With the advent of mobile apps, parcel carriers leaped to the next tier of advancement. Their custom-made applications let smartphone users accomplish even more with just a device that fits in their palm. Pretty much everything that used to involve searching for a phone number, being put on hold, finally getting in touch with an operator and being caught in a confusing web of oddly specific details as you're explained the intricacies of the service's policies. Nowadays, the most established carriers let you schedule pick-ups, scan bar codes of packages to be sent with your smartphone camera, request additional services (like hold mail), and customize deliveries — all from the comfort of your smartphone.
To help you satisfy your parcel-tracking needs, we lined up 10 free and paid Android applications dedicated to the task. They also cover pretty much every world parcel tracking service you can think of and offer much of the functionality we briefly mentioned above. They are also up to date and in-line with the operating system's design and functional development. Cheers to a great app selection!
10 up-to-date, fully featured mail and package tracking apps for Android phones
1. MetalSoft TrackChecker Mobile
TrackChecker Mobile works for tracing parcels, mail, orders, and freight shipments via tracking numbers. It lets you save and track an unlimited number of items for free, which is thoroughly kind. The application supports more than 300 postal and delivery services from around the world, with new ones added as they come. That aside, it also has some nifty extra features to take into account. There's user data backup and restore on internal and external storage, automatic and manual updating of tracking services' descriptions, checking several postal services at once, various sorting modes and filters. Oh, and let's not forget the wonderful user interface while we're at it!
2. UberBlic ParcelTrack
This app is able to track the most common packages and shipments handled by services such as Royal Mail, DPD, ParcelForce, TNT, UK Mail, UPS, DHL (Express), FedEx, Hermes, City Link UK, USPS, Lasership, Landmark Global, GLS, Direct Link, and many others. It also sends free Push Notifications to keep you up to date with your delivery status. Moreover, for all delivery services that support this service (DHL, DHL Express, UPS and FedEx), ParcelTrack can let you know when your delivery is scheduled.
A feature spotlight of ParcelTrack is Inbox. Rather than entering long tracking numbers, users are assigned a random ID and email box. The app's server automatically extracts tracking IDs from emails and adds the related parcel to your account. Thus, one must simply forward delivery notifications from online retailers such as Amazon to their ParcelTrack Inbox, and the app will add the respective shipment to their account, keeping up with the delivery progress.
The application also supports automatic carrier detection (for the most familiar carriers), an archive with an overview of all delivered shipments, push notifications, and a bar code scanner (for premium accounts) to let you conveniently add your own shipment to your ParcelTrack account.
3. Deliveries Package Tracker
This package tracker is quick and lean, but also boasts several features you may find greatly useful. With Background Notifications, you don't have to always open the app to check for new statuses. For natively supported providers, the "Deliveries" option can easily send you notifications for updated shipping status. A cloud sync service keeps deliveries in check across the different devices you own. And indeed, for many logistic partners, tracing packages via Google Maps is offered as an option.
Unlocking the app's paid Pro version removes all ads and unlocks extended customization options. For example, you can easily import and sync your Amazon and eBay orders, switch between different apps and themes, shake the smartphone to refresh progress tracking, and other nice things!
4. AfterShip Package Tracker
AfterShip is a slick app that supports more than 200 different carriers worldwide, including the likes of FedEx, UPS, DHL, Royal Mail, Deutsche Post, China post and many other national services. Once inside the app, you can enter your parcels' tracking numbers manually, or use the integrated bar code reader to scan packages you're about to send.
AfterShip can detect most carriers automatically when you add a tracking number, although you can change them manually should the app fail to make a proper identification. You can also add notes and photos to packages very easily, which is handy in many ways. And to scroll through the extensive list of carriers more easily, you can omit those you aren't tracking from the carriers menu.
5. USPS Mobile
The official United States Postal Service app mirrors much of the website's functionality, including (but not limited to) looking up ZIP Codes, calculating shipping prices, scheduling pick-ups, scanning labels, and using the USPS Tracking™ tool on the go. It uses your device’s GPS sensor to display the closest USPS departments nearby, along with their regular, special, and Last Collection hours. It will provide mapped results with driving, walking, or transit directions.
The built-in USPS Tracking™ tool lets one check the status of shipments sent using Priority Mail Express, Certified Mail, and certain other delivery services. You can give your shipment a nickname and save it in the app to easily keep tabs on your items. From within the app itself, you can schedule a next-day pickup and have your letter carrier pick up shipments from your home or office during regular mail delivery times. You can also request Hold Mail Service while you’re away, and USPS will keep your mail at your local Post Office until your return. You can also scan the barcode on shipping labels with your phone’s camera — the app recognizes the shipment and stores the label number, so you can stay on top of its status.
17Track is your go-to app when it comes to tracking online orders from China specifically, but also other countries. Free to use (and also ad-free), 17Track supports over 170 postal carriers (China Post, USPS, La Poste, Correos), most major express couriers (such as DHL, FedEx, UPS, TNT), and popular cross-border eCommerce logistics providers. (Yanwen, SF-express, E-shipper). Like any competent tracking app, this one's able to take multiple tracking numbers, push notifications for status changes, sort and archive orders, automatically detect carriers and pick up tracking numbers from messages, easily copy and share tracking links, scan bar codes, and translate tracking results into assorted languages.
7. Slice - Package Tracker
Slice presents itself as the "ultimate companion for the online shopper". Featuring push notifications that keep you posted on your delivery status, the app automatically tracks your packages so you don't have to enter tracking numbers more than once. Even after your package is delivered, the app will monitor for recall alerts and price changes, possibly helping you get a refund on items with low-price guarantees. Slice features delivery and price trackers (alerting you when the price of something you’ve purchased has been reduced after you bought it). The app also doubles as an online shopping organizer that monitors purchase activity by tracking spending habits, categorizing purchased products, and saving receipts to facilitate returns, exchanges and warranty claims. There's also a bar code scanner to quickly track your outgoing packages and returns by scanning the label before you ship it.
8. FedEx Mobile
FedEx Mobile is the carrier's quick and easy solution to managing your shipments from your smartphone's screen. You can track the status of your packages, find the nearest FedEx locations, and customize your shipments and deliveries. You can sign-up for FedEx Delivery Manager and customize deliveries coming to your home. With the service, you can also have packages delivered in your hand, or on your schedule. Delivery to another address, providing delivery instructions, signing for packages, scheduling vacation holds, and holding your package at a FedEx location. You can also nickname your shipments, which paves the ground for naming your shipments with some amusing titles lifted from movies - "Transporter", "Gone Girl", "Big Trouble In Little China" and such.
9. Saudi Post
Saudi Post is the official postal operator in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Its efficient postal network covers all the cities and villages of the Kingdom, with about 478 main and 180 branch post offices in service. Saudi Post's bi-lingual Android app is intended to serve customers on the move and is carefully designed to provide a mobile-centric set of features. There's a Track & Trace service for monitoring packages one's sending or receiving. You can also browse a map of Saudi post offices' locations, contact Saudi Post with specific inquiries, use a Postal Calculator to calculate shipping costs for different services, and use an online postal e-service that provides easy access to common postal functions.
10. Malaysia Post Tracker Pro
This is the official app for parcel track & trace, and postal services in Malaysia. The paid app allows for tracking up to 10 numbers at a time, store tracking history, put up to 20 items on a watchlist (that gets auto-updated and sends notifications for new statuses), input tracking numbers with a bar code scanner, backup and restore tracking history and watchlist records. Rock on, Malaysia!