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How to add or remove a boarding pass in Apple Wallet

Flash your screen at the boarding gate.

Published onFebruary 9, 2023

For those of us old enough to remember, there used to be a thing called cardboard printed boarding passes. This antique has passed into ancient memory in favor of its digital successor. Now you can seamlessly add a boarding pass to Apple Wallet and let your iPhone do all the walking, talking, and scanning. Here’s how to add a pass to Apple Wallet, so you can look all cool and techno at the airport check-in gate.

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To add a boarding pass to Apple Wallet, click the "Add to Apple Wallet" button in the email or airline app. If the button is not there, contact the airline to see if they support the feature. Adding a boarding pass to Wallet also adds it to your paired Apple Watch, if you have one.


How to add a boarding pass to Apple Wallet

Virtually all airlines support Apple Wallet so you shouldn’t have a problem adding a boarding pass from them. All you need to do is open the flight confirmation email or airline app, and look for this button.

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Tap the button and follow the on-screen instructions. In certain cases, you may have to tap Add again. Once you do, your boarding pass will appear in Apple Wallet.

boarding pass apple wallet

When you get to your check-in gate, just let the airline employee scan the QR code on the boarding pass. Assuming it’s a real boarding pass, you’ll soon be on the plane drinking champagne and laughing at the passengers in Economy class.

How to remove a boarding pass from Apple Wallet

One-off passes, like boarding passes, are automatically hidden when they are used. So you don’t need to worry about your Wallet interface getting cluttered. However, if you want to do some cleaning up, you can unhide expired passes and delete them from your iPhone. Just tap View Expired Passes at the bottom of the Wallet screen.

apple wallet hidden passes

Tap the pass you want to delete and tap the Delete button.

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In very rare cases, the airline may not support Apple Wallet. If that seems to be the case, contact them to ask.

Only if the email or app containing the document has an Add to Apple Wallet button.

No, this is currently not supported. If you need to store a photo for quick access, put it in your Photos app.

Yes. The app itself is encrypted and you can further protect your device with a PIN code and Face ID. Apple claims that Wallet’s encryption is better than the credit cards themselves.

Yes, the app should automatically update with any flight changes, such as take-off times and gate changes.

No. The iPad does not support Apple Wallet.

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