Google is adding new package tracking features to Gmail on mobile, making it easy for users to stay on top of their holiday packages and shipments. With the forthcoming holiday season in mind, Google hopes that the new feature will help users spend “more time celebrating with your loved ones,” instead of waiting by the door for their packages to arrive.
Gmail now lets you track your packages, straight from the app
When ordering a package online, most of us tend to obsessively check its delivery status. This process can be pretty tedious since you have to look for the tracking number in your email account and click on a bunch of different links. Now, combine this process with the holiday season and an uptick in online shopping – we won’t just call that tedious, it’s plain frustrating.
Luckily, Google has just the solution for this issue. The company recently announced that in the coming weeks, Gmail will display a simple view of any packages that you have ordered and their delivery information, right in your inbox.
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.”
You can opt-in to receive updates for package tracking right from your inbox or in Gmail settings, Google says. The platform will automatically look up order statuses for your current orders using their tracking numbers and will display them in your Inbox. Think about how much time you can save with that!
Google goes on to say that in the near future, Gmail will proactively show a delay label and bring the email to the top of your inbox if a package has been delayed. The feature is expected to arrive in the coming months.