Track Shipments Quickly from iOS

Mar 6, 2012 - 4 Comments

Track Shipment in iOS

iOS automatically detects tracking numbers from shipments and packages that are found in emails, notes, and messages, and the data detection then turns those tracking numbers into clickable links to help you instantly track a package or shipment. This is usable on any iPhone or iPad, and is extremely helpful if you’re keeping an eye on deliveries or shipments.


Here is how to use the package tracking feature in iOS. First, you’ll need to any email or message containing a tracking number, let’s say a shipping notification from Amazon or Apple, or maybe Aunt Bill, and then perform the following actions:

  1. Tap and hold on the tracking number to bring up the menu shown above
  2. Now tap on “Track Shipment” to track the shipment directly through the appropriate shipping service

Choosing the “Track Shipment” option will launch Safari with the appropriate shipping services tracking page. iOS is smart enough to differentiate between Fedex, UPS, DHL, and probably other tracking services as well.

Note that if you choose “Copy” instead, the tracking number is copied to the clipboard as expected, and you’ll have to handle tracking yourself, either through one of the shipping providers apps or webpages. Generally, going directly to “Track Shipment” is preferable, at least if it’s your own shipments you are looking to keep an eye on.

This feature has been around a while and should work on any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running even a slightly modern version of iOS, so unless you’re in the stone ages, you’ll find this feature on your device. Now you don’t have to wonder when your Amazon shipment will arrive, just use this tap-to-track trick to find out!

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks

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  1. mikelite says:

    that feature always surprises me, but I actually prefer Delivery Status from JuneCloud. It syncs with a Dashboard widget and is a great experience over all.

  2. Travis says:

    What a great little addition, I never knew this

  3. Vilmar says:

    Like mikelite I prefer the app Delivery as it syncs so I can check/add stuff from my phone or MBP.

  4. Annabel says:

    I get sent a lot of stuff, so a dedicated app for this is more suitable to me. I use an app called Posted – has push notifications (unlike Delivery Status Touch) so I get notified whenever a parcel moves.

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