What is Amazon Prime Now?

By Ashley Watters, Abshier House

Amazon Prime has garnered many members with its offers of free shipping on millions of products, access to streaming content, and other perks. With Amazon Prime Now, members in participating cities can use the app to shop and receive goods within one- or two-hour shipping periods.

Amazon Prime Now's logo
Running low on time? Amazon Prime Now is a great way to do some quick shopping.

Unfortunately, this service is only available in certain locations. Participating areas include:

  • Atlanta
  • Austin
  • Baltimore
  • Chicago
  • Dallas
  • Houston
  • Indianapolis
  • Las Vegas
  • Los Angeles & Orange County
  • Miami
  • Minneapolis & St. Paul
  • Nashville
  • New York City
  • Phoenix
  • Portland
  • Raleigh
  • Richmond
  • Sacramento
  • San Antonio
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco Bay Area
  • Seattle & Eastside
  • Virginia Beach

In most areas, two-hour shipping is free and one-hour shipping is available for a $7.99 fee. Prime Now requires a minimum purchase of $15.

Downloading Amazon Prime Now

If you haven’t done so already, you will need to download the Prime Now app. Click on the link below that corresponds to your device:

Simply click on the link and follow the prompts to install the app on your device. Get ready for some quick shopping!

Using Amazon Prime Now

Using the app is easy. Simply log in using your Amazon login credentials and you will automatically be given access to the shopping options in the Prime Now app. The app makes it easy to access items you would like to purchase. You can find your items multiple ways.

  • Search bar: You can type specific items into the search bar to see if it is available for fast delivery.
  • Take a look around: Items are also separated by category if you feel like browsing. You can flip through different options, which are constantly changing to accommodate specific locations and seasonal demands. If you don’t see the category you want, simply select the three dashes in the top left-hand corner and choose Shop by Department. This will show you a current listing of All Departments.
The Prime Now home screen
Browse by category and quickly get what you need with Amazon Prime Now.
  • Shop Past Purchases: Need a quick purchase of that household item you buy all the time? Just choose this option and you can re-order an item you need on the fly. You can also filter this search by time period, Frequency, or Purchase date to make things even easier.

Anytime you need to see your list of purchases or a running total, simply select the shopping cart in the top right-hand corner and you will see your selections. From there, you can modify quantity or remove items if you change your mind.

Many grocery delivery services have popped up to meet the need for those with limited time. But with Prime Now, there are so many options. You are not limited to a grocery purchase. For example, depending on when you access Prime Now, the categories can include such items as College Hoops Fever, Produce, Breakfast, Snacks, Pantry, Beverages, International, Sports & Fitness, Amazon Devices, Gift Ideas, Beauty, Home Décor, Electronics, Outdoor Recreation, Books, Movies & TV, Toys, Baby, Travel Basics, and so much more. You can also browse by sales and specials to get a great deal.

You can easily manage your Settings. Select the three hyphens in the top left-hand corner and you can modify your location, ask questions, view your account status, and much more!

The main menu in Prime Now's app.
Prime Now makes it easy to manage your Settings and Orders.