Track PayPal Order - Check Order status and Tracking number as Buyer! 2024 Guide

In this guide, we'll see how to see the Order status and tracking number that is updated by a seller on the PayPal order transaction page.

Then, we'll use that Order tracking info to actually track PayPal order status with 3rd party logistic carrier agency.

Keep note that this guide is only for those who are ordering Physical goods and products.

For Intangible and Virtual products or services, the Order will be directly moved to Order Processed in most of the cases.

Again, it depends on how your seller is updating the Order status on PayPal.

    What is the difference between a PayPal Order number and a Transaction ID?

    Both the terms are the same with different names given by users. Transaction ID is a superset of the Order number.

    Transactions can be of multiple types and order is one of the types of transaction in PayPal.

    Also read, How to add and update Order Status and tracking Number on PayPal?

    How to Check the Order status and Tracking number on PayPal as a Buyer/Customer?

    How do I see the Tracking Number from the PayPal order page to track the actual order with carrier service?

    Once a Seller updates the Order status and tracking information, you can able to see the Order status, tracking number, updated date, and Carrier service name.

    To check those details, navigate to the Transactions page. For the Paypal personal account, the path is Activity > Your Transaction, and for the Paypal business account, the path is Activity > All Transactions > Your Transaction.

    paypal personal transaction updated order status and tracking info

    You'll find the Order status and tracking number under Have you received this order? section as shown in the Picture.

    So, you need to put that tracking number inside the Tracking page of the logistics company to confirm the order.

    How to check PayPal Order status & tracking number on the Mobile app?

    Just like the PayPal website, you can also check your order status and tracking information related to that order.

    Follow the below methods 

    1. Open the PayPal mobile app and look for the transaction/track option is there on the dashboard.

    2. If you didn't find it, just follow this path - Payment method Tab > Activity

    3. Now, select the filters, and put a Money out filter option

    4. In the results, you'll see the transaction in which you've paid someone

    5. Open that transaction and scroll down till you see the Order status, tracking number, and other tracking details

    You've got the tracking numbers. Now, you can ahead and start tracking your order by yourself.

    How to Track PayPal orders in different ways?

    We'll see how can we track Paypal orders with a tracking number and only with the transaction ID.

    Track PayPal orders with a Transaction ID

    If you don't have a tracking number, get the transaction ID from your seller for your order and search it on an all transactions page.

    Open the transaction and look for the Shipping status and Shipping info labels. These details are enough to track your PayPal Order.

    If the Order/Shipping status is updated as Shipped by the seller, then copy the Tracking number from the shipping info section and check the status respective courier facility website.

    Track a PayPal order with a Tracking number

    Once you get the Tracking Number from the Paypal transaction page, you can use that for tracking in 3rd party package carrier facility.

    Please go through the next guide below for detailed steps.

    Track the PayPal Orders with Carrier services like UPS, USPS, DHL & FedEx!

    We've got the Tracking number from PayPal Transaction. Now, we need to Track a PayPal order with that Tracking Number.

    We'll go through the process of tracking PayPal orders through the US's 4 Major logistics carrier services UPS, DHL, FedEx, and USPS.

    We'll see points like how to track PayPal orders with the above carrier services, what Tracking number formats they use, etc.

    I. Tracking PayPal orders on UPS

    UPS tracking number contains 18-digit alphanumeric characters that always start with 1Z and are followed by 16-digit character combinations of alphabetic letters and numbers.

    Sample format of UPS Tracking number - 1Z99XC995699ID9909

    1. Open the UPS Order Tracking page

    PayPal order tracking UPS

    2. Enter the 18-digit tracking number and click on the Track button

    II. Tracking PayPal orders on USPS

    USPS has a 20-digit numeric tracking number format. The sample USPS Tracking number looks like 921-9967802-8199257.

    1. Open the USPS Order Tracking and enter the 20-digit USPS Tracking Number

    2. Select the Tracking icon

    III. Tracking PayPal orders on DHL

    There are 2 different types of services DHL provides - DHL Express(which is for Express delivery) and DHL Parcel(Standard Parcel delivery service).

    DHL Express uses a 10-digit Only-number Tracking number format for Package tracking.

    While DHL Parcel uses a 14-digit Alphanumeric Tracking number(10-digit numerical + 4 Characters).

    1. Copy the Tracking number from the PayPal Transaction page and put it on the DHL Tracking and Trace page.

    PayPal order tracking DHL

    2. Hit the Track button and you'll get the details of your PayPal order

    IV. Tracking PayPal orders on FedEx

    There are a variety of FedEx services available like FedEx Express and FedEx Ground, FedEx Freight, etc.

    These different services have different tracking number formats. Mostly you'll find 12, 14, and 15 digit tracking IDs.

    But the FedEx tracking number can also be lower to 10 digits long and the highest upto 20 and 22 digits.

    1. Open the FedEx tracking page and add your 10/12/14/15/20/22 digit Tracking number

    2. Hit the Track button

    You'll see the Tracking page for your Paypal orders with details like Tracking ID, Expected delivery date, Current order status, Shipment location, etc.

    How to Track a Paypal Order without an Account?

    Once your seller updates the Order status and Tracking info, PayPal triggers a notification and sends an Email with all the details to your Email address.

    Now, you just have to check that email containing all shipping, tracking, and other order details.

    Get the required tracking information from that email and enter those details into a specific courier service website.

    It's that simple. You don't actually need a PayPal account to Track your Order.

    How do I check my purchases on PayPal orders?

    Navigate back to the PayPal activity page. There you'll find the Transaction list with filter Archive, Transaction type, Date, Amount & Currency, etc.

    Now, adjust the date filter according to your choice

    paypal transaction list(activity)

    Set the Payment sent value under the Transaction type filter

    You'll get all the purchases that you've made through this account.


    Does PayPal require a tracking number?

    It again depends on your Order type. If the 3rd party courier service is not involved, then you don't need the Tracking number.

    For Physical goods that the seller is delivering through 3rd party logistics service, probably you'll need the tracking number.

    How do I confirm the tracking number that a seller shared with me on Paypal?

    The only way to confirm that tracking number is to check that tracking number on a specific carrier service website.

    Can I track PayPal orders using transaction ID?

    Transaction ID is just a reference number for your Paypal order. It can be used to track orders at the PayPal level.

    If you want to track an order(physical goods) that is being shipped by your seller, then you'll need the Tracking number that you can get using the Transaction ID.

    How do I track paypal orders as a guest?

    If you want to track your Paypal orders as a guest, you need to connect with your seller and ask him to provide the Tracking number.

    So, we can track our order with other carrier services. Otherwise, there's no way to track Paypal orders.

    Where is the Order status in the Paypal Invoice?

    Order status will not be present on the PayPal Invoice, because the purpose of the Invoice is to pay the Bill payments.

    Once you complete the payment, the Order will either be processed or shipped.

    You can check the Order status under transaction from the Activity page.

    Where to check the Payment status for PayPal Orders?

    Once you complete the Payment and the Seller accepts the payment, then the Payment status will get updated as Completed in a transaction.

    How to check the Invoice ID for my specific PayPal Orders?

    You can get the Invoice ID from the Transaction page, just right after the Net amount.