I recently sold a couple of old game consoles and games on eBay, something which I have not done for years. Since I had to ship all items as packages, I started to look for an application to help me keep track of them all so that I would stay in the loop and know when packages were delivered to the buyers.
I discovered AfterShip Package Tracker after some testing and have not looked back. What I like in particular about the app is that it supports national and international carriers. The app lists more than 200 different carriers including FedEx, UPS, DHL Express, Royal Mail, Deutsche Post or Australia Post.
You can check the apps page on Google Play for a full list of carriers sorted by region.
Once you have installed the application on your device and started it up, you will notice that it uses as clean a interface as it gets.
First thing you may want to do is add one or multiple tracking numbers to the app to start tracking packages.
You have two main options to do so. You can either enter the tracking number manually or use the built-in barcode reader to read the barcode on packages that you are about to sent to add them this way.
The app tries to detect the carrier automatically when you add a tracking number manually but offers overrides so that you can pick a carrier in case none or the wrong carrier were identified by the application.
If you want, add a title to the package which helps with the identification as the tracking number is used otherwise.
All active shipments are displayed with their status in the main interface. There you can tap on a shipment to display details about it which not only displays the current and previous status information but also the phone number of the service to contact them directly.
There you can also share the tracking link using a share provider installed on Android and display details about the package which may be useful if you need to contact the carrier.
Another interesting feature on the details page is the option to add notes to packages. This can be handy if you contact the carrier and want to add notes so that you can recall the conversation.
The app supports push notifications for all important events including failed attempts at delivery, exceptions and alerts.
AfterShip Package Tracker is an easy to use application that leaves little to be desired. It could use a few extra features and options (there are none), for instance one to exclude the majority of carriers from being listed when you open the carriers menu or an option to take a photo of the package contents.
All in all though this is a great application for anyone who sends or receives packages regularly and wants to keep track of them from a single interface.
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