Track Flights Via Message App & Flight Number
If you want to watch the worldwide flight traffic live on your iPhone, you can purchase one of the numerous apps to track flights in the App Store. If you want to track only single flights though, it is not worth it to purchase the app. You can use the Messages app and a flight number to track flights easily on your iPhone, even with a visual map.
For this trick you will of course need a flight number. This will consist of the airline code (e.g. “AA” for American Airlines, “HA” for Hawaiian Airlines, etc.) and a series of numbers. The flight numbers are on boarding passes, flight tickets and confirmation mails of the booking.
Flight tracking in Message app
If a person sends you a flight number and iOS detects it as such, the flight number will be shown as a link (underlined). Click the flight number and choose Preview Flight. The alternative way is to press firmly to use the 3D Touch.
The flight will be displayed visually in the Message app. Besides the map, you will see the status and the delay, as well as the airport with Terminals and Gates and the expected arrival time.
Tap the airport code to zoom into the map. Then tap the departure or arrival time to see the flight duration or the time until arrival.
Click the “Done” button in the top right corner to close the flight tracker and return to the Message app.
Do you travel a lot or plan to go on vacation? Check out our recommendations for the best travel apps for iPhone.