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Holiday Tip: Google Now and Amazon track packages for you in real time

Google Now package tracking card

The holidays are a wonderful time but they can also be a very stressful time as you juggle the normal complexities of daily life as well as try to keep track of purchases and deliveries.  As a reminder, for the millions (in the USA at least) who shop from with a Gmail address listed, your packages will be automatically tracked for you in real time as soon as it reaches your inbox through the Google now service on your Android and iOS devices.

Package tracking on the desktop Gmail

Once you place your order via, you will find a "track package" option in your Gmail inbox.  The desktop client shows it directly in your inbox screen while in the mobile version you will have to view the actual email.

Click on "Track package" and the magic begins!

Once you have received your email, simply go into your Google Now on your device and you will see the a card pop up for your purchases.  Click on the "Track package" option and you will see the tracking information for various carriers such as UPS, USPS, DHL, and FedEx.  While I have named the most popular online retailer, Google now does work with other retailers as well as long as you use your Gmail address.

For those new to the Google Now service,  you must activate it on your devices.  On iOS you can do so by downloading the Google search app from the app store.  On Android devices 4.1 and up, simply go into your Google search app and you will be given the option to activate Google now.

Happy holiday shopping!


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