How to track your Amazon package in real time

The holidays are right around the corner and if you've been taking advantage of Amazon's last-minute deals, here's a quick trick to help you find out when you order will arrive.  

Amazon Map Tracking is a handy feature that lets you see where your Amazon delivery is in real time. Sure, the USPS and UPS already offer tracking info, but Amazon Map Tracking is different in that it can even provide a map that pinpoints where your driver is and how many more stops are left before your package arrives. 

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The tool is available via the Amazon mobile app. Simply boot it up and access your orders. When you choose to find out where your order is, if the feature is available, you'll see a map and the ability to track your package in real time. You can keep coming back to the app to see where the package is.

Alternatively, you can access Amazon Map Tracking by clicking the "Track Package" link from your Amazon account or by clicking "Track Package" from your shipment confirmation e-mail. 

Now, before you start combing through the app to search for packages, there are some caveats to keep in mind. 

For one, the feature isn't available on any packages that are being shipped through traditional carriers, like UPS, FedEX, or the U.S. Postal Service. Instead, you'll only be able to track packages that are shipped via a dedicated Amazon vehicle. 

Amazon has unveiled a variety of new technologies to improve deliveries, including options to have packages delivered in your home or even your car trunk. And as it tries to build out its logistics network to rely less on traditional carriers, those efforts will only expand.

Don Reisinger is CEO and founder of D2 Tech Agency. A communications strategist, consultant, and copywriter, Don has also written for many leading technology and business publications including CNET, Fortune Magazine, The New York Times, Forbes, Computerworld, Digital Trends, TechCrunch and Slashgear. He has also written for Tom's Guide for many years, contributing hundreds of articles on everything from phones to games to streaming and smart home.