your Amazon account settings.
You can get to it either by navigating down to that link, or you can just go directly here to the Amazon Text Message Notification page.
Make sure that the phone number Amazon has is correct, and then click on the ‘Subscribe’ button.
You are Successfully Subscribed to Amazon Shipment Updates via Text
If you ever want to stop the text message service from Amazon, just text “STOP” to 262966.
Now you can thwart those pesky porch pirates, as well as knowing exactly when your order shipped, and when it is delivered!