Wallet helps people view and manage passes, which are digital representations of information that is otherwise printed on small pieces of paper or plastic and kept in a physical wallet. People use passes for common activities, such as boarding a plane, attending a concert, or receiving a discount. Wallet also stores credit, debit, and other cards that work with Apple Pay. For developer guidance, see PassKit and Wallet Passes.

An image of Wallet on iPhone next to an image of a boarding pass on Apple Watch.

People typically add passes to Wallet for convenience, but passes outside of Wallet remain readily available. When you tag a pass with descriptive information, the system can offer it to people when it’s relevant, regardless of where it exists.

Adding and Removing Passes

Offer to add new passes to Wallet. When people do something that results in a new pass — like checking into a flight, purchasing an event ticket, or registering for a store reward program — you can present system-provided UI that helps them add the pass to Wallet with one tap (for developer guidance, see addPasses(_:withCompletionHandler:)). If people want to review a pass before adding it, you can display a custom view that displays the pass and provides an Add to Apple Wallet button; for developer guidance, see PKAddPassesViewController.

Help people add a pass that they created outside of your app. If people create a pass using your website or another device, suggest adding it to Wallet the next time they open your app. If people decline your suggestion, don’t ask them again.

Add related passes as a group. If your app generates multiple passes, like boarding passes for a multi-connection flight, add all passes at the same time so people don’t have to add each one individually. If people can receive a group of passes from your website — such as a set of tickets for an event — bundle them together so that people can download all of them at one time. For developer guidance, see Distributing and Updating a Pass.

Display an Add to Apple Wallet button to let people add an existing pass that isn’t already in Wallet. If people previously declined your suggestion to add a pass to Wallet — or if they removed it — a button makes it easy to add it if they change their minds. You can display an Add to Apple Wallet button wherever the corresponding pass information appears in your app. For developer guidance, see PKAddPassButton. You can also display an Add to Apple Wallet badge in an email or on a webpage; for guidance, see Add to Apple Wallet Guidelines.

Let people jump from your app to their pass in Wallet. Wherever your app displays information about a pass that exists in Wallet, you can offer a link that opens it directly. Label the link something like “View in Wallet.”

Consider hiding expired passes. In iOS 15 and later, Wallet automatically hides expired passes to reduce crowding, while also providing a button that lets people revisit them. To ensure the system hides passes appropriately, set the expiration date, relevant date, and voided properties of each pass correctly; for developer guidance, see Pass.

Always get people’s permission before deleting a pass from Wallet. For example, you could include an in-app setting that lets people specify whether they want to delete passes manually or have them removed automatically. If necessary, you can display an alert before deleting a pass.

Making Relevant Passes Available

Help the system suggest a pass on the Lock Screen when it’s contextually relevant. Ideally, passes automatically appear when they’re needed so people don’t have to manually locate them. When you supply information about when and where your pass is relevant, the system can display a link to it on the lock screen when people are most likely to want it. For example, a gym membership card could appear on the lock screen as people enter the gym. For developer guidance, see Showing a Pass on the Lock Screen.

A screenshot of the lock screen on iPhone, showing a notification about an upcoming flight.

Updating Passes

Update passes as needed. Physical passes don’t typically change, but a digital pass should reflect updates to events. An airline boarding pass, for example, should automatically update to display flight delays and gate changes.

Use change messages only for updates to time-critical information. A change message interrupts the user’s current workflow, so it’s essential to send one only when you make an update that people must know about. For example, people need to know when there’s a gate change in a boarding pass, but they don’t need to know when a customer service phone number changes. Never use a change message for marketing or other noncritical communication. You enable change messages on a per-field basis; for developer guidance, see Adding a Web Service to Update Passes.