Some time back, Google introduced package tracking in its search results. Soon Gmail followed the suit and brought “Track Package” button in the inbox. However, both this approaches have severe flaws. One, tracking has to be done manually; two, not all couriers are supported, three, does not give complete information like shipment location and delivery status and many more.
Authomatic Package Tracking of Your Shipments in Gmail
Fortunately, there are other better ways to automatically track your packages and shipments than depending on Google and Gmail.
AfterShip is by far the most cross-platform solution with apps for both iOS and Android along with an excellent interface for the web with support for nearly 400 couriers worldwide. Install the apps from the respective stores and you’ll be presented with the option of signing up with Google or email at launch. If you wish to avoid giving AfterShip any personal information, you can also always sign up using the latter option.
Why We Recommend AfterShip? Ans. Gmail Integration
In addition to being easy on the eyes, while testing other apps like Deliveries Package Tracker & ParcelTrack, the ability of AfterShip to synchronise with Gmail to pull up recent shipments within 7 days and associating with Amazon US to display my orders gave it an extra edge over the others.
The app is also free without in-app purchases for regular home users. It lets the users track 100 active shipments at any given time, which is more than generous for most casual users.
How To Use The App?
Step 1: Launch the app, and sign-up using email or Google account. Having an account is essential for cross-platform synchronization so that the tracking information is never lost.
Step 2: To manually track other couriers, press the Plus (+) Fab button present in the bottom right and type or paste in the tracking ID. The app will automatically try to figure out which courier the tracking ID resembles by matching with its database. In case it fails to detect the correct courier, you can always search from a list of 400 couriers to find the right name.
Step 3: Once you press Add, track the shipments from the home page. Notifications are shown in a timely manner and can be managed from the settings.
The app also features adds nice little touches by featuring buttons to directly call the courier from the app and open the tracking link externally in a browser. Additionally, you can track all your shipments from the desktop by heading over AfterShip’s website.
The interface is very straight forward with more business-centric options for Premium users who are essentially companies with their own independent stores and logistic partners.
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Alternative to Receive Notifications on Shipment Updates
While I was able to eliminate many apps for its poor design or user interface and ads, one runner-up worth checking out is 17Track.
While it has a website, you can’t use your login credentials to sync all the shipments between the phone and desktop. But the app is extremely photogenic and reliable when it comes to pushing out notifications on time.
Tracking Status of Shipment on Google Maps
While there are other services available to see the location of your package on a map, I found Boxoh very simple and easy to use. No need to create an account or fill in additional details, just put your tracking number and it will show you the location of the package on the map at the current time.
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