Use Passbook in iOS

Use Passbook to keep your boarding passes, movie tickets, coupons, loyalty cards, and more in one place.


What you need

With Passbook, you can use passes on your iPhone to check in for flights, get in to movies, or redeem coupons. Passes can include useful information like the balance on your coffee card, your coupon’s expiration date, your seat number for a concert, and more. With iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, or iPad mini 3, you can add credit and debit cards to Passbook to pay for purchases using Apple Pay.

Learn more about setting up Apple Pay.

Add passes

You can add passes to Passbook in several ways:

  • Using Passbook-enabled apps
  • With Mail or Messages
  • Through a web browser
  • By scanning a barcode
  • By sharing through AirDrop, Email, or Messages
  • From your Mac

If you don't see the option to add a card, ticket, or other service to Passbook, contact the merchant to make sure that they support Passbook passes.

Passbook-enabled apps

With Passbook-enabled apps, you get a prompt or an offer to add a pass to Passbook when you enter a gift or reward card, check in for a flight, or buy a ticket through an iOS app. To view a list of featured Passbook-enabled apps on your device, select the Welcome pass in Passbook and tap Apps for Passbook. You can also click or tap Apps for Passbook to view the list in the iTunes Store.

Mail or Messages

You can send passes as attachments or links through Email or Messages, and you can add them to Passbook by tapping or clicking on them. For example, an email confirming your flight could include your boarding pass as a Passbook-enabled attachment.

Web browsers

Websites or webmail can include passes as attachments or links. You can click or tap these links to add them to your Passbook.


Using iOS 7 or later, you can use your camera to add a pass by scanning 2D barcodes that contain pass information. Tap Scan Code on the pass and point your camera at the barcode to scan.

Messages, Email, and Airdrop

Using iOS 7 or later, you can share a pass using Messages, Email, and AirDrop by tapping the share icon   on the pass.


With OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.2 or later, you can add passes to Passbook from Safari and Mail while signed in to your iCloud account on your Mac.

Through Safari:

  1. On the webpage, click the link to the pass.
  2. Click Add to Passbook.

If the pass you're trying to add is already in your passbook, you'll see a Done button instead of Add to Passbook. If there's an update to an existing pass, an Update button should appear.

Through Mail:

  1. To view one or more passes, click the button in the banner at the top of the email.
  2. To add the pass to Passbook, click Add to Passbook in the pass.

If you already added the pass and it has an available update, an Update button should appear instead of Add to Passbook.

Passes use the .pkpass extension.


Use your passes

Some passes automatically appear at the right time or place because they include time- or location-based information. For example, when you arrive at the airport your boarding pass should appear. Slide to unlock your device to display and scan your pass.

If your pass doesn't appear on the Lock screen, you can open Passbook and select the pass to scan it. Passes will not appear automatically if:

  • You turn off Location Services.
  • The Show on Lock Screen feature is turned off for that pass.
  • The merchant does not support this feature.

If you want Passbook to send you automatic notifications about things like flight updates or coupons and sales for nearby businesses:

  • Tap Settings > Notification Center > Passbook.
  • Turn on Alerts or Banner notifications.


Change pass settings

Tap info icon on a pass to see settings and additional information.

From the info screen, you can: 

  • Delete passes.
  • Update a pass by pulling down to refresh.
  • Open or install the app related to that pass.
  • Turn on or off Automatic Updates.
  • Turn on or off Show on Lock Screen.

The info screen can also show other helpful information about your pass, such as merchant contact information.

You can't delete the default Passbook pass that contains the Scan Code and Apps for Passbook options.


Rearrange your passes

You can reorder your passes. Just tap and hold a pass, then drag it to a new place in the stack. With iOS 7 or later, your change will update on all of your devices.

Use iTunes Pass

To make quick purchases from the iTunes Store, App Store, and iBooks store without reaching for a physical credit or debit card, you can add money to your Apple ID.

To add iTunes Pass to Passbook: Go to App Store > Redeem > Getting Started with iTunes Pass. Then you can add money to your iTunes Pass.

You can also add money to your iTunes Pass at Apple retail stores in most countries.

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