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You can now activate Gmail parcel tracking on Android and iOS

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In November, Google promised help with shipment tracking– you know, all the many things we bought as gifts for our loved ones. You don’t need to click email links or copy and paste tracking numbers to another website to get our parcel location details. You could just open the shipping notification email to get that information. That feature didn’t materialize in time to help us with the deluge of vacation packages, but now it’s finally available.

You’ll need to manually enable parcel tracking, and for now, it’s only available on Android and iOS devices via the Gmail app. To activate the feature, open the Gmail app and tap the hamburger icon in the top left. For Android, scroll down and select Settings, then choose an email account. In these account-specific settings, scroll towards the center of the list to find them Parcel tracking and check the box. For iOS, scroll down to Settings > Data privacythen check the box for Parcel tracking.

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Now, when you open a shipping email, you should see the information dynamically added at the top with the status of the delivery, whether it’s been shipped, in transit, or delivered. Don’t use the Gmail app on your phone? The web version is presumably around the corner. In the meantime, you can use your downtime to clean up your inbox a bit.