Google Rolls Out Gmail App's New Package Tracking Feature

Google is rolling out a new Gmail app feature in time for the holiday season that allows users to more easily track their packages directly from within their inbox.

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In a bid to help users stay on top of order and shipping confirmation emails over the festive period, Gmail will show a simplified view of a user's package tracking and delivery information.

For orders with tracking numbers, Gmail will prominently display your current delivery status in your inbox list view and in a summary card at the top of individual emails. Package tracking will be available across most major U.S. shipping carriers and will provide important details at a glance, such as estimated arrival date and status — like "Label created," "Arriving tomorrow" or "Delivered today."

Users can opt in to receive the package tracking updates in their inbox using Gmail's settings. Gmail will then automatically look up order statuses using tracking numbers and surface them in the user's inbox. It will also proactively show delay labels and bring the emails to the top of the inbox. Google says the new package tracking features will roll out "in the coming weeks."

Google's system is vaguely reminiscent of the package tracker that Apple recently introduced in iOS 16, but distinct in that Apple's tracker only works for orders from supporting businesses that are purchased using Apple Pay. Also, Apple's tracker is built into the Wallet app, rather than its stock Mail app.

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Top Rated Comments

Le Big Mac Avatar
20 months ago
Better headline:

Google introduces new tool to track your activities for advertising purposes.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Ryan H Avatar
20 months ago
Google and Tracking in the same headline, uh oh.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
boombashi Avatar
20 months ago
I wish Apple would do this with Mail. I never use the Gmail app.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ignatius345 Avatar
20 months ago
Recently switched over to Parcel ('https://apps.apple.com/us/app/parcel-delivery-tracking/id639968404?mt=12') for package tracking and am very happy with it. I'd used Deliveries for a long time, but integration with Amazon tracking was very hacky and manual, and eventually it stopped working with FedEx completely. Parcel manages both quite nicely.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Apple_Gabe Avatar
20 months ago
I go back and forth between the Gmail app and Apple's Mail app. I prefer the Gmail app because you get instant notifications when emails come in and the server updates faster, where as I get few to no notifications from Apple mail and there's issues with the server constantly. But I do prefer Apple's Mail's layout over the Gmail app, which is the only reason I keep going back to Apple Mail. I think it's time for Apple to give its Mail App a refresh.
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1557750 Avatar
20 months ago
Thanks, Google! I’ll be sure to use this.

He says while reading this on DuckDuckGo.
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