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How to know if a letter is on its way to you

Deutsche Post has been offering its own app called “Post & DHL” for almost ten years. Over time, the application has been updated several times and newer and newer features have been added. The most recent is the so-called “letter notification”. What it is all about and how it works, we explain.

The “Post & DHL” app is a practical application that can be used to track packages, buy stamps and send things, for example. It is also popular for delivery to packing stations in case you are expecting something and are not at home. In the meantime, “Letter Notification” has been rolled out. Android and iOS users can use it to see which letters will be arriving in the next few days. The important thing here is that you have at least version 8 of the app on your smartphone.

Account required for “Post & DHL” app

The process is identical for both Android and iOS devices. First, you should get an account if you don’t already have one. This works in just a few steps:

  1. First, download the application from the Google Play Store or App Store.
  2. Then tap the “Register” button directly on the start page of the “Post & DHL” app.
  3. It says “Register now for free” further down. Tap on it.
  4. Now enter all the relevant data. The following steps are then basically all self-explanatory.

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Activate letter notification in the application

In the “Post & DHL” app, users can also see which letters will arrive in the next few days. A function that has long been available for parcels is now also available for letters. Photos of the envelopes can be displayed in the application. The company says that the photos of the letters are created automatically in compliance with German data protection and security standards at Deutsche Post’s sorting centers.

But now to the actual point: The “letter notification” can be activated in just a few steps. And this is how you need to proceed for this:

  1. Open the app and tap on the “Letter notification” tab at the very top.
  2. In the new window, you have to enter your data (name, address, etc.) or add to it and then tap on “Send address”.
  3. In the next step you have to complete the registration. To do this, tap on the “Book letter notification” button.
  4. A new window will open. Here you will be asked for a confirmation code. This will be sent to you in a few days by letter to the address you have entered.
  5. Once it arrives, all you have to do is enter the code in the app, accept the terms and conditions, and then tap the “Activate letter notification” button.


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