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I have a .pkpass file which contains the boarding card for my next flight. Can I add it to iOS Wallet or is it not possible to add a .pkpass file? In case it is possible, how can I do it?

I am using iOS 9.2.1 in an iPhone 4S

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  • You could probably use iExplorer to find the place where your pkpasses are stored, then drop the file in that folder...
    – DonielF
    Jul 31, 2017 at 17:51

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I had the .pkpass file downloaded to a computer. This worked for me:

  1. send yourself an email with the .pkpass file attached
  2. open the email on the iphone
  3. tap the attachment
  4. 'Add' it to your wallet
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    It didn't work with the Gmail app. Had to use Apple's own Mail app.
    – bbxdesign
    Jan 31, 2018 at 16:44
  • Odd, I used the gmail app 2 months ago. Was using iOS 11 on an iPhone 7. But glad you found something that worked! Jan 31, 2018 at 20:45
  • It worked for me with the latest Gmail iPhone app. iOS 15.
    – scipilot
    Feb 5 at 1:50
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If you have an Apple computer, you could also use airdrop. The card or pass will be added to your wallet automatically.

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One thing that will block you from being able to add a .pkpass file to your Apple Wallet is the format of that file. I purchased a movie ticket that came with .pkpass file via email that included spaces in it so my phone was unable to recognize it (e.g., file name.pkpass).

To fix my issue I AirDrop'd it to my laptop, reformatted the file (e.g., file_name.pkpass), and sent it pack to my iPhone. It was instantly able to recognize it as valid format, and I successfully added it to my Apple Wallet.

Hopefully this will help future searches on this issue.

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If you have Wallet on your iPhone open up the boarding pass provided from airline. At the top right hand corner of phone shows Add - tap this and it should automatically add to your Wallet. Have just done this with Boarding Passes received from Thomson. Hope this works for you.

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