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

  • 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

If you have an Apple computer, you could also use airdrop. The card or pass will be added to your wallet automatically.


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.


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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