Top Ways to Track UPS Package | Detailed UPS Tracking Guide

Last Updated on 11/06/2021 by Miki Yoshida

One of the most common questions regarding UPS services is “how do I track my package from UPS?” In this article, you will find the answer that you want and get more knowledge of UPS tracking. Please take a look at the short video on “How to track a package with UPS” below:

About UPS Tracking Service

UPS tracking is the service that provides you with information regarding the current status of your package. This service is used after you sent your package for delivery so make sure your package is at UPS otherwise you will not be able to get the benefits of this service. This service is free of cost and available with all type of package and shipment option, so, all you need to know is tracking methods and select the one which is more suitable for you and start using it.

Once your package is collected at the UPS you will get the tracking number for each package. Then UPS scan this number at every step of the package delivery and keep the record. By using this UPS tracking ID, you can track your package at every stage through different methods suggested by the UPS.

To use this service you should also know where to get this tracking number and how to use it to track your shipment. Before discussing various methods to track a package, let’s talk more about the Tracking number.

UPS Tracking Number Format

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A tracking number is a unique number that is assigned to a package through which we can easily track the status of the package shipment. This is used by many companies around the world but in the US, FedEx, UPS, and UPS use this service widely. Now You must be wondering how this process works? Every time a package arrives at UPS, they assign it with a tracking number and this number is also provided to the customer using which they track their shipment till it is delivered to its final destination. If you are thinking that how this tracking number look like? I was also searching for the same questions a few days ago.  So I want to tell you that UPS has a format for their tracking number. I find out more about it which is given below:

Tracking number if UPS generally found in 4 formats as given below:

  • 1Z9999999999999999
  • T9999999999
  • 999999999
  • 999999999999

If your tracking number is not in one of the formats as shown above then it may be a different number.  The tracking id of UPS generally starts with “1Z” and 6 numbers after 1Z is the shipper number followed by the service level indicator represented by 2 numbers just after the shipper number. Service level codes are to indicate which parcel is selected for which service. The 8 number just after the service level code is the unique number allotted to each package.

Following are some types of tracking number which can be tracked by the UPS and they may contain 7 to twenty letters according to their different  format:

  • House Air Waybill: – air freight movement service uses this number to track.
  • House Bill of Lading: – ocean freight movement  service uses this number to track
  • UPS Service Notice: – This number is provided at the time of 1st time delivery anyone attempted
  • UPS InfoNotice: – This number is provided at the time of 1st time delivery anyone attempted. You can get more about it below.
  • PRO Number: – surface freight movement service uses this number to track.

UPS Tracking Numbers for UPS Mail Innovations

UPS Mail Innovations tracking numbers have a different format from the UPS tracking numbers. The UPS mail Innovation tracking format is given below:

Sequence Number ( also MMS/MMI digits or Number): UPS Mail Innovations and UPS Worldship assign eighteen digit number internally.

United States Postal Service Delivery Confirmation Number: U.S. Postal Service assigns a twenty-two –thirty-four digit identifier when the request for Delivery Confirmation is made.

Mail Innovations Compliant Package ID: shipper assigns this number to every parcel, as discussed below:


  • MI– a UPS Mail Innovations indicator
  • XXXXXX– a unique 6-digit customer number assigned by UPS Mail Innovations
  • NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN- a unique number, up to 22 characters, assigned by the shipper to identify a mail piece. Use alpha and/or numeric characters with no spaces or symbols. The same ID should not be reused for other mail pieces for at least six months.

Here we have discussed tracking numbers used by UPS and their format. Now you wanted to know how we can use this number to track your package. Not to worry, we have mentioned various methods for tracking the UPS package.

UPS Tracking Methods 

UPS provides many methods to track UPS package and very few people know about each and every method to track their package while using UPS delivery service so that why we are here providing the list of all methods for tracking any package through UPS service, select the best one and suitable for your shipment tracking and follow the procedure in order to start using it. Below is the list of methods provided by UPS:

Method 1: Track package using UPS Tracking Number

Below are the steps to be followed in order to track the package by using the tracking Number:

Step 1: Go to UPS Official site

Step 2: Select the Location and continue.

Step 3: Go to the tracking tab and select “track shipment”. Refer to the image in the case of doubt.

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Step 4: Enter the tracking number of your package or InfoNotice number. You can enter more than one Numbers here and not more than 25 numbers. In the case of inputting more than 1 tracking number, make sure to enter only one number per line.

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Step 5: After mentioning your all the tracking number, click TRACK button and you will be updated with your package current status.

If your number is incorrect then a message will be displayed as shown in the below image

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Step 6: Recheck your tracking number and again try. If you have entered the right number as provided to you then contact the sender and verify with them again.

Method 2: UPS Tracking by Reference

Follow the below steps in order to track your package by reference:

Step 1: Go to the official UPS site.

Step 2: Select the “Track shipment” option from the tracking tab. Refer to image 1.

Step 3:  Click on the ‘Track by Reference’ option from the left area and you will get a form as shown in the next image.

Step 4: Select your shipment type as package, freight or mail Innovation.

Select the package option for the single parcel or the shipments that weigh not more than 70kg/150lbs.

Select the freight option for freight shipment of any weight. Select UPS mail innovation for the package that weighs less than 0.45kg/1lb.UPS tracking, UPS tracking number

Step 5: Select your shipment reference. Make sure it should not exceed 35 characters and can be the combination of numbers as well as letters.

Step 6: Select the Shipment range.

Step 7: Select one account that is shipping the parcel.
Step 8: If you have any other UPS account then mention it in the next field.

Step 9: Select the destination country of your shipment which you want to track.

Step 10: After selecting a country, write the ZIP or postal code of the destination.

Step 11: After rechecking your data, click on the TRACK button and your package tracking detail will be displayed to you.

Method 3: UPS Tracking Order by Email

Tracking with the above two methods has lots of steps so for the people who don’t have much time, UPS provides a service by which you can track your shipment through email. To use this service, You just have to mail your tracking number at the email address  [email protected]. You can send more than 1 tracking number in case of more shipment but also make sure do not exceed more than 25.  If you are tracking a single package then put the tracking number subject line as well as in the body while if you have multiple tracking numbers then put all the numbers in the body and you can leave the subject of the mail blank. In both cases, tracking response related to all the tracking numbers you have asked for will be sent to you at your email address. This tracking method is not available for freight tracking.

Import tracking numbers

To use this service you must first register on the UPS official site. After it, you can easily import the tracking numbers and you will get the description related to that tracking number and its detailed status.

Method 4: UPS SMS Tracking

If you want to track your UPS package via SMS then select this option at the time of delivering your package at UPS. Let’s find out how to use this service next time while delivering your package through UPS:

  • Go to the official site and enter the tracking number in the left side option and select track.
  • You will be redirected to the page ‘Tracking detail’
  • Select the option ‘Notify me with updates to get the notification through the SMS.
  • It will ask you the type of notification, select the SMS test message type.
  • Select the option ‘add new number’ option.
  • Fill in the mobile number detail to proceed. It will ask you to confirm your mobile number.
  • Confirm the number and you will start getting the SMS notification related to tracking details of the package.
  • If you have a UPS account then you will get the option to select ‘remember this number and if you will select then your number will be saved and it will be available for next time tracking any package.

Note: You have to do only one-time confirmation through your number as it will not ask again until you want to opt-out of this service. If you will opt-out, it will again verify your number.

Method 5: UPS Express Critical Shipment Tracking

This is the UPS one of the service which provides same-day delivery of the packages. So if you want ant package to deliver on an urgent basis, you can use these service. Apart from this it also provides tracking of the parcel and updates you in the case of late delivery or change of route etc. You can get more information about it from here.

Method 6: UPS Tracking by UPS Info Notice

You can also track your package through one more number provided by the UPS knew as the info notice number. Sometimes, you have to pick your package from the UPS Access Location present at your nearest location.

There are many advantages of using the UPS InfoNotice number, you can easily change your package delivery address or reschedule your delivery package and get a new delivery date according to your convenience. Apart from this, hold or track package pickup through UPS info notice number.

If you want to track your package with the help of this number but don’t have any idea about it then follow the below step by step guide:

Step 1: Go to UPS official site

Step 2: You will be asked to select the location before proceeding, select and hit enter.

Step 3: Select the ‘Track shipment’ option from the ‘Tracking’ drop-down menu.

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Step 4: Write down your InfoNotice number (maximum number of numbers allowed one time is 25) in the window.

Step 5: Click on the ‘Track’ button and continue

You will get the details regarding the InfoNotice number you wanted.

Note: Always make sure you have entered the right numbers before proceeding.

Method 7: UPS Tracking by UPS Mobile Apps

If you are a frequent user of the UPS service and take its services on the regular basis then UPS provide apps that you can easily download on your mobile phones. The best advantage of using this is you can easily use all the UPS services anytime. The UPS Mobile app provides all the services like UPS official website, track or holds your package will be done easily as well as you can find shipping rates and nearest UPS store very quickly. Another best thing is UPS provides the app for both android users and apple users.  We are providing the download link of apps for both the apple and google play store below click on the link and download the app, start using it.



Track with Quantum View

It let you get an understanding of every package and shipping activity. It also helps to build a report of custom tracking, gives the customer every detail of the details related to the shipment. It provides Quantum View Manage which will save your valuable time, Quantum View Data which gives flexibility when enhancing services of customers and process of businesses and Quantum View Notify which provide the status of the shipment of critical packages through email. Through this service, USP tries to provide enhanced facilities to their customers. To know more about it click this link.

UPS Signature Tracking 

It is a secure service provided by UPS to provide raised tracking with the best delivery data system. Smooth your billing management as well as customer service process with the help of this type of tracking system. UPS signature tracking authorized customers can request proof for package delivery info with:-

  • Picture of Signature
  • Your full name
  • Your full package delivery address

Note: To track through signature, UPS wants you to sign in with My UPS to save unauthorized parties to get your information.

By using UPS Enhanced Tracking

UPS provide this service through MY UPS. AS the name suggests, it gives you a better and enhanced tracking service. To use this service, you have to first register with the My UPS and then you can get the benefits provided by it. Below is the list of some benefits you will get from this service:

  • Get the information related to the tracking in the CSV file via the email system.
  • Easily track 100 tracking numbers at a time using this service.
  • Save the tracking numbers up to 50, using this, you will not need to input number every time.
  • You can get notification related to delivery timings or delay by requesting them.

Note: First register with the My UPS by following the below steps:

  • Go to this link.
  • Fill the form. Before proceeding, make sure that you filled the entire field marked with ‘*’.
  • You will get an agreement to read and agree, read and select the option and go to the next page
  • Complete the fields provided here and proceed.

After completing the above steps you will get the confirmation message for registration completion.

UPS Tracking with “Follow My Delivery” Service

This service is UPS My Choice and it helps you to track your package through the live map.  UPS My Choice is the service started by UPS in 2011. As this is provided by My choice, so you need to register with the UPS My choice to use this service.  Also, this service can be used by both UPS freight customer as well as UPS worldwide express. This is the very advanced service provided by UPS as it will let you track your package through the live map. It shows every step from when the package leaves the distribution centre and how it is reaching to the next destination, even when the driver takes the rest or lunch it will give info about it and update you in every minute. The only limitation in this is that it will never update you about the driver’s route due to security issues.

Another advantage of using this service is due to living map tracking, the risk of Lost of the package is less. If you want to know how this service works, this service is based on GPS tracking. The driver’s location is tracked with GPS and it is shown with the help of the map to the customers. Once the driver takes the package, it starts showing the map and you can easily track it and as soon as the package is delivered, the map will disappear. So you can see how this technology helped companies to provide better service and customer to get information and better visibility. This service is a gift for those who check their package status repeatedly and for that they have to follow many steps but through this service, they only have to register once with the UPS My choice service and after that, they will get the status of the shipment via the map. This service is only available for the packages sent through premium service but to see future era and this service need among users UPS is thinking of expanding this service to the next level.

This service also provides the facility to turn off the alerts related to tracking, what you have to do is just log in to your My choice account and change the settings of the ‘alerts’ option from the ‘settings’ menu, it is that simple only, now it will stop sending you Follow my delivery alerts.

By UPS Internet Shipping

If you want your shipment to reach the destination in the fastest way possible through UPS, then your search ends here because UPS provides an Internet shipping facility that provides the best convenient method to schedule your package. Through this service, you will get your shipping process online and that’s why you will get the fastest service, to track your shipment through this service, click here.

UPS Tracking via RSS

Another method through which you can easily get track of your UPS package is the RSS feed. Obtain the tracking data of the shipment through RSS feed by following the simple steps provided below:

Step 1: Get the package tracking number first

Step 2: Navigate to RSS reader

Step 3: Using the below-mentioned URL, you can develop a carrier URL for tracking:

Step 4: Choose your favourite RSS reader and subscribe to it.

Step 5: Select the above-mentioned URL, copy it and paste it to the RSS reader.

Step 6: When done, now track the package and other details.

These were some methods through which we can easily track the UPS package. There also some other shipment types like ground tracking, repost etc.  If you have selected these shipment types then read the next heading to get the introduction of it and their tracing methods.

UPS Ground Tracking

UPS ground is the most frequently used service of the UPS and this is because of the cheaper rates.  Apart from cheaper rates, there are many advantages of using  UPS Ground service. Let’s talk about some of them.

By using UPS ground, you will definitely get:

  • Service scheduled for the date.
  • Guaranteed package delivery on time.
  • UPS ground tracking through which you will get your package status in advance.
  • Shipping service cheaper than other postal services like FedEx, USPS or DHL.
  • your package in 1 to 5 business days.

You can use all the value-added services, collect on delivery service, special package handling service, as well as return service under the UPS ground shipping facility. Also, you can track your UPS ground shipment by using any of the above-mentioned methods.

UPS Mail Innovation Tracking

UPS Mail Innovation (also called UPS-MI) is the joint venture of the United Parcel Service and USPS (U.S. Postal Service). In this service, first, the package is picked by UPS but delivered by the USPS. First of all the packages are collected by the UPS at their fulfilment centre from where the package is delivered to the USPS and then USPS process it and then deliver it directly to the receiver’s address.

You can track your UPS-MI package by following these steps:

Step 1:  Go to this website- click here.

Step 2:   Enter the tracking numbers in the form given. Refer to Image in case of doubt.

Note: You can only add 25 tracking numbers at a time.

Step 3:  Click on the “track” button to proceed.

Step 4: on clicking the track option, you will get all the information related to your package.

Step 5: if you don’t see the tracking information and updates of your shipment here then visit the USPS official site and track the package from there.

You should consider the following important points:

  • Some items need additional time to ship or process, so make sure first that your package falls under this case or standard delivery shipment.
  • In case you don’t receive your package at the mentioned time then contact the UPS customer service number or UPS- MI directly.
  • While contacting the UPS-MI, don’t forget the mention your shipment order number and the number of items that are not received.

For standard services,

The processing time is generally 1-2 business days. The transit time is 3-7 business days. So it may take a total of 4-9 business days for delivery of shipment through UPS-MI. delivery and processing of the package are not available on weekends.

Note: Delivery days may vary for Hawaii, Alaska or international.

UPS Sure Post Tracking

UPS Sure Post is the UPS service that uses UPS ground service for shipping package through UPS and final delivery to the shipping address is done by the USPS.  That is why for UPS Sure Post tracking, you will get the 2 tracking number each from both UPS and USPS.

It provides six mailing options according to the package weight:

  • Packages weigh less than one pound.
  • The packages having media items should not be more than 108 inches in length.
  • Other packages less than one pound in weight should not be more than 130 inches in length.
  • Packages weigh more than one pound.
  • Packages having media and bound printed items

Advantages of using sure post are it is more cost-effective than the ground service but if you want fast delivery then it will not be a good option because it takes more time to deliver the shipment.

If you have the USP My Choice account then you can upgrade your package from sure post to ground service and you will get your package delivered one day before the normal delivery time but upgrades charge the additional fee.

For UPS Sure post tracking of the package, you can use and follow the above-mentioned steps and methods, go to the official site and track the package by tracking number or by email, etc. In the case of any doubt, you can contact UPS. ups com tracking

UPS Freight Tracking

This another service provided by UPS to track freight services. You can track by two methods one by the PRO number provided at the time of package shipping or you can track by reference also. To get more detail regarding the UPS freight tracking service click here.

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In Conclusion

UPS always try to provide the best services to their customer and that’s why always improve the tracking services to provide the best user experience. By using any of the above-mentioned methods, you can easily track your shipment through UPS. If you have any doubt related to the article then you can contact us by commenting in the comment box given below. If you find our article useful and share it with your friends and family.

6 Replies to “Top Ways to Track UPS Package | Detailed UPS Tracking Guide”

  1. i have 34numbers to track a package . !!!!!!!!!!!!!??????????
    please help me !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. You should check out UPS Tracking Information dashboard. Or you may call UPS Customer Service Hotline via phone (number varies from country to country). Packages that, for some reason, can neither be delivered or returned to the shipper are processed as ‘overgoods’. Ask your customer service representative to contact the appropriate delivery Center to see if your package has been “clerked” and sent to overgoods.

  2. The tracking number in your example has an “R”, but your format description has no letter in it.

    My tracking number has a “W” and is not recognized by your tracking system.

    “If your tracking number is not in one of the formats as shown above then it may be **the different number**. ”

    What is “the different number”?

    Maybe use a different example?

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