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How to Track Your New iPhone 7 Early

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Written by Charlie

The new iPhone 7 will be delivered this week. Here is how you can track your new iPhone 7 – before Apple even gives you your shipping information!

If you were one of the thousands (millions?) that placed a preorder this past Friday for a new iPhone 7, you already know when to expect it. The more popular models/colors of the new iPhone 7 went out of stock for early delivery pretty quickly with the dates of delivery getting pushed further and further as the preorders went on.

How to Track Your New iPhone 7 Early

It always seems to create a lot of excitement for people waiting for their new iPhone. It creates so much excitement that people even like to track the planes that their phones are on as they fly in from China. Given that we are interested in aviation things as well, I thought it might b interesting to show how you can track your new iPhone 7 too – before Apple even shows that it has shipped!

I was able to get my order in early enough so my iPhone 7 Plus will be arriving on September 16th. Even though Apple has not updated my order status with a shipping/tracking number yet, I was still able to track it on UPS website. Here is how you can do this as well.

Track Your New iPhone 7 – Before You Get Your Tracking Number

Check Your Order Status

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If your new iPhone 7 status from Apple’s order page shows as Preparing for Shipment, it means that your new iPhone 7 is in the process of being shipped out and may actually already be on its way from China.

Copy Order Number

While you are on that page, copy your order number (starting with a Wand you will take it to the next step.

Go to UPS Website

Go here to UPS and enter to Track by Reference. For your reference number, you will enter your order number from above minus the last 2 digits of the number.

track your new iPhone 7

If this does not show anything and your phone is showing Preparing for Shipment, try your cell number that the phone will be registered to. I have had it work both ways in the past. This year, it worked with the Apple Order Number. Also, enter your destination country and destination zip code to bring it up.

If it does not show your tracking number at first, register for the MyUPS to see the detailed information.

Additional Fun Information to Track Your New iPhone 7

Once your new iPhone 7 hits the Preparing for Shipment status, you should also be able to find your serial number for your new iPhone 7 on the Apple Profile page – here.

track your new iPhone 7 early

There are some sites that you can plug this number into to find your date of manufacture and see which factory it was made in.

track your new iPhone 7

After you get your UPS tracking number, you can go here to this FlightAware page to see which UPS plane your phone is on and track it to the US. Yes, that is definitely for the very serious iPhone 7 / aviation fan but it might be something interesting to watch anyway!

Did you order a new iPhone 7? Which model and when you are supposed to receive it?

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About the author


Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
Now he uses this experience and knowledge to help others through Running with Miles.